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Raghavendra Verma

Articles by Raghavendra Verma

India wants to increase dairy production to meet growing demandIndia launches fund to boost dairy processing 2 February 2017

India's newly-announced INR80bn (US$1.18bn) government fund for the country's dairy sector is designed to increase milk production by 8% every year, just-food has been told.

India's government reported to be considering fiscal measures on 'junk food'India's food sector concerned at 'junk-food tax' talk 23 January 2017

India's food processing industry is calling for detailed discussions on reports the central government is planning to impose sugar and fat taxes on what it regards as ‘junk food’.

Ruchi Soya saw sales and profits fall in first half of financial yearRuchi Soya denies talk of Patanjali Ayurved deal 23 January 2017

India-based edible oil producer Ruchi Soya has denied reports it has struck a co-branding and distribution deal with Patanjali Ayurved.

Patanjali Ayurved targeting US$15bn in sales by March 2020, Balkrishna saysPatanjali Ayurved MD Acharya Balkrishna on rise of India's FMCG disruptor - interview 6 January 2017

Fast-growing Indian consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved was described this week as "the most disruptive force" in the country's FMCG market. Set up in 2006, Patanjali Ayurved's mix of food and personal care products, combined with its strategy of promoting the Ayurveda system of medicine, has enjoyed rapid growth - and the business has ambitious plans. Raghavendra Verma met Patanjali Ayurved managing director Acharya Balkrishna to find out more.

Patanjali censured in home statePatanjali Ayurved to appeal fine for misbranding 5 January 2017

Fast-growing Indian consumer goods group Patanjali Ayurved is to appeal a fine for misbranding certain food products, managing director Acharya Balkrishna has told just-food.

In a surprise move, India pulled INR500 and INR1,000 notes from circulation last monthHow will demonetisation affect India's food industry? - analysis 14 December 2016

Last month, India pulled from circulation INR500 and INR1,000 banknotes, in a bid, the country's government said, to clamp down on counterfeiting, corruption, drug use and smuggling. The demonetisation move has proved controversial and has affected consumer spending, with smaller traders facing pressure, although many of the largest food companies operating in India believe it will benefit the country's economy. Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi.

Amul looking to grow presence in US through Amazon tie-upIndian dairy Amul in US tie-up with Amazon 30 November 2016

India's largest milk brand Amul has partnered with Amazon to try to grow the sales in the US for its more specialised dairy products, including clarified butter ghee and Indian dessert gulab jamun.

FSSAI this month launched standards for voluntary fortificationIndia's food standards agency mulls mandatory fortification 25 November 2016

India’s food standards authority is said to be considering new regulations that mandate the fortification of basic food items such as milk, wheat flour and cooking oil with micronutrients, just-food has been told.

Nestle India focused on the future after Maggi recall, Narayanan saysHow Nestle is tackling Indian challenges - the just-food interview with local MD, Suresh Narayanan, part 2 27 October 2016

Operating one of India's largest food companies is no simple task, Suresh Narayanan, the chairman and managing director of Nestle India, tells just-food in an exclusive interview at his business' headquarters, near New Delhi. The company faces an array of challenges in the market – from the recent Maggi recall, to intensifying competition, to issues like obesity and diabetes. Narayanan shares how the Switzerland-based food giant is responding in the country. 

Nestle India MD Suresh Narayanan  talks to just food about how the company wants to deliver double-digit growth in the marketNestle growing in India through global, digital innovations – the just-food interview with local MD, Suresh Narayanan, part 1 26 October 2016

The demand for processed and packaged food is growing among India's young, often aspirational and fast-expanding population. Nestle is targeting double-digit annual growth in the country in the coming years. Suresh Narayanan, the chairman and MD of Nestle's operations in India, speaks to just-food about how the company intends to reach that goal, using innovation and an advanced digital strategy. 

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