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Drinks companies unite to counter India’s looming health policies

Executives from some of India’s biggest food and beverage companies have begun discussing ways to join forces and lobby the government to abandon plans to squeeze the industry.

Indian regulator claims to have streamlined food import norms

Importers must now obtain licences from the Indian regulator before exporting food to the country, as part of new rules notified this month.

Indian wheat imports reach highest level in a decade

Indian wheat prices have risen by nearly 40% over the last two years, due to tight supplies after a decline in production last season.

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FSSAI extends amnesty for trans fat licences

India’s food regulator has extended the deadline for companies to comply to its notification on the maximum limit of trans fatty acids. 

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Food safety ministry told ‘could do better’ in five-yearly report card

A five-year audit has uncovered severe flaws in India’s food safety apparatus, with the government’s chief auditor accusing officials of botching investigations and employing too few enforcers.

Feature: From India to the world - a tea entrepreneur's journey

From tea bag technology to speedy shipping: Start-up’s mission to provide the best fresh tea

Teabox – an Indian premium tea e-commerce start-up – has made it its mission to deliver ‘the freshest cup of tea’ to consumers worldwide. From the technology behind the tea...

Flavour major Takasago opens first Indian flavour plant

One of the world’s biggest flavour and fragrance companies has opened its first Indian manufacturing facility as part of an aggressive expansion into the country.

Indian regulator hears further calls for junk food labelling

Nutritionists have once again been calling for food authorities to introduce a labelling system to denote junk food, similar to the green spot that is mandatory for vegetarian foods.

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Traditional tastes can help food processing boom beyond snacks

The theme of “processed Indian traditional foods” was based on the idea that India’s food processing industry could only sustain growth by making products that Indians were well-accustomed to consuming...

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Indian SMEs need export support and technology partners, 'not purely cash investment'

Driving exports to Japan and securing new technology partners for manufacturers and suppliers should be the main priorities for the Indian food processing sector, according to exhibitors at FoodEx Japan.

Sanat Products plans more acquisitions after snapping up Hindustan Herbals Limited

Thanks to the increased popularity of turmeric and other botanical products in food and beverage, market analysts have seen an uptick of interest and familiarity for Ayurvedic ingredients outside of...

PepsiCo, Coke India secure minor victory as Tamil protests rage on

The world’s biggest softs drinks companies were given some respite this week from a furious protest against their products in Tamil Nadu when the state high court overturned a ban...

Special Edition: Asia Pacific Feed Developments

Indian shrimp production to benefit from rebalancing of global seafood supply and demand: Rabobank

India’s shrimp exports could benefit as China’s dominance as a seafood exporter is set to gradually diminish, says Rabobank. 

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India predicted to attract more than $30bn in investment

Indian food processors are on track to tempt US$33bn in investment and generate employment for almost 10m in the next seven years.

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Pepsi and Coke ready for storm as Tamil Nadu’s boycott begins

Many grocery store owners, restaurant proprietors and refreshment vendors will stop selling drinks made by multinational brands in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu from March 1—though shopkeepers have...

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.

Market update

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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