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Indian demand for reduced lactose on the rise, says Novozymes

Indian demand for reduced lactose on the rise, says Novozymes

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Indian awareness of lactose intolerance is growing rapidly, leading consumers to seek reduced reduced lactose and lactose-free products without compromising on taste, according to a Novozymes South Asia executive.

Galactofructose supplier forms Indian partnership

Galactofructose supplier forms Indian partnership

By Shane Starling

Galactofructose specialist Solvay has inked a deal with 20-year-old Indian company, Lactose India, to take the Belgian firm’s digestive health ingredient into the Indian market for the first time.

India consumerism: trend towards eco-friendliness

India consumerism: trend towards eco-friendliness

By Kacey Culliney

Indian consumers are increasingly aware of environmental and sustainability practices in the food industry but are unable to afford eco-friendly goods, according to a Nielsen survey.

India's protectionist stance panned by WTO

India's protectionist stance panned by WTO

By Ankush Chibber

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has criticized India for its protective trade policy on food items, in an environment that is causing record food prices across the world.

DSM releases new dahi culture range for India

DSM releases new dahi culture range for India

By Kacey Culliney

DSM is extending its Delvo Fresh dairy culture line with the launch of a dahi culture range, developed to meet local consumer preferences in India, says the company.

Indian food losses open doors for cold chain consultancies

Indian food losses open doors for cold chain consultancies

By Ankush Chibber

A lack of an appropriate cold chain infrastructure and increasing food losses in India has opened the doors for Ingersoll Rand India Ltd to begin offering cold chain consultancy services in the country, the company said last week.

Nestle's take two on probiotic curd market in India

Nestle's take two on probiotic curd market in India

By Ankush Chibber

In an attempt to rebrand its pitch to Indian customers who are yet to transition towards healthier food products, Nestle India Ltd has phased out its existing probiotic dahi (curd) product in India for a new brand.

ADM taps into growing edible oil demand in India

ADM taps into growing edible oil demand in India

By Kacey Culliney

Archers Daniels Midland (ADM) is tapping into a growing edible oil demand in India through its acquisition of two oilseed processing facilities in India, the company said.

Agri panel slams food processing ministry in India

Agri panel slams food processing ministry in India

By Ankush Chibber

A top level panel in India has slammed the food processing sector in India for the apparent wastage of food every year due to a lack of the necessary infrastructure in the country's food supply chain.

India's top two sign co-branding deal for bakery products

India's top two sign co-branding deal for bakery products

By Ankush Chibber

India's biggest consumer products company and the biggest retailer have joined to co-develop and co-brand a line of bakery products, in what could be a sign of changing retail patterns for food products in India.

Tobacco and nicotine couldn't be used as ingredients in any food products

Gutkha, tobacco products face ban in India

By Ankush Chibber

The passing of the new food safety act in India earlier this month has knelled a death bell for gutkha and tobacco-chewing products like pan masala and supari in the country after a long drawn out battle in courts.

Indian food makers may have to drop sodium content

Indian food makers may have to drop sodium content

By Ankush Chibber

Food manufacturers in India may have to gradually reduce the salt content in their packaged food products if a proposal from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is accepted as a standard.

Coke Zero incident results in stricter checks

Coke Zero incident results in stricter checks

By Ankush Chibber

Taiwan has said it would intensify checks on imported products into the country after a batch of concentrate for a Coca-Cola product was found to contain a preservative banned in the country.

Regulations need to be strengthened for Indian nutraceuticals market

Regulations need to be strengthened for Indian nutraceuticals market

By Ankush Chibber

Local industry and government must cooperate to develop policies and regulations to ensure safe and sustainable nutraceutical products, Simon Pettman, executive director of the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations (IADSA) has said.

Indian bottler gets major funds injection

Indian bottler gets major funds injection

By Ankush Chibber

Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) has invested about US$56m in India-based bottler Varun Beverages Ltd, as a new market report hints at untapped potential in India's soft drinks market.

It would appear the only way is up for organics in most developing economies

Organics booming in Lebanon, India, Romania

By Shane Starling

The first organic dairy factory has opened in Lebanon, Romania’s market is growing at 20%+ and in India, forecasts are for quadruple growth by 2015 as developing economies embrace organic production of foodstuffs.

Concerns raised over aflatoxin controls on Indian spices

Concerns raised over aflatoxin controls on Indian spices

By Rory Harrington

The Indian spice sector has been given a wake up call after EU inspectors uncovered a raft of weaknesses in the country's safety procedures to prevent aflatoxin contamination that means exports cleared by officials may fail to reach European standards.

DKSH eyes buyouts in India

DKSH eyes buyouts in India

DKSH Holdings Ltd, the Swiss market expansion services group focused on chemicals, food and drug industries, is making plans to further boost its business in India through local acquisitions, local newspaper Mint reported last week.

India is investing in probiotic research

India calls for probiotic research for women-children

By Shane Starling

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is calling on researchers to submit projects investigating probiotic benefits in women and children, and has set an August 15 submission deadline.

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