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Development and Evaluation of Cost of Production of Instant Chicken Soup Mix Incorporated with Spent Hen Meat Shred

B. K. Sarkar S. Upadhyay P. Gogoi A. Das M. Hazarika Z. Rahman
Vol 9(7), 196-203

A study was undertaken to develop an ‘instant chicken soup mix’ incorporated with spent hen meat shred and to evaluate its cost of production. Four treatment soup mix combinations containing 0%, 20%, 25% and 30% meat shred were prepared and cost of production was evaluated. Cost of formulation was found to be highest for Treatment D followed by C, B and A. Net profit was found to be highest for Treatment D followed by C, B and A. Estimating the details of economics of the developed products, it can be concluded that a viable enterprise can be established by keeping the cost per kg as Rs. 273, Rs. 455, Rs. 500 and Rs. 546 for Treatment A, B, C and D respectively.

Keywords : Cost Economics Cost Benefit Ratio Instant Soup Mix Soup Spent Hen Meat Powder

Soup is probably one of the oldest foods of human being, since it must have developed about the time when boiling was established as very fast form of cookery. Chicken soup is simple to prepare, relatively cheap, nutritious, easily digestible and highly cherished by young generation. For instance, it is regarded as the most ubiquitous medicinal soup in the world. Chicken soup might have anti-inflammatory activity, namely, the inhibition of neutrophil migration (Barbara et al., 2000) and could hypothetically lead to temporary ease from symptoms of illness (Rennard et al., 2000). Normally soups are consumed before meals to stimulate the appetite and flow of digestive juices in stomach. Chicken soup is often referred as “Jewish penicillin”, “bohbymycetin” and “bobamycin” (Caroline and Schwartz, 1975; Saketkhoo et al., 1978).

Convenience food sector is one of the largest growing segments of food industry throughout the world. Dry soup mixes are well recognized convenience food item in the world food markets. Instant soup mixes are preferred by consumers because of their convenience in preparation, shelf stability and excellent appetizing property. Soup market in India was reported to be in the range of INR 100-125 crores in 2010 (Juse, 2012). The category of ready-to-cook soup mixes formed 25 percent of the instant food segments (Juse, 2012). The major brands in ready to cook soup mixes in Indian market are Knorr (Hindustan Uniliver), Maggi (Nestle), Ching’s secret (Capital Foods), Bambino (Bambino Agro), Sil (Scandin Food), Campbell’s (Weikfield Products) etc. Apart from good storage stability, nutritional and therapeutic properties, the increasing health consciousness amongst the population has led to increased popularity of instant soup mix all over the world.

The layer bird population of India was around 247 million in 2010 (Juse, 2012). Effective utilization of layer birds after the end of their productive life is one of the urgent requirements of the poultry industry as 30 percent of the poultry slaughtered are spent hens (Juse, 2012). Spent hen meat is a by-product of egg industry obtained from old and culled chicken, after productive and reproductive phase of life; which has high fat and cholesterol content, low tenderness, less juiciness and poor functional characteristics resulting in low acceptability and lower remunerative prices as compared to broiler meat (Saini, 2016). However its nutritional quality is similar to broiler meat (Chueachuaychoo et al., 2011). Improved deboning techniques and modern methods of meat processing could enhance the quality and value of meat from spent hens leading to greater demands and better financial returns (Kondaiah and Panda, 1992). Since spent layers are very cheap source of meat it can be used successfully in the formulation of many value added meat products (Kim and Ahn 1997). Thus, the present study was undertaken to develop and evaluate cost of production of instant soup mix incorporated with spent hen meat shred.

Materials and Methods

Raw Materials

Spent hens of commercial layer birds were obtained from Regional Poultry Breeding Farm, Kyrdemkulai, Ri Bhoi District, Meghalaya, India. Following ante-mortem examination, spent hens were slaughtered under humane and hygienic conditions, in the Department of Livestock Products Technology, College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, Guwahati. The dressed carcasses were deboned manually following proper hygienic conditions. All visible fat, fascia and connective tissue were separated and trimmed off and the meat was minced through 6 mm plate in a meat mincer and packed in low density polyethylene (150µm thickness) bags and then kept at -18±2°C till further use. Refined salt (Tata Chemicals Ltd., Mumbai), corn flour (Amrut International), potato starch (Aksher Chem) and Mono sodium glutamate were procured from local market of Guwahati. Green chili and vegetable (bean, pea and carrot) were chopped after proper washing. Black pepper, onion and garlic were grinded in mixer grinder after peeling and washing. Drying was done in the solar dryer at 60°C until the water activity was reported below 0.3.

Solar dryer was fabricated using wood consisting of a tray type drying chamber with heating filament and exhaust fan inside it; panel for collection of heat made up of glass and the interior covered with black paint coated over aluminium sheet, temperature control knob and air ventilation knob. A battery backup system was provided using a solar panel which charges a solar powered battery by converting solar energy through solar powered converter. The average temperature and relative humidity attained during peak hours of sunny days was 67°C and 22±2%. It took around 35 hours to dry the meat shred to attain required moisture level of 6±1%. Dried spent hen meat shred was prepared as given in Fig. 1.

Slaughtering and dressing of spent hen
Pressure cooking for 5 minutes
Meat mincing
Solar drying (65oC)
Chicken shred
Fig. 1: Flow chart for preparation of spent hen meat shred















In this experiment, formulations for instant chicken soup mix were standardized using different levels of spent hen meat shred, starches, salt and other ingredients as indicated in Table 1. Soup were prepared from instant chicken soup mixes of four formulations namely Treatment-A, B, C and D (Table 1), which fulfilled sensory attributes of consumers.

Preparation of Instant Chicken Soup Mix

Mixing of corn flour, potato starch, spent hen meat shred, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, dried green chili, dried vegetable (pea: bean: carrot= 1:1:1) and monosodium glutamate in required proportion was done to obtain the instant chicken soup mix (Table 1). Instant chicken soup mix was then packaged in low density polyethylene (150µm thickness) bags and stored at ambient temperature.


Table 1: Formulation of instant chicken soup mix (in percentage)

S. No. Ingredients Treatment A Treatment B Treatment C Treatment D
1 Corn flour 15 15 15 15
2 Potato starch powder 40 20 15 10
3 Spent hen meat shred 0 20 25 30
4 Dried chopped vegetable 12 12 12 12
5 Salt 20 20 20 20
6 Black pepper powder 3 3 3 3
7 Onion powder 5 5 5 5
8 Garlic powder 3 3 3 3
9 Dried chopped green chili 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
10 Mono Sodium Glutamate 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Total 100 100 100 100

Reconstitution of Instant Chicken Soup Mix

The instant chicken soup mix was reconstituted in cold potable water (instant soup mix: water = 1:16), stirred and brought to boil to get ready-to-drink soup.

Sensory Evaluation

Soups prepared from instant chicken soup mix were served at ambient temperature to the semi-trained panelists of 7- member panel. All the samples were evaluated for appearance, colour, flavour, consistency, taste and overall acceptability by using a 7 point hedonic scale.

Formulas Used in the Estimation of the Economics of Product

Assuming that, 10 kg instant chicken soup mix will be prepared in every working day and monthly working day is 25 days.

Cost of production (10 kg/day) = Cost of formulation + Overhead cost

Overhead cost = depreciation cost + Rent of building + Labour cost+ Cost of electricity + Maintenance cost + Water charge + Cost of packaging

Profit = 30% of cost of production

Income = Total sale price – Total cost of production

Break-Even point = Fixed cost × Total sales/ (Total sales – Variable cost)

Benefit cost ratio = Total sale money / Variable cost

Net profit/day = Total profit – Amount of loan payment/day

Results and Discussion

The total cost of production for dried chicken shred was calculated to be Rs. 929/kg (Table 2). The equipment cost was Rs. 45,000 (Table 3) and their annual depreciation was calculated to be Rs. 4,500/annum on the basis of 10% annual rate of depreciation (Table 4).


Table 2: Cost of production for dried chicken shred

Heads Cost
Price of live spent hen 80/Kg
Dressing Percentage (%) 65
Cost of 1 kg dressed carcass 80 X 100/65 = 123.08
Average recovery of deboned meat (%) 56%
Cost of 1 kg deboned meat 123.08 X 100/56 = 219.79
Cost of 100 Kg deboned meat 21,979
Yield of dried chicken shred 23.66%
Cost of dried chicken shred 21,979/23.66 =929
Cost of drying (solar) 0
Total cost of 1 kg dried chicken shred 929

Table 3: Fixed expenditure (Equipment’s cost) for instant soup mix

S. No. Equipment’s Cost (Rs.)
1 Manual meat mincer 3000
2 Pressure cooker 1500
3 Balance 1500
4 Furniture and utensils 4000
5 Grinder 1500
6 Packaging machine 2000
7 Dryer 30000
8 Miscellaneous 1500
Total fixed expenditure Rs. 45,000

*Every day 10 kg instant soup mix will be prepared.

Table 4: Overhead production cost of 10 kg instant soup mix

S.  No. Item Cost
1 Annual depreciation @ 10% =Rs. 4500/ annum
  Daily depreciation cost @ 25 working day/month = Rs. 15/day
2 Rent of building 2000 /month
  Rent per day @ 25 working day/month = Rs.80/day
3 Labour cost
  Trained labour (1 nos.) @Rs. 300X1 =Rs. 300
  Untrained labour (1 nos.) @Rs. 250X1 =Rs. 250
4 Electricity cost @ Rs 6/unit
    Approx. used 15 unit/ day =Rs.90
5 Maintenance cost Rs. 50
6 Water charge Rs. 15
7 Cost of packaging (1000 packet @ Rs.1/packet) Rs. 1000
Total   Rs. 1800/day

The overhead production cost of 10kg product was mentioned in Table 4 which includes daily depreciation cost, rent on building per day, labour cost, electricity cost, maintenance cost, water charge and packaging cost, thus, amounting to a total of Rs. 1,800/day. The formulation cost of 10kg instant soup mix powder were Rs. 930.00, Rs. 2,748.00, Rs. 3,203.00 and Rs. 3,657.00 for Treatment A, B, C and D respectively (Table 5).

Table 5: Formulation cost for 10 kg instant soup mix

S. No. Ingredients Rate per Kg A B C D
1 Corn flour @ 15% 40 60 60 60 60
2 Patato Starch @ 40%, 20%, 15% & 10% respectively 40 160 80 60 40
3 Dried chicken shred @ 0%, 20%, 25% & 30% respectively 949 0 1898 2373 2847
4 Dried vegetable (carrot: pea: bean=1:1:1) @ 12% 200 240 240 240 240
5 Salt @ 20% 15 30 30 30 30
6 Black pepper@  3% 800 240 240 240 240
7 Onion powder@  5% 150 75 75 75 75
8 Garlic powder@  3% 300 90 90 90 90
9 Dried chopped chili@ 1.5% 200 30 30 30 30
10 Mono Sodium Glutamate @ 0.5% 100 5 5 5 5
Total 930 2748 3203 3657

In every working day, 10kg instant soup mix powder was prepared and hence total expenditure per day was calculated as Rs. 2,730.00, Rs. 4,548.00, Rs. 5,003.00 and Rs. 5,457.00 for Treatment A, B, C and D respectively (Table 6).

Table 6: Calculation of MRP, sale/day and total profit/day

Groups A B C D
Overhead production cost 1800 1800 1800 1800
Formulation cost 930 2748 3203 3657
Cost of 10 kg instant soup mix 2730 4548 5003 5457
Cost of 1kg instant soup mix 273 455 500 546
Profit @30% 82 137 150 164
MRP of instant soup mix (1 Kg) 355 592 650 710
Income/Kg 82 137 150 164
Total sale money/day 3550 5920 6500 7100
Total profit/day 820 1370 1500 1640

Production cost of instant soup mix/ kg was calculated as Rs. 273.00, Rs. 455.00, Rs. 500.00 and Rs. 546.00 in Treatment A, B, C and D respectively (Table 6). MRP of instant soup mix (1kg) was calculated as Rs. 355.00, Rs. 592.00, Rs. 650.00 and Rs. 710.00 for Treatment A, B, C and D respectively, considering 30% profit (Table 6). The price of instant soup mix was found to be half the price of readily available chicken soup in market. Total sale/day was calculated to be Rs. 3,550.00, Rs. 5,920.00, Rs. 6,500.00 and Rs. 7,100.00 in Treatment A, B, C and D respectively (Table 6). Daily profit was calculated to be Rs. 820, Rs. 1370, Rs. 1500 and Rs. 1640 in Treatment A, B, C and D respectively (Table 6). The total project cost was calculated by summation of the fixed cost and variable cost and was found to be Rs. 47,730.00, Rs. 49,548.00, Rs. 50,003.00 and Rs. 50,457.00 for Treatment A, B, C and D respectively (Table 7). The net profit per day was calculated as Rs. 803.76, Rs. 1,353.16, Rs. 1,483.00 and Rs. 1622.84 for Treatment A, B, C and D respectively (Table 7).

Table 7: Calculation of Net profit, Breakeven point and Benefit cost ratio

Groups A B C D
Fixed cost 45000 45000 45000 45000
Variable cost 2730 4548 5003 5457
Total Project cost 47730 49548 50003 50457
Loan amount (85%) 40600 42100 42500 42900
Margin money 7130 7448 7503 7557
Amount of interest @12% /annum 4872 5052 5100 5148
Amount of loan payment/month 406 421 425 429
Amount of loan payment/day 16.24 16.84 17 17.16
Net profit/day 803.76 1353.16 1483 1622.84
Break-even point 194817 194169 195391 194461
Benefit cost ratio 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3

The break-even point was calculated to be Rs. 1,94,817.00, Rs. 1,94,169.00, Rs. 1,95,391.00 and Rs. 1,94,461.00 for Treatment A, B, C and D respectively (Table 8). Benefit cost ratio was found to be 1.30 for all four treatments. All the sensory parameters (appearance, colour, flavour, consistency, taste and overall acceptability) of the soup prepared from instant soup mix evaluated by 7-membered semi trained panelist revealed a significantly higher score for treatment C (spent hen meat shred-25%) in comparison to other treatments.

Table 8:  Sensory evaluation of soup prepared by instant soup mix (Mean±SE) *

Parameter A B C D
Appearance 5.86±0.14C 6.20±0.10B 6.49±0.07A 5.77±0.18C
Colour 5.94±0.15BC 6.14±0.10AB 6.31±0.05A 5.80±0.10C
Flavour 5.49±0.06C 5.99±0.08B 6.34±0.06A 5.89±0.16B
Consistency 5.84±0.10B 6.24±0.14A 6.50±0.13A 5.80±0.12B
Taste 5.46±0.08C 5.96±0.04B 6.54±0.05A 6.02±0.09B
Overall acceptability 5.76±0.06D 6.21±0.04B 6.55±0.02A 5.93±0.07C


Based on the above findings, it can be concluded that up to 25% spent hen meat shred (Treatment C) could be incorporated in instant soup mix to enhance its acceptability through which a potential entrepreneur can generate Rs. 1500.00 per day as profit by producing and selling 10kg of instant soup mixes. Moreover, it will provide impetus to the food processing industry besides making healthy and nutrient enriched meat products available to the consumers and hence creating ample opportunity for employment generation.


The authors acknowledge the support of the Department of Livestock Products Technology, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University in conducting the research work.


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