Many food distributors are finding it profitable to export Indian food to other countries. The population of Indians living abroad is growing by the day. Some people have settled there for life. Others have gone there on a temporary basis. But they have not lost the taste for their native cuisine. There is a demand for pulses, vegetables, fruits and ready-to-eat items. Exporters often keep aside some of their best products for sending to the overseas market. The Middle East region has a large population of expatriates from India living there. They are large consumers of food exported from India.