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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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Nestle's moves to cut sugar reach India 18 Sep 2017

Nestle's moves to lower the sugar in its chocolate products has taken in India.

India's Prataap Snacks said to start US$74.8m share offer this week 18 Sep 2017

India's Prataap Snacks will start the process of offering shares on 22 September as it seeks to raise funds for expansion.

India "a market no-one can ignore" - food minister 15 Sep 2017

India and its growing demand for packaged food market is an opportunity "nobody can afford to ignore", a senior government minister has told just-food.

Nestle opens food safety unit in India two years after Maggi affair 13 Sep 2017

Nestle has opened a "food safety institute" at its R&D site in India, two years after the quality and safety of the Maggi noodles it was selling in the country was called into question.

India's Ruchi Soya eyes corporate revamp 7 Sep 2017

Ruchi Soya is to look at plans to restructure the business in a bid to "unlock the value" of the Indian edible oil and soy foods supplier, its managing director has said.

Orkla enters Indian confectionery market via MTR Foods 29 Aug 2017

Norway's Orkla Group is entering the Indian confectionery market via its subsidiary MTR Foods with the launch of its all vegetarian Laban sweets, a human-shaped fruit-flavoured chew.

Andros JV means end to Heritage Foods German talks 16 Aug 2017

Heritage Foods ended talks with an unnamed German dairy producer to team up with France's Andros, the Indian company has told just-food.

Marico to drive Saffola NPD towards health in India 15 Aug 2017

India’s consumer goods company Marico is to put emphasis on the product development for food brand Saffola on healthier items.

India's GST to push biscuit firms upmarket, says Parle Products 11 Aug 2017

India's Parle Products has predicted the country's biscuit markets will switch their focus to higher-end lines, as the recent introduction of the national goods and services tax (GST) has increased taxes paid on purchases of cheaper biscuits and cookies.

Britannia Industries Q1 profits fall 8 Aug 2017

India-based food major Britannia Industries has reported a decline in first-quarter profits, hit by higher tax expenses and pressured by raw-material costs.

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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.