Food testing labs to soon follow same standards

Source: The Economic Times, Nov 22, 2018

India’s food regulator will soon notify referral laboratories that will help develop standards for procedures and methods to be followed for testing food in India, as per new regulations published recently. These referral laboratories will also evaluate the performance of other labs.

“One set of laboratories has been created known as reference laboratories. They basically ensure that testing across laboratories is done using the same standard methods. They also do proficiency testing. Proficiency testing refers to whether the labs are doing tests correctly or not,” said Pawan Agarwal, CEO of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. “The ecosystem will ensure consistency of results across labs.” Under the new rules, audits of laboratories will be scheduled at least once a year to check for quality.

The regulations spell out rules for notifying and recognising food laboratories, procedures for notification, obligations of food laboratories, among others.

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Mega food park inaugurated at Mangrol

Source: ETRetail.com, Oct 31, 2018

Surat: Chief minister Vijay Rupani and Union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur inaugurated Gujarat’s first Food Agro Infrastructure Mega Food Park at Shahu village in Mangrol taluka of Surat district on Monday. The mega food park has been built with financial assistance from central and state governments at a cost of Rs 120 crore on 70 acres of land.

Rupani said there were more than 600 cold storages in Gujarat and that an investment to the tune of Rs3,000 crore has been made in the food industries sector in the past few years. “We want to double the income of farmers and this park forms the base of our plan. MoUs of investment worth Rs5,000 crore would be signed at the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit,” he said.

Harsimrat Kaur said the Union government has allocated Rs7,000 crore for the food processing industries in the recent past. The government is giving Rs 10 crore for setting up of a cold storage, Rs 5 crore for a food processing unit and Rs 35 crore for a mini food park.

India leads UK’s Scotch whisky exports boom

Source: ETRetail.com, Oct 22, 2018

Britain’s Scotch whisky exports increased in the first half of 2018 to GBP 1.97 billion, a 10.8 per cent rise in the value of exports against the same period last year, with a surge in demand from India leading the upward trend.

According to an analysis of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) data published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) this week, exports to India increased by 44.4 per cent to over GBP 56 million followed by China, which was up by 34.8 per cent to GBP 36.3 million.

The customs figures also show the volume of exports of the exclusive drink from Scotland increased by 5.6 per cent to almost 558 million bottles.

The SWA welcomed the “double-digit” growth rates but also urged for tax relief and support for the industry post-Brexit. Read the rest of this entry »

Buyers from West Europe to source Food and Beverage from India

Source: ETRetail.com, Oct 09, 2018

NEW DELHI: European supermarket chains and top manufacturers of processed food will be sourcing their Food and Beverage (F&B) requirements from India at the Indusfood-II – the export focused annual F&B trade fair organized by Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) jointly with commerce and industry ministry.

Indusfood is a tradeshow, the second edition of which will be held in Greater Noida on January 14-15, 2019, to showcase India’s best line-up of food, beverages and agri products to global buyers, many of whom have already committed participation in Indusfood-II.

“The Indusfood-II is expected to see the participation of more than 600 global buyers from around 50 countries,” the ministry said in a statement on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Govt to invite bids this month to set up NBFC for food processing sector

Source: Business Standard, Sept 11, 2018

New Delhi: The government will invite bids this month for setting up of a non-banking financial company (NBFC) with an initial corpus of Rs 20 billion to meet credit needs of the food processing sector, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said Tuesday.

“The RFP (request for proposal) should be out hopefully this month. The NBFC will be in place by end of the year,” the Food Processing Minister told reporters here on the sidelines of a report launch.

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Rs 350 cr vegetable processing facility to come up at Mohali

Source: ETRetail.com, Sept 07, 2018

Chandigarh: Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday said a Spanish company will set up a Rs 350 crore vegetable processing facility at Mohali in Punjab, which will benefit vegetable growers of the state. The minister, in a statement here, said she visited the factory premises of food processing company Conelodos de Navarra in Spain and assured the promoters that her ministry will extend all possible support to it.

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NBFC to exclusively fund food processing sector ‘by year-end’

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Jul 15, 2018

Kolkata: Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday said a non-banking finance company (NBFC), to exclusively cater to the needs of the food processing sector, will be operational by the year-end.

The NBFC, which is likely to be named Agro-Processing Financial Institution, would entail an investment of about ₹2,000 crore. The government will pick up 20-per cent entity and invest a seed fund of close to ₹400 crore. The remaining will come from the private sector. “The RFP (Request for Proposal) is likely to be floated by the end of this month. There is a lot of interest from the private sector not just nationally but globally (to invest in the entity). We hope the NBFC would be operational by end of this year,” she told newspersons on the sidelines of an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here on Friday.

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