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Student’s start-up supplement bars help reduce anaemia in Indian women

A fortified iron supplement bar given to anaemic women in and around Mumbai reduced anaemia with no reported side effects, according to a study by Duke University researchers and collaborators...

Ready-to-mix market to see double-digit growth in wealthier India

India ready-to-mix food market has been predicted to be worth as much as US$284m by 2020, an annualised increase of 15.7% fuelled largely by the increasing disposable income of a...

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Law Commission to recommend life imprisonment for adulterators

India’s Law Commission is expected as soon as this week to give its recommendations on amending the penal code for adulteration crimes, including enhancing the severest penalty to life imprisonment....

Indian colours giant Roha continues expansion into Europe

Roha has acquired the Italian flavour manufacturing group Essential.

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Fat tax on the cards for next month’s Budget

Budget watchers are predicting an increase to taxes on fast food and sugary drinks on February 1 after senior ministers put pressure on the prime minister to introduce a health levy.

Danone’s Aptamil launched in India as part of nutrition and revenue growth plans

Aptamil, one of Danone’s infant formula brands sold in 45 countries, has been launched in India, with the company saying it plans to produce local supply at the company’s Lalru,...

Kashmiri taste for lamb and goat prompts robust meat trade in India

The predominantly meat-eating communities in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has become a significant market for Indian meat and livestock producers from outside...

Mondelēz ramps up premium offer in India with Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo

Mondelēz has introduced Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo to the Indian market after enjoying success with choco-bakery brands in other markets.

Mondelēz settles Indian factory probe in the US for $13m

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has agreed to pay $13m to settle action brought by US authorities accusing it of breaching foreign trade rules when upgrading a factory in India.

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Minister to monitor dreaded food inflation ahead of bumper harvest

The government has made maintaining stable prices of all essential food items a priority this year in a bid to manage food inflation and temper unrest.

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100m customers served: India looks to address future of e-commerce

The number of Indians making online purchases is expected to break the 100m barrier this year, an increase of roughly one-third over 2016 as people get increasingly plugged in.

Patanjali Ayurveda outpaces rivals in ‘disrupted’ Indian market

A guru-steered food and FMCG company has been singled out as the most disruptive force in India’s fast moving consumer goods market as it steers a path towards revenues worth...

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Asian VC invests €33m in Indian botanicals specialist; acquisitions targeted

Indian-based but global-facing herbals player OmniActive Health Technologies has won a $35 million (€33m) investment from venture capitalist Everstone Group, as it pursues expansion and acquisition targets.

Indian regulator to set fortification standards to boost public health

In a move that paves the way for the inclusion of fortified foods in government-run schemes, manufacturers of fortified flour, oil, milk and salt will require a government certificate to...

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Food firms need to manufacture healthier options

A research report has slammed India’s biggest food and beverage manufacturers for not fighting hard enough to combat over- and undernutrition.

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FSSAI orders energy drinks to comply to regulations

India’s food regulator is gearing up to impose a limit on caffeine contained in energy drinks. From July 1, manufacturers will be compelled to comply with FSSAI regulations, according to...

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Think tank: Ban celebrities from plugging high-sugar, high-salt foods

Celebrities should be banned from endorsing unhealthy foods, while adverts for items like soft drinks should be scrapped, according to experts. 

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Roha to grow natural extracts portfolio following Italian acquisition

Roha has acquired Essential, a plant and fruit extracts firm from Italy, for an undisclosed price tag as it continues its push into new organic segments within the colours market.

India’s confectionery market to eclipse growth in other BRICs: MarketLine

India’s confectionery market is set to significantly outstrip sales growth in other BRIC countries in the next five years, says MarketLine.

Indians concerned about dairy animals’ welfare

A survey commissioned by World Animal Protection in India reveals that treatment of animals in dairies in India is unacceptable to almost 90% of people who responded.

Indian currency ban causes hardship in country's poultry sector

Indian poultry farmers have slowed the breeding of chicks to lower their costs after demand fell sharply following the central government’s unexpected announcement that large currency notes – valuing 86%...

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Four-out-of-five Indian women have vitamin D deficiency

A four-year survey from India shows that 75-80% of women have inadequate vitamin D levels in their blood. 

IFCN workshop looks at Indian dairy challenges

The fifth IFCN Regional Workshop was held recently in Anand, India, with 50 experts from various backgrounds in the dairy industry contributing.

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Market update: Indian ginger prices plummet

Indian dry ginger prices have plunged to just 40% of their value last November due to an abundant supply of raw materials.  

Nascens signs deal to supply wholesale tea to German retailer in India

The maker of Planta specialty teas will tap into German wholesale giant Metro’s cash-and-carry network in India.

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