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Entrepreneur interview: Sanjiv Kakkar, managing director of Himalaya International

Himalaya International: Indian food hasn’t taken off because there’s no standard of identity

The flavors of Asia have no doubt made their mark on American palates—as Chinese, Japanese and Thai influences have made their way from niche to mainstream retail and foodservice outlets....

India

New committee meets in bid to reform 'wasteful' food corporation

A high-level committee has met for the first time to investigate a restructure of the often-beleaguered Food Corporation of India (FCI) as the food-grains authority looks to strengthen and integrate...

Coke's largest India bottler abandons $25m bottle line, campaigners claim 'colossal victory'

Coke’s largest Indian bottler has blamed officialdom for the 'inordinate delay' it said led it to abandon a newly built $25m bottling line in Uttar Pradesh, but insists it will...

India

Bisleri back in carbonated soft drinks after 22-year wait

Best known for its bottled water, Bisleri has made a return to the carbonated soft drinks market 22 years after it sold its Thums Up, Limca, Gold Spot and Mazza...

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Aker given regulatory approval for Superba krill oil in India

Aker BioMarine Antarctic has been given product approval for its Superba krill oil by the Indian regulators. 

Russian dairy Galactika and Indian coop Amul hold export talks: Reports

Indian cooperative Amul and Russian dairy Galactika have reportedly begun trade talks that if successful will see the export of Gujarati cheese and milk powder to Russia.  

FDA India closes packaging plant after it was caught reusing oil tins

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) India has closed down a packaging plant for palm olein oil after it discovered the owner was reusing old tins for the product, which...

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United Biscuits invests $33m in India operation

UK-based United Biscuits will up its investment in India from £30m ($49m) to £50m ($82m).

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Indian government urges PepsiCo to cut soda sugar levels

The Indian government has urged PepsiCo boss Indra Nooyi to cut sugar levels in soft drinks further and launch more healthy and nutritious products.

Czech Republic confiscates 110kg of Indian botanicals

Czech Customs authorities recently seized a shipment of Indian botanicals and have initiated proceedings against the importer, Haveli Foods.

India

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar

A combination of demographic, social and economic factors is helping grow India’s baby food market, which is set to cross the US$250m mark in 2014, a new report has said. ...

India

PepsiCo to double investment in Indian snacks

PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyi has pledged to double the company’s investment in its Indian food processing operation to add to the sizeable sums it has already spent in the country....

India

Chambers of commerce call for GM field trials

A leading industry body has called on India’s authorities to allow field trials of certain crops as a measure aimed at the poor by increasing food production.

India

CII: Lacklustre Indian companies must invest more in R&D

A chronic lack of investment and incentives has stalled Indian food product development, according to a report released by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Tea Board of India attacks ‘sensational’ Greenpeace wording in pesticide row

The Tea Board of India has attacked Greenpeace for ‘sensational’ wording in a report claiming teas sold by the likes of Unilever and TATA Global Beverages contain illegal pesticide residues.

Tata Global Beverages: Greenpeace pesticide study ‘confirms tea brands safe to drink’

Hindustan Unilever India and Tata Global Beverages insist their teas comply with legal standards and are safe to drink after Greenpeace said it found illegal pesticide traces in popular Indian...

India

Lavazza departs India coffee chain market with sale of Barista

Yet another international firm has bid farewell to the Indian food service market after Lavazza sold its Barista Coffee Co., India’s oldest coffee chain, to local company Carnation Hospitality.

India

Having parted from Auchan, Max now joins Spar to open 30 Indian stores

Max Hypermarkets will introduce 30 Spar hypermarkets in India after the retailer signed a partnership agreement with the Netherlands-based retailer. 

Opinion

Should Hindus have their own religious nutritional standard?

If Muslims can have halal-certified food, and Jews can look for the kosher “K” mark, why shouldn’t Hindus have their own system of certification?

Dishonor roll: India and China are the world’s worst food safety violators

A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.

India

Rampant poultry antibiotics use leading to greater bacteria resistance

The use of antibiotics in the poultry industry might largely be behind the growing number of Indians developing resistance to antibiotics, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has claimed...

India-Australia

Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing

A prominent Hindu leader has demanded an apology from Heinz Australia, which he claims concealed the use of alcohol and beef-derived gelatine in the production of some of its juice...

India

Relatively new heat-and-eat segment to nearly treble by 2019

Although still young and relatively small, India’s heat-and-eat food industry is in the midst of tremendous growth that will see its size nearly treble by 2019, according to new research.

Ashwagandha ingredient may counter endothelial dysfunction in diabetics: RCT

Daily supplements of an extract from ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) may improve the health of cells lining the blood vessels, and reduce levels of markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in type-2...

India

India leapfrogs EU as world's dominant milk producer

India is now the world’s biggest milk producer, having overtaken the European Union over the last 12 months, according to the latest edition of the government’s annual economic survey.

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