Food & Beverages

To tide over shortages and the resultant price rise, the Centre has approved four irradiation projects under the integrated cold chain scheme to preserve fruits & vegetables, including onions, potatoes and tomatoes. Approved projects are in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka and Rajasthan.Furnishing this information to the Lok Sabha in a written reply, Food Processing Minister […]

ITC would sell premium fruits and vegetables and pricey processed foods, competing directly with existing retailers and newage grocers such as Amazon Fresh, hastening its transformation into one of India’s most diversified consumer companies from just the country’s biggest cigarette maker. At the core of ITC’s initiatives to expand beyond snack foods is an elaborate […]

Global beverages major The Coca-Cola Company on Monday said it will contribute, along with its parters, over $1.7 billion (Rs10,943 crore) in next five years to the Indian agriculture ecosystem. The amount, which will be contributed by the company, its bottling partners, fruit suppliers and processors, will be for the entire supply chain from “grove […]

India’s edible oil industry has welcomed the clearance given by Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) for commercial cultivation of genetically modified mustard seeds. In a statement issued on Friday, the Extractors Association (SEA) of India said, “India is producing about 7 million tonnes of mustard seeds. SEA, at its first national conclave on rapeseed and […]

Coffee Day Enterprises, which runs coffee chain under the brand name Cafe Coffee Day, today said its subsidiary Sical Logistics will acquire majority stakes in two small-sized companies involved in logistics, and warehousing and distribution business. “The companys subsidiary Sical Logistics Ltd.. have approved the proposal to initiate the process to acquire majority equity stake […]

A proposal by India’s food regulator to tax all packaged foods with high fat, sugar and salt content isn’t going down well with companies and restaurants. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India proposed the tax on Monday. Although a rate hasn’t been specified, it would bring almost all processed food items under the […]

Indians could soon have Tata Group’s ready-to-eat food on their plate as the country’s largest conglomerate may be entering the market dominated by the likes of ITC, MTR and Patanjali. Tata Industries, a holding company for new-age businesses, formed a division for the same in March. It will look at manufacturing and marketing vegetaranian, non- […]

The food regulator wants edible oil manufacturers to bring out their products in smaller packs which daily wagers and rural buyers can afford. Ashish Bahuguna, chairman of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), told reporters that the regulator mandates that edible oils be sold in packaged form, but in rural areas these oils […]

Milk adulteration is more in north India compared to southern states, food safety regulator FSSAI said today. To address this issue, the regulator has already developed a testing kit to check the quality of milk and is looking for investors for its bulk production. However, more detailed and focused strategy to tackle the menace of […]

ITC is overhauling its foods portfolio to invigorate its market share in categories that have been showing signs of fatigue more than a decade after the cigarette maker challenged the dominance of most packaged food companies in the country. While the maker of Sunfeast biscuits and Bingo chips is now the third largest player in […]