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Revealed: The single biggest Indian health concern offering vast functional food and drink potential…

India’s tired citizens may just be the key to unlock a new market for functional food and drink formulations. 

Indian snack maker Haldiram’s posts positive 2016 growth

Haldiram’s has announced a 13% revenue growth to reach Rs 4,000 crore (over $600m) in financial year 2016.

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Disappointment for Indian rice exporters

Indian basmati rice prices have risen 20% since the end of November, based on hopes that Iran will resume rice imports during the July-November harvest season, following a ban last...

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20% of Kerala foods found to be adulterated

Official data has shown that one fifth of all packed food items sold in the southern state of Kerala are either adulterated or misbranded.

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Amazon on verge of opening physical and online food stores

India could be the second country to see physical Amazon stores, while there are rumours that the e-commerce giant has also sought the government’s approval for online sales of foods...

Cooperatives can improve India’s dairy industry, NDDB chair says

Shri Dilip Rath, chairman of India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), said dairying in India is more about livelihoods for millions of smallholders than simply a business.

Indian food delivery sales hit $300m despite paltry start-up funding

Online orders grew by 150% last year, despite what appears to have been a difficult year for Indian food delivery startups.

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Manufacturers gear up to join India’s fortification frenzy

It appears that food companies have been taking positively to Delhi’s new focus on food fortification.

Expert panel established to drive forward India's national fortification plan

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set up a panel of doctors and research scientists to prepare the final version of its food fortification laws –...

The age of the soda tax: Moves in Asia-Pacific

Debate over sugar taxes hit the limelight last year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

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Little for processors in India’s Budget, but rural sector will cheer

Reaction to last week’s Indian Budget has given rise descriptions ranging from “businesslike”, by a chamber of commerce chief, to “game-changing” by the head of Walmart India—though food processors might...

India fortification plans: Regulator FSSAI releases consultation paper

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has pledged to ‘close the gap’ in micronutrient malnutrition after releasing a consultation paper on food fortification.

India

Arjuna launches natural preservative for chilled meat

India natural ingredients major Arjuna Natural Extracts has launched a natural, formulation-specific preservative designed to increase the shelf life of chilled meats.

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Traders associations prepare for multinational soda ban in Tamil Nadu

An industry group and a trades union have backed a ban on beverages made by multinational companies in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, signalling possible trouble for PepsiCo...

Amway plans 50 stores in India amid sports nutrition and consumer durables push

Amway has revealed it plans to open a further 50 stores in India, but has vowed to remain a direct-selling company with sellers “the key point of distribution”.

India manufacturer launches MyFy prebiotic supplement to bridge country’s fibre gap

Prebiotic soluble fibre dietary supplement MyFy is the first product to be launched by Galaxy Scientific Nutrition in India to address the country’s significant shortfall of fibre intake.

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Ruparel Foods: Previously, only 1 in 8 rejected nuts were bad

Ruparel Foods has said only one in eight nuts rejected by its previous sorting systems were actually bad, prompting a move to machines from Tomra Sorting Food.

India

Regulator to take first step to introduce junk food warning labels

India’s food regulator is expected to have formed a definition for “junk food” in the next two months, giving scope for possible new mandatory nutrition warnings for potato chips and...

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India has potential to be one of world’s biggest food processors

With nearly a tenth of the world's arable land and a fifth of its irrigated farming, India is one the world's largest producer of milk, pluses, ginger, bananas, guavas and...

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

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

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,...

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