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Dairy in India: Growing interest but no quick win for multinationals 30 Sep 14

Katy Askew

India is the world's largest raw milk producer and one of the biggest global markets for dairy products. While the participation of international dairies remains relatively low in the country, interest is increasing. Continued rapid demand growth presents a challenge and an opportunity for multinationals stepping up their operations in India - and the growing presence of foreign firms bodes well for the health of the sector itself. Katy Askew reports.

Indian consumers are on the lookout for more packaged milk options as food safety and traceability concerns grow.Dairy in India: How to win over the Indian consumer 30 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

India is the world's largest producer of raw milk. The market, however, is greatly fragmented with farmers and local dairy co-operatives controlling much of the sector, leaving little room for anyone else. But as incomes improve and the Indian consumer demands more options and quality assurance, opportunities for innovative players willing to experiment are surfacing. Hannah Abdulla explores.

Value-added products can be avenue for international dairy companies but tariffs and regulations can present obstaclesDairy in India: How can exporters crack the market? 30 Sep 14

Raghavendra Verma, Alan Osborn and Barbara Bierach

Overseas dairy companies talk of the potential India can offer their business but the market remains challenging, not least when looking at its supply chain and infrastructure. However, there are ways international dairy players can gain a foothold in India's promising dairy sector.

Dairy processors investing in the modernisation of Indian dairy farmingDairy in India: The problem of India's low dairy productivity 30 Sep 14

Raghavendra Verma

India may be the world's largest raw milk producer but the dairy sector is marked by poor on-farm efficiency and low productivity. The country's dominant co-operatives have struggled to improve the model employed by their farmer members and the entrenched informal village-based supply system. But, with a step-up in investment on the horizon, could all this change? Raghavendra Verma reports.

Dairy in India: The supply chain issues facing the sector 30 Sep 14

Raghavendra Verma

India's poor road network and lack of investment in cold chain infrastructure have long challenged the country’s dairy industry, highlighting the value for companies of undertaking the tough task of establish their own milk collection.

Diamond taps into key trends - natural, protein snacksOn the money: Diamond's faith in on-trend portfolio 26 Sep 14

Katy Askew

Diamond Foods expects to return to profitability in its new financial year, pointing to the benefit of an on-trend product portfolio in the US, improved walnut supply and reduced financial costs.

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Dean BestLatest blog entry: Aldi reveals UK growth ambitions 29 Sep 2014

Dean Best

The discounter has, alongside its fellow German retailer Lidl, shaken up the UK grocery market. And today (28 September) it outlined plans to grow its business in the country further.

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