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India puts GM foods on ‘permanent hiatus’

Widespread opposition to ending the moratorium on genetically modified food has pushed the government onto the back food on the issue.

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Mondelēz creates virtual chocolate store 'Cadbury Joy Deliveries' on Amazon India

Mondelēz has teamed with Amazon in India to create a virtual chocolate & sweets store on the e-tailer’s online marketplace.

India

Britannia announces plans for Maharashtra mega-factory

Indian FMCG major Britannia Industries is planning to build a new plant at a mega food park in Maharashtra.

Mars launches M&M’s in 'priority market' India

Mars has brought M&M’s to India for the first time to expand the region’s bite-size chocolate category. 

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Flavoured milk’s popularity soars as Indians seek on-the-go nutrition

India’s flavoured milk segment has been seeing a significant level of interest, with the category having attracted 43% of all dairy drink launches last year.

Lack of diverse diets affecting mental development of children in rural India

A lack of dietary diversity is affecting the motor, language and social skills of children in one of India's poorest states.

India

FSSAI told to forget about America and learn from China and Vietnam

The World Bank has urged India to be more self-aware and learn from middle-income countries to help it improve its food safety standards.

India

Ice cream war rages in court as Amul appeals against HUL ruling

A bitter row between two of India’s biggest dairy manufacturers has returned to the Bombay High Court with Gujurat co-operative Amul arguing for the reinstatement of an ice cream advert...

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FDI in Indian food processing netted 43% growth last fiscal

India has already attracted over US$180m in foreign direct investment in the new fiscal year, and has been witnessing growing interest from foreign food companies, according to the food processing...

Scotch whisky sector calls for a trade deal with India

The Scotch whisky sector wants a reduction in the 150% tariff that India imposes on imports of its products in any bilateral trade deal the UK seeks following Brexit in March 2019.

India drafting front-of-pack health labelling scheme

India’s food regulator is considering a mandatory benchmarking system to provide guidance on a product’s fat, sugar and salt content.

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Local drinks firms to use juice to get round new GST hike

Hundreds of Indian beverage manufacturers are preparing to start adding fruit juice to their carbonated beverages in a bid to game the newly implemented GST regime.

India

Supreme Court slams ‘pathetic’ response to food distribution law

India’s Supreme Court has dismissed state compliance to India’s Food Security Act as “pathetic”, and said it was a “pity” that legislation enacted by parliament had been kept on the...

Yakult Danone plans India expansion as probiotics awareness grows

Yakult Danone India is to increase manufacturing capacity at its Sonepat facility to meet rising demand for its probiotic drinks.

India

Venky’s gains from beef ban despite recent suspension

India’s ban on the sale of cattle has boosted the corporate fortunes of poultry producer Venky’s, whose stock has rallied by 360% so far this year.

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Indian dairy brand owner turns to Belgian investor for round-B funding

The parent of Epigamia Greek yoghurt has raised INR900m (US$14m) in funding from a Belgian private equity group.

Chemicals firm buys majority stake in Chinese vanillin specialist

Camlin Fine Sciences has acquired a majority stake in Ningbo Wanglong Flavours and Fragrances, which specialises in vanillin flavours for the food industry.

GEA to build Asia’s largest milk production facility for Amul in India

GEA is set to build a new dairy plant in India for AmulFed Dairy that, when completed, will be the largest skim milk powder and dairy whitener plant in Asia.

Roha acquires Delta’s colours business for Middle East expansion

Indian natural colours and pigments major Roha will expand into the Middle East and North Africa following its acquisition of the colour division of Delta Aromatics.

Indian e-commerce products to carry MRP labelling from 2018

E-commerce products will now have to carry mandatory retail prices and other essential information from next year.

India to become world’s largest producer of milk by 2026

Milk production is expected to accelerate worldwide especially in India where it will grow 49% by 2026, contrasting with the steady decline of milk consumption in developed markets like the...

India’s pulse exemption allows Canada to avoid penalties

India has again extended Canada’s exemption on pulse fumigation regulations.

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Draft organic regulations sent for public consultation

Food regulator FSSAI has come out with a draft regulation to ensure that products advertised as organic actually conform to organic standards.

Asia scoops ice cream growth boost as West turns to East for flavours

Food historians credit China with inventing ice cream and Marco Polo for bringing it to Italy. Skip forward to the 21st century, and the rate at which Western ice-cream makers...

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Amul introduces Tetra Pak TBA 1000 Edge with LightCap pack in India

Indian dairy company Amul has launched its buttermilk and lassi products in a bigger 1-liter Tetra Pak package, the TBA 1000 Edge with LightCap 30.

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