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A Food And Beverage News Special
January 16-31 2011

AIFPA: More than 60 years in food processing
With the ambitious Vision 2015 of the ministry of food processing industry awaiting implementation in the years to come, All India Food Processor's Association (AIFPA) is one body rigorously putting forth the case of the industry before the government and the FSSAI.

Preparing industry to adopt FSSA by addressing Food Safety & Quality
India is the second largest producer of food in the world. While food production is significant, the Food Processing Industry is still nascent. Initiatives taken by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), Government of India, during the current 5-Year Plan are poised to increase food processing to a great extent and we may see India as a major player in the International Food Trade.

90% of street food unsafe: survey
A random survey conducted by Metropolis Healthcare Ltd, India’s only multinational chain of diagnostics centres, to examine the hygiene levels of the food served on the streets of Bangalore, found that 90 per cent of it is unfit for human consumption.

Non-thermal processing, a novel approach for food preservation
There is no doubt that food preservation is done since ancient times, right from the day we invented fire and started cooking our food. In our day-to-day routine we use myriad number of food preservation techniques, including pasteurisation.

SBI develops sugarcane juice powder
Coimbatore-based Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI) which has developed the sugarcane juice powder by spray drying technique has now approached the National Research Development Corporation(NRDC) for technology transfer to a potential industry partner.

Schocolat gears up to tap premium chocolate market
Schocolat, a smallscale chocolate processing company, is now gearing up to tap the homemade chocolate market with its range of handmade and premium range. The company also opened ‘Chocoworld which is an exclusive chocolate retail store.  

Assocham study finds scope for 14 new clusters in Kerala
The industry body Assocham has appealed the Kerala government to set up 14 new industrial clusters under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model to provide investment and employment opportunities in the state.

Balan Natural Foods aims for a big sip of the Indian fruit juice market
Balan Natural Foods, a leading beverage processing company, is now looking to maximise its presence in the market. The company, which is known for its range of nectars and fruit beverages, strengthened  its natural fruit  health drink space with  Amla and Brahmi.

Steep rise in fast food consumption
There has been a major shift in food habits in the metropolitan cities, about 86% of households prefer to have instant food due to steep rise in dual income level and standard of living, convenience, and influence of western countries, according to a survey undertaken by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

Sahai promises govt support to Rajasthan's FP industry
The industry has good potential in the state. Production of medicinal plants is quite rich here and setting up of dairy and agro processing units here can benefit farmers and would create employment opportunities," food processing minister Subodh Kant Sahai said at the inaugural function of a national seminar on “Agriculture and Food Processing” in Jaipur, on January 7.

FSSAI report shows pesticide residue laws going for a toss
Fruits and vegetable are no more “highly nutritious” but yes of course “highly pesticidal.” The recent reports from Food Safety and Standards Athourity of India (FSSAI) showed.

ITC Foods expands its RTE portfolio convenience foods
The rich heritage and the immense expertise of the master chefs of ITC have produced some of the best gourmet dishes known to Indian palate. In line with the culinary legends that have given the most exciting offerings to the discerning customer, Kitchens of India launched its Masala Mixes.

Projects Investment in Food Sector
Agro Solvent Products plans to set up a vegetable processing unit with a capacity of 1,000 tpm. MoU signed with state government during Global Investor Summit 2010 at Khajuraho. Work to commence by April 2011.

FMCG witnesses 50% growth in rural India
Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) will be witnessing more than 50% of growth in its rural and semi-urban segments by 2012 which in totality is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to carry forward its market size to over Rs 1,06300 crore

Govt move to provide cold chain for agri-commodities
The government is finally in action over the long-pending cold chain issue, after the sudden spurt in prices of agri products like the onion. The government said that it was planning a cold chain mechanism to move vegetables and fruits in areas of short supply.

Innovations in food processing discussed at International conference
The Institution of Chemicals Technology of India (ICT), jointly with the Association of Food Scientists and Technology India (ASFTI) and Food Engineering and Technology (FET), organised an international conference on “Innovation in Food Processing and Ingredients Towards a Healthy India” on January 4 at The Peninsula Grand Hotel in Mumbai.

Duty cut on skimmed milk powder on cards to cool prices
The government plans to import skimmed milk powder and butter oil at concessional duties to cool rising prices of dairy products. Milk prices in December were higher by 17.75% from a year ago after having risen more than 20% the year before. Skimmed milk powder attracts 60% import duty.

Winemakers allowed to open retail shops
Wineries in Maharashtra, troubled by problems of excess stocks, get some respite now. The state excise department has permitted wine manufacturers to set up their own wine shops and safes in the state.

India finally gets a full-time food minister; Pawar pushed out from food to food processing
What Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called a “minor reshuffle” could on the contrary bring in a significant transformation in the country's food industry. The reshuffle-cum-expansion exercise was undertaken by the UPA government that changed the portfolio of 33 ministers and inducted three new faces in the cabinet.

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