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A Food And Beverage News Special
October 1-16, 2010

Convenience at its best
Convenience food is not only the food which can be consumed with convenience, it is also the food which can be prepared with ease. The most important aspect on convenience food is that it saves time and labour. The extended shelf life makes them easy to consume even after a couple of months after the products hit the market shelves.

Preservation technologies in ready-to-eat foods
Convenience food, or tertiary processed food, is commercially prepared food designed for ease of consumption. Products designated as convenience foods are often prepared food stuffs that can be sold as hot, ready-to-eat dishes; as room temperature, shelf-stable products; or refrigerated, frozen products, or dry mixes that require minimal preparation,” according to Wikipedia.

Gear up to new certification: FSSC 22000
Food safety is a global concern, not only because of the importance for public health, but also because of its impact on international trade. Globalisation of food production and procurement makes food chains longer and more complex and increases the risk of food safety incidents.

Jumbo King, a success story in traditional food
It all started when he went to London to sell self-owned Indian sweets. Dheeraj Gupta, today the MD of Jumbo King, carefully observed Burger King’s franchise business pattern and thought to apply a similar model here.

Vaathsalya slates expansion for Convenience Foods
Vaathsalya Quality Food Products has slated an expansion plan of ragi processing unit with an investment of Rs 25 lakh. The funds will be raised through banks. The company will increase its capacity from the current 100 kilogram per week by five times.

Ready-to-eat foods drive demand for packaging metal
Worldwide consumer goods packaging market has witnessed a sturdy growth over the past few years, translating into healthy demand for packaging products including metal cans, and containers.

Uk government labelling responsibilities change hands
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that from the current month there are changes being made to which government departments have responsibility for food labelling policy.

British restaurants told to print calories on menus
British restaurants have been asked to print calories on menus in the country's latest move to combat unhealthy eating. The British government has told the restaurants to set a target date by which they will set out the nutritional value of products on menus to ensure that the customers know how healthy their meals are, the Daily Mail reported.

Indian fast food market growing @ 25-30%
The Indian fast food market is growing at an annual rate of 25-30%. Almost all the world’s big fast food brands have succeeded in making their presence felt in the country and most of them are posting appreciable growth.

Instant food has immense growth potential
Convenience is the new trend and the fact is being reinstated time and again from the growth figures which refuse to plunge. An interview with Shushmul Maheshwari, CEO, RNCOS (market research and analysis), on India's acceptance to convenience

Packaged food may be exempted from GST
Packaged food items are likely to be exempted from the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST). At present processed food products are exempted from central excise, but most states levy Value-Added Tax (VAT) on these.


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