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A Food And Beverage News Special
March 1-15, 2012

Delhi’s Pragati Maidan all set for mega event
Come March 12th and who's who of the food, food processing and hotel and restaurant equipment and supplies will descend on Pragati Maidan in New Delhi for the 27th edition of Aahar 2012, an exhibition that spans five days.

Affordability, quality on top of consumer agenda: Report
Taste, quality and price are top considerations for consumers when choosing food products. Of this, affordability continues to move to the forefront as the global economy remains in state of heightened volatility.

Lesser Cenvat on food processing in Union Budget sought
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has prepared a pre-budget memorandum eliciting demands for the food processing and agriculture sectors in view of the presentation of the Union Budget 2012-13. The Budget will be presented by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on March 16 this year.

Red tape, FSS rules are main issues for hotel industry
Setting up a food or hospitality business in India is a task that is far from easy. Bureaucratic red tape, food safety regulations, and not to mention the multiplicity of taxes that one has to deal with add up to the financial and other related issues that business ventures entail.

Bangalore to host 7th Nutra Summit from Mar 15
The market for nutraceuticals in India is dynamic and growing with increasing consumer spending. Also functional foods and beverages, which include fortified food and drinks, form the largest market segment in the health foods category in the country.

Refined edible oils – Understanding good & bad
In the last few years, the claims of edible oil manufacturers have become somewhat subdued as sunflower oil seems to have occupied the top slot as heart healthy oil.

Food law amendments are necessary for retail reforms
In a country like India, in spite of its huge population and land area, the spoilage of food harvest is amongst the highest in the world due to very limited integrated cold chain infrastructure and oxygen-free packing systems accounting to almost 30 per cent in agricultural output.

K’taka govt inks 10 MoUs with investors to set up wineries
The Karnataka government, through its venture, the Karnataka Wine Board (KWB), has inked 10 memoranda of understanding (MoU) to set up new wineries in the state. These companies are Nisarga Wines Pvt. Ltd; Indira Ambience Pvt. Ltd; Rico Wineries; Krishna Valley Wines; Heritage Wines; Elite Wineries; Krishnamruga Wineyard; Dada Winery; Nandi Valley Winery and Alpine Wineries Pvt. Ltd.

DRDO, BASIX, FICCI launch project to serve RTE roti, dal
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BASIX, a social enterprise group, and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), have collaborated to launch Aahar - a pilot project comprising a range of ready-to-eat products.

H&W food & beverage sector expected to grow at 22%
Healthy snacks are those which can be taken between two meals and provide you the required energy to do your work. Healthy snacks include nutritional biscuits, breakfast cereals and savoury snacks.

“Main challenge is to understand guest and expectations”
Chef Ferdinand Metz, a certified master chef, has led teams to three consecutive world championships and was author of four editions of The Culinary Olympics Cookbook. Metz has foodservice experience of about two decades in various capacities and currently he is co-owner of Ferdinand Metz Culinary Innovations, LLC, a food service consulting firm.

World Kitchen forms dedicated Indian subsidiary for better penetration
World Kitchen Holding Company LLC, a player in crockery segment, has announced the formation of its wholly-owned Indian subsidiary, World Kitchen India.

IDS Next, Bone Saws, 3D: Key equipment sector trends
With a burgeoning population and carrying the tag of being the second-largest consumer market in the world, India today is witnessing an unprecedented consumption boom.

Contaminants in food chain - Current laws in India
The contamination of food by chemical or biological agent is a major public health concern. Ideally, food should be completely free from such contaminants, however, this is practically impossible.

“Technology has great potential to help FP industry”
Vadilal Industries Ltd, a leading ice cream player, is also known for processed food with significant exports of frozen vegetables and ready-to-eat snacks, curries and breads.

Use of dairy products as ingredients in foods
India’s food ingredients market is expanding at a 9 per cent growth rate year-on-year. The factors aiding this growth include changing lifestyle and eating habits, increased per capita income and growing nutritional awareness, which have led to the demand for healthy, nutritious, and cost-effective convenience foods.

GM food: A necessity for India
Recently, our planet celebrated birth of the 700 billionth addition to the human population. This notable number also brings to light the fact that the need for food production has also been spiralling.

Organic farming practices help the farmer in the long run
Organic food is often fresher and fresh food tastes better. Organic food is usually fresher when eaten because it does not contain preservatives that make it last longer. The estimated world organic food & drink market size is over US$60 billion where biggest contributors are North America with 49% and Europe with 48%.

Understanding organic certification
Organic farming is the form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests on a farm.

The importance of nutrition  
Taking care of yourself is a state of mind, how much you love yourself and what you can do to take care of your health. Being responsible starts with you… what should you eat to look healthy, have more energy and stay hale and hearty? Well, we all need a balance of carbohydrates, fat, protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals to maintain a strong body.

Health tea market still in nascent stage
Different countries have adopted ways of defining “tea” on their own. Therefore, consumption of green and black tea has slowly picked up across the world, for its beneficial effects.

Soldiers need to be fighting fit, so nutrition is key
The success of military operations largely depends on the physical and mental status of the soldiers. Physical demands of combat combined with mental stress of long working hours affects health and morale of soldiers under extreme environmental conditions even if it is for a short duration.

CIPHET to offer course on techniques in health food development in July
The division of food grains and oilseed processing, Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana, Punjab, has plans to offer a three-week course, titled 'Summer School on Newer Concepts and Techniques in Development of Health Foods.'

Application of In-Sight 5100 in packaging automation
Tingyi Holding Group specialises in the production and distribution of instant noodles, beverages, and baked goods in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The group’s three main product divisions have established leading market shares in certain segments of the PRC’s food industry.

Silo-based grain storage tech for India
Food grain production in India has crossed 220 million tons and it is increasing every year. Approximately 28-30% of the total grain production is procured by FCI. According to media, in June 2010, FCI was having grain of 60 million tons.

ITC Colors Group
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 22 years.

Fruit Pasteuriser to be launched at Food & Bevtech 2012
HRS Process Systems Ltd. (HRS PSL), part of HRS Group, UK, will launch its new product – Diced Fruit Pasteuriser for the food processing sector in CII-organised - Food & Bevtech 2012, to be held from April 25-27, 2012 in Mumbai.

Target Innovations introduces metal detection and separation solutions
Target Innovations, experts in manufacturing various custom metal detection solutions to individual products, has introduced quality metal detection and separation solutions to the manufacturing and processing industries.

Radiation processing: A boon for food processing sector
Preservation of food is perhaps more difficult than its production. This may sound unbelievable but, the fact is that the amount of efforts needed to produce food is much less than those required to preserve it.

Singapore to host FHA2012 food & hospitality show
Food&Hotel Asia2012 (FHA2012), Asia's leading food and hospitality trade show, is scheduled to take place at Singapore Expo, Singapore, from April 17 to 20, 2012. This will be the 18th edition of the biennial event, which has been taking place since 1978.

Pushpam starts beverage manufacturing unit at Pune
Pushpam Foods and Beverages Pvt. Ltd, part of the Pushpam Group, Pune, has set up its first-of-its-kind contract manufacturing and private label beverage manufacturing unit in cans and PET bottles for the first time in India.

Contaminant issues - Global regulatory situation
The topic of pesticide residues is very extensive and critical from different points of view, so I thought I would focus on a few simple points useful for understanding the argument – Definition; Worldwide current standard situation; Analytical method; and Global regulatory initiatives.

Separators, Detectors, X-ray for exceptional product purity
The food industry faces unique challenges during processing. These primarily pertain to protecting product purity while handling materials in the most efficient, economical and sanitary way.

“Industry needs grading body that is globally recognised”
Allan Limmer, executive chef, InterContinental The Lalit, Mumbai, in a conversation with Akshay Kalbag, talks about the Indian hospitality industry, in general, and offers a foreigner's take on the issues, in particular

California pistachios: A deliciously healthy snack nut
February 26 is World Pistachio Day, and hence, this is a good time to take an in-depth look at the amazing history and modern day health benefits of the wonderful snack nut from California – Pistachios.

Banana, tapioca chips industry in Kerala under threat
There was a time when Kerala, the coastal state blessed with scenic beauty and nature’s bounty, was equally famous for its banana and tapioca chips both locally and globally. But it is not the same anymore.

Fine dining: A fine experience
Fine dining restaurants are also known as full service restaurants with specific dedicated meal courses. The ambience of such restaurants is better than the others and the staff wears formal attire and is generally well trained for the work.

“There is a scope for plenty of growth”
Cafe Coffee Day (CCD), a leading coffee chain in the country, has been on an expansion spree. Apart from that the brand has taken up several new initiatives in recent times, one of them being collaboration with Flame institute.

iba 2012: World market for baking & more…
Munich is looking forward to this year when iba will transform the “cosmopolitan city with a heart" into one with a passion for the baking sector. Held every 3 years, the world market of baking is worth the visit if you are a baker, a confectioner, hotelier or caterer, run a coffee shop or if your business is related to baking.

Frozen Food & Modern Retail: The Indian Context
The frozen food industry in India is still in its infancy. As in the most developed markets, the Indian market surely would need some years to develop the acceptance and consumption appetite for frozen foods. And here lies the unfathomable opportunity, at every stage of the value chain – from the producer to the retailer and eventually to the consumer.

Supply chain management: The HyperCITY way
Supply chain is fast-becoming one of the core determinants of a company’s business model. Organisations are now in an era where their operating model is being defined by its supply chain functions.

Cold chain industry in India on a hot growth trail
India since medieval times, has lured the world to its rich horticulture delights, the aroma of myriad spices, and the palate of delectable flavours. In fact, its traditional Indian cuisines have been attributed to fruits, vegetable and condiments of the fertile Indian soil.

“Plant capacity is 1200 MTPD, investment is `150 cr”
Varanasi-headquartered JVL Agro Industries Ltd (formerly known as Jhunjhunwala Vanaspati Ltd) is engaged in the business of manufacturing, marketing and trading of vanaspati ghee, refined soya oil, refined palm oil, mustard oil and animal and poultry feeds.

Starfrost Asia – IQF freezing, chilling
Starfrost Asia is an Indo-British JV set up to provide the latest in IQF freezing and chilling systems to the Indian food processing industry. This new venture, utilising proven IQF equipment design from Starfrost UK, will bring many other benefits to customers such as easier commercial terms, dealing in local currency, quick response local servicing, spare parts available locally and shorter deli

Indian food legislation: Much-needed first step
The Indian economy has been experiencing relatively fast-paced growth over the past few years. This growth is reflected on the consumer in terms of higher incomes, which have further resulted in increased spending.

Carbohydrates are not good or bad; they are essential
Carbohydrates have been an important constituent of the human diet and the subject of many a discussion on nutrition for a long time. Recognised as essential nutrients that provide energy to tissues, they play a number of other physiological roles as well.

Wine park to come up in Bijapur district of Karnataka
The Karnataka government has now firmed up its plans to set up a dedicated wine park at Bijapur in the northern part of the state. An area of 150 acres has been earmarked for the project. The details of investment were disclosed.

“Complex licensing, high tax rates are major issues”
The hotel & hospitality industry, one of the fastest- growing segments in the country, has been struggling to unite as a single entity in order to make its issues redressed. The voice raised by the industry is often diluted by its unorganised and complex structure.

Living Liquidz launches store at Mumbai airport
Living Liquidz, the wine & liquor retail store chain, is a breakthrough in the Indian shopping experience. The chain, which boasts of Mumbai's most eloquently-designed, full-spectrum liquor stores, has now recently launched its store at the city's domestic airport in Santacruz.

Coconut plucking – Empowering stride for women in Kerala
As the world is celebrating the 101st Women's Day, Indian women too are breaking the proverbial glass ceiling and upsetting many a male bastion. For instance, in Kerala, the womenfolk have taken giant strides in climbing up coconut trees and plucking coconuts, an area traditionally dominated by men.

Food and Bev Tech ‘12 - Platform for innovations, solutions
If food is not kept in a special slab under the Goods and Services Tax then prices will go up by 10-15%. The industry cannot take even one per cent increase in the tax. Processed foods should be treated at par with agri-products.

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