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DFRL and BTW India ink LAToT for shelf-stable no-preservative chapatis
Thursday, 17 May, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysuru, signed a license agreement on transfer of technology (LAToT) for retort-processed ready-to-eat foods and shelf-stable no-preservative chapatis with Bittoo Tikki Wala (BTW India), New Delhi.

Rakesh Kumar Sharma, director, DFRL, and Harvind Sharma, head, operations, BTW India, New Delhi, inked the pact on the former’s Mysuru premises.
 
The inventor, G K Sharma, scientist G, associate director; A D Semwal, scientist G, associate director, and their team for development of shelf-stable no-preservative chapatis; S N Sabapathy, scientist G, associate director, R Kumar, scientist F, and their team for the retort-processed ready-to-eat-foods, and M Pal Murugan, scientist D, technology transfer division, DFRL, were present during the occasion.

BTW has a chain of retail outlets across Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). It has an employee strength of over 1,200 employees.

Recently, the company ventured into the processed packed food segment with premium fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) products like namkeen, cookies, ready-to-eat foods and natural mineral water, among others.

Retort processing of foods in rigid containers and flexible packaging systems is the most acceptable form of food preservation, with a shelf life of over 12 months under ambient conditions.

The technology is essentially based on three important critical factors, namely packaging systems, processing schedule and the requirement of product recipes.

The process schedule has been optimised for various products like vegetable pulao, vegetable biryani, chicken biryani, mutton biryani, dal tadka, peas paneer curry, peas aloo curry, non-vegetarian curries, etc., with respect to compositions as well as volume. 

Shelf-stable, no-preservative chapatis are processed in special retort-amenable kinds of flexible polymeric films to achieve commercial sterility.

The product is in the ready-to-eat form and can be warmed either by dipping the pack in hot water or keeping the same on a hot plate before consumption.

The shelf-life of the product is 12 months under ambient storage condition. DFRL has already transferred this unique technology to many companies, including MTR, ITC, Kohinoor, Tasty Bite, Chokhi Dhani Foods, Haldiram, Taste'L Fine Food and Annamalaiyar Foods, for production and large-scale supply in India as well as overseas.
 
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