Pickle products are preserved fruits or vegetables through anaerobic fermentation in a brine solution. Pickling is a popular way of preserving foods around the world. United States has the largest share in the global market of pickled products followed by other countries such as Europe, Germany, India ( Achar ), Israel, Japan, France, UK, Italy and other Asia-Pacific countries. Major key players in the business include TreeHouse Food Inc., Premier Brand Foods Plc., The Global Green Company Ltd., Mt Olive Pickle Company, Beit Hashita Assis, Patak foods, H.J Heinz, Pinnacle Foods Corporation, ADF Foods Ltd and many more.
Pickled products can be done to almost every type of vegetable such as cucumbers, olives, peppers, kimchi, chutney, mango, lemon, carrot, cauliflower, green chilli, garlic, mixed vegetable and many more. They are usually fermented in solutions of salt and water with addition of flavoring, sugar and other ingredients. Brining keeps the microorganisms away from the food thereby preserving them.
Pickled products are highly acidic thus they must be contained in non-corrosive materials. Wide mouthed glass jars with covers are the ideal packaging for them. Printed labels on paper attached to the jar contain an attractive photo of the product inside in its natural state. Nutritional information is also included in the label including the expiration dates.