After two disastrous years and several ruined harvests, Indian farmers may finally have something to look forward to as they prepare their fields for yet another crop. The monsoons have been pretty normal this year and the Indian business needs to take the next step and move up the value chain. From food logistics to the processing potential, through this edition of Biz@India, we bring to you a crucial insight of the food processing industry in India with possible remedies to anomalies, which have hogged the scene for too long. The issue focuses on organic farming in Northeast India, skilling challenges of the food processing industry, the Indian meat industry, ready-to-eat foods and success stories, among other insights.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has the huge responsibility of ensuring that the food available in the country is safe. It works in an ecosystem involving all the stakeholders, from businesses to scientists and consumers, from Central to State level, focusing on a shift of paradigm towards self-compliance and on the whole food process, instead of only the simple end product.
In a country that is mainly vegetarian, meat production in India is estimated at 6.3 million tonnes, fifth largest in the world. As India is home to the largest cattle population in the world, the opportunities for development of the sector are large but challenges hamper its growth.
In just four years, Bonhomia has emerged as the top Indian player on the fast-developing Indian market of single-serve capsules for gourmet coffee and tea beverages. The company, which also sells dedicated coffee machines, intends to provide its customers a full experience, from home to workplace and hospitality, with an Indian angle and hopes to develop rapidly domestically and globally.
With increasing popularity and range of ready-to-eat food products available now, families have been adopting heat-and-eat foods to save cooking time. But the scepticism remains, as health consequences are under the scanner.