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Food Technology

Food Technology is a multi-disciplinary course which involves study of various branches such as Food Science and Technology, Food Engineering, Food Chemistry and Nutrition, Food and Industrial Microbiology, Food Trade and Safety Management
It deals with production, preservation, development of new products, packaging, quality assurance, food laws and regulations, environmental science, engineering aspects such as mass transfer, heat transfer, food processing equipment, instrumentation and process control, plant layout, plant design as well as different aspects of food trade and business management such as co-operation, marketing and finance, business management and international trade and entrepreneurship development for various food products.

A candidate for admission to the Four Year Degree course in Food Technology must have passed the Intermediate Examination of the Andhra Pradesh State Board of Intermediate Education with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as optional subjects.
All the eligible applicants will have to qualify at (EAMCET) conducted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The candidates will be admitted strictly in accordance with the merit secured at EAMCET keeping in view the rules in force regarding the reservation of seats to various categories of candidates.

Higher education options with the Branch
Aspirants who have completed B.Tech in Food Technology can go for various post graduation and certification programs (India and abroad). The most commonly chosen higher study options by B.Tech in Food Technology graduates include:
  • Master of Science in Food and allied branches (mostly abroad)
  • Master of Technology in Processing and Food Engineering
  • Master of Technology in Food Biotechnology
  • Master of Technology in Food Technology
  • Master of Technology in Food and Nutrition
  • Master of Technology in Food safety and Standards
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Integrated courses which leads to PhD in Food Science and Technology
They also have options to do a lot of certification courses which will help to improve their job prospects like Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition, Diploma Course in Food Science and Quality Control, Diploma in Food and Nutrition, Certificate Course in Food Production, Certificate Course in Food Technology and Post Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management Systems etc.

Course Analysis
Food technology is a branch of food science that equips a student with the technical side of food processing. As a student of Food Technology, one learns the art of preservation, processing and packaging food along with the techniques to of transformation of raw materials into safe, nutritious, wholesome ready-to-consume food. It also involves addition of flavours, reduction of toxins and so on. With the rise in demand for packaged and processed food, there is a rise in demand of manpower with good sense of packaging and preservation which makes a product more marketable.

Job prospects (Govt and private) and job demand in the market:
With a degree in food technology, one can expect numerous job offers as a food technologist in food processing companies, packaging companies, research laboratories, manufacturing industries, food storage ware housings, food analyst, food inspectors etc. in the food processing departments of Government sector and public sector undertakings. Food technology professionals are employed at various levels in public and private sectors, such as assistant managers, production managers, food packaging managers, research and development personnel, food scientists, food development managers, quality control officers, sensory scientists, food safety auditors, and the more offbeat alternative as food stylists.

Candidates possessing degrees can get numerous job offers as food technologists in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, Food retail chains and food & beverage companies. Besides, one can also become a nutrition consultant and work for corporate campaigns and branding for health related products. What’s more, writing documents on food science & technology for magazines, journals, books, and television shows is always open to such professionals.

What does a Food Technologist do?
Food Technologist is:
  • To determine whether a particular process is being performed in a certain specified way or not;
  • Be instrumental in devising new ways and improving the older ones for preserving, conserving and processing food;
  • To check for the contamination, adulteration and controlling the nutritional value of the food products which are to be processed;
  • To determine the quality of the raw materials used in the plants as well as the food, which has to be dispatched to the market;
  • To look after the storage conditions and hygiene.
Job Profiles
As Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical, Agricultural and Civil Engineers are required in their respective fields, Food Engineers are also required for planning, designing, improving and maintaining the food processing systems.

Research Scientists: Carry out experiments regarding improvement in yield, flavour, nutritive value and general acceptability of the packaged food.

Senior Food Technologist or Head Engineer in Food Processing Plant: They are responsible for the development of new, innovative products, from concept to final production that meet the customers’ needs as well as accomplish company objective of profitable and efficient marketing.

Production Manager: Should have idea and experience about the product that will be produced and have some technical knowledge about the machines.

Assistant General Manager / Senior Manager Food Processing: Applying advanced Engineering techniques to set up food processing unit and analysis within the discipline that require developing designs, innovation, and ingenuity with minimal supervision.

Organic Chemists: Advise on the methods by which the raw materials have to be converted into processed food.

Biochemists: Suggest improvements in flavor, texture, storage and quality.

Analytical Chemists: Analyze food products to maintain quality.

Food Safety Auditors; Help the food industry for implementation of HACCP and ISO 22000

Salary for the successful candidates:
Food technologists can be paid anywhere between Rs. 8000 and Rs. 12,000 per month at the entry level, after graduation. With the increase in experience (say more than 2 years), they can draw a higher salary in the range of Rs. 20,000-25,000 per month. Upon gaining professional experience (say more than 5 years) in various fields of food technology, they can fetch handsome monthly pay packages of Rs. 50,000 and more.

Top companies offering jobs:
Government Organizations recruiting B.Tech in Food Technology graduates include:
Food Corporation of India, Central Warehousing Corporation, State Warehousing Corporation, Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Department of Food and Public Health, State Food Laboratories, Bureau of Indian Standards, Export Promotion Councils, Municipal Corporations etc.

Apart from them many Private Organizations are hiring Food Technologists including all the major MNCs (FMCG firm) like Hindustan Unilever, Reliance Fresh, More supermarkets, Modern Foods, Vimta Labs, Coca Cola, Pepsi co, Godrej, ITC, Britannia, Parle, Kraft Foods, Dabur, Bambino, Heritage foods etc.. and various food certifying agencies like DNV,IRQS,SGS,TUV,FOOD CERT etc

Famous institutes offering the course:
  1. O U College of Tech. Hyderabad (2013 Last Rank OC –G: 16644
  2. Amity University
  3. Anna University
  4. College of Dairy & Food Science Technology, Udaipur
  5. Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
  6. National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Sonipat, Haryana
  7. SRM university
  8. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Associate Professor
Department of Food Technology
University College of Technology
Osmania University.
Published date : 20 Jun 2015 05:13PM

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