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

By RJ Whitehead

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 reported a sharp drop in sales ahead of the protest.

South Asia radius

Region in focus

South Asia radius

By RJ Whitehead

Maggi controversy rages on while Maharashtra reviews test results

Tamil Nadu outlaws edible tobacco

Indian health

Tamil Nadu outlaws edible tobacco

By RJ Whitehead

The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has has become the latest to outlaw edible tobacco. The order, revealed by the chief minister in the state assembly, is expected to be passed next week.

Old Monk’s vow of silence sees rum brand in freefall

Case study

Old Monk’s vow of silence sees rum brand in freefall

By RJ Whitehead

Is Old Monk old hat? Judging by figures released this month by Impact Databank, it seems the once omnipotent Indian rum brand is well on its way to oblivion—or ripe for a buy-out.

Cabinet finally approves Food Security Bill. Next stop parliament

Indian politicking

Cabinet finally approves Food Security Bill. Next stop parliament

By RJ Whitehead

After days of frenzied negotiations and brinksmanship, delays and declarations, the Indian cabinet has finally approved an ambitious plan to subsidise food for two-thirds of its population, according to early BBC reports.

Sugar farmers have been waiting a long time for the rules to change

Lobbies wade into Indian sugar regulation debate

By RJ Whitehead

Now some time has passed since the Rangarajan Committee revealed its recommendations to remove restrictions on the sugar sector, industry groups have begun to put pressure on the government to accept or reject its findings.

Indian coffee growers suffering labour headache

Indian coffee growers suffering labour headache

By Ankush Chibber

India’s coffee industry is under severe stress due a shortage of skilled labour and must invest heavily in expanding its capabilities, a major industry association has said.

India's snacks market is the lucrative target for Hong Kong food firm

Hong Kong food firm enters India

By Ankush Chibber

Hong Kong-based food major Kiu Fung Hon will launch its snack and confectionery products in India in a bid to cash in on the country’s growing sector.

India must focus on domestic enzyme development to create value-added foods

Indian push on enzyme production

By Ankush Chibber

A top agriculture expert has urged Indian scientists to increase their efforts towards locally developing enzymes and microbes for application in food and beverage processing.

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