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Centre of Excellence-Cum-Incubation Centre on Food Processing

College of Food Processing Technology and Bio-energy, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat has established a facility of imparting experiential learning and hands on training for the students. In experiential learning, educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, entrepreneurship, and inculcate values. This experiential learning program involves practice in value added technology system consisting of processing of fried snacks i.e.  a variety of namkeen and farsan products including sev, gathiya,  chips, extruded products like corn balls, rice and corn flakes, dehydrated, canned and tomato processed products, IQF, ready to eat products and bake products like bread, bun, biscuit and pizza etc.

Experiential learning unit cum Incubation Centre was established with the financial help from Government of Gujarat and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The facility is also utilized for testing of new technologies and test manufacturing of new food products by prospective entrepreneurs and start-ups. The facilities established are extensively used for inculcating business confidence among the prospective entrepreneurs. The pilot plants are also used to provide training to food industry personnel and unemployed youth.


The department has over 12000 sq. ft. of area devoted to nine pilot scale food processing plants along with food packaging station.

  1. Food Extrusion Line

  2. Continuous Frying Line

  3. Food Dehydration Line

  4. Automatic Juice Bottle filling and capping Line

  5. Canning Line including Retort

  6. Tomato Products Processing Line

  7. Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) Line

  8. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Handling Line

  9. Bakery Line

  10. Food Packaging Station

Food Extrusion Line

Components :

  • Flour mixing unit

  • Twin screw extrusion system

  • Core filling system

  • Shaping machine

  • Three layer dryer

  • Flaking machine

  • Oil pumping system

  • Seasoning drum


Continuous Frying Line

Components :

  • Spiral dough mixer cum kneader

  • Dough extruder

  • Continuous frying system

  • Oil filter

  • Oil recirculation pump

  • Oil cooling system

  • Gas fired burner

  • Final product collection table


Food Dehydration Line

Components :

  • Drum dryer

  • Vacuum dryer

  • Spray dryer

  • Falling film evaporator

  • Vacuum evaporator


Juice Bottling Line

Components :

  • Pulp collection tank

  • Steam jacketed kettle

  • Mixing and standardization tank

  • Juice filtration unit

  • Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger (SSHE)

  • Bottle washing system


Canning Line

Components :

  • Fruit / vegetable washer

  • Inspection conveyor belt system

  • Twin pulper

  • Scraped surface heat exchanger

  • Rotary can filling system

  • Exhausting box

  • Seaming unit

  • Retorting system


Tomato Products Processing Line

Components :

  • Fruit / vegetable washer

  • Sorting conveyor

  • Hot water treatment tank

  • Standardization tank

  • Pulper with fruit mill

  • Vacuum pan

  • Homogenizer

  • Filling tank


Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) Line

Components :

  • Fruit / vegetable washer

  • Blancher

  • Cooling conveyor

  • Vibratory feeder

  • Spiral freezer

  • Packaging room

  • Frozen storage room


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Handling Line

Components :

  • Dump tank

  • Brushing unit

  • Hot water treatment tank

  • Waxing unit

  • Surface drying system

  • Singulator

  • Weight based grading system

  • Sorting tables


Bakery Line

Components :

  • Planetary dough kneader

  • Dough divider

  • Proofing system

  • Sheet making system

  • Baking oven


Food Packaging Station

Components :

  • Two head form fill and seal machine system

  • Automatic bottle filling, capping & labelling system

  • Retort pouch sealing unit

  • Vertical pouch sealing unit

  • Spout pouch filling & capping machine

  • Shrink wrapping system

  • L type sealing machine

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