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Mini Pant Zachariah

Articles by Mini Pant Zachariah

PepsiCo increasing  production in India with  new snack plant PepsiCo given green light for Indian snack plant 9 June 2016

The Indian state government of Karnataka has given PepsiCo permission to build a major new soft drinks and snacks manufacturing plant 200km south-west of Bangalore, an official has confirmed to just-food.


The Sakhti Group looking to tap into growing demand for dairy in IndiaIndia's Sakthi Group to see ABT Foods unit invest in dairy arm 7 June 2016

India's ABT Foods is looking to boost its dairy production, to serve states in the south of the country.


Smart phone proliferation key to growth of e-commerce market in IndiaHow to succeed in Indian e-commerce 3 March 2016

E-commerce is in its early days in India but has the potential to be an important high-growth sales channel for manufacturers. Rapid uptake can be attributed to its convenience as it leap-frogs the development of a traditional bricks-and-mortar infrastructure. Mini Pant Zachariah investigates. 


Indian regulations may become easier to navigateCutting the red tape in India's food sector  2 March 2016

India could be gearing up to streamline its notoriously bureaucratic system of food approval, which, industry experts argue, could not only shorten routes to market but also strengthen food safety in the country. Mini Pant Zachariah reports. 


Millennials are shaping demand evolution in India's food sector How millennials are shaping Indian food consumption 1 March 2016

The emergence of the millennial generation – those born between 1980 and the early 2000s – is set to drive how food consumption takes place in India. Within this demographic, there is, for example, a growing awareness of healthy eating. Mini Pant Zachariah looks at how food makers are responding.  


Devendra Chawla, FMCG president at Future Group, shares his thoughts on the evolution   of Indian consumptionHow Future Group is working to meet the unique demands of India's consumers – interview 1 March 2016

Devendra Chawla, group president for food, FMCG and brands at India's Future Group, has a clear view of how the Indian branded food sector is, and has been, developing. While Indian consumers love to try new products, they prefer them to be spiced with some familiar flavours from the past. Mini Pant Zachariah caught up with Chawla to learn more about his take on the evolution of the Indian palate. 


India's Heritage Foods looks for partner to grow retail arm 29 February 2016

Heritage Foods, the Indian food manufacturer and retailer, is looking for companies to partner with it to grow its retail business.


Former MD at Godrej Group, Arumugham Mahendran, has launched a new chocolate brand.
Ex-Godrej boss launches chocolate brand 6 May 2015

Former managing director at Godrej Group, Arumugham Mahendran, has launched a new chocolate brand.


India cold chain, long-life products see technological advances BRICs and beyond: India's dairy dilemma: cold chain or UHT? 29 April 2015

Dairy and energy sector experts are optimistic about effective cold chain solutions they say are being developed for India’s dairy sector. Speakers at a two-day seminar on New Technologies for Milk Processing, staged in Mumbai at the India International Dairy Expo last week, were upbeat on the technological advances being made in the field. However, some experts argue that India's dairy needs would be better met through an increased focus on less perishable, long-life products such as UHT. Mini Pant Zachariah reports.


Organised retail in India is on rise but country needs investment in infrastructure and supply chain to allow sector to realise potentialBRICs and beyond: Local factors hindering grocery retail in India 30 January 2014

Poor logistics, including a lack of infrastructure and trained manpower, keep modern branded food retail from actualising its potential in India, industry experts have warned.


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