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FSSAI: Guidelines for GMO labelling on their way

India’s food regulator intends to make it compulsory for manufacturers to disclose details of GM ingredients in their foods.

India to introduce food-safety officials in all foodservice premises

India’s food regulator has made it mandatory for hotels and restaurants to employ at least one member of staff trained in food safety, who will check for food adulteration.

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Assocham: Bring cities to the countryside to boost rural growth

Though they account for almost three quarters of India’s population, farmers and rural dwellers account for just 17% of national income, according to Assocham as it urged key service sectors...

Mintel: 13% of Asia-Pacific product launches carry halal claim

With food accounting for nearly two-thirds of business in the global halal economy, there has been a flurry of new product activity in Asia-Pacific.

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New mega food parks to come online despite sluggish progress

Up to four mega food parks will become operational over the course of next three months, according to India’s minister of state for food processing industries.

Coca-Cola and partners invest $1.7bn in Indian agri ecosystem

Coca-Cola has collaborated with its bottling partners, fruit suppliers, and processors in India to contribute $1.7bn to the country’s agribusiness over the next five years, with much of the investment...

Mother Dairy refurbished milk processing plant inaugurated in Nagpur

Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), has inaugurated its refurbished Nagpur plant.

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Mérieux NutriSciences expands footprint in India

Mérieux NutriSciences has bought Bangalore Testing Laboratories Pvt to strengthen geographical presence and expand services in India.

India’s cattle ban could ‘halt’ beef exports

The Indian government’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter is likely to have dramatic impact on its billion-dollar cattle export trade.

Cattle sale restrictions introduced by Indian government

The Indian meat industry has warned that new rules prohibiting the sale of aged cattle from markets for slaughter may hinder the recent success of the sector.

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Patanjali seeks location for new food park in Uttar Pradesh

Ayurvedic consumer foods brand Patanjali is looking to acquire land for a US$77m food park in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, which it hopes will begin operations by 2020.

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FSSAI and GFSP urge food safety investment in Asia

Public and private sectors across South Asia have signalled their intent to support increased investment in food safety.

‘High-tech’ Indian slaughterhouse officially opened

Kerala-based protein packer Meats Products of India has opened a “high-tech” slaughterhouse in a remote part of the country.

AGRANA Fruit expands into India through acquisition

Austrian fruit ingredient company AGRANA Fruit, part of the AGRANA Group, has acquired a fruit processing plant from the Indian company Sai Krupa Fruit Processing Pvt. Ltd.

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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.

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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.”

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