In this special issue of @biz@india for @SIAL, the biannual food show in Paris, we bring to you the latest developments and changes on the Indian platter and in the processing sphere. Not only are Indians eating better and more, but are also opting increasingly for super-foods or healthier foods – be it local or sourced from any part of the world. The search for healthier options has also extended to the famous Indian sweet tooth, with the sprouting of numerous organic bakeries and beverages in various metros.
There is also an increasing focus on health, food safety, and hygiene in the entire food chain. The farmers are being trained to adopt organic farming or sustainable farming by using minimum resources, while keeping the soil and other natural resources pure and healthy, notably through innovations and technologies brought by start-ups
However, a lot of work needs to be done in building the logistics of food handling, storage and transport from the farm to the market and then on to the consumers.
For juices, there is a huge requirement of water, the availability of which is scarce, especially in and around Delhi. Groundwater levels in the capital are rather low for the government to permit the setting up of a manufacturing plant. Even the existing units are being shut down
The online food and grocery business in India reached the EUR 1 billion mark last year and according to various research reports, it is expected to grow at 72 pc a year, reaching EUR 4 billion by 2020 even as the overall online retail industry business expands to EUR 24 billion in the same year.
The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) has submitted a proposal of EUR 13.5 million for construction of 108 godowns in the 108 Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) in the state.
India is already the world’s third largest biscuit producer, after the United States and China and its market is evolving rapidly as consumption patterns, consumer tastes and preferences begin to vary. Yet, the country is home to the world’s most promising market.