Preserves and Chutneys: Our New Product Range From a New Land

Preserves and Chutneys

Shimla Hills, a leading and reliable name in the agro-products industry is escalated with joy to announce the introduction of Preserves and Chutneys produced from Himachal Pradesh to its product portfolio.

The introduction of these new products is a result of dedicated research and market know-how. We know when served along with any chutney or preserve, the taste of the edible elevates to a new level. In fact, there are many who adore consuming bread dipped directly in chutneys and preserves. They are also served along with curries, fried snacks, with other edibles such as roasted poultry, meat, sandwiches, burgers, etc.

In broad terms, a chutney is a relish originated in India. It is usually a blend of fruit, spices and herbs made to pamper the taste buds of chutney admirers. Interestingly, earlier chutneys were intended to be eaten soon after their production. However, with advancement in technology and innovative packaging, the shelf life of modern chutneys increased to a large extent.

Preserves, on the other hand, are made by cooking the fruits with sugar until the mixture thickens. Also, the medium to large chunks of fruits are left in preserves. They are then either canned or sealed for long-term storage. In many parts of the world, preserves are also prominent as fruit spreads and even fruit butter.

Shimla Hills always strives for the upliftment and betterment of the society. In its same endeavor, it took an initiative of promoting the self-help groups of Himachal Pradesh by procuring from them innovative products like apple chutneys with naga chilli (also known as world’s hottest chilli), Kiwi – Star Anise chutney, Apricot preserve, Plum Preserve, etc.

Eager to get your hands on premium quality preserves and chutneys from the snow-laden province of Himachal Pradesh? Book your order today with the trusted name of the agro-products industry, Shimla Hills.

A Glimpse of The Mango Processing Industry

A Glimpse of The Mango Processing Industry

Mangoes are a sheer delight because of its amazing taste and nutritive value. They are available in an abundant quantity during Summer but are hard to find after the warm months and that’s where processing comes to the rescue.

Puree, Pulp, Juice Concentrate, IQF are among the most renowned processed form of mangoes. Let’s catch a peek of the mango processing industry.

What is Mango Processing?

Mango Processing is a process wherein handpicked mangoes are inspected, washed, blanched, pulped, deseeded and turned into altogether a different form.

The Boons of Mango Processing

  • The processing preserves mangoes in different forms which can be utilized even after summer.
  • It is a source of additional income for mango growers.
  • Though most of the players include only fresh mangoes in processing but deformed and rejected mangoes too can be incorporated and turned into a different form. Thus, the mango processing allows the consumption of the rejects in their different form for a longer period of time.
  • IQF (Individual Quick Frozen) technique makes the mango dices and slices very easy to work with. It also preserves the nutrition value of the fruit.

Mango Processed Products – The life and soul of various edibles

Mango Pulp, Puree, Juice Concentrate, etc. are one of the major ingredients that go in the making of numerous delicacies. Some of these products are mango juice, nectars, mango based drinks, jams, fruit cheese, mango ice-cream, dessert, puddings, bakery fillings, baby foods, flavors, yogurt and confectionery.

Some Jaw-Dropping Insights

  • In 2005, the Philippines exported a total of P13.3 million metric tons of processed mango products.
  • India contributes nearly 46% of the total world production of mangoes that are further processed into various forms.
  • In India Mango Production increased from 8.7 million tons to a whopping 13.8 million tons during 1991-2007.
  • Mango puree constitutes more than 50% of the exported processed mango products.
  • The country has exported 1,54,820.69 MT of Mango Pulp to the world for the worth of Rs. 841.39 crores during the year 2014-15.

Shimla Hills – One of the Leading Mango Processed Products Exporters

Shimla Hills exports mango processed products such as fruit pulp, juice concentrate, IQF and fruit puree that are healthy and made out of premium quality fully ripened fruits. They are processed under the extreme hygienic condition and then packed aseptically to retain 100% freshness, color, aroma, and flavor.

Breaking new grounds with our Centre of Excellence (CoE) unit

Centre of Excellence

It all started with a humble beginning and today we feel elated to have diversified manifolds into a wide range of product portfolios. Starting from fruit pulp/ puree/concentrate to IQF product range and then the next strategic step into flavours, colours and fragrances. We launched our brand for flavours, colours and fragrances (SNIFF) last year. With SNIFF, our 5000 sq. ft. flavour compounding unit at Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh is also set to achieve new heights! It has a state-of-the-art infrastructure with an analytical lab, microbial lab and application lab. A competent team of food technologists, flavorists, microbiologists and product analysts dwell here to realise their dreams!

We’re now confidently taking small strides in establishing our unit for SNIFF as a Centre of Excellence (CoE) that nurtures creativity, innovation and research. The objective of CoE expands into:-

  • Innovation and transformation
  • Achieving global competitiveness
  • Building stronger networks
  • Identifying new market trends
  • Delivering customer experience, par excellence!

The first step is institutionalizing it as an open centre for creativity. It’s a breeding ground for cross fertilisation of ideas; with our flavour design, quality control, product development and marketing teams working in tandem towards the common goal of nurturing creativity in the food and aromatic industry.

The marketing team provides consumer insights to help understand the relationship between fragrances and different aspects of consumer’s life. The product development team shapes these insights into feasible product solutions. These product solutions are then developed by the flavorists and quality control team to ensure the product meets the specific consumer requirements and also stands the test of stability in raw and processed forms. This ensures that the flavour doesn’t change its characteristic properties when exposed to varied applications.

Our vertical integration strategy (with the fruit pulp business vertical) enables us to produce From the name fruit flavours (FTNF) that serve as natural building blocks for tailor-made flavour compounding. FTNF serves as backbone for flavour compounding creativity.

The creativity is not limited to flavour compounding only. It goes much beyond. The application lab is at work for developing and testing the applications of these flavours to beverage, bakery, dairy, confectionery, oral care and savoury products. The efforts of our application lab save our customer’s time and aids in faster decision making. Our team’s expertise in understanding the applications of different flavours to different bases adds to the client’s understanding of the end-product characteristics.

This centre is very close to our hearts. It’s our prodigy child and we aspire it to bring about a landmark impact in the food industry. With the good wishes of our patrons, we’re sure to achieve this!

Mango’s sweet taste is finding a place in western markets

Indian mango pulp

Mangoes are about 50% of the total tropical fruits grown worldwide. Since 1990, the market for mango pulp grew exponentially which is expected to continue. India is the leader among major mango growers with widely recognized variety of mangoes (primarily Alphonso, Totapuri and Kesar) being used in the manufacturing of pulp.

India accounts for contributing approximately 67 percent of the total world export when it comes to processed mango product. That is almost half of the world production of mangoes. The bulk of this share goes to Middle East followed by Southeast Asia and North America.

Mango pulp is used as a major food ingredient in the making of mango juice, nectars, juice blends, dairy, bakery, baby food manufacturing, ice-creams etc. However, in recent years the popularity of mango has spread to the western markets with consumers showing interest in the taste. The US juice industry and fresh market has shown consistent interest in both fresh mango and its processed products. The US juice industry has been making more and more use of mango pulp in its orange juice blends.

The popularity for mango in the US market can be attributed to two reasons. Firstly, mango is new for the US consumers, who have begun to develop a taste for it. Secondly, the US orange juice industry has been blending mango pulp for it natural sweet content that balances the acidity in orange juice. The most widely consumed fruit juice in the US is orange. And because of this widespread popularity of orange juice, its annual demand crosses approximately 500,000 MT. If one goes by the estimates, then the demand for the mango pulp used in this blending process in the coming years will only going to increase.


Shimla Hills: The year gone by…2013!

Shimla Hills: The year gone by…2013!

Today, as we eagerly wait for the moment when we step into the year 2014 we reflect on the year gone by. As growing part of food industry, Shimla Hills has achieved a lot in year 2013. So here we have a snapshot of our achievements for you all to enjoy!


Shimla Hills : ‘A Government Certified Export House’.
Shimla Hills – ‘A Government Certified Export House’.