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India bread industry believes Bimbo's entry could spark more deals 28 Jun 2017

Grupo Bimbo, the Mexico-based business that is the world's largest bakery products group, has moved into a new emerging market. Bimbo has muscled its way into India with the acquisition of a majority stake in local packaged bread group Ready Roti India. Logistical and supply chain issues make India’s bakery industry challenging but some market watchers expect Bimbo’s move to be followed by other multinationals attracted by the industry’s growth.

Yum! throws money at Pizza Hut turnaround, Fiesta Restaurant Group feeling investor pressure, France's Elior seals India deals - foodservice focus, May 2017 8 Jun 2017

May saw Yum! Brands set out its plans to boost the performance of its flagging US Pizza Hut chain, investor pressure on US fast-casual operator Fiesta Restaurant Group and France-based contract caterer Elior Group finalise two acquisitions in India.

India's new GST tax regime comes in for criticism - analysis 30 May 2017

India's pan-industry business association ASSOCHAM has hailed the central government's new GST regime, a move to standardise goods and services tax rates in the country, as the biggest economic achievement in the three years since Prime Minister Narenda Modi took office. However, as just-food reports, there is some concern about the new framework's potential impact on value-added products.

Patanjali Ayurved MD Acharya Balkrishna on rise of India's FMCG disruptor - interview 6 Jan 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.

How will demonetisation affect India's food industry? - analysis 14 Dec 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.

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Kikkoman soy sauces enter India in FieldFresh partnership 21 Nov 2017

Indian business FieldFresh Foods is partnering with Kikkoman to sell the Japanese soy sauce maker's namesake products in the country.

PepsiCo exec Vimal Agarwal named Parag Milk Foods CFO 21 Nov 2017

India's Parag Milk Foods has appointed PepsiCo executive Vimal Agarwal as its new CFO.

Losses widen but India's Ruchi Soya looks to future 16 Nov 2017

Ruchi Soya has reported rising half-year losses amid falling sales, sparking a warning from the India-based edible oil and soy foods group’s auditors but the company – which has struck a deal to sell a majority stake in itself – has spoke of a "bright future" for the business.

Heritage Foods expands in northern India with Vaman Milk buy 13 Nov 2017

Indian dairy group Heritage Foods has struck a deal to buy local peer Vaman Milk Foods.

India's Andhra Pradesh state receives development commitments from food processors 10 Nov 2017

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has received commitments worth US$158m from food busineses to further develop its food processing sector.

India launches organic food regulations 9 Nov 2017

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released new regulations covering organic foods in the country.

Cargill outlines India investment plans 9 Nov 2017

US agri-food behemoth Cargill has outlined plans to invest US$240m in India over the next five years.

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.

Ruchi Soya to sell majority stake to Devonshire Capital 6 Nov 2017

India-based edible oil and soy foods group Ruchi Soya has agreed a deal to sell a 51% stake in the company to Asian merchant bank Devonshire Capital.

Kellogg eyes India's snack lovers with new cereal 27 Oct 2017

Kellogg is targeting breakfast eaters and snack lovers with the latest addition to its range of cereal products on sale in India.

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India ascendant as outlook for global food sector dims 17 Mar 2016

Growth prospects for the global packaged food sector were negatively revised today (17 March) on faltering emerging market demand - but India looks increasingly set to be a bright spot for the industry.

Unilever reaches settlement in India "toxic waste" case 10 Mar 2016

Unilever has reached a deal that will see the company compensate 591 workers at a plant in India after a YouTube video last year alleging it of dumping toxic waste near the site went viral.

Maggi returns but will growth follow in AOA for Nestle? 5 Nov 2015

Nestle had some reason for cheer this week when it was confirmed that Maggi noodles should be back on Indian shelves this month.