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India regulator postpones traffic-light labels implementation amid opposition

12 September 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

India's draft regulations for traffic-light labelling on packaged foods have been postponed amid industry opposition. ... read more


Tata rejig could lead to expansion in food - analysts

4 June 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

A corporate restructuring by India's Tata Group may encourage the conglomerate to boost its position in the country's highly-competitive processed-food sector, experts say. ... read more


India's Haldiram's to back start-ups

25 April 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

Indian packaged food group Haldiram's is planning to invest in start-up companies through a Mumbai-based incubator platform Venture Catalyst, just-food has been told. ... read more


What could further fuel India's appetite for potato chips? - just-food deep-dive, part two

15 March 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

India's market for potato chips is buoyant - but what could drive further growth? The second part of Raghavendra Verma's deep dive into the category outlines possible factors. ... read more


What's the state of play in India's potato chips market? - just-food deep-dive, part one

13 March 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

India's appetite for potato chips is growing rapidly - with some major players building a nationwide presence to cater to rising demand, Raghavendra Verma reports. ... read more


Kellogg, India's Haldiram's silent on 'investment talks'

15 February 2019 | Raghavendra Verma

Kellogg has refused to be drawn on a report in India claiming the US food giant is in talks to buy a stake in parts of a local snacks maker. ... read more


Indian food manufacturers unhappy with new food label restrictions

3 December 2018 | Raghavendra Verma

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued new regulations controlling advertising and label claims for food products. ... read more


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

8 October 2018 | Raghavendra Verma

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. ... read more


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

5 October 2018 | Raghavendra Verma

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. ... read more


Patanjali Ayurved expands into more categories

17 September 2018 | Raghavendra Verma

India’s Patanjali Ayurved, the fast-moving consumer goods company that trades on traditional values, has launched a further push into dairy and entered the frozen vegetables sector.... read more


India launches voluntary push with industry to cut sugar, salt

11 July 2018 | Raghavendra Verma

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.... read more


India's food sector attacks government health-labelling plan

20 April 2018 | Raghavendra Verma

An Indian government plan to adopt new food labelling regulations that mandate detailed nutrition information on the front of packaging in a fixed format is being bitterly opposed by the industry.... read more


India trade body anger at traffic-light label plans for school food

2 March 2018 | Raghavendra Verma

Proposed regulations to introduce traffic light health labelling for food products in Indian schools have infuriated the leader of the country’s processed food industry association. ... read more


India's Patanjali Ayurved open to foreign investment

15 January 2018 | Raghavendra Verma

Patanjali Ayurved has confirmed it is considering investment of US$800m from French luxury group LVMH but the fast-growing Indian consumer goods company stressed it is not the only overseas offer it has received.... read more


Andros JV means end to Heritage Foods German talks

16 August 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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


Marico to drive Saffola NPD towards health in India

15 August 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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


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

11 August 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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.... read more


India reduces GST tax on food items

14 June 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

India's processed food industry has welcomed the government’s decision to reduce the newly announced goods and services tax rates on several food products from 18% to 12%.... read more


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

30 May 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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.... read more


Indian dairy major Amul to expand production

24 May 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

India’s largest milk producer Amul has said it will be investing US$400m in creating new production capacity over the next three years, just-food has been told.... read more


India releases GST tax rates for food as deadline looms

23 May 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

Jam, instant cooking mixes, pasteurised butter and several other processed food items have been placed in a higher tax bracket under India’s new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, to be levied from 1 July.... read more


India's Prataap Snacks plans IPO

22 May 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

India-based savoury snacks maker Prataap Snacks is planning to float, raising money to invest in production and broaden its product range.... read more


India's Parle Products launches "premium" sub-brand Platina

9 May 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

India-based snacks manufacturer Parle Products has created a sub-brand, Platina, for its "premium", modern and more internationally-oriented products. ... read more


Heritage Foods pushes dairy operations into northern India

1 May 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

Heritage Foods, the southern India-focused dairy business, today (28 April) announced its entry into the north of the country by setting up five new production units.... read more


Indian snacks firm Bikanervala Foods confirms talks over stake sale

27 April 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

India’s snacks and confectionery manufacturer Bikanervala Foods has confirmed to just-food it is holding talks about the partial sale of an equity stake, but a final decision has yet to be made.... read more


Heritage Foods eyes German yogurt launch in India

26 April 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

Indian group Heritage Foods plans to launch a German yogurt brand in the country, the company has confirmed to just-food.... read more


India eases restrictions on organic exports

3 April 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

India is easing restrictions on its exports of organic agricultural products to boost output and increase its international market share.... read more


India mulls new rules on nutritional labelling

19 March 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

Regulators in India, witnessing rising rates of obesity and diabetes, are in talks over possible new regulations on nutritional labelling.... read more


Patanjali Ayurved plots exports push to Bangladesh, China, Africa

17 March 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

India's fast growing consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved is launching a major international expansion initiative with plans to export products to China, Bangladesh and some African countries, just-food has been told.... read more


India launches fund to boost dairy processing

2 February 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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.... read more


India's food sector concerned at 'junk-food tax' talk

23 January 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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’.... read more


Ruchi Soya denies talk of Patanjali Ayurved deal

23 January 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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


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

6 January 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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.... read more


Patanjali Ayurved to appeal fine for misbranding

5 January 2017 | Raghavendra Verma

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.... read more


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

14 December 2016 | Raghavendra Verma

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.... read more


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