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Asian condiments: Pepper, coriander, chilli prices up; ginger dropping

Pepper prices have declined year on year, supported by ample production volumes seen in Vietnam for the 2016 crop, with early production estimates at 160,000 tonnes, sharply up on the year. 

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Potassium bromate banned following bakery investigation

The long-running potassium bromate in bread affair seems to have reached a conclusion, after India’s food regulator banned the chemical—a common bakery additive.

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Doubled Indian tomato prices deliver surge in puree and ketchup

Demand for tomato puree and ketchup has surged by 40% in just the last month due to surging prices and a trend towards easier-to-cook meals. 

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Navigating complex global rules for soft drinks

For soft drink and fruit juice manufacturers looking to expand into new geographies, understanding global regulations is vital. However, this is no mean feat.

India to bolster pork industry

Senior Punjabi government officials have visited UK pork factories to develop production methods, with India braced for a surge in meat demand.

Halal range launches with 16 lines on Amazon Fresh

Haloodies, the halal food brand aimed at millennial Muslims, has launched 16 lines with Amazon Fresh.

Not so fast: First fasting supplement takes cautious approach to claims

Start-up Nowrish has launched the first fasting supplement - a mix of vitamins, minerals and herbs formulated to support the body’s cleansing, immune, digestive and energy production systems during periods...

Ayurvedic herbs shows joint health support potential: RCT

Extracts from Terminalia chebula, a plant commonly used in ayurvedic medicine, may improve joint health in people with joint discomfort, says a new study.

Chaat takes Indian street food to US dairy aisle

The street food of India, called chaat, has inspired a newly-launched US brand of healthy dairy products aimed at afternoon snacks.

Antioxidant therapy: Could polyphenols reverse endothelial dysfunction in diabetics?

Polyphenols present a promising approach to restoring normal endothelial function in people with diabetes, according to a review calling for more research on this potential ‘antioxidant therapy’.

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HUL spins off foods and refreshments division into separate businesses

India’s biggest consumer goods company has split its foods and refreshments businesses into two separate divisions in a bid to stave off rising competition from domestic rivals.

Indian brands give multinationals a run for their money

Homegrown brands dominated over their foreign counterparts in India’s fast-growing Rs2.5tr (US$38.2bn) packaged food market last year. 

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Officials urge calm as firms vow to remove cancer chemicals from bread

Health officials have urged consumers not to panic over the presence of cancer-causing chemicals in bread after an analysis revealed that many of India’s most popular bakery brands tested positive...

Nuscience in Asian poultry deal as rebound seen in India’s chicken and egg prices

Feed ingredient supplier, Nuscience, is eying up chicken producers in Nepal, Sri Lanka and India through a new distribution tie-up and says growth has returned to India’s poultry sector. ...

The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food?

Humans are the only species that likes and actively seeks out spicy chili flavours. What explains our love for what is, in reality, a sensation that signals burning pain and, possibly, danger?...

Yogurt market can hit $1bn by 2021 in India: Report

International dairy companies can tap in to a growing demand for yogurt in India, according to a recently-published report by TechSci Research.

Naturell launches India’s first protein-rich extruded snack

Naturell India has launched a seven-grain protein snack which it claims is a first of its kind in the country.

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Ruchi fully divests in Kagome tomato joint-venture

Ruchi Soya Industries has sold its share of a joint-venture with Kagome Foods, a Japanese tomato products manufacturer, and investment firm Mitsui & Co.

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Food ministers step in to tackle India’s food commodity crisis

State food ministers have met in Delhi to examine ways that they can co-ordinate action to contain rises in the price of essential food commodities.

Ashwagandha root extract may boost cardiorespiratory endurance: RCT

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera [L.] Dunal) root extract may improve endurance during exercise, says a new study using the KSM-66 brand of Ashwagandha from Ixoreal Biomed.

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Rumour: Haldiram’s planning PE deal, company valued at $1bn

Snack food manufacturer Haldiram’s is getting closer to agreeing a possible US$200m investment deal after recently holding talks with top-tier private equity funds, according to media reports.

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High temperatures cause lentil prices to double

Indian lentil prices have more than doubled over the last year, with reduced production volumes in the 2015-16 season contributing to a 117% year-on-year cost increase.

India

Godrej Nature’s Basket appoints new chief

Avani Davda will take over as managing director of Godrej Nature’s Basket, the speciality food chain chain, while her predecessor, Mohit Khattar, will take on a new group-level role at...

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Arjuna Natural to launch amaranthus-based nitrate booster

Kerala-based extracts manufacturer Arjuna Natural will launch a new standardised nitrate sports nutrition ingredient this month that claims to help athletes work out harder for longer.

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Regulator cracks down on illegal packaged drinking water manufacturers

India’s food regulator has directed state food safety officials to identify cases where packaged drinking water brands do not carry either the FSSAI or Bureau of Indian Standards’ certification marks,...

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