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Food Technology

What is Food Technology?

  • It is basically a food science branch field where an individual learns about the in-depth techniques involved in the food production, food packaging, labelling, food nutrient, food quality management and distribution of food products.

  • In this field, an individual who wants to pursue it also learns about how to convert raw material into food. This is a kind of field which requires extensive research.

  • A food technologist has to make sure that food items should be edible, tasty as well as nutritious.

What does a food technologist do?

  • A food technologist makes sure the safety and the efficiency in the development of food at large scale.

  • They also ensure the modification, manufacturing and processing of food within a safe environment.

  • They manage the plan and production of the different recipes done on a large scale.

What are the skills set one must have to pursue a career in food technology?

  • Interest in food science 

  • Technical skills 

  • Practical skills

  • Interest in health and nutrition

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Research skills

Top institutes for B.Tech / M. Tech in food technology in India are:

  • ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana

  • IIT Kharagpur 

  • IIT Guwahati

  • NIT Rourkela

  • Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, IIFPT, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Popular colleges in India offering Food tech courses

  • Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

  • IFTM University, Moradabad

  • Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad

  • Amity University, Jaipur

  • Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, Kolkata

What are the specialization areas in food technology?

Specializations under food technology

Food technology is a very broad field. And, it covers many specializations under it which are as following:-

  • Food Biotechnology and Biorefining

  • Food innovation and management

  • Product design

  • Ingredient functionality

  • Dairy science and technology

  • Sensory science 

  • Sustainable food processing

  • Gastronomy 

  • Food digestion and health etc.

What are the career and growth prospects after pursuing bachelors` or masters in food technology?

The food industry is one of the largest career options in the world because people will never stop eating. Thence, this field has got a lot of job prospects which are as follows:-

Academic Opportunities

  • One may start a career as a lecturer in universities/institutes, appearing for NET exam.

  • or students can opt for PhD as a Researcher in the field.

Professional Opportunities

  • Food scientists

  • Food technologists

  • Process engineer

  • Food sales representative

  • Sensory specialist

  • Production manager

  • Quality control manager

Who are the top recruiters in this field?

  • Buhler 

  • Hatsun

  • Frigerio Conserva Allana Private Limited

  • Nmol

  • Cadbury

  • Godrej Agrovet

  • Venky`s

  • Food Survey of India

  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries

  • Different Mega Food Parks of India (Cremica Mega Food park, Guja Mega Food park, Srini food park )

What are the expected salaries at the start?

The average salary of a Food Technologist with less than 1-year experience is Rs 4,08,514/yr

The Average salary of Food Technologist with 1-4 years of experience is Rs 5,16,674/yr

At Senior level (5-9 years of experience) Food Technologist in India makes Rs 5,40,000/yr


What kinds of books and study materials are available for the entrance examinations? 

First of all, a person should prepare thoroughly from the books from which they studied for their 12th and in case they are planning to pursue then they should study from the books they considered for their graduation level exams.

Rather than this, they may consider the following books:-

  • Food technology by Neil Morris

  • Food technology and nutrition by Sunetra Roday

  • Food science and technology by Avantina Sharma

  • The technology of food preservation by Norman W. Desrosier, James N. Desrosier

Interesting Facts

The ready to eat cereals do not turn soggy after mixing liquid, as they are pre-dried to a very low level of 1- 3 %, to achieve that crispness in it.