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Chocolate to fall under FSSAI standards from 2018

Chocolate manufacturers will have to fall in line with the constraints of food safety and standards regulations after India’s health ministry placed all types of chocolate under the regulator’s purview....

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GST will ‘make food cheaper’, but drinks firms brace for price rises

Most food items will be cheaper with the introduction of GST on July 1, according to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, though drinks manufacturers are looking at increases of up to 10%...

Breaking into the milk market: India’s top dairy alternatives

Vegetarian-friendly plant-based milk alternatives are poised to put pressure on traditional dairy in heavily vegetarian India.

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Court demands better monitoring of railway foodservice

India’s government has been ordered to explain how it intends to monitor and improve the hygiene and quality of food on the country’s railways, following a court ruling.

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Expert panel paves the way for wide-ranging anti-junk food measures

A panel of experts has recommended extra taxes on highly refined foods and soft drinks, as well as a ban on junk-food advertising on children’s television.

Naarmann’s tap provides ‘The Answer’ for UHT demand in Pakistan

German dairy brand Privatmolkerei Naarmann says a novel form of packaging will be central to its strategy as it prepares to begin distribution of UHT milk in Pakistan, the world’s...

India ‘defying the odds’ as a fast growing chocolate confectionery market, Mintel

Mintel has revealed India is “defying the odds” as one of the world’s fastest growing chocolate confectionery markets, while the global market posts slow growth in recent years.

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FSSAI admits high-handed past, now seeks more industry collaboration

According to a senior official at the FSSAI, the food authority has now cast off its reputation as an impregnable fortress whose top-down approach risked alienating food players across India.

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India sees 1000% beer growth in six years

Having seen substantial growth since 2011, India’s beer market is expected to reach volumes of nearly 470bn litres by the end of this year—a near thousand-fold increase since 2011.

Interview

Indian plant central to Naturex drive to boost emerging markets

Having first gained a foothold in India with its Roha plant acquisition from Valentine Agro in 2012, Naturex has cemented its position in the local fruit and vegetable powders market by being...

Childhood obesity in India 'biggest threat to future generations'

India will have the second largest childhood obesity problem by 2025 in what has been described as “the greatest threat to future generations.”

Home-based treatment with local therapeutic food helps tackle child malnutrition in India: Trial

Locally prepared ready-to-use therapeutic food is the best option for tackling severe acute malnutrition among Indian children, a trial has found.

Deal gives Indian regulator access to 70k international food standards

An agreement between India’s food regulator and an American regulatory consultant will provide the FSSAI with access to a database of over 70,000 international standards governing food, additives and contaminants.

Entrepreneurs

Fizzing with ideas: Indian start-up mirrors changing face of retail

Five years ago, three university friends decided to take a break from their blue-chip jobs and do something very different in the food industry. What they have achieved since then...

Children have ‘non-negotiable’ right to good nutrition amid dismal Indian health survey findings

Ninety percent of Indian children are not getting the proper nutrients crucial for their development, a new survey has found.

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FSSAI moves to regulate organic traceability

India’s food regulator will clamp down on the traceability organic foods with new standards to ensure the organic status of product claims.

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Lychees to blame for hundreds of mysterious child deaths in Bihar

A mystery illness responsible for the deaths of more than 100 children a year in the northern state of Bihar has been identified as lychee poisoning.

Amul sees 18% year-on-year growth

Indian dairy cooperative Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF, Amul), which markets the Amul brand of milk and other dairy products, has registered a provisional turnover of Rs. 27,085...

Cargill, General Mills and Unilever agree to fortify flagship wheat flour brands with vitamins and minerals in India

Major brands and millers have agreed to fortify wheat flour with iron, folic acid and vitamin B12 under India’s drive to boost nutrition levels through a mass fortification programme. ...

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Regulator orders food firms to do more to address consumer complaints

India’s food regulator has met with food companies and state inspectors to raise concerns over their response to consumer complaints mostly concerning packaging. 

Indians are now willing to pay more for healthier snacks

Indians are becoming obsessed with the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, according to market intelligence that suggests some food companies have already been taking measures to appeal to this change...

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

Meat traders from India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are on indefinite strike to protest the new Hindu nationalist state government’s forced closure of slaughterhouses and meat shops. ...

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Spice update: Chilli glut subdues market, other spice prices suffering

A good chilli crop has been reported for central India after sowing areas increased substantially over last year due to high prices seen earlier in 2016 tempting farmers to cash...

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Regulator turns to industry for food-safety partnerships

The Indian food regulator has been co-opting food companies to join it in a drive to improve levels of food safety and hygiene across India. 

Roha launches Natracol Ultra Cran Red as an alternative to carmine in dairy products

Indian food company Roha Dyechem Pvt Ltd has created Natracol Ultra Cran Red (UCR), which it says capitalizes on the trend to move from synthetic dairy food colorants to natural...

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