How to Start a Cold Storage Business

Do you want to be part of the food business but don't know which way to go? Why not start your own cold storage business and freeze your way to a profitable business.

Read on and we'll tell you how and what to do in order to cash in on this venture.

Starting Your Own Cold Storage Business

The cold storage business has been around since the 1800s, but during that time the only industry using it were the breweries and they mainly rely on the unsanitary practice of ice-harvesting. By the 1900s, the idea of cold storage has seeped into the meat packing business, until finally in the mid 20th century; these refrigeration facilities have been installed on trucks which were used to transport perishable foods to long distances.

Nowadays most companies prefer to outsource their cold storage facility to relieve themselves of the trouble of having to construct and maintain their own cold storage facilities. This is where independent refrigerated warehouse owners can come in.

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Steps to Start a Cold Storage Business

Here is a step-by step procedure that you can follow to start your own cold storage business:

  • Determine which industry or industries in your area need cold storage and how much of these need s have already been supplied. If you realize that there is still a demand that has not been supplied, and then fill that void. Make a careful study on how to go about your plans and execute them. You can seek advice from other people who are in the same business and get good ideas.
  • Once you determine that you can make it, you can test run by starting small. For example you can purchase a freezer van to be used as bait storage and cater to commercial fishermen and other small-scale companies. This test does not involve a very high financial threat. But take into consideration a slightly higher initial operational expense. This can be expected for all start-up businesses, because the operations are not that efficient yet.
  • Your test run should give you an idea if you want to go on full scale or not with the cold storage business.
  • Should you decide to continue, you can now try to secure a means to fund or finance your venture. You can choose to stick to your initial market base or expand to cover more.
  • A crucial part of the business is marketing. You need to recognize your base market as well as your competitors. So who is your market? The first could be the fishermen who were your sole market during your testing phase. You can expand your market by selling what your customers are selling. You can not only store merchandise but also package them and then sell them depending on what the demand is. This way not all your eggs are stored in one basket and you remain in a competitive edge.

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1338 Comments

  • deepak kushwaha said on October 20, 2010
    Hello i am interested to set up a mini clod storage in delhi in samalkha region near airport looking forward to for further details
  • saurabh kumar said on October 25, 2010
    dear sir, i am interested to set up a mini cold storage specially for agriculture product like tomato, potato etc. at Banda Chitrakoot Uttar pradesh. could you please guide me for the same. Actually, I want to buy the vegetables at the time of its huge availability and supply in the market at the time of huge demand. looking forward to hear from you soon. yours sincerely, saurabh kumar
  • Rajeshwaran A said on October 28, 2010
    We like to set up a cold storage in Bangalore in North region. Please help us with the details.
  • alok jumar said on November 1, 2010
    iam interesting to set up the cold storage of multi chamber multi purpose abd multi stories as i have a land of 5000sq ft near NH80 in MUNGER.BIHAR as there are no cold storge is there
  • Peter Dominic said on November 4, 2010
    Hi, Due to the high demand of meat and frozen foods in the area I reside, I wish to open a small cold storage. I need to know what are the licenses I need and from whom should I obtain them from ? ( Bangalore,Karnataka,India ) Thanking you, Peter.
  • Pradeep said on November 15, 2010
    Please guide me through the license policy for Cold Storage (Potato) in Uttar Pradesh. How to get it and whom to approach. Regards, Pradeep
  • mubarak said on December 1, 2010
    Hi,I NEED TO RENT OR LEAST MY COLD STORAGE WITH FULL FURNISHED AT FRAZER TOWN NEW OPENED
  • beniwal said on December 15, 2010
    Respected Sir, I wanna to started a cold storage business in Rohtak(Haryana) for vegetables . I wanna to know all the details like funds requirement,electricity etc,
  • Naushad haider said on January 3, 2011
    Sir, I want to start a cold storage business in saran(Bihar) for vegetables . I wanna know all the details like licenses, funds requirement, machineries and electricity etc. I have a land of 10000sq ft on state highway.
  • Shankar bishnoi said on January 8, 2011
    Sir, i want to start a cold storage business in sanchore, jalore, rajasthan. For vegetable. I wanna know all the details like licenses, funds requirements , machinery and electricity etc.
  • puneet praveen kumar said on January 15, 2011
    sir, i am interested to open in cold storage in trari,bhojpur,bihar.Because i have land of 98000sq ft near to NH,then please suggest me for fund requirement and licenses.it ariya is famous for produce to vegetable but here farmer do not get convincing price,
  • Glen Pinto said on January 23, 2011
    Hello Sir/Ma'am, I am looking forward to setting up a cold storage business in mumbai... The items include poultry items, processed/canned food items, sauces, snacks, imported cold storage items like sausages, stuffed chicken, etc.. kindly assist me in details like capital expenditure, fixed and variable costs, licenses, equipments required, storage layout design, etc. Your assistance is greatly appreciated in this matter
  • Samuel said on February 1, 2011
    Dear Sir, I want to start a cold storage business starting from a small scale to a bigger scale in the near future in Accra Ghana. Any assistance from you would be highly appreciated.
  • Shreyansh Shah said on February 3, 2011
    Hello Sir, Actually I have heard about opportunities of cold storage business near deesa, gujarat. I become C.A. but I want to do business. So, please suggest me what should I do as soon as possible.
  • Anil kumar Agrawal said on February 4, 2011
    Sir/Madam , I want to start my own cold store in Aligarh Up So i want to collect the all information about it.pls tell/help me for this ASAP. Thanking You !
  • surendra said on February 11, 2011
    Sir, i want to start a cold storage business in Tirupathi. For vegetable and more items. I wanna know all the details like licenses, funds requirements , machinery and electricity etc. So, please suggest me what should I do as soon as possible. Thanking you sir, Regards Surendra 09160032224
  • Samrat Bahadur said on February 18, 2011
    Dear Sir, Seeks detail project report for Composite Cold storage with equipped Slaughter House for Ovani and Bovine animals in Karnataka / Andhra Pradesh. Seeks Machinery supplier for Slaughter House , Cold Storage. Seeks Construction contractor for Slaughter House and Cold Storage buildings. Seeks information from all sources. Awaiting response by email on nepalmeat@yahoo.com
  • CHHITAR SINGH said on February 22, 2011
    I want construct a cold storage for potatoes having capacity of 5000tonnes in Mathura districtof Uttar Pradesh. Please advise me steps one by one. Regards
  • ranvir pathak said on February 24, 2011
    dear sir, i am interested to set up a cold storage specially for agriculture product like tomato, potato etc. at bihar. could you please guide me for the same. how much investment req.
  • James expert adviser said on February 24, 2011
    @ranvir, Your investment will depend on the size of cold storage. It can typically range from 50 lacs rupees to 20 crores. You can also plan for perishable item transportation business, government is issuing high end subsidies for it.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Reggie said on February 27, 2011
    Hi! I've just started a small cold store business in Accra Ghana with deep freezers but i intend to grow the business to the biggest level i can reach. Please help me with any ideas to achieve this dream
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on February 27, 2011
    @Reggie, it is always good to start slow and learn from your mistakes. Some pointers to consider when you expand the business, look for virgin markets, avoid mistakes that you made or others use to make, settle the financial issues at the initial stage of starting, at the end deliver the quality stuffs to end users.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • prathapreddy said on February 28, 2011
    hi, i would like to start a cold storage unit in andhra pradesh/telangana. what is the procedure and what is the percentage of subsidy govt is providing. kindly pls let me know
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on February 28, 2011
    @prathapreddy, the process of starting a cold storage is not different than starting any industries in India. Acquiring land, environment clearance, electric permission, noc from local heads, business registration, loan, etc. Subsidy can go upto 30% depending on the place and owner. Women will secure higher subsidy.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Vikas Sharma said on March 1, 2011
    Hi, I wanted to enter in cold storage business. I want to start from Gurgaon where i am residing. Please let me know what type of logistics and licenses are needed and if there is any schemes run by government. Thanks, Vikas
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 1, 2011
    @Vikas Sharma, there is PMRY scheme for rural business, under which a woman owner can get subsidies upto 30%. Refrigerated Transport vehicles also get a subsidy of 25%

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • rajiv said on March 2, 2011
    i want to start a cold storage unit near patna capital city of bihar please let me know the details
  • Sanjeev Srivastav said on March 3, 2011
    Dear Sir, Seeks detail project report for Composite Cold storage with equipped Slaughter House for vegetable and fruits in uttarpradesh. Seeks Machinery supplier for Cold Storage. Seeks Construction contractor House and Cold Storage buildings. Seeks information from all sources. Awaiting response by email on sanjeev1968@hotmail.com
  • Divya.M said on March 3, 2011
    Dear Raghu, your responses are apt and enlightening. Thank you very much. I'm basically an Agriculture student (Bsc.(Agri) who want to start some Agro-busines. Sir, in budget 2011 Government had introduced many sops to cold storage. I got my own land near Tiruvallur (1 hour journey from Chennai). I would like to start cold storage unit taking the advantage of current subsidies and loan facility introduced by the Govt. Can you please tell the procedure to start up my venture. what would be the approximate budget to start with. How and where i can avail the loan. (A-z details). please mail me. You can reach me at divya.m@citi.com
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 3, 2011
    @Divya.M, here are some tips for you.
    - You need to decide your budget, startup cost for a cold storage can be in a range of 5,000,000 INR to 20 crores. You have to figure out it. This varies with the size of the plant and machines needed for it. Construction area will vary with the size.
    - You can see around and decide what your area is good at producing because you should procure that and sell to the Indian market when it is needed more to get the max profit.
    - If you have the business plan and collateral then all the nationalised banks should be able to help you. But you have to walk around to find a interested manager from various banks. Banks will get the subsidy money directly from the government.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 3, 2011
    @rajiv, i can definitely help you regards to starting a cold storage in Patna but would you please say me more about your plan. Do you have your own land? How big is your project? Have you thought anything about these or you just want to know the base lines? If you want to know the base lines then please refer to above comments.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • N,Venu said on March 5, 2011
    dear sir, i am interested to set up a mini cold storage specially for agriculture product like tomato, beans, brinjal etc. at Channapatna Taluk, Ramanagar District, Bangalore mysore highway, 50 Kms away from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA. could you please guide me for the same. looking forward to hear from you soon. With regards, Venu
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 5, 2011
    @N,Venu, what you want me to help you with? How big is your land and what is your budget? Just to inform you Govt has better subsidies for cold storage in this budget. Let me know exactly what you need from me.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Salim Maredia said on March 8, 2011
    I am from Mumbai and i would like to enter the cold storage business by starting with a refrigerated truck and then slowly expanding to other areas along the supply chain. But i am confused as to how to get started with this. shall i first get customers and then buy my truck or vice versa. Do most of the retail outlets outsource such services? Kindly advise.
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 9, 2011
    @Salim Maredia, you have to research before you buy your trucks. Have a survey and find out the local requirements, meet the owners ask them about new opportunities. Anyway you will do this to find business after you buy the trucks so why not do it before and save some working capital.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • V.Thiagarajan said on March 10, 2011
    Sir, anyone having interesting ideas in the area of cold chains & refrigeration may please get in touch with us. We are Technology Business Incubator at St.Peter's University, Avadi, Chennai.
  • anthony said on March 12, 2011
    dear sir, i would like to open a cold storage in navi mumbai please help me to know how to find license, equipments, and how to contact companies for food products and total finance required to invest or any other business with not much investments
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 13, 2011
    @anthony, Hi Anthony, you can definitely start a cold storage in about 50 lacs rupees, these days government is extending subsidy up to 50% of the investment and you can get it from NABARD. You can never start this business of your own so better consult a freezer consultant, he will give you the structure plan, machines required, etc. It is the simple business registration process, you need local NOC, pollution clearance, tax id, business license. If you are all set then consult a consultant to help you.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • KP said on March 14, 2011
    Dear Raghunath, thanks for a very informative thread. Could you please give the indicative ROI, Break even time(PAT positive) and payback period (cumulative cash flow positive)of smaller scale cold storage costing 50Lacs to 1 Cr. Also what is the potential of this business in bihar?
  • s.d.sharma said on March 16, 2011
    interested in setting cold storage of 5000 multi commodity at kundali, sonepat haryan india. seeks your valuable guidance
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 16, 2011
    @rasik agarwal, I already answered many questions on this page, see my previous comments. If you have any specific questions then post them here.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 17, 2011
    @s.d.sharma, can you please elaborate and let me know what you need exactly from us.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 18, 2011
    @raman, please read my previous comments on startup cost, finance options.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • ajay said on March 18, 2011
    I wish to start a cold storage in Kanpur (UP), india, for potatoes. the storage capacity would be approx 5000 MT. pl guide me about Start up cost, subsidy, ROI and break even time. regards
  • Vikramjit Singh said on March 18, 2011
    Hi I want to open a cold storage in Amritsar I got my land I can invest the money in but I got no idea to start plz tell how I can establish it and get training. How can i gain knowledge about cold storage and whats the turn over annually. thanxs
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 19, 2011
    @ajay, startup cost for 5000MT cold storage will be around 12-15 crores rupees, there was a 25% subsidy on cold storage and maximum amount was for 50 lacs. Check with NABARD if these rules changed because there is much added to the cold storage in this budget.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 19, 2011
    @Vikramjit Singh, you said you have land so how much is it? You can put a 1000MT cold storage in 1.5 acre land. How much money you have, you need about 3 crores rupees to start a 1000MT cold storage. Best coaching you can get by working temporarily in a near by cold storage.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • vishal said on March 21, 2011
    Need procedure details and consultant for setting up a cold storage at lucknow. Got my own 1.6 lac sqft land .
  • Rahul Sarraf said on March 22, 2011
    Guide me for setting up a cold storage of 4000MT. Can anyone help me out on the cost structure, subsidies and how to get the license for the same. Please be precise.
  • jag said on March 28, 2011
    Hello, I am seriously looking for setting up the cold storage business. I have a concrete building structure ready in the city center of Vizag, i need information on setting up the business. Plz advice.
  • Jagdish Kantilal Trivedi said on April 2, 2011
    I want to start mini cold storage in North Gujarat, please guide me for Investment, size of the unit, any subsidy available, project report and the suppliers. And lastly your fees also.
  • Alok Sharma said on April 2, 2011
    Hi Raghu, I want to start same business in Shikarpur, Bulandshahr, UP. I have land there which is 1.5 acre and in starting I am looking a cold storage for minimum 50000 bags(100 kg each) of potato. Could you please give a rough idea about how much i need to invest then do I also need to keep some running amount after establish it. Would be great if you can share some good engineers and machine man reference. My plan is to start it by next potato season. Thanks, Alok
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on April 3, 2011

    @Alok Sharma, read my reply to @ajay, you need a plant of 5000MT for your requirement. You need 6-7.5 acre land for this cold storage. Sorry, i have no engineer to refer from your area. Consult some local cold storage owner to find someone locally.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • pradeep pailoor said on April 8, 2011
    hi all, for feasibility report on cold storage,turnkey projects you can contact me on my mail.
    Estimated project cost for 1000mt cold storage:
    1cr to 1.5 cr,it will vary depending on the land cost.
    land required:
    1000mt=0.3 to 0.5 acres
    3000mt=1 acre
    5000mt=2acre
  • umesh rana said on April 8, 2011
    dear mr raghunath, i am planning to start a mini cold store of about 300-400MT combined with ice factory. i have about 1.5 acres owned land which i think is enough for this. need your help to find the following info:
    1. consultants for project feasibility reports
    2. manufacturers who can supply the necessary cold store machinery and insulation
    3. consultants who can oversee the construction of the project
    the facility is to be set up in utarakhand near nainital and budget is about 1.0 crore. brgds, umesh rana
  • rakesh said on April 9, 2011
    i am interested in to start a cold storage for potato in delhi kindly let me know the minimum area reqd. as well as reqd. investment
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on April 9, 2011

    @umesh rana, sorry Umesh we don't have any vendors for machineries nor we have any cold storage consultant from your state to help you. You can look for local consultants using google, facebook, orkut. You can also consult local cold storages for finding some consultants.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • shardindu kumar singh said on April 10, 2011
    I want to start a Cold storage along with other allied business at about 1.5 acres of land at a village in Vaishali Distt of Bihar,well connected to metal road and about 35 kms from State capital,Patna.
  • SUNITHA said on April 11, 2011
    i want start retail fruit business so i need cold storage can i make one room like cold storage room size 200 sqft if its possible how much investment required plz give me that information
  • prem said on April 13, 2011
    i want to start a cold storage business in Hyderabad surrounding's and i have my own land for it,for a capacity of 100mt,please give me a advice for total project cost and subsidy's
  • Ankur Saxena said on April 15, 2011
    dear sir, i am interested to set up a mini cold storage specially for agriculture product like tomato, potato etc. at Aligarh, Uttar pradesh. could you please guide me for the same. Actually, Sir I have no resources for starting this business and please advice me for the many types of resources which can i take help of them. looking forward to hear from you soon. yours sincerely, saurabh kumar
  • dinesh chand meena said on April 19, 2011
    dear sir, i am interested to set up a cold storage specially for agriculture product like tomato, potato onion etc. at dausa rajasthan. could you please guide me for the same.Sir Actually, I have limited resources for starting this business and please advice me for the many types of resources which can i take help of them. looking forward to hear from you soon. yours sincerely, dinesh chand meena
  • gagan said on April 20, 2011
    hi to all; is there any land limit to open a clod storage. pls suggest me asap
  • neeraj said on April 23, 2011
    i want to know the cost of cold storage for 50000 bags of potato without land cost & subsidy on that.
  • yusuf said on April 27, 2011
    HI I WANT TO SET UP A COLD STORAGE FOR 60000 BAGS = 3000 MT IN BARABANKI UTTAR PRADESH . CAN U PLEASE TELL ME HOW MUCH LAND DO I NEED TO BUY .
  • jagdish prasad yadav said on May 3, 2011
    want to start and open a mini cold store in district mainpuri U.P. Require guide lines for setup and finance required , aid from Govt. or any other organization can be sought. Full details if forwarded shall be highly obliged. thanks.
  • Jovendra Pratap Singh said on May 4, 2011
    dear Sir, i lives in Najibabad,Bijnor(U.P.). I want to come in cold store business my budget is around 20 lacs. and i want to make cold store for only potatoes. will you please tell me about finance facility from govt. & other ideas...
  • ashish kumar said on May 6, 2011
    please give me all information about cold storage. i have 5600 sq.ft. in height 14 feet lanter panipat ( haryana )
  • HINIDZAH M.K EMMANUEL said on May 10, 2011
    I want to start a cold store business in the Jasikan District of Volta Region, Ghana. I thus want you to give me the relevant guidelines as a beginner. the demand for cold meat and fish in this area is very high. Thanks in advance.
  • Asish Kumar Agrawal said on May 10, 2011
    Please send me the machineries list for installing a 3000 mt cold storage plant in sambalpur orissa. would be thankful if you can provide me the quotation.
  • anand said on May 12, 2011
    hello raghu ji, I Live in raipur( c.g) . I want to open mini cold storage about 100-200 mt.please give me information about its cost and all u can give me . i have 1.5 acre land. From above i got information that rs 1.5 cr. is required for 1000mt. but i dont have so much. please tell me if can i open mini cold storage which requires cost below 10lakhs. pls send on my email id, thnks
  • Anita said on May 14, 2011
    Good day Mr. Raghu, With ur kind advise I would like to proceed for cold storage business at Lucknow UP. Kindly let me know the complete procedure for constructing, installation of machinery, starting and future expenditure on the maintenance of the plant including land required for 4000 to 5000MT storing capacity, cold storage plant with cost involved. Please also let me know the loan procedure and company can be contacted for installation. Awaiting for ur positive and descriptive mail on above. Thanks & Best Regards, Anita
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on May 14, 2011
    @anand, I don't think you will be able to start a cold storage in 10 lacs rupees.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Raghunath expert adviser said on May 14, 2011

    @Anita, you need 10-15 crores rupees for a 5000MT cold storage. Startup cost will highly depend on how much automization you do for your cold storage. You need at least 3-4 acres of land. For financing you need to work on a business plan. 

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • shyam Agarwal said on May 15, 2011
    I am interested to setting a cold storage at Rourkela (Orissa) at present 2 cold storage capacity 1160 M.T. and 1000 M.T is also working. Kindly advise me I want to set up multipurpose like potato/tomato and fruits. How much finance required and land. How much subsidy giving the orissa govt.and who is the best consultant.
  • gautam khandelwal said on May 15, 2011
    dear sir i have 12000 sq ft plot in which i want to construct the cold storage. please guide me
  • Srini said on May 17, 2011
    I belong to Waranga dist,Andhrapradesh.would like to set up 500MT with estimation of construction cost is 1-1.5cr. Can you let me know what would be the return per annum for this size cold storage unit. Srini
  • Dinah said on May 17, 2011
    Dear sir,I live in Takoradi,Ghana and I want to start a small cold storage business in my area with which I can sell frozen meat and fish,I am also looking for expanding it in the near future, can you please assist me on how to go about it.
  • diktesh said on May 17, 2011
    I am planning to start cold storage near Delhi Area. I do not have land currently but I can arrange Rs 5000000 for the startup of by business of cold storage. Raghu can you please suggest how to startup my research work from.
    1) From whom can I study the market requirement for cold storage ?
    2) Can I merge medical and vegetables in same cold storage ?
    I am bit not sure where should I start the research work from
    My contact details are email diktesh@gmail.com.
  • amit said on May 18, 2011
    hello sir i want to start cold storage in sangli and i am a B.sc agriculture graduate can u please suggest me how much amount need to start a small cold storage ?and govt. Subsidies for this to a agril.graduate
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on May 18, 2011

    @diktesh, the best way to start your research is by visiting near by cold storages, meet the owners or managers. Ask them as many questions you can. In India people don't mind answering the questions.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Bikashjyoti said on May 18, 2011
    Sir, I am from Assam . I want to start a mini cold storage . I have my own land . Is it possible in appr. 25,00,000.00 . Please suggest me sir !
  • Kamrunissa Ghorie said on May 20, 2011
    Hi, I am located in proper Mumbai. I would like to start a cold storage in Distant Suburb or Thane District. I have all the means and space. Kindly let me know do I need to take any authorities permission for entering into cold storage or maintaining a cold storage. Please let me know.
  • Rajesh Mahata said on May 21, 2011
    Dear sir, i am interested to set up a mini cold storage(below 200MT) specially for agriculture product like tomato, potato,onion at Purulia District,West Bengal.I want to know What is the installation cost and the running cost of this type cold storage. How much subsidy giving the west Bengal govt. if any .and who is the best consultant at our District?
  • mr patel said on May 22, 2011
    mahuva bhavnagar gujarat. want to set up cold storage, i have 8000 sq ft of land(if more require?) budget is around 2 crore
  • Sunny said on May 26, 2011
    Dear Sir, I am planning to start up a 5000MT cold storage in dhanbad, jharkhand. Can you tell me the customer base? How to reach the customer? The cost involved?
  • Amit Patel said on May 27, 2011
    Raghu sir, congrats to u for nice guidance to us. I came across this website today and found excellent. I want to start Lemon cold storage due to large availability. Initially it would be on small scale with 100MT capacity and my projected cost is Rs.80 lakhs. Is storing of lemon possible? Above consideration is right? If u have any consultant, just refer me. The Location would be MEHSANA, 70 kms from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on May 27, 2011

    @Amit Patel, thanks Amit. Yes, you can store lemon as well. Sorry to say that I don't have a cold storage consultant yet to refer. I am looking for one knowlagious person, I will inform you all once i get someone.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Shabbir said on May 28, 2011
    Hello Mr. Raghu, Firstly, thank you very much for the useful and informative insights and comments you have posted to various queries here on this forum. A little about my back ground first. We are a family run business dealing in Glass and allied products from the last 5 decades. However, the Glass market, even though having good potential and growth, is plagued with severe and unhealthy competition. Apart from the above, at the end of the day, you are not satisfied because the amount of effort you put, you aren't getting enough out of it. Hence, I have made up my mind and would like to diversify into another line of business. It has always been my dream to do something in the food processing sector as I have my cousins in the same business and have had the opportunity several times to visit their factories and learnt it to be a very interesting and challenging business with considerable decent margins and even though there is competition from biggies like Kissan, Nestle, BrookBond, Lipton, etc., they are still surviving from the last 5-6 decades and are making good and satisfying business.

    I wouldn't want to get into the same thing as them (they produce jams, syrups, Crushes and toppings, etc) but into something different so that they would not feel threatened that I am their new competitor at the same time, I could realize my food processing business dreams. Hence, when I came across an article on cold storage, I was deeply interested. I understand that to start the business, I would need min. 50 Lakhs. As far as my investment is concerned, I have a covered built-up area of about 10,000 Sft in the heart of the city (Bangalore) very close to the Railway station which is my own family's, and there is also a chance to hiring a further 4000 sft approx. next door at a reasonable rent. Further, I have about 60 KW of Sanctioned power and apart from the above, I can invest a further 35-40 lakhs.

    Please let me know that would the above infrastructure and finance suffice to start off this project..?? If I could get hold of a decent consultant to draft me a factual business plan, maybe I can generate a further 15-20 lakhs either in the form of loans or invest from friends and relatives. Please send me your most valuable advice in this regard. Thank you.
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on May 29, 2011

    @Shabbir, your money is enough to start a small cold storage. I would never use the place that you have in the center of the city for this reason. Rather you can use the same place for renting to someone else for good return and find a place little away from the city to start a cold storage, this will reduce your investment. You might be thinking, wait a minute i have a place why not use it but you have to think like a businessman who always look for maximum return. Find a local consultant to help you in drafting a business plan and for getting the subsidy.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • K.N.Agarwal said on May 29, 2011
    Please intimate how many types of NOC required for starting a cold storage? Procedure, form, fee required for the same. My location is at Vill-Sherpur, Tehsil-Pataudi, Distt-Gurgaon (Haryana)
  • Shabbir said on May 29, 2011
    Dear Mr. Raghu, Thank you very much for your mail and response. Will consider your advise, however, should you happen to know of any consultant here in Bangalore who would help me out with drafting a project report and business plan, can you please forward me their names and address so as to take matters further. Thanking you, Best regards, Shabbir
  • sultan said on May 29, 2011
    I am resident of bihar where potato are mainly produced. Please provide me the total cost to install cold store.
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on May 29, 2011

    @Shabbir, sorry to say that i have no one to represent from Bangalore area. You can get some information about the local cold storage consultants from the existing cold storages or use Google to find some. I will prefer to ask some local owners to get some contacts.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • sabari said on June 1, 2011
    hello sir, i have taken a sick cold storage unit,in Andhra Pradesh,in which we are doing the repair work,and 2000 metric tonnes capacity will be available to store in a month, can you help me out in the products that i can store in this storage and also the help me out with the financial agencies which can give financial support on stocks. My storage is located in Rajamundry, East Godavari Dist, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA
  • Rohit kumar dehury said on June 2, 2011
    I wanna have a mini cold storage of 200Mt for tomato. kindly suggest me how much i have to invest initially for d above project. and mention what vl d expenditure for its maintenance cost per day. i hail from orissa in angul district.
  • Manmohan Jatav said on June 3, 2011
    I am interesting to set up a mini cold storage in Bhend(ORAI), UP, INDIA. looking forward to for further Details.
  • Sathya Murthy said on June 6, 2011
    Dear Sir, I would like to have my own cold storage to store some fruits and vegetables to vend out the local customers. I have a 1500 sq.ft. (30x50) site in city where I can have a cold storage in the basement and 1st floor and construct house on the second floor. Can any one advise me of what would be the project cost for the above said dimension. Regards J. Sathya Murthy
  • sanjay waghmare said on June 8, 2011
    area of my house is 45x23=1000Fts. my limit is 25 lakhs. give the details of cold storage.
  • pradeep sharma said on June 13, 2011
    location:- ramnagar bangalore karnatka Dear sir, i am interested to set up a 5000 metric ton cold storage specially for agriculture product like tomato, potato,onion at Ramnagar District, Bangalore. We have own 10 acre industrial land. I want to know What is the installation cost and the running cost of this type cold storage. How much subsidy giving the Karnatka govt. if any .and who is the best consultant in Bangalore and we want to renting to any mnc/indian company and which company interest to take on rent.

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