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Assocham: Bring cities to the countryside to boost rural growth

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Assocham: Bring cities to the countryside to boost rural growth

By RJ Whitehead

Though they account for almost three quarters of India’s population, farmers and rural dwellers account for just 17% of national income, according to Assocham as it urged key service sectors to make massive investment in non-urban infrastructure.

Coca-Cola plans to sustainably source 95% of its key beverage ingredients by 2020. ©iStock/Photology1971

Coca-Cola and partners invest $1.7bn in Indian agri ecosystem

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Coca-Cola has collaborated with its bottling partners, fruit suppliers, and processors in India to contribute $1.7bn to the country’s agribusiness over the next five years, with much of the investment going towards expanding the company's juice portfolio.

Chocolate to fall under FSSAI standards from 2018

India

Chocolate to fall under FSSAI standards from 2018

By RJ Whitehead

Chocolate manufacturers will have to fall in line with the constraints of food safety and standards regulations after India’s health ministry placed all types of chocolate under the regulator’s purview.

India sees 1000% beer growth in six years

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India sees 1000% beer growth in six years

By RJ Whitehead

Having seen substantial growth since 2011, India’s beer market is expected to reach volumes of nearly 470bn litres by the end of this year—a near thousand-fold increase since 2011.

Indian plant central to Naturex drive to boost emerging markets

Interview

Indian plant central to Naturex drive to boost emerging markets

By RJ Whitehead

Having first gained a foothold in India with its Roha plant acquisition from Valentine Agro in 2012, Naturex has cemented its position in the local fruit and vegetable powders market by being ahead in drum-dry technology.

Fizzing with ideas: Indian start-up mirrors changing face of retail

Entrepreneurs

Fizzing with ideas: Indian start-up mirrors changing face of retail

By RJ Whitehead

Five years ago, three university friends decided to take a break from their blue-chip jobs and do something very different in the food industry. What they have achieved since then says as much about about the changing face of Indian retail and food consumerism...

FSSAI moves to regulate organic traceability

India in brief

FSSAI moves to regulate organic traceability

By RJ Whitehead

India’s food regulator will clamp down on the traceability organic foods with new standards to ensure the organic status of product claims.

Amul anticipates at least 20% CAGR in the next five years.

Amul sees 18% year-on-year growth

By Jim Cornall

Indian dairy cooperative Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF, Amul), which markets the Amul brand of milk and other dairy products, has registered a provisional turnover of Rs. 27,085 crores ($4.2bn) for the financial year 2016-17...

Indians are now willing to pay more for healthier snacks

Indians are now willing to pay more for healthier snacks

By RJ Whitehead

Indians are becoming obsessed with the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, according to market intelligence that suggests some food companies have already been taking measures to appeal to this change in demand.

Some butchers could struggle to meet new and improved hygiene standards

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

By Raghavendra Verma

Meat traders from India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are on indefinite strike to protest the new Hindu nationalist state government’s forced closure of slaughterhouses and meat shops. 

Spice update: Chilli glut subdues market, other spice prices suffering

India

Spice update: Chilli glut subdues market, other spice prices suffering

By RJ Whitehead

A good chilli crop has been reported for central India after sowing areas increased substantially over last year due to high prices seen earlier in 2016 tempting farmers to cash in. This increase in supply has been causing prices to fall, however, since...

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