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India's biscuit makers prepare for post-Covid growth

28 Jan 2021

just-food correspondent Raghavendra Verma surveys India's biscuit market, which has enjoyed bumper sales during the Covid-19 pandemic.

India's ITC to snap up local spice maker Sunrise Foods

26 May 2020

Indian consumer-goods giant ITC is to acquire a local spices business for an undisclosed sum, it has announced.

India's ITC to take stake in local vending-machine firm Delectable 

19 Nov 2019

ITC, the India-based consumer goods group, is to acquire a 33.42% stake in a local vending-machine company for US$1.05m.

What could drive growth in India's instant-noodles market? - category deep dive, part two

8 Oct 2018

Instant noodles have taken hold in India, which is now the fourth-largest market for the product, according to industry figures. But how could the category continue to grow? Raghavendra Verma reports.

How instant noodles have won over India - category deep-dive, part one

5 Oct 2018

Per capita consumption in India is lower than in SE Asia but Raghavendra Verma looks at how instant noodles have found a place in the diets of a growing number of Indians.

New Products - ABF's Jordans launches healthy children's cereal Funny Crisp in France; Farmwise creates Chicken Veggie Nuggets and Tenders; Barilla leans to plant-based with chickpea, lentil pasta in US; Dairy Crest reformulates Clover Light

7 Sep 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes news of a range of vegetarian meals from Birds Eye in the UK, Mars' confectionery brand M&M's moving into cakes and Tine's foray into plant-based foods.

India launches voluntary push with industry to cut sugar, salt

11 Jul 2018

Major food manufacturers operating in India, including Nestlé and Unilever as well as domestic players like Britannia Industries and ITC, have pledged to reformulate their products to help tackle diet-related illness.

Indian FMCG major ITC plans food offensive

6 Nov 2017

India-based consumer goods giant ITC has outlined plans to set up 20 food manufacturing plants across 12 states in the country.

ITC names CEO as food growth remains "steady"

30 Jan 2017

Indian FMCG group ITC is splitting the roles of chairman and CEO, promoting COO Sanjiv Puri to the post of chief executive.

ITC names Sanjiv Puri COO

28 Jul 2016

Indian FMCG giant ITC has appointed executive director Sanjiv Puri to the newly-created post of chief operating officer. 

India's ITC posts increased first-quarter profits

22 Jul 2016

Indian food and tobacco producer ITC has posted total pre-tax profits of INR3.67bn (US$552m) for the first quarter of the fiscal year ended 30 June compared to INR3.34bn crore in the corresponding period a year ago.

India's ITC hails growth of branded packaged food

24 May 2016

Indian conglomerate ITC has insisted its branded packaged food business, which includes brands like Yippee noodles and Sunfeast biscuits, is "one of the fastest growing" in the sector.

India's ITC to set up two food plants

15 Feb 2016

Indian food and tobacco major ITC is establishing two new production units in its home state of West Bengal to make branded noodles, snacks, chips, biscuits and wheat flour.

The food industry in 2016 - what is the outlook for the BRICs? - part two

3 Jan 2016

In the second of a two-part feature, Hannah Abdulla looks at two more members of the BRIC quartet and explores what India and China hold in store for the packaged food industry over 2016.

Food industry news of the week - Green Giant, Arla, KitKat

4 Sep 2015

B&G Foods struck a deal to buy General Mills' struggling Green Giant business - but insisted it could revitalise its sales. Arla Foods announced two ventures in Africa to boost its presence in the continent. And Nestle outlined plans to make KitKat with only sustainably-sourced cocoa from next year.

Ghee launch marks ITC's entry into dairy

2 Sep 2015

ITC, the Indian FMCG giant, has confirmed it will enter the country's dairy sector with the launch of ghee, or clarified butter.

ITC's Yippee noodles face lead claims

25 Aug 2015

Indian FMCG giant ITC has become the subject of speculation over the lead content of noodles after reports food officials in Uttar Pradesh had found a batch contained excess levels of lead.

Heinz in "ongoing communication" with Indian officials

9 Jun 2015

HJ Heinz, the US ketchup maker, has stressed its products on sale in India meet local regulations as the company confirmed it is in "ongoing communication" with Indian food quality regulators.

Indian authorities "looking at Heinz, Kellogg" after Maggi row

8 Jun 2015

Indian food safety authorities are reportedly examining popular packaged foods manufactured by the likes of Heinz and Kellogg after a row erupted over Nestle's Maggi noodles.

Food industry quotes of the week; Unilever, Lifeway

23 Jan 2015

Unilever revealed its 2014 results this week and revealed its food sales fell last year, prompting CEO Paul Polman to admitted the Flora and Becel maker had lagged the change in how consumers viewed spreads. Elsewhere, Lifeway Foods CEO, Julie Smolyansky, insisted the business is not for sale.

ITC books "healthy growth" in packaged food sales

22 Jan 2015

Indian conglomerate ITC has reported "healthy growth" in its packaged food sales in its third quarter.

ITC plans US$70m confectionery plant in India

20 Jan 2015

Indian food and tobacco major ITC is setting up a US$70m packaged foods and confectionery plant in the eastern state of Odisha.

ITC's food units show "robust" performance in "sluggish" environment

3 Nov 2014

Indian cigarettes-to-hotels giant ITC said its branded packaged food businesses were able to grow market share in its second quarter, despite a "sluggish consumer demand environment".

Dairy in India: The problem of India's low dairy productivity

30 Sep 2014

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. 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 2014

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.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

15 Sep 2014

In this week's big acquisition, General Mills moved to boost its domestic business with a deal to buy natural and organic firm Annie's. Elsewhere Arla Foods announced it had entered the race to take over Egypt's Arab Dairy Products Co. Indian dairy firm Amul hinted at plans to start exports to Russia while local conglomerate ITC announced it would grow its presence in the Indian dairy sector. Things also continued to heat up in the battle for Chiquita Brands International, with the produce giant announcing it had been granted a waiver from Fyffes to enter into discussions with Cutrale Group and Safra Group.

INDIA: ITC outlines dairy offensive

9 Sep 2014

Indian conglomerate ITC has confirmed it plans to open dairy plants in seven Indian states - with the first site set to open in Bihar before the end of the year.

On the money: India's ITC sets out FMCG ambition

31 Jul 2014

Indian conglomerate ITC this week reported losses from its FMCG arm, as well as a slowdown in sales, but the company's has big ambitions for its consumer goods business.

INDIA: FMCG sales growth slows at ITC

30 Jul 2014

Indian conglomerate ITC, which is trying to broaden its business beyond its core cigarette division and further into FMCG, has reported slowing sales of consumer goods in the first quarter of its financial year.

INDIA: ITC hails market share growth in food unit

27 May 2014

Indian FMCG conglomerate ITC said its food brands gained market share over the last 12 months despite a "deceleration" of market growth trends.


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