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A Food And Beverage News Special
March 1-15 2011

Aahar 26, growing in strength
Aahar..aha! This goes the industry response for the International Food and Hospitality Fair organised annually. The organisers are excited and the participants super thrilled for the event which is booked for March 10-14, this year at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

Aahar 2011 – Moving away from commodities to processing
Aahar International Food and Hospitality Fair is one trade show that elicits huge response from the industry for more than one reasons. The participation of the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI) and bodies like Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)

AIFPA seminar on ingredients @ Aahar 2011
The All India Food Processors' Association (AIFPA), an over 60 year-old Association serving the interests of food processing industries in the country, will be organising a seminar as part of the 5-day expo - Ahaar International Food and Hospitality Fair 2011.

Agriculture gets special attention with a slew of measures
As some found the Budget 2011-12 to be exhibiting the intellectual architecture of the guy who knew his task well, for others the proposal was far from being a reformist.

Windfall for farmers continues, loan disbursal target raised to Rs 4,75,000 cr.
Farmers can continue to reap a financial harvest that first came as a windfall loan waiver of Rs 60,000 crore in 2008. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee raised the target for loan disbursal to the farmers from the present Rs 3,75,000 crore to Rs 4,75,000 crore in 2011-12, nearly a 27% jump.

Union Budget more like a nut & bolt Budget
Jury yet to be out – Will this Budget help increase consumption which has led to growth or will it increase inflation that will curb consumption?

Welcome measures for farm, livestock sectors
“Godrej Agrovet is happy that the FY2012 Union Budget included initiatives which will help boost India’s crop and livestock yields.  The government has finally begun to pay serious attention to the livestock sector, with Rs 300 crore dedicated to the creation of a National Mission for Protein Supplements,” says Balram Yadav, managing director, Godrej, Agrovet Ltd, commenting on the Union Budget, 2

Single most important reform measure was GST: Sunil Duggal
Pranab Mukherjee's Budget for 2011-12 could be described as a balancing act that seeks to achieve fiscal consolidation without losing sight of the growth momentum. The single most important reform measure was the decision to formally introduce Constitution Amendment Bill in the current session to set the ball rolling for introduction of Goods & Services Tax.

Pawar hails the social message conveyed through the Budget
Terming the Union Budget 2011-12 as "farmer-friendly," agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said the government had fulfilled the long-cherished demand of the farming community by lowering the interest rate on farm loan to 4% through subvention incentives.

Need to see fruition quickly, efficiently: Frost & Sullivan
Following is extracts of the 2011-12 Budget reaction from Frost & Sullivan, a global growth partnership company

Pranab promises Food Security Bill this year
The union minister of finance, Pranab Mukherjee, while presenting the Union Budget for 2011-12, announced that the National Food Security Bill (NFSB) would be introduced in parliament during the course of this year. Mukherjee said that the government was close to finalisation of this Bill after detailed consultations with all stakeholders, including the state governments.

Good Budget, says Hindustan Tin Works
Hindustan Tin Works Ltd has hailed the Budget proposal as announced by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Centre approves constitution of Hospitality Development and Promotion Board
Sultan Ahmed, minister of state for tourism, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, said the union government had approved the constitution of a 'Hospitality Development and Promotion Board' (HDPB) to facilitate the clearances required by hotel projects in a time-bound manner and also provide policy advice for development of the hospitality sector.

Big bonanza for hospitality sector from World Cup, IPL
With the start of the World Cup, the travel and hospitality industry has reason to smile. Tour operators expect an increase of 20 per cent in their bookings from Australia, Britain, South Africa and also within the country. The World Cup will be followed by IPL which will last almost one-and-a-half months, covering more cities.

Evolution in the emerging F&B trends to create a new era in the Indian restaurant industry
From early times till now, Indian customers are one of the most loyal food lovers. Whenever it comes to eating out in a joint or a restaurant, most of the Indians prefer to experience the varied dishes across the regions which will be authentic, nutritious as well as delicious.

IICPT offers training to create confident entrepreneurs
Only training can help India produce confident entrepreneurs in food processing, says Dr K Alagusundaram, director, Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology. The IICPT is an R & D institute under the aegis of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India.

Confectionery industry on a growth trajectory
India’s confectionery market is set to witness robust growth  in the coming years. The factors contributing to the growth are buoyancy in demand, increasing consumerism,  dual family incomes and a rising young population.

Innovative equipment designs to improve traditional dairy products
The Indian value addition industry, especially the food and dairy sector, cannot escape from this vital fact – “globalisation has created a lot of opportunities but with stiffer competition.” The value addition is the most important aspect through which India can visualise a great boom in its dairy and food sector exports.

CAN - A portable warehouse for government to promote environment friendly packaging
Metal packaging / canning, a solution existing for the last two centuries is still unmatched as it preserves all nutrients and almost all vitamins, appropriately processed with sophisticated equipment and technology to give a shelf-life of 24 months.

Bosch Packaging Technology India brings new machine for Snacks Market
The newly launched Transwrap 1650 integrated to Multi Head Weigher is an idealsolution for the snacks market.

Hassia Packaging launches the snack foods hi-speed Twin Bagger 110T Machine
Hassia Packaging Pvt. Ltd (Oystar Hassia India), a fully owned subsidiary of Oystar Holding GmBH, Germany, has launched a hi-speed Twin Bagger 110T Machine for packaging small packs at very high speeds at competitive prices.

Fibre for longevity
A nine-year diet and health study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health and AARP which looked at the diets of more than 3 88,000 adults, in the age group of 50 to 71 years. A link was found between high-fibre diets and a lower risk of death from heart disease, infectious and respiratory illness and, in the case of men, certain cancers.

Quality metal detection solutions
Target Innovations, a leading company into the manufacturing of various custom metal detection solutions for individual products, has introduced quality metal detection and separation solutions for the manufacturing and processing industries.

Role of pest management in food safety
The presence of pests in a food processing facility and in final products has always been unacceptable.

ITC—coloring the path
ITC Colors, an ISO-9001:2008 company, has been actively involved in the production & marketing of Varnacol brand of food colours in the international marketplace for the last twenty-two years.

Alliance- a leader in food and pharma
Alliance India, one of the leading supply companies in food & pharma ingredients, established in the year 2000 under Manish Parekh, has expanded the business substantially with more investment in growth & infrastructure.

Projects Investment in Food Sector
Lavazza Company is setting up a coffee processing unit with a capacity of 1,500 tonne at Sri City SEZ, Tada village. Work underway.

For Indians, any time is snacks time!
Munching between two meals or at tea /coffee time is a habit with most Indians. The variety of snacks offered is almost mind-boggling with specialities from all regions, which have gained national acceptance.

Indians high on hard liquor, yet to develop a taste for wine
Indians love their whisky, rum and vodka, but they are yet to develop a taste for wine, as per the findings of the World Health Organisation's global status report on alcohol and health, which has analysed alcohol consumption in over 100 countries.

Liquid condiment making way to Indian kitchen
Condiments have been a part of any kitchen be it Indian or Western for a very long time. Beginning humbly as salt and pepper, the condiments have evolved over a period of time.

Food and Beverage industry is beyond Imagination
The F&B industry is like a rollercoaster moving so fast with the trends. Basically it’s hard to keep track of F&B industry because of its rapid changes. In the coming years F&B industry looks more into healthy food products and dining options, at the same time there is a great demand for fast food as well but this industry maintains both at the same time.

Ordering food in Mumbai becomes easier with the launch of
If ideas ruled the world, Ritesh Dwivedy sure had one. This IIT pass-out and founder & the CEO of Hungry Zone, decided to quit his posh and heftily paid job in an MNC to give his dream a shape. ANNOUNCES THE 2010 MUMBAI BEST EATS AWARDS has announced its top picks for its first annual Mumbai ‘Best Eats Awards’. Around 50 restaurants are recognized for their gastronomic excellence across a range of categories reflecting the diversity of cultural and culinary influences that have shaped the city and its food.

EquiTherm – unprecedentedly high primary energy savings in the brewing process
One major focus of Krones’ process technology lies in the development of system components that make use of energy-saving potentials in order to minimise environmental impact and progress resource-economy.

Ohmic Heating
Ohmic heating is a novel technology for heating fluids in the food for the purpose of sterilization and pasteurization. It is an advanced thermal processing method wherein the food material, is heated by passing electricity through it.

Fruit-Based Beverages & Drinks
Indian food industry is huge and there are various estimates from Rupees 150,000 to 400,000 crores for its size. Although just about 25 to 30% is in organised sector, in terms of value the organised sector controls about 50% of it.

Bosch in India: A strong development for a great future
In the last one decade Indian economy grew steadily at 6-8%, next only to China. This growth helped increase the middle class population to a sizable extent. Ease of availability of liquidity, easy bank loans, increase in the purchasing power of average Indian and increase in the number of working women, resulted in the super market and hyper market culture in the metros and other urban areas.

Delay in GM food may cost India heavily
“Everything else can wait, but not agriculture.” This was stated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, in his address to the nation “India’s tryst with destiny.” It’s been over 63 years now, things have changed scruffily.

The FSS Act should not allow the sale of disease causing additives and their use in foods without mention of a general warning on label. Just a prohibition for a group of particular patients is not enough, because the additive, when regularly consumed, can make a healthy consumer prone to that disease.

The biggest challenge in the nutraceutical industry is the product claim about wellness & nutrition
India’s Nutrition & Wellness industry is valued at  Rs 5,000 crore.  The nutritional major Amway India has posted a turnover of Rs 1,790 crore for fiscal year 2010 registering a 27% growth over the previous fiscal.

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