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United Spirits Ltd (USL), the flagship of the UB Group, has acquired 100 per cent equity in Scottish spirits maker Whyte & Mackay for £ 595 million (about Rs 4,783 crore or 870... :: Our Bureau
The UB group may introduce lounge bars as a new format where it will sell multi-branded merchandise. The group may open about 25 store... ::
The UB Group has announced changes of key positions in Whyte & Mackay, United Spirits and United Breweries. Mr Ashwin Malik, who has ... :: Delhi Bureau
United Spirits is likely to announce the acquisition of Whyte & Mackay by January 2007. According to company officials, the decision to move ahead with the deal was taken at a recent board meeting in London. The deal may be valued at 400 million pounds (around...
The government has asked European confectionery leader Ferrero, Luxemburg, producer of the popular Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Nutella cream, to export at least 50% of its planned production in India. Ferrero's request to set up a fully-owned subsidiary her... :: Our Bureau
The Indian government approved a new action plan for the food processing sector aiming at helping the industry double its share in global food trade by 2015. "The Cabinet gave in-principle approval to the Integrated Strategy for Promotion of Agri-business -- ... :: Our Bureau
Whereas in India discussions are on about the model-APMC (Agricultural Marketing Produce Committee) which should facilitate direct buyer-seller interaction in Indian agriculture, and about the possible role organised retail could play as marketing arm for trad... :: Our Bureau
The strongly growing Indian beer market has its first acquisition of the year. Cobra Beer, which is owned by Karan Billimoria, has acquired a controlling stake in Iceberg Industries, a brewery based in Bihar with a production capacity of 3 million cases per ye... :: Our Bureau
A club to build camaraderie among connoisseurs of the Japanese Sake drink has been launched in India. The club will formally open on February 3 in Mumbai. With the purpose of "Bringing Japan closer", the club will be launched at the Joss Restaurant in Mumbai,... :: Our Bureau
“An election budget. 60000 Cr debt waiver for farmers and tax relief for almost all individuals – No increase in duties and taxes – cheaper small cars and scooters and Cornflakes – No increase in petrol prices – what more could one expect as handouts. No sho... :: Our Bureau
In the evening of June 6, Delhi saw a “Chilean Wine Festival” held at the Oberoi. You certainly cannot ask for a more stylish setting than The Oberoi, New Delhi, so it was with anticipation that I made my way to the Nilgiri room, where the guided wine tasting ... :: Avininder Singh
On Friday, the Ministry of Finance has announced the annual rate of inflation for the week ending June 28, 2008, which stands at 11.89%, based on the wholesale price index.. The rate was marginally higher than the rate of 11.63 per cent reported a week earlier... :: Our Bureau
Wipro Technologies' founder and chairman Azim Premji has invested around Rs 230 crore through his private investment firm ‘Zest Investment Pvt Ltd’ to acquire a 10 per cent stake in one of India’s largest retailer Subhiksha, which is active with supermarkets, ... :: Our Bureau
German supermarket giant Metro is to double its number of cash and carry outlets in India, as its rivals gear up to take advantage of the fast-growing economy. Henry Birr, Metro vice-president of international affairs, said at a news conference that the compa... :: Our Bureau
A week after India's new coalition government got down to work with the old and new Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the remaining portfolios have been allotted to the ministers, many of them known faces from the earlier government. Already last week, veteran P... :: Our Bureau
The Third Halal Expo has opend its gates today in Dubai. Presenting 65 exhibitors from various countries like UAE, Singapore, Malysia and Italy, the trade fair wants to be a plattform for producers and buyers of halal food, restaurants and halal cosmetics. Or... :: Our Bureau
METRO Cash & Carry India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Germany-based Metro AG, has decided to invest US$ 180 million for setting up 6 wholesale centers in different locations in Northern Indian state of Punjab like Ludhiana and Jalandhar by 2010, media have... :: Our Bureau
Domino’s Pizza India, which runs fast food chain Domino's Pizza with 274 restaurants in India, has infomed that it has changed its corporate name to Jubilant FoodWorks. "The decision to change the name has been taken to align ourselves with the branding of th... :: Our Bureau
A target of doubling India-Germany trade to $30 billion can be envisaged by 2014, according to a report released by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The report was published in advance of a high-level CII CEOs’ mission to Germany from 27-30 September 20... :: Our Bureau
In the first half of 2010-11, the farm sector has achieved growth of 3.8%, rebounding from -0.1% and 0.4% in the preceding two years. The full-year growth in farm sector is estimated to be 5.4%. Substantial expansion in area and production of major crops has b... :: Our Bureau
Processed food player McCain Foods Pvt Ltd is set to double its retail network from current 4,500 to 9,000-10,000. The company offers frozen potato products like McCain French Fries, McCain Smiles, apart from local delights such as McCain Aloo Tikki, and Idli ... :: Our Bureau
In the last few years, SABMiller has emerged the main challenger to the UB group's dominance of the Indian beer market through acquiring the brewery business of Shaw Wallace & Co from the Chhabria famil... ::
United Spirits Limited (USL) has found a way of inducing health-conscious Indians to drink by introducing “diet” versions of beer, whisky and vodka. Romanov vodka became the latest entrant to come with a “diet” tag, after Kingfisher diet (beer) and McDowell N... :: Our Bureau
InBev India International Ltd, a joint venture between Ravi Jaipuria and German InBev will enter India with a German beer Lowenbrau. This will be followed by two more international brands Stella Artois and Beck’s, a business daily reported. Lowenbrau, the fir... :: Our Bureau
The move is being watched carefully by other scotch manufacturers as they might well follow suit in the near future. The current market for Indian-made whisky is dominated by UB group’s United Spirits subsidiary which has close of 60% of the market.... :: Our Bureau
USL was earlier McDowell and Company Limited and before that McDowell Spirits Limited. USL is headquartered in Bangalore... :: Our Bureau
It is also planning to revive its defunct beer brand, “Arlem”. The Indian beer market is dominated by UB Group, whose flagship brand is Kingfisher. Other global brands such as Budweiser, Heineken, Carlsberg, Cobra and Beck’s hav a 1... :: Our Bureau
Vinbros, a liquor company based in Pondicherry based that already sells the entire range of alcoholic beverages in South India as well as Europe, plans to enter the North American market. The company has obtained approval to sell "Royal Chieftan", a premium b... :: Our Bureau
Heineken N.V., one of the largest brewers in the world, has just announced a new shareholders’ agreement with Dr. Vijay Mallya and United Breweries Limited (“UBL”) and agreed the key terms for the brewing and distribution of the Heineken brand in India. Heinek... :: Our Bureau
The usual competition for the retailer's shelf space has finally arrived in India. The Future Group has taken on Pepsi's Frito-Lay, and boycotted all Frito-Lay snack products to push their own private brand Tasty Treat and ITC Food's newly-launched Bingo. Acc... :: Our Bureau
The world`s largest branded yoghurt maker, Group Danone is planning to enter the world`s largest yoghurt market, India. Indications are that the French giant, in an effort to patch up with the Wadias of Britannia, may give up its claims on the Indian biscuit ... :: Our Bureau interviewed Mr. Manjit S. Gill, Executive Corporate Chef of ITC-Welcomgroup hotel chain on the company’s procurement strategy and restaurant expansion plans. ITC-Welcomgroup has created some of India’s most exclus... :: Our Bureau
Planning to give stiff competition to both high-end retailing as well as mom and pop stores, India’s Future Group has announced the setting up of 1,500 “fair price” shops over the next two years. To be called KB’s Fair Price shops, the shops will sell brand... :: Our Bureau
Metro Group announced on Thursday that the CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Dr. Hans-Joachim Körber, is to leave the Company. Dr. Eckhard Cordes, currently the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Metro Group, was recommended as his successor. Körber... :: By M. A. Winter
CTG Trambusti Gigliola, an Italian company specializing in the export and marketing of fine Italian wines, is targeting the growing appetite for wine in India. Its Sales Manager for India, Mr. Swadhin Panda, told that the price mark-up f... :: Delhi Bureau
The Domina Hotel Group from Italy has announced its plans for a market entry into India with 25 new hotels together with Indian partner Shristi Corporation. Both partners will form a joint venture divided in equal parts that will control the management of the... :: Our Bureau
December is coming closer, and the next IFE India, conceptualised as international food, drink and hospitality exhibition, will open its doors for the 5th time from 6. - 8. December 2007. Organised by Montgomery International, London, together with its affilia... :: Our Bureau
Indian processed foods maker Marico Ltd. has announced the sale of its processed foods business under the brand "Sil" to a Danish business house, Good Food Group. The company said in a communication to the stock exchanges where its shares are listed such as th... :: Our Bureau
Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC), the largest vodka producer in Poland and leading national distributor of imported alcoholic beverages in Poland at the same time, has announced that it would acquire 40% into the Russian Alcohol Group ("Russian... :: Our Bureau
The British retail market sees the creation of a larger Co-operative Group, as Co-op has announced to acquire Somerfield for £1.565 billion (Euro 1.98 billion) on a cash free debt free basis. Somerfield operates approximately 880 local grocery retail outlets ... :: Our Bureau
The Coca-Cola Company, the world largest beverage company, wants to acquire China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited, a Hong Kong listed company which owns the Huiyuan juice business throughout China, for $2.4 billion. The takeover would be one of the largest by a f... :: Our Bureau
Unilever has announced that Patrick Cescau, Group Chief Executive, will retire from Unilever at the end of the year. He has served the business for 35 years and has led Unilever for the last four, initially as Chairman and then as the company’s first Group Chi... :: Our Bureau
It was just for moments that food companies must have thought their plans to exhibit at an Indian food fair later the year cannot be realized as IFE India 2009 was cancelled. But suddenly, Tarsus Group, a trade fair organizer from UK which is active in India s... :: M. A. Winter
The Prime Minister has approved the constitution of an Empowered Group of Ministers to consider issues concerning procurement, management of foodgrains stocks, revision of central issue prices of foodgrains and the proposed law on food security, the Prime Mini... :: Our Bureau
Can-Pack Group, a beverage and food packing group based in Poland, will invest another Rs 5 - 6 billion to ramp up its production capacity from 650 million cans to 2 billion cans annually over the next four years in India, media reported. The company manufactu... :: Our Bureau
RJ Corp, part of diversified Jaipuria group owned by Ravi Jaipuria, has announcd plans for further expansion and acquisitions in the food and beverage sector in Africa. Media reported that RJ Corp sees Africa as a "high-potential" market where a business of $1... :: Our Bureau
Siva Group, a diversified $3-billion conglomerate from Chennai, has acquired a 50% stake in Isklar, a Norwegian glacial water company for $22 million (approx. Rs 100 crore). The original promoters of Isklar are Sabco, a mineral water company from Oman, and Ja... :: Our Bureau
The Working Group on Agricultural Production, comprising Chief Ministers of Haryana (Chairperson), Punjab, West Bengal and Bihar, has recommended a number of measures for increasing agricultural production and productivity. Here is a summary of some major rec... :: Our Bureau
Danone has signed an agreement with Wockhardt Group to acquire its nutrition business, thereby entering the baby nutrition and medical nutrition markets in India. Under the agreement, Danone will acquire Wockhardt’s nutrition business and brands as well as it... :: Our Bureau
The Apeejay Tea Group, which acquired the UK-based Typhoo brand last year, is likely to make its packet tea foray in India under that brand. The tea company, one of the country's largest tea producers, is also eyeing acquisition of smaller regional brands in t... ::
America's largest chocolate and confectionery-maker Hershey is acquiring a majority stake in the food and beverage business of the Godrej group. Hershey is acquiring 51% equity stake in Godrej Beverages & Foods for Rs 238 crore or about $54 million. This woul... ::
Anheuser-Busch International Inc. from the USA and Crown Beers announced on February 22 that both companies have agreed to a joint venture to brew, market and distribute Budweiser and other brands in India. A new Greenfield Brewery is Part of Brewing, Marketin... :: Our Bureau
KOLKATA: Even as you sip your daily cup of tea, there’s a huge exercise in global markets to make the world’s most consumed beverage more drinkable, more quality driven and in line with “realistic” MRL (maximum residue levels) and ISO 3720 standards. And what ...
New research has found that Western food is not as bad as the Indian bhatura or parathas, due to the percentage of trans-fatty acids (hydrogenated oils and fats). Their content in French fries (per 100 gm) is 4.2%-6.1%, but it is 9.5% in bhatura, 7.8% in parat... :: Our Bureau
The new shareholding pattern of Amalgamated Plantations (APPL), the company formed by Tata Tea after restructuring its North Indian Plantation Operations (NIPO), is close to finalisation. The Tata group will hold nearly 33-35% in APPL, routed through Tata Inve... :: Our Bureau
Coffee outlets might have been an example for tea manufacturers. Companies like Wagh Bakri group and Jivraj Tea are planning to build a chain of tea bars in Gujarat to make the high quality tea avalilable to the local consumer. They will serve not only tea, bu... :: Our Bureau
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and W Hotels formally launched aloft Hotels in India on April 05 at the 3rd Hotel Investment Conference South Asia in Mumbai. Drawing on the power of W Hotels - a global lifestyle brand with 21 properties in the most ... :: Our Bureau
Tata Tea, through its Tetley Group subsidiary, has acquired the Vitax and Flosana brands from Premium Foods in Poland as it plans to increase its share of the fast-growing speciality tea segment. Premium Foods is currently distributing the Tetley brand in Pola... :: Our Bureau
A survey among 15,000 hoteliers in Europe rates Japanese as best tourists, followed by Americans and the Swiss. The survey which was carried out by the German Institut GfK Group on behalf of the travel portal, asked questions in 10 categories like ... :: Our Bureau
Associated British Foods plc (“ABF”) the international food, ingredients and retail group has announced on May 29 that it will acquire the business of Patak’s from the founding Pathak family. Completion is subject to a number of conditions, including regulator... :: Our Bureau
The government has asked the Wadia group which is controlling Britannia to disclose all the JV and technical collaboration agreements it has with Groupe Danone in India and abroad, according to media reports. Danone and Britannia are business partners since 1... :: Our Bureau interviewed Mr. Praveen C. Kumar, Resident Manager, Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, on the paradigm shift taking place in the Indian food retailing industry and its impact on the F & B supply-chain management of luxury hotels. Sachin Sharma
French food major Danone group is building up its Indian management team for its independent India strategy. The company has hired Sudhir Dasgupta, former chief financial officer of Max India, as its CFO, and Vibhu Nanda, earlier regional sales head (south) of... :: Our Bureau
NEW DELHI: As the India government is liberalizing the licensing process , irradiation of fruits and vegetables for preservation may become simpler. Presently, government and private firms in the irradiation business have to get permission for preservation of ... :: Our Bureau
Delhi will get India's first Starbucks store by October. The American coffee chain plans to set up five stores in the capital. It hopes to open the Delhi store in October. The coffee retailer's application to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) was... :: Our Bureau
Universal Dairy has tied up with Disney to launch a slew of co-branded ice-creams. The new products will be sold under Universal’s existing ice-cream brand — Cream Bell. The Disney range will target children, mostly in the age group of 4-14 years. “Disney, wit... :: Our Bureau
Reliance Industries Ltd. is planning to enter into the processed food market. Company has successfully tested the pilot project for mango pulp. A month ago, nicely packaged tins containing mango pulp were distributed among the staff of a petrochemical company ... :: Our Bureau
Apeejay Tea Group is planning to introduce new tea brands by the next year. Presently the group has a total of 17 gardens under two companies, namely, Apeejay Tea Ltd and Empire & Singlo Tea Ltd, producing about 21 million kg (mkg) of teas annually. Right now... :: Our Bureau
For the third year, India tops the Index as one of the most attractive countries for global retailers, followed by Russia and China. As larger cities in India, China and Russia reach retail saturation, some retailers are entering countries through smaller seco... :: Our Bureau
Harrods’ team visited Kolkata to close deal with some of the leading names in the tea industry like McLeod Russel, Goodricke Group Ltd and Assam Co. Harrods is seeking premium quality tea from Indian producers. Moreover, the company has also bought more teas f... :: Our Bureau
Scotch maker Edrington Group has started its own marketing subsidiary in India. The group has ended up it ties with Radico Khaitan Ltd. The new company has been named Edrington Marketing Pvt. Ltd. having the onus of taking the business forward. Edrington's por... :: Our Bureau
A three-day event – ‘Globoil India’ – will be held in Goa. Commencing from Sep 21, the event will be focused on the global scenario in the vegetable oil sector. Fernando L Nebbia , Argentina's Food Minister and Commerce Minister of Paraguay Jose Maria Jbanez w... :: Our Bureau
Ministry of agriculture likely to produce guidelines for agriculture produce and processed food items. The standard, IndiaGAP (good agricultural practices), would be based on the lines of EurepGAP, Codex Alimentarius and other certification protocols. The ado... :: Our Bureau
UK research group Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) and the National Association of British and Irish Millers (NABIM) have designed a new process for wheat verification which identifies proteins. Its developer claims that it is the fast... :: Our Bureau
The Tata group has acquired a 70% stake in Innovative Foods Ltd.(IFL), which owns "Sumeru" branded frozen foods in India. Sumeru sells frozen prawn, fish, sausages, salami and partly-cooked foods such as french fries. Stock market sources reported that the Ta... :: Our Bureau
International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private equity arm of World Bank, may invest Rs 23 crore($4.7million) in Jaipuria Group's Cream Bell, an ice cream maker. IFC will pick up 20% stake in the company. IFC has conducted due diligence to pick up 20% st... :: Our Bureau
The Tata Group has reportedly indicated it is looking to set up supermarkets in the country alongside Australian retail giant Woolworths. While some reports indicated that it could be a joint venture, others said both may retain their individual brands but di... :: Our Bureau
Refrigerated warehouses and perishable products cargo centres in India are reported to have attracted an investment of around $1.2 billion, a newspaper report said quoting industry analysts. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Logistics, Kishore Biyani’s Future Group a... :: Our Bureau
Soups and soap maker Unilever announced "broad-based sales growth accross all regions and categories” on Thursday in Rotterdam when presenting its second quarter and half year results. The producer of Dove soap, Lipton tea and Knorr soups reported a 3% growth... :: Our Bureau
US-based Best Western International, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona, one of the world’s largest hotel chains of independently owned and operated hotels, has announced its plans to add more than 100 hotels and 10,000 rooms to the “burgeoning Indian hospitality marke... :: Our Bureau
Bharti Enterprises and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., one of the biggest retailers of the world, have announced the signing of an agreement to establish Bharti Wal-Mart Private Limited, a joint venture for wholesale cash-and-carry and back-end supply chain management ... :: Our Bureau
Anuga, one of the most important trade fairs for the food and beverage sector, has announced that this year it will for the first time have a partner country: Thailand, a diverse and popular country for culinary experts and tourists alike. Thailand is a major ... :: Our Bureau
Carrefour of France, second largest retailer of the world after Wal-Mart, has announced its withdrawal from Switzerland and the sale of its stake to Coop. Carrefour and Swiss warehouse group Maus Frères are jointly operating 12 hypermarkets under the roof of a... :: Our Bureau
In a quick action against the retail plans of big corporates, the Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the closure of all organised retail stores on Thursday. Chief Minister Mayawati has announced a five-member committee that would look into all aspects govern... :: Our Bureau
ITC Limited, through its wholly owned subsidiary Russell Credit Limited, has acquired 100% equity stake in Technico Pty Limited, Australia (Technico) from its promoters comprising Chambal Biotech Pvt Ltd, Singapore, a K.K.Birla group company, Gresham Rabo, a f... :: Our Bureau
India's Al Kabeer group, one of the most successful frozen and processed foods companies, has announced plans to establish a processing plant in Saudi Arabia. "Our plan for Saudi operations is due to growing demand for our products in the Kingdom and elsewhere... :: Our Bureau
Restaurant chain Nirula's, well-known in Delhi and Northern India, has recently announced a plan to become a national player in the hospitality industry. To achieve that, the company will open more than 150 new outlets until 2009. The expansion plan comes clos... :: By M. A. Winter
Drinking wine is a relatively new habit in India, compared to the consumption of other alcoholic beverages like whisky or beer. India is the biggest market for whisky in the world, but regarding wine, the market is quite small, but very promising. There are so... :: By M. A. Winter was among a select group of journalists who met Cobra Beer founder and CEO, Lord Karan Billimoria for an informal interview. Lord Billimoria is a member of the U.K. House of Lords and a first generation entrepreneur. Q. How would you des... :: Delhi Bureau
Prakash Kejriwal, Director of Kejriwal Bee Care India (Pvt.) Ltd. sits at his stall at anuga where he just has taken notes from the last enquirers, and smiles. On the first day itself, he got a lot of interest from buyers all over the world. Such an experience... :: By M. A. Winter
The stall of that Indian company at anuga was crowded, the smell of Indian food was in the air. To talk to Mr Jain of Pulse Foods was almost not possible. A crowd of curious people wanted to find out what was on display. Question after question kept Neeraj Jai... :: By M. A. Winter
Mrs. Bector’s Food Specialities, a company from Ludhiana in Punjab which operates 4 plants, is another success story of an Indian company in the food processing industry. All began when Mrs. Bector started to make home made ice cream which was liked by many pe... :: By M. A. Winter
APEDA, Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, an apex organization under the Ministry of Commerce of India, has jointly with ITPO organised a group participation of Indian companies. 50 companies were part of that group, exhibitin... :: By M. A. Winter
Among the 13 exhibitors from Pakistan at anuga there was also the Rasul Group of Karachi, a producer of flour, breads, sauces and – unexpected for a company from Pakistan - noodles. Under the brand name “Bake Parlor”, the company produces and markets a whole... :: By M. A. Winter
At anuga, had a chance to talk to Vineet Chhabra, Managing Director and Group CEO of The Global Green Company, which is headquartered in Bangalore. For the first time, Global Green was present at the food fair together with Intergarden, ... :: By M. A. Winter
At anuga, 470 companies out of 6600 exhibitors had arrived from China. The majority of them was part of a group participation which had their stalls one after another in the Rheinparkhalle at Koelnmesse. The Rheinparkhalle was a bit away from the other new ha... :: By M. A. Winter
J.S. International, a company from the J.S Group of companies, is on expansion course in the trade of buffalo meat. After having started in 1978 with the manufacture of horse riding equipment, J.S Group expanded later to pet food, bird and horse food products... :: By M. A. Winter
The drink business is booming. Certain segments like energy drinks, malt drinks and sugar free, wellness drinks are in demand by the consumers in many countries. Taking the chances of favourable market conditions, Sinalco, a soft drinks brand owned by the Ger... :: By M. A. Winter
The Coffee retailing sector in India is booming today, with several companies active in the market. Some are local entities, some have come from abroad and have tied up with local companies, and some seem to prepare themselves for an entry sooner or later. The... :: By M. A. Winter
Brau Beviale 2007 has opened its doors today in Nuernberg, Germany, and will be the meeting point of the European beverage industry until 16th November. A total of 1,416 exhibitors showcase their raw materials, equipment and technologies for the beverage sect... :: By M. A. Winter
Today, Annapoorna – World of Food India 2007 opens at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai. The food fair, which is organised by Indian industry association FICCI together with Koelnmesse, Germany, will be held until 21. November in a facility close to the M... :: Our Bureau
When drinktec India will open on 29. and 30 November in Mumbai, German equipment supplier Ludwig Bohrer Maschinenbau GmbH will be present and will be exhibiting its products: crate washing machines, something many people might not even heard of in India. Crat... :: M. A. Winter
IFE, the Indian fair of global IFE food fairs, has opened its gates on Thursday for visitors to experience the world of food, wine, and various equipments. The Minister of State for Industry, Mangat Ram Singhal, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony. Mo... :: M. A. Winter
Jirisan Gukhwaju, a company from the province of Gyeory Nam, has like many other Korean companies come for the first time to a trade fair in India to market their traditional folk wine. The wine, made for example from raspberry, is said to have medical benefi... :: By M. A. Winter
One of the most colourful stalls at IFE was the one of Turkish company dünya 93 with their Kervan brand of sweets. On display on the shelves were jellies and candies, bubble gum, and lecoric, which itself come in various colours. In addition, the packing itsel... :: M. A. Winter
There were several group participations at IFE India 2007. One of them was from Austria, the small but dynamic neighbour of Germany. For them, it was even the first time that this country has sent a group participation to a food fair in India, Franz Ernstbrun... :: M. A. Winter
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has again proposed measures to be taken to re-energize the lagging agricultural sector and to boost the food processing industry. This comes after some major proposals had been given by FICCI r... :: Our Bureau
An Indo-German strategic partnership in agriculture was agreed in 2007, when the Parliamentary Secretray of State of the German Ministry Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Dr. Müller, was on a visit to India and met the Indian Minister for ... :: M. A. Winter
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli AG reports record sales once again in 2007 despite of an overall stagnating pro capita chocolate consumption. Organic growth amounted to 13.9% in Swiss francs and 11.8% in local currencies, which represents another year o... :: Our Bureau
Processed and unprocessed foods imported into India must be subject to the same stringent quarantine and residual analysis norms that Indian food exports are subjected in the west, a farmers association had demanded. According to the Consortium of Indian Farm... :: Our Bureau
A long awaited deal has gone through on last Friday, when Heineken, Carlsberg and Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) have jointly announced that they have reached agreement of the terms under which both Carlsberg and Heineken together will acquire S&N, the biggest bre... :: M. A. Winter
Indians like it sweet, often very sweet, but among the global chocolate producing countries, India’s rank is negligible. The big producers are the USA and Germany. When Germany had its sweets fair ISM a few days ago in Cologne, the number 4 producer of the wo... :: M. A. Winter
Dalmia Continental Pvt. Ltd. (DCPL), so far known as an olive oil company, has announced a new business. With immediate effect it would import Clausthaler beer from Germany to India and distribute it over its nationwide distribution system. Clausthaler is a v... :: M. A. Winter
In a country were the easiest way to acquire a bad reputation is to be seen drinking in public, a new pub in boomtown Gurgaon near Delhi is hoping to change this mindset by offering beer in sprawling “gradens”. The beer “gardens” would serve fresh non-pasteur... :: Our Bureau
Nestlé has reported a “strong start” in the current year 2008, the organic growth for the year would be as strong as in 2007. Organic growth in 2007 was 7.4%. Nestlé’s long-term growth target would be between 5 and 6%. Nestle also reported that it has been fo... :: Our Bureau
Sankalp Retail has launched a new chain dedicated to imported foods and consumer goods- Imported Bazaar. The first two stores were launched in Hyderabad last week. ‘Imported Bazaar’ will offer international brands such as Kraft, Unilever, General Mills, Kell... :: Our Bureau
One of the star attractions at AAHAR 08 was the Tushar and Delta group stall exhibiting bakery and Gelato ice cream ingredients. The group imports the best quality ingredients for breads, ice creams, cakes and chocolates from different parts of the world to pr... :: Our Bureau
Pernod Ricard, the French spirits company has announced on Monday the it would acquire Vin & Sprit Group of Sveden, the biggest government owned spirits company and producer of Absolut Vodka, for a price of €5.6 billion including debt. Pernod, maker of such b... :: Our Bureau
One of the most important topics in India is inflation, especially of food prices. The Indian Government has just released the latest figure on inflation on April 4, stating an inflation of 7%. “The annual rate of inflation, calculated on point to point bas... :: M. A. Winter
The Indian beer market is in the focus of many players. The latest entry is the launch of Tiger beer, a fine beer brand Indians who have visited Singapore or Thailand might know already. The beer is also not totally new to the Indian beer market, as it was imp... :: Our Bureau
The Indian food retailing scene has witnessed an incredible emergence of food retailing chains and supermarkets from the scratch. One of such supermarket companies, still small, but with an appealing concept, is the Daily Needs Retailing Group in New Delhi. In... :: M. A. Winter
In October and November 2008, three food processing and packaging fairs will be held in India within 6 weeks. The organisers are Koelnmesse of Cologne, Germany, Messe Düsseldorf, from the city of Düsseldorf, also in Germany, and the Confederation of Indian Ind... :: Our Bureau
Unilever has reported a 39% increase in first-quarter pre-tax profit to €1.78 bn. Growth of turnover was 6% to reach €9.6 bn. Group underlying sales growth (turnover minus effects of acquisitions and disposals) for the period was 7.2%. There was strong growth... :: Our Bureau
The world largest retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has reported its sales and earnings for the quarter ended April 30, 2008. Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 were approximately $94.1 billion, an increase of 10.2 percent over $85.4 billion for ... :: Our Bureau
A leading business paper in Europe has reported that number one global beer brewer, Belgian brewer InBev, would be trying to take over Anheuser-Busch, USA, the number two in the global beer market. Inbev would be considering a friendly as well as a so called ... :: Our Bureau
The recently released report of ICRIER about the impact of modern retailing on the unorganized sector deals also with the future dimensions of modern retailing in India. FII provides a summary of the main forecasts. The consuming class consisting of the “asp... :: Our Bureau has already reported about several success stories from India. It is time, to present a German success story to the Indian and international readers: Bionade, a drink hunted nowadays by many imitators. Bionade is both the company name an... :: M. A. Winter
Tesco Plc from UK, the world's third largest retailer, has finally announced plans to set up a wholesale cash & carry business in India, and at the same time, a deal with Tata Group’s retailing subsidiary Trent. For the development of the cash & carry busines... :: Our Bureau
There has been a considerable increase in the supermarket culture in India lately. With the coming of big players into the retail sector, there has been a stiff competition to out show each other. The most important aspects to prevail in any competition are ef... :: FII Reporter
Partha Datta Gupta, so far the chief executive officer of Barista, has left the coffee chain Barista to join the Swatch Group. He has joined the Swatch Group from September 1, 2008 to become its country head. Before joining Barista in June 2005, Partha Datta ... :: Our Bureau
One of the attractive food segments in India is the dairy sector which has been entered some time ago by Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd., an Indian joint venture of giant Danone group from France with Japan’s Yakult. FII spoke to Shefali Sapra, General Manager, ... :: FII-Reporter
A new study by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) states that the € 160 billion strong (Rs 8,80,000 crore) Indian food industry can achieve an additional Rs. 440,000 crore (US $ 100 billion) opportunities by year 2015, if certain co... :: Our Bureau
India has announced to open its markets for German pork and poultry meat, Dr. Gerd Müller, Secretary of State in the German ministry for agriculture has informed. This was the result of the last meeting of the Indo-German working group on agriculture under the... :: Our Bureau
Dr. Oetker-Group has announced today the acquisition of Fun Foods India, a leading Indian manufacturer of branded packaged food products and market leader in mayonnaise and sandwich spreads. Dr. Oetker intends to be the leading purveyor of western cuisine to I... :: Our Bureau
India is all set to be embraced by the Italian giant Licata, with their lines of vegetables and seafood preserves branded as “Villa Reale”. For more than 20 years, the Licata Company has been producing high quality traditional Sicilian foodstuffs and fish, fol... :: FII Reporter
Last year Pernod Ricard has made de-acquisition plans about its portfolio, and now it has announced to sell its Wild Turkey American straight bourbon and related businesses to Grupo Campari for a total purchase price of US$ 575 million to be paid in cash (€ 43... :: Our Bureau
The total import of sensitive items for the period April-March 09 has been Rs.45877.3 crore (approx. 7.6 bn Euros) as compared to Rs.35919.3 crore during the corresponding period of last year, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has informed in a release. The ... :: Our Bureau
The Dutch electronics group Philips has announced that it would acquire Saeco International Group S.p.A., the Italian espresso machine maker. Saeco has a 30 per cent share of the European coffee maker market and had a full-year turnover of €318 million and 140... :: Our Bureau
India's Bharti group and Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, opened their first cash-and-carry joint venture in Amritsar on May 30. The stores will be run under the brand name of Best Price Modern Wholesale. An initial investment of $7 million has been an... ::
Biopiracy of traits of climate resilient crops by leading seed multinationals can endanger the income and livelihood of farmers, more particularly in the developing world, says a report compiled by Navdanya, a civil society organization. In tune with the prop... :: Our Bureau
After a few weeks of rumours, it seems clear now that Carrefour, the world’s second-largest grocery retailer, is pulling out of Russia, just a few months after this market had been entered. Speculation went high about this move in September, prompting Carre... :: Our Bureau
From 2nd to 4th December 2009 the International Food & Drink Expo India will take place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Organiser Taurus Group of UK has informed that exhibitors from around the world are expected, countries include Australia, Austria, Italy, Fr... :: Our Bureau
The International Food & Drink Expo India 2009 by British Tarsus Group has opened its gates today in hall 11 of Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The fair has many exhibitors of wine, but also of meat, fruits, ready-to-eat food, and other food products. According ... :: M. A. Winter
Naturitalia, a leading Italian group in fresh fruit and vegetable products, has been in Delhi again during IFDE in December as part of the stall of the Italian Òpera Consortium. As in 2008, when (FII) reported the first time about this co... :: FII-Reporter
It was a defense fight, which the whole British nation up to the government busy: The traditional company Cadbury did not want to be taken over from the US group Kraft - until Kraft increased its offer. The new offer evaluates Cadbury with 840 pence for each ... :: Our Bureau
Groupe Danone has begun test-marketing flavoured milk in India. The brand, Danone Choco Plus milk, is priced at Rs 15 (25 €-cents) for a 200-ml tetra packs and is being tested in Hyderabad. “Danone intends to undertake a national rollout and launches in oth... :: Our Bureau
Organiser Tarsus Group from UK has just announced the second editon of the International Food & Drink Expo which would take place from 2nd to 4th December, 2010 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. "The growth of the Indian food and drink industry is expanding at ... :: Our Bureau
The text of the Moscow Declaration, signed by the Minister of Agrarian Development of Brazil Mr. Guilherme Cassel, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Ms. Elena Skrynnik, Minister of Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution of I... :: Our Bureau
Once in a while, the Government of India issues a document which combines all earlier regulations about FDI (foreign direct investment) in various sectors. So the new doc from this April clarifies again that FDI is most welcome in areas like floriculture, hort... :: M. A. Winter
Supermarket chain Tesco feels clear signs that the international markets are starting to recover and has announced a jump in profits in a release in which it has reported its preliminary results for the year 2009-10. For the financial year which ended on Febr... :: Our Bureau
The sweets sector in Western Europe mastered the economic crisis quite well - contrary to other industries, but the market concentration is progressing, and private labels are also increasing their market share. These are the main results of the latest Europea... :: Our Bureau
India has received the most secure status for the deadly mad cow disease. With this recognition, India joins an exclusive group of 12 other countries which includes countries like Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Finland, etc. Several advance... :: Our Bureau
The European Patent Office in Germany discussed on Tuesday about what is a “biological method” in a hearing about the tomato and broccoli cases for which patents had been issued by the European Patents Office (EPO) in 2002 and . A decision is expected only fo... :: Our Bureau
Despite the Indian food industry’s strong market growth potential of 40% by 2015 to touch USD 258 billion from the current USD 181 billion and accounting for a spend of about 21% of GDP, the industry is buffeted by 15 major challenges that have depressed its ... :: Our Bureau
The Indian food sector is on the agenda of the Indian industry associations: whereas ASSOCHAM has already announced an international summit to woo investors for the Indian food sector, will CII organise an international buyer-seller meet to provide Indian comp... :: Our Bureau
Refresco Holding B.V. has recently announced its intention to acquire Soft Drinks International (SDI), a German producer of soft drinks and water. Refresco is European market leader in the production of private label soft drinks and fruit juices and leading in... :: Our Bureau
American cuisine was on the agenda when Aditya Bal cooked up delicious American treats at Godrej Nature’s Basket store in New Delhi's Greater Kailash (GK II). The cooking demonstration was organized in an effort to help the ardent food lovers develop a taste ... :: Our Bureau
The Indian fisheries has a third position worldwide in terms of production of fish which is 4.4% of the global fish production, the Ministry for Food Processing Industries informs. The contribution of fisheries sector is 1.10% to the total GDP and 5.3% to the ... :: Our Bureau
German food group Dr. Oetker is selling the Onken yoghurt brand to Swiss dairy company Emmi, despite a 'record year for the brand', for an undisclosed sum. Onken specialises in the production of natural and fruit yogurts in 450 and 500 gram pots, which are sol... :: Our Bureau
The Carrefour Group has finally entered the Indian market with the opening of its first cash & carry store in India in New Delhi under the name "Carrefour Wholesale Cash & Carry”, on Decemebr 30. With a sales area of 5200 sqm, this store located east of New D... :: Our Bureau
Cargill, international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services, has announced that it is expanding its cocoa and chocolate business in Europe through the acquisition of the business of Schwartauer Werke GmbH ... :: Our Bureau
Italy's leading coffee roaster, Lavazza, plans to built a new coffee production plant in India. The location would be at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. To strengthen its presence in India, Lavazza had taken over coffee-chain Barista and Fresh & Honest Café compa... :: Our Bureau
India and the Netherlands are to cooperate in meat and poultry processing in a big way. India has sent a delegation to the Netherlands to the Product Boards Livestock, Meat and Eggs (PVE), to understand the Dutch processes relating to meat and poultry process... :: Our Bureau
Premier Inn, the UK’s biggest hotel chain, has officially opened its doors at its newest hotel in Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, marking an investment of Rs. 92 crores into the local economy with 50 jobs having been created. Speaking about the new opening, Mr. Aly... :: Our Bureau
The consultations with key stakeholders regarding FDI in multi-brand retail trading brought out views both for and against FDI in multi brand retail trading, Ministry of Commerce has summarized the earlier discussions. On balance, however, the discussions gene... :: Our Bureau
Diversified business group Empower India has acquired Uniheal Foods, a sole proprietor entity that makes health and nutritive food products for an undisclosed amount. Ninad Deshmukh, owner of Uniheal, would be part of the team at Empower to take further devel... :: Our Bureau
20th April saw New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi, hosting a grand get-together to welcome a big delegation of New Zealand food and beverage companies visiting India. A group of 13 New Zealand food producers and wineries are at present in India, sponsored ... :: FII Reporter