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Natural ingredients in India: The four hurdles facing suppliers and manufacturers

Indian food manufacturers face four fundamental hurdles when it comes to expanding their use of natural ingredients, in addition to the extra cost that they can incur.

India’s omega-3 deficiency a potential ‘public health crisis’

India’s “shockingly low” level of EPA and DHA intake is storing up a potential health crisis, especially because life expectancy and therefore the rate of chronic illness is forecast to...

India’s food trends: What’s hot and what's not

Indian consumers are increasingly aware that all fats are not bad, are demanding more products that offer “complete wellness” and are becoming increasingly opening to exploring alternative proteins and natural...

Asian demand for processing technology buoys global market

China, India and Saudi Arabia’s growing markets are spurring global demand for food processing machinery, which is expected to grow at an annualised rate of around 8% until 2020.

Bureaucracy holding back India’s huge agricultural research potential

India has one of the best-staffed agricultural research and development systems in the world and, with ongoing financial support, and is poised to lead the way in combatting hunger and...

Logistics the biggest headache for India’s food and drink SMEs

Logistics infrastructure is the major stumbling block hampering the efforts of India’s food and beverage SMEs as they seek to expand and tap into growing consumer demand, business leaders have...

Fortification, standards and investment: Three priorities for India’s booming food industry

Implementing stringent safety and quality regulations, tackling micronutrient deficiencies and maximising the opportunities from inward investment need to be three of key priorities for the food industry in India, amid...

Operational efficiency key to driving down India’s packaging costs: PepsiCo exec

Reducing the amount of packaging can only improve gross margins to a certain extent, with most MNCs in India now turning their attention to achieving greater operational efficiency, according to a PepsiCo...

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Paper Boat invests in R&D for more trendy beverage flavours

Hip beverage brand Paper Boat has budged INR130m (US$2m) for research and development at a new science and technology facility in its native Bangalore.

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Vegetable prices soar as wholesale-retail price gap reaches 80%

Limited distribution of commodity vegetables has translated to substantial price rises, with no improvement in sight, according to an Assocham study.

Huhtamaki snaps up second Indian packaging company

Finnish packaging firm Huhtamaki has acquired a majority stake in Valpack, a privately held paper cup manufacturer based in Mumbai. 

Wild Himalayan fruits provide nutritional and nutraceutical opportunities: Study

A study of wild edible fruits found in the Himalayas indicates they are a rich source of antioxidants, with researchers concluding they can help meet the nutritional needs of the...

Could SMS help slash diabetes risk in low/mid income Asian countries?

Sending dietary advice to people in low and middle income countries (LMICs) by text message has shown to positively influence recipients’ nutrition choices, a new study reports.

Nutrition products to help Himalaya hit US$1bn target by 2020

Bangalore-based firm The Himalaya Drug Company is expanding its “wellness and nutrition” offering as it seeks beak through the US$1bn revenue barrier by 2020.

India may allow vegetable fats in chocolate

Vegetable fats such as palm oil may be permitted in chocolate up to 5% under draft regulation from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Barry Callebaut gears up for India ‘premiumization’ with chocolate academy

Barry Callebaut has opened a chocolate academy in Mumbai as it anticipates growth in India’s premium and gourmet chocolate segment.

Mondelēz appoints ex-Wrigley boss as India MD

Mondelēz International has named the managing director for its India business months after inaugurating a chocolate plant in Andhra Pradesh that will be its largest Asia Pacific plant.

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Commodity update: Indian pepper prices continue to surge

Indian pepper prices have surged in recent months, up 13% since the beginning of February and 7% since the start of the year. 

Greiner signs joint-venture in India as it pursues eastward expansion

European packaging major Greiner Packaging will expand in India after forming a joint-venture with local partner Century Ultrapack, one the leading providers of plastic packaging to the Indian dairy industry. ...

42.5% of residents in India’s capital are diabetic, study reveals

More than two in five of Delhi residents are diabetic, a study has found, placing India’s capital just ahead of Mumbai, where 38.5% of the population suffer from the condition.

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DuPont develops ingredients for pre-packaged rotis in India

A “packaged roti” for a market that has been turning its back on homemade breads in favour of more convenient products with longer shelf-life is now available from a range...

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Vizag lab is opportunity to improve South Asian footprint - TÜV SÜD

A TÜV SÜD food testing lab in India has been accredited for three years.

RCT supports Ashwagandha root extract’s weight management potential

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract may help people with chronic stress manage their body weight, says a new study from India.

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Delayed Indian monsoon causes guar gum prices to rise

Indian guar gum prices have risen 17% month on month, supported by the delayed arrival of the monsoon, which in turn has delayed sowing of the new guar crop. 

Food service industry now India’s third biggest service segment

India’s food service industry must face up to a variety of issues from multiple taxation to limited foreign exchange benefits if it is to capitalise on its position as India’s...

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