How to Start Namkeen Manufacturing Unit?

Namkeen Manufacturing

Namkeen is one of the most popular snack items in India. Namkeen refers to different kinds of savoury snacks which are available in different flavours and shapes. Dalmoth, bhujia, chana chur, khatta meetha, roasted peanuts, gathiya, etc. are some of the various namkeen snacks. Namkeens have a high shelf life and can be prepared and carried easily, which make them a favourite snack for people across ages.                  


The market for snacks has been growing rapidly in India over the past few years. The market is expected to register an even better growth rate in future.  The Indian snack market in India is expected to reach INR 1 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 7% with a major contribution from the namkeen segment. Growing awareness among people towards healthy and traditional snacks would drive market growth in India.     

As the market for namkeen is expected to increase in the country in future, let us look at the raw materials, machines, licences and budget required to start a namkeen manufacturing plant.

Raw Materials Required

The raw materials may slightly differ based on the type of namkeen product that you want to manufacture. But here are common raw materials required for making namkeens:

  • Gram flour
  • Edible oil
  • Spices
  • Pulses
  • Peanut
  • Potato

Namkeen Making Machines

Different types of machines are required to start namkeen manufacturing industry. Here is the list of the machinery required to manufacture namkeens:

  • Dough mixer
  • Bhujia extruder machine
  • Rectangular batch tilting fryer
  • Seasoning drum
  • Namkeen packing machine  


Namkeen Industry in India

Namkeen Manufacturing Plant Cost

The cost of the namkeen manufacturing cost varies depending on the size, location and type of the plant. However, the average budget required to start namkeen manufacturing plant with minimum capacity ranges from INR 20 to 30 lakhs, excluding the cost of land, building, infrastructure and working capital.  

Licences & Approvals

You would require a licences and approvals from the various government authorities as the consumption of namkeens can have a direct impact on the health of the customers. Here is the list of licences and approvals required to start namkeen manufacturing plant in India:

  • FSSAI licence
  • Fire and air pollution licence
  • GST registration
  • UDYAM registration and others as necessary
  • APEDAA – in case you are targeting the export market

Major Players

Some of the major players in the Indian traditional snacks and namkeen industry are Haldiram’s, Aakash Namkeen, Bakeys Foods, Gopal Snacks, Bikanervala, PepsiCo India, etc. However, the Indian snacks and namkeen industry is primarily dominated by small and medium players many of whom are concentrated in Indore, Bhopal etc which contribute to a major share of the market.  

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Namkeen manufacturing is a profitable business idea in India because the demand for namkeen snacks is growing in the country.    

As the budget required to start namkeen manufacturing unit is less, it is a viable business for SMEs.

There are a wide variety of namkeen products in India such as dalmoth, bhujia, chana chur, khatta meetha, roasted peanuts, gathiya, etc.

The minimum budget required to start namkeen manufacturing unit ranges from INR 20 to 30 lakhs.

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