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Globalization has led to quick changes in the food preferences of people around the world. People have started opting for more protein intake into their diet, consequently leading to increased processed meat consumption. The manufacturers of processed meat are majorly focusing on the quality of the products. All such meat products contain the essential ingredients and save cooking time of the consumers. Some of the important factors that lead to the growth of the processed meat markets are the growing population, rise in the income level of the middle class consumers in developing countries of Asia-Pacific and Latin America, and increase in the need for convenience foods. With the busy schedule of the day to day life ready-to-eat meat products are being largely preferred.

The global market for processed meat is estimated to be worth around $361,568.7 million and is projected to reach $799,051.2 million by 2018. The global market for meat processing equipment is $7,656.5 million and by 2018 it is projected to be $11,495.3 million. Leading manufacturers are focusing on expansion of their respective businesses across regions and setting up new manufacturing plants to ramp up production capacities and broaden overall product line.

Major industry participants are involved in new product launches and acquisitions to penetrate the untapped markets of Asia and Latin America. The Meat Processing Equipment Market is driven by the associated advantages such as increased consumption of processed meat and better quality of meat products. However, the lack of awareness about the processing equipment and availability of trained manpower in India are the main obstacles in the growth of the meat processing market. Growth is particularly high in the Asia-Pacific countries such as China, Japan, and New Zealand because of the growing awareness about the processed meat and this will in turn increase the demand for the meat processing equipment, thereby influencing this industry.

Globally, meat processing equipment industry is also witnessing steady growth on account of the increasing demand for high-quality of processed meat products. The practice of processing the meat has shown significant changes, owing to the developments made in the meat processing equipment industry. The mechanization of this process has not only influenced and reduced the labor-intensive work, but has also led to positive changes in the safety issues of the meat processing industries. The factors responsible for driving the growth of the industry are increased consumption of the processed food, government support for the use of equipment and demand for food safety, etc. The processed meat industry is showing rapid changes due to two main forces: change in the food demand and improvement in the technologies.

India occupies an important position in the World with a large population of livestock; almost one sixth of world’s cattle and one half of buffalo are found in India. India ranks second in World, in goat and sixth in sheep population. It may be noted that cattle and buffaloes have been the largest meat contributors to the total meat production in India. Goats should be focused for meat followed by milk and skin, sheep for meat followed by wool and skins, poultry 2/3rd for meat and pigs mainly for meat.

Slaughterhouse byproducts, which constitute 25 to 45 percent of live weight, received very little attention. The annual losses sustained by the country due to improper or under utilization of various animal byproducts are estimated to be considerable. Adequate processing, utilization or disposal of slaughter byproducts is important both on economic considerations and environmental pollution. Meat industry is largely unorganized with very little facilities for meat animal handling and marketing, slaughter and disposal of byproducts and wastes. Meat processing is important to take full advantage of meat animals produced. Development of processed meat sector is an important requirement to benefit meat producers and consumers, as the processed meat sector.

Lack of development with adequate infrastructure facilities also affected relevant meat processing in India. The production of meat in our country is quite low (5.73 mt) as compared to the world’s total production of more than 253.43 mt. With inadequate slaughtering practices coupled with lack of quality control and hygiene together with animal disease prevailing in the country, the meat sector condition in the country leaves much to be improved. Also slaughter rate/extraction rate in India is very low compared to other developing countries. In spite of being number one in the world in terms of buffalo and goat population, the meat production potential is not fully exploited. Production of meat animals on scientific lines with pragmatic approaches for their efficient utilization will be an important achievement.

The Indian market is witnessing a revolutionary change and multinational companies are introducing globally known products in the Indian markets. There has been an increase in both, the number of players in the frozen products segment and the consumption of processed meat products due to changing lifestyles. Frozen meat, value added products and ready-to-eat meat products are widely available in the markets. Sizeable quantities of meat, poultry and marine products are being exported from the country in frozen form. Meat and meat products are demand driven as compared to the supply driven cereals. The future is challenging for meat sector as production and productivity is to be doubled from the present 5.7 mt to 10 mt (3.5% GDP growth) or 13 mt (5.5% GDP growth) by 2030. India is likely to be surplus by 2020 for beef, buffalo meat and chicken while there will be deficit of 3.12 million tones of mutton and goat meat. India has the potential, with its diverse and rich resources, to emerge as the fore-runner in meeting the ever increasing global demand for meat products.

In this context, Tamil Nadu Technology Development & Promotion Center of CII is organizing the 2nd edition of Meat Tech 2014 with the theme of Emerging Trends & Technologies for Meat Processing Industry on 27th June 2014. The conference attempts to bring an in-depth knowledge of the existing scenario in the Meat processing industry and the emerging trends and technologies for the Indian Meat sector. This forum would pave a way for Industry collaboration by means of technology transfer, adoption of automation and innovative & new product development which will shape the future of the Meat processing sector both domestically and internationally. Around 150 senior management personnel from meat processing and machineries industries are expected to attend this conference.

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