How to Start Dates Packaging Business?

Dates also reduces the chance of many diseases. So the demand of dates packaging business is increasing in India and have the high chance of profitability with low investment. In this article, we will discuss all the factors which are important on how to start dates packaging business in India? like machineries and the setup needed to start this business.

In India, the cultivation of date plam (Khajur in Hindi) is mainly in Kutch district of Gujarat. Due to the increasing demand, India is the largest importer of date palm in the world. There are many nutrients present in the dates. If you consume dates on a regular basis, it helps your body to control and reduce your cholesterol level and have many benefits to our nervous system.

People who want to start this business also ask question like why farmers and the supplier who cultivate and supply dates in the market start this business? In India, there are many middle class, higher middle class, rich class, families who like to eat khajrur (Date Palm) without the seeds and are ready to pay the price.

You can easily start dates packaging business ideas in rural areas, home, in medium investment, in any cities like Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Gujarat etc. But before starting any business, you should have the plan and model so that you don’t face any problems after starting the business.

Demand of dates in the Market

As people are becoming more and more aware of the effects of processed and refined sugars in their body, they are finding an alternative to satisfy their craving to the sugars. Dates and jaggery are the best alternative as they contain large amount of natural and unprocessed sugars. People are making new recipes with dates like cakes. Due to this reasons, the demand for dates will increase in the market.

Machines and Equipment

You don’t require a large number of machines to start dates manufacturing business. This is a home based business which can done by anyone. You don’t need to put extra efforts like machine lifting so women can also become a part of this business. You can choose the type of machines as per your budget and investment. The machines and equipment required are:

  • Weighing Machine
  • Vacuum Thermoform Packaging Machine
  • Printing Machine
  • Knives
  • Cutters
  • Food Grade Storage Containers
  • Platform Trolley
  • Other Handling Equipment

Dates manufacturing process

If we talk about the process, the first step is to collect the freshly harvested dates. Then these dates are sorted so as to remove any foreign particles and bad dates. The seeds of the dates are manually removed using the cutter and knife. Then the seedless dates are stored in the bins and send them to packaging unit.

In the packaging section, packaging is done by Vacuum Thermoform Packaging Machine. The containers are made from the PET film roll which is mount on the thermoform packaging machine. This machine heat the film roll to the moulding temperature and convert into shape using vacuum and pressure. Using printing machine, logo and other important information are printed on the polystyrene film roll.

Dates are weighed in desire quantity using the weighing machine and fill in the container. Then the printed sheet is vacuum seal with the container. Now your product is ready to sell in the market.

Area Requirements to Start Dates Packaging Business

To start this business, you need approx. 1200 to 1500 Sq.ft of land. Anyone who have their own land and infrastructure can start this business and can save a lot of investment from land and building expenses. Please remember, the area also depends on the size of the plant.

Raw materials

The raw materials for the dates manufacturing business are:

  • Dates (Khajur)
  • PET film roll
  • Polystyrene film roll
  • Printing inks

Investment and Profitability

If we talk about investment on how to start dates manufacturing business? then it is a low investment high profit business. Anyone which the basic investment of 1.5 lakhs to 2 lakhs rupees can start this business. All the machines and the other equipment will cost you below 2 lakhs. If you are using Vacuum Thermoform Packaging Machine then the cost will be 12 to 15 lakhs.

If you have a production capacity of 150 Kg per day and the market rate of your product is 200 rupees per Kg. The total sales value is 50,000 per day. If you remove expenses like raw materials, salaries, electricity cost and other expenses, then you can easily earn 3500 to 4000 rupees per day.

Power Requirement

You can easily run this business with the electric load of 8 kW to 10 kW. If you want to start this business at home then you can also buy the home version of all the machineries which are available in the market.


Including skilled, unskilled, operator and other worker, you can easily start this business with 8 to 10 manpower.

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