The new food factories: Inside India’s organics trade

Source: LiveMint.com, Jan 14, 2019

New Delhi: In a bid to maintain good health, Manisha Bhardwaj, a software professional working in Noida, and her banker husband, Sakal Bhardwaj—both turning 40—have decided to bring some changes in their lifestyle and food habits. The couple has not only joined a gym to lose weight but has also completely switched to organic foods—ranging from organic fruits, vegetables, pluses to organic rice.

“Earlier, I was buying vegetables from a local vendor. But now, I order vegetables and fruits from websites that sell organic stuff,” said Manisha Bhardwaj. “In grocery stores too, my first preference is organic foods now,” she added.

The Bhardwaj family is not the only one undergoing this kind of transformation. Annu Gupta, a yoga and fitness trainer, also ensures that she buys all her vegetables and fruits from a local farm in Faridabad, which claims to be organic and supplies produce across Delhi-NCR. Read the rest of this entry »

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Organic food show to attract global retail chains, companies

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Dec 17, 2018

New Delhi: Organic food will be the focus of the second edition of Indusfood — the government’s flagship international food show-cum- reverse buyer seller meet — with more than 200 global buyers already indicating their interest in sourcing from the country.

Large global retail chains, including Germany’s REWE, Australian Culinary Foods, Canada’s Global Choice Foods and Chile’s Soc. De Inversiones Granatta are interested in buying organic food at the Indusfood meet and buyer-seller meets are being organised for the purpose, said Mohit Singla, Chairman, Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI).

“There is a huge scope for increasing organic food exports from India, especially processed food, as only 0.5 per cent of the global demand is supplied from the country. We are upbeat on that,” said Singla speaking to BusinessLine. Total export of organic food products from India in 2017-18 was worth $515.44 million of which just $34.3 million was processed organic food. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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 »

Food processing attracts heavy investment, US a key contributor: minister

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Sept 15, 2018

New Delhi: India’s food processing sector has attracted heavy investment and the US has played a key role in the industry’s initiatives, Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said Friday. “India’s goal of bringing food processing to global standards has brought about heavy investment, and America is playing a significant role in the industry’s initiatives,” a statement quoting the minister as said at the 14th Indo-US Economic Summit hosted by the industry body IACC.

Stating that the relations between India and the US in recent years has deepened, she said that the government has worked tirelessly towards the mission of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.

“This spirit of inclusive growth is not only beneficial for Indian farmers whose income the government has sought to double by 2022, but also for international partners like America, and can create economic prosperity for all,” she added.

Speaking at the event, YES Bank Senior President and Global head (Food and Agri Strategic Advisory and Research) Nitin Puri said Indian government is catalysing a revolution in food processing, and this environment has created many opportunities for collaboration between India and the US.

A recommended pathway for this collaboration can be investment in entire value chains. These can mitigate food wastage losses, bring global best practices and technologies like superior cold chains to India, and sell Indian goods in global markets, he said in a statement.

Yogi govt clears decks for Patanjali’s Food Park after pull-out threat

download (1)Source: Business Standard, Jun 20, 2018

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government approved on Tuesday a proposal for the Patanjali Group of Baba Ramdev to set up a food processing park at Greater Noida.

The state Cabinet allowed a transfer of land between two of Patanjali’s subsidiaries for this. The estimated investment is a little over Rs 20 billion. The proposed facility would be entitled to various incentives under central and state policies.

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McDonald’s loss is Domino’s gain in India’s $21 billion fast food market

Source: Business Standard, Mar 28, 2018

McDonald’s Corp. has a problem in India and its rivals are loving it.

Even as the world’s largest restaurant chain tries to woo Indian stomachs with such menu items as the McAloo Tikki (a potato and pea patty on a bun), a legal dispute with a key franchisee partner has put it on the back foot. Shares of India’s Domino’s Pizza operator Jubilant Foodworks Ltd. have more than doubled in the past year as the country’s biggest quick-service outlet benefits from a surge in online orders for home pizza delivery.

A pickup in the economy and growing demand from the planet’s largest youth population are boosting fast-food sales in India. Researcher Euromonitor International predicts the market will expand 5.8 per cent to $21.2 billion this year — a 50 per cent jump since 2008. Domino’s and Subway have gained share, eroding McDonald’s hold, Euromonitor data show.

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