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A Food And Beverage News Special
October 16-31, 2010

5th edition and Fi India growing strong
After the grand success of the Commonwealth Games, India is all set to create a centre of attention with the fifth Food Ingredients (Fi) India 2010 show. The fifth edition of Fi India will take place on October 22-23 at Hall No. 5, Bombay Exhibition Centre, in Mumbai.

China is the biggest foreign exhibitor at Fi India 2010
Like every year, Food Ingredients India show will see participation from 15-20 countries. This year, China is the leading foreign participating nation with about 35 exhibitors.

7 modules for Fi conference
The Fi India conference series 2010 has been developed to provide highly focused content and information covering the most critical issues in the Indian f&b industry.

Exchanging business cards at CII's Food and Bev Tech 2010 show
What is the most basic requirement of a business? Well, no prizes for guessing, it's being able to communicate effectively. When you have something to offer and it's unique it's always not necessary to knock several doors, sometimes the doors open magnanimously to let you showcase your creation with the liberty it deserves.

Role of technology crucial
Role of technologies, policies and infrastructure would be crucial in realising the potential of rainfed agriculture.

Modern technology with max automation the key to advanced FP
A recurrent complaint from the law executors in the food processing industry is that the industry is intricately unorganised. Steadily however there is an apparent grouping taking place at the national level through associations like Agro & Food Processing Equipment & Technology Providers Association of India (AFTPAI) and All India Food Processors Association (AIFPA).

Providing enhanced food safety using global standards
With the outbreak of several disastrous food safety and quality failure incidents worldwide, there has been an increase in consumer awareness on quality and safety issues which in turn has led to increase in stringency of regulatory requirements by national and international bodies and also growing demand for effective food recalls.

Govt should act as a facilitator
Taking its first step in the ingredient arena with its sole product Lactose, Kawarlal Group declared its arrival in the industry. And now, 51 years later with over 100 ingredients to offer, the company is determined to walk the unfrequented road to further its mission of accomplishing quality business with a humanitarian approach .

Flavonoids improve cardiovascular health
Basudeb Banerjee, chairman of the Tea Board of India, said that flavonoids contained tea had a positive effect on cardiovascular health. “Flavonoids present in tea help boost the body’s immune system, help attack harmful free radicals and assist in keeping the heart healthy and fit,” he said.

Perfecting technology for the dall milling industry
For every Indian, pulses form an integral part of diet; consumed almost daily. Pulses are the major source of protein and in the form of dall-roti or dall-chawal are non substitutable staple food in all geographical regions, all religions, and all income and social categories.

Whey protein – The nutritional powerhouse for sportsmen
Whey products have become recently quite popular and are heavily promoted as an ideal protein source for sports nutrition. If we see the historical evolution of whey and go back to its antiquity in the nineteenth century, there was a widespread perception of whey as a secondary product of the dairy industry.

PELLACINI SERGIO & FIGLI Sas – demonstrates Centrifugal Extractors
At the recent International Trade Fair Mumbai FoodTec, held from September 30 to October 4 at the Hall of the manifestations of Bombay, the Pellacini Sergio & Figli Sas presented the "TORNADO 1" Centrifugal Extractor, its flagship model in this field of technological machines.

Nestle to develop health science nutrition institute
Switzerland-based Nestle has announced the creation of Nestle Health Science and the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences to pioneer a new industry between food and pharmacy.

Innovative Food Stabiliser – KELCOGEL® GELLAN GUM
CP Kelco is the global leader in the hydrocolloids (thickeners and stabilizers) market, with leading positions in xanthan gum and pectin, and a strong position in carrageenan. The company has more than 2,000 customers in over 100 countries and facilities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

UAS enters into PPP mode to develop novel ragi malt vending machine
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and Swasthya Food Products, Bangalore, have teamed up under a public private partnership initiative to develop a ragi (finger millet) malt vending machine.

Indian Beverages launches novel Ash Gourd juice
Indian Beverages, a Bangalore based company, has introduced for the first time in the country a ready-to -drink vegetable juice from ash gourd. The product is sold under the brand name “Ve-la.”

UAS proves high micro-nutrient content in finger millets
In a bid to increase the consumption and cultivation of food ingredients, which are recognised as a high source of nourishment, the International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD)  and the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) have  associated five centres in the country to promote finger millet (ragi).

Flavours The delightful sensation of foods
Flavour is a sensation felt when food is consumed. It not only is a combined attribute of mostly the aroma (or smell or odour) and the taste of the food but some other important sensory perceptions including tactile (chalky, soft, thick, sticky), pain (sharp, biting, pungent), auditory (crisp, crackly) along with temperature (hot, cold) sensations also make an impact on flavour sensation of a food

Moving fast – The FMCG way
The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) is the fourth largest sector in Indian economy. FMCG is notable by a good distribution network, and also strong competition between organised & unorganised segment.

ITC, one of the leading food color manufacturers
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.

Goa-based Unique Equipments bags 4 awards
Unique Equipments, one of the leading manufacturers of various metal detectors, has bagged four different awards recently.

Maltitol a bulk sweetener for no-added sugar & sugar-free food products
Maltitol is a polyol, a bulk sweetener derived from cereals. Polyols, they are found in fruits and vegetables in nature. Maltitol has been used in food especially in confectionery for more than 20 years in Europe and the USA and for a longer period in Japan.

Improved bioavailability of Curcumin by ginger extracts
The relatively less bioavailability of Curcumin has been a major reason for Curcumin to be not yet approved as a therapeutic agent. Synthite has developed a natural extract blend containing Curcumin, ginger and vanilla as a free flowing powder which has an increased bioavailability of about 8.5 times than normal Curcumin.

Growing challenges in Beverages processing
While there may be a small backlash against bottled water, driven in part by concern over disposal of the plastic bottles, there also appears to be a proliferation of new flavours and types of beverages.

Colouring Foods Naturally
One of the most significant studies deterring consumers from artificial colourings was the Southampton study published in September 2007, "The Lancet", which found that a concoction of artificial colours led to hyperactivity in children.

Beverages suited to specific consumer requirements
The Indian market is proving to be the perfect canvas for the evolving branded soft drinks market. According to Datamonitor's Product Launch Analytics, India held the 13th position in new product launches in the global soft drinks market in 2009.

USDA technology grants to aid nutritious foods
The US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has announced technology grants totalling nearly $14 million to 13 states to improve technology and enhance benefit delivery systems for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Programme for Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC).


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