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Named chains among those found to be selling unsafe sweets in Delhi

Large chains were among the retailers found to be selling substandard sweets after a Delhi raid found that at least 16% of products it tested did not conform to regulations.

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Record Indian chilli prices follow difficult growing conditions

Indian chilli prices have reached record highs, with prices in October up by 104% on the year due to tight supplies and rising demand.

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Indian industry growth continues at 11% per year

The overall Indian food industry is expected to be worth US$65.4bn by 2018, a research report has estimated.  


Mis-stating sodium content is commonplace, claims researcher

The level of sodium stated on a label is likely to be lower than the actual content when analysed in a lab, a researcher has claimed.

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Food Security Act to be in place by March 2016 despite delays

All but one of India’s states and territories will be subject to the new National Food Security Act by March next year.

Pollution partly to blame for India’s low vitamin D status

High levels of environmental pollution have been blamed for being among the causes for elevated vitamin D deficiency in India after a study found that three-quarters of the population did...

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FSSAI returns to court in bid to reinstate Maggi ban

In the latest twist in the long-drawn-out Maggi noodle saga, India’s food regulator has petitioned the Supreme Court to quash an earlier ruling to lift a ban on the popular...

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Health consciousness drives lightning breakfast cereals growth

India's breakfast cereal market has grown at an annualised rate of just over 22% since 2010, with Kellogg's, Bagrry and PepsiCo Quaker together capturing more than three-quarters of the market. 

FSSAI returns to court in bid to reinstate Maggi ban

In the latest twist in the long-drawn-out Maggi noodle saga, India’s food regulator has petitioned the Supreme Court to quash an earlier ruling to lift a ban on the popular...

Me and my factory

Brothers ... still in naans

William and Charles Eid have big plans now they are back at the helm of Signature Flatbreads, the 50:50 joint venture with Aryzta. The brothers spoke to Rick Pendrous

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Maggi noodles back on shelves in time for Diwali

Maggi noodles have returned to Indian shelves in time for the Diwali holiday, Nestlé has announced.

Signature plans to open 20 bakeries in India

Signature International, which already has a production facility built to European standards in the city of Nashik – 200 miles north of Mumbai – has plans to build 20 flatbread manufacturing...

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Asia’s giants the backbone for global grocery growth

China and India’s grocery markets are set to grow in double digits to US$2.4tr by 2020, according to the latest forecast by food and grocery researchers IGD. 

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Indian QSR category expected to tip $3.8bn in five years

India’s fast-food sector continues its lightning growth, with Assocham estimating it will reach Rs25,000cr (US$3.8bn) by 2020. 

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Ecolab reformulates floor cleaner in India

Ecolab has reformulated a floor cleaner to prevent pathogen transfer from the floor to food-contact surfaces.

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Nestlé prepares to return Maggi noodles to the shelves

As individual Indian states begin to lift their ban on Maggi noodles, Nestlé has been paving the way for a return to the shelves for the snack which has suffered...

Nestlé cuts full year outlook as Maggi noodle scare hits sales

The worlds biggest packaged food manufacturer, Nestlé, has revised its growth target for the year to 4.5%, after the Maggi noodle recall in India knocked sales and under-calculated U.S. Skin...

India is one of the fastest growing industrial markets

India is one of the fastest growing industrial markets, according to FS-Elliott as it opens a wholly owned subsidiary, FS Compressors India, with offices in Pune and Bangalore.

Maggi affiar

Maggi noodles to be retested for class-action suit

India’s top consumer court has ordered tests on nine samples of Maggi noodles as part of a class action filed against Nestlé.

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India’s new GST tipped to appear next April

The long-awaited tax reform which will see the introduction of GST will be implemented from April 1, 2016, the official leading the preparations has announced.

Shilajit supplements may boost testosterone for healthy men: RCT

Daily supplements of purified Shilajit, an Ayurvedic ingredient, may boost testosterone levels in healthy men by 20%, says a new study.

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Ficci report: One-third of Indian pesticides are dangerous fakes

The use of fake pesticides use may jeopardise India’s status as leading exporter of food grains, fruits and vegetable, Ficci has warned.

Maggi fall-out

Food bodies demand criminal inquiry into ‘corrupt’ FSSAI practices

Industry groups have called for a criminal investigation into the practices of India’s food regulator, it has emerged.

Rabobank: More Indians adopt branded rice as modern retail takes off

A report on thebranded Indian rice industry has forecast strong growth in the segment as an increasingly less price-sensitive market continues its move away from preferring commodities to labels. 

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India bracing for heart disease ‘epidemic’

India’s vice-president has acknowledged that heart disease is “achieving epidemic proportions” in the country, and urged health authorities to join the private sector to take a robust approach in tackling...

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