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

At 7th Fi, 100+ exhibitors to showcase products
Food Ingredients (Fi) India – co-located with Health Ingredients (Hi) India and Natural Ingredients (Ni) India – turns seven in 2012. The exhibition, which commences in Mumbai on September 5, 2012, is not only an opportunity for food, health and natural ingredient suppliers from India and overseas to showcase their latest offerings.

FoodTec: Communications platform for tech suppliers
International FoodTec India 2012, a key event for the food technology industry, is all set to unveil in Mumbai on September 11, 2012, at Bombay Exhibition Centre in the city.

Understanding usage of natural colouring, additives
Colours and additives serve as a vital marketing tool to ensure that the product has consistent consumer appeal and they are also important to support flavour association.

Colour additives – The safety aspect and beyond
Nature has provided a wide range of colours in flowers, fruits and vegetables. This has made human beings develop an instinct to get attracted to foods and drinks which bear colours. Colour can make food look more appealing and appetising to customers. Food colours are available as liquids, powders, gels, and pastes.

Food Processing Machinery Industry - Now and Beyond
The Indian Food Processing Industry has had humble beginnings. The earliest of food processing in the country was carried out by the agricultural community on a small scale. However, with rise in demand and import of sophisticated machinery, the industry began to expand and became organised in most aspects.

Labelling in the US: Allegations and the real picture
An August 19, 2012, front page article in The New York Times reported that prominent lawyers with considerable experience in class action litigation have filed suit within the last few months against “industry leaders like ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, Heinz, General Mills and Chobani.

Pure+ Milk: Heralding a revolution sans preservatives
Dairy is a burgeoning business in emerging India where milk and milk products are slowly shifting hands from the monopoly of the cooperative movement a couple of decades ago to private ethnic and multinational companies building the market with an array of value-added products.

Innovative flavours in yogurts, their popularity in India
Yogurt has always been a very important and integral part of the Indian and Middle-Eastern diets. However, the present day yogurt offerings have its origins in the US.

“We have entered domestic market going by demand”
The 12-year-old Phalada Agro Research Foundation Pvt. Ltd is a name to reckon with in the organic food ingredient space. In an interaction, C M N Shastry, chairman and managing director, Phalada Agro Research Foundation Pvt. Ltd, provides an overview of the company and the sector, to Nandita Vijay.

“Exporting minimum quantity must for logistics to work”
Parma, the food hub of Italy, is world-famous for authentic Parmesan cheese or Parmigiano-Reggiano, a PDO (protected designation of origin) product, as also its numerous cheese farms and manufacturers.

Global chocolate market is estimated at $85 billion
Chocolate, the world’s most illustrious food item has become a vital part of daily appetite among Indians. Be it a birthday, job promotion, salary increment, examination success or religious and traditional fiesta, every Indian is ready to nibble his / her share of chocolate to rejoice.

Anti-nutritional factors in food and plant crops
Toxic compounds synthesised by plant microbes and animals cause serious problems in human and animal nutrition. The anti-nutritional factors are the undesirable substances present in food. These substances are naturally found in food but their activity as anti-nutritional factor depends on the digestion process.

Vegetable Oils: Policy framework to meet demands
In the last 15 years, the edible oil and oil seeds scenario has undergone a vast change. Our dependence on imports, which were only 3% in 1992-93, has gone over to 50% currently.

Investment in Processed Food Sector Projects
NSL Sugars is expanding sugar capacity from 1,250 to 7,500 tccpd at Survey No.179, 180, 181, 182 and 202, Bhuanoor village. It includes distillery unit with a capacity of 60 klpd and 37 MW co-generation power unit.

Roha - The 40-year journey of colour in black & white
Globally speaking, Roha has offices in 14 countries, 9 application labs, a sales presence in 120 nations and is the largest manufacturer of synthetic colours.

Marine Chemicals – Agar Specialist
Marine Chemicals is the largest producer & exporter of Agar in India for the last 25 years suitable for confectionery & dairy products industries, plant tissue culture, dehydrated culture media, microbiology, pharmaceutical, dental castings, and confectionery & dairy products industries.

Lab Testing and Regulatory Requirements
Unlike the previous Act which talked only about adulteration, the recent Regulations/Act has seen a paradigm shift which takes into consideration Food Safety and Food Science starting from the very definition of ‘Food.’ It defines even the water used in the Food Processing as ‘Food.’

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