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Aim to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’ in edible oil: Tomar

Aim to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’ in edible oil: Tomar - Food News | 31-12-2021

Tomar inaugurates Business Summit on National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm in Hyderabad

The National Mission on Edible Oil- Oil Palm Business Summit for states other than North Eastern States was inaugurated in Hyderabad on 28 December, by the Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar.

Aiming to give wide spread information on newly launched centrally sponsored scheme on edible oils, the Government is organizing business summits across the country.This is the second such summit of the Mission, the first was held in Guwahati for North Eastern states in early October this year.

Tomar said that he sees Telangana as an emerging leader in oil palm production.

Niranjan Reddy, Minister of Agriculture and allied Sectors, Govt of Telangana highlighted the effort of Telangana Govt for promoting oil palm plantation in the state and providing higher price to farmers for the FFBs (Fresh Fruit Bunches) of oil palm.

Chief Secretary of Telangana, Somesh Kumar expressed hope that the state would emerge as the largest oil-palm producing area in the country in 3-4 years. He outlined the state initiatives in this regard saying that Telangana has notified 26 districts for oil palm cultivation and 11 oil processors are operating in the state.

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Food News - 30/12/2021

Does an excessive intake of simple sugar affect higher brain function?

Does an excessive intake of simple sugar affect higher brain function? - Food Science - KATTUFOODTECH

There has been a remarkable increase in intake of simple sugar from beverages and diets in modern society

Patients with mental disorders consume approximately 2-fold more sugar than age-matched healthy individuals, and patients with schizophrenia who consume more sucrose exhibit more severe symptoms. Despite accumulating evidence, it is still unproven that excessive sugar intake contributes to the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders among susceptible individuals.

A recent study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science has revealed that the excessive intake of simple sugar at the age of puberty could be an environmental risk factor of psychiatric disorders.

During their experiments, the researchers observed that psychiatric disorders are associated with cerebral microvascular angiopathy in the brain caused by various environmental stresses, including metabolic stress.

Excessive sucrose intake during adolescence causes cellular damage in on-neuronal cell groups, inhibiting the uptake of glucose from the blood into the brain parenchyma, leading to dysfunctions of certain neurons that cause major symptoms of psychiatric disorders.

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Food News - 29/12/2021

Shark Tank India invests Rs 10M in Skippi Ice Pops

Shark Tank India invests Rs 10M in Skippi Ice Pops - Food News | KATTUFOODTECH

Hyderabad based FMCG startup receives an ALL SHARK DEAL

Hyderabad-based startup Skippi Ice Pops has received funding of Rs 10 million for 15% equity in the 1st edition of Shark Tank India.

Led by Kabra Global Products, Skippi Ice Pops launched with an aim to introduce a fun new product in the F&B category by husband and wife duo, Ravi Kabra and Anuja Kabra.

The products are currently available for purchase in six flavours; Raspberry, Orange, Cola, Mango Twist, Bubblegum and Lemon.

Skippi Ice Pops is currently available in over 660 outlets in Hyderabad alone, 2200 outlets across India and continues to grow. It is priced at Rs 240 for paper box of 12 pops with 6 flavours and Rs 666 for a bag of 36 pops.

Ravi Kabra, Co-founder of Skippi Ice Pops said, “We plan to invest this amount to drive more innovation and introduce more refreshing flavours to the Indian market.”

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Food News - 28/12/2021

CFTRI focuses on ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ in food processing

CFTRI focuses on ‘Intellectual Property Rights’ in food processing - Food News | KATTUFOODTECH

Holding workshop emphasising on patent law in food processing

Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), under Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, is organising a one-day online workshop on ‘Intellectual Property with Emphasis on Food Processing’ on 19th Jan 2022 under the CSIR Integrated Skill Initiative for the benefit of Entrepreneurs / Startups working in the area of Food Processing.

This Workshop would focus on Intellectual Property Rights in Food processing through the innovation driven industry where IPR skills are most essential. It is important to know more about IPR, Trademarks, Innovation Management, Patenting Laws etc. for the aspiring Entrepreneurs as it plays a key role in promoting economic growth of the nation.

The speakers selected are experienced in Patent Laws and at the same time experienced in food processing industry.

The workshop emphasises on Filing IPR: Necessary Guidelines and Steps; Patent Search Database; Impact of Innovation & IP in India: Case Studies; Commercialization of IP; Biodiversity Act with focus on Food Science; Patenting in R & D / Govt Academic Institutions: A perspective; and Case Studies related to Innovations in Food Processing.

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Food News - 27/12/2021

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India gets research lab to fight child food insecurity

India gets research lab to fight child food insecurity - Food Science - KATTUFOODTECH

The Akshaya Patra Foundation partners with the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, in building the research lab

The Akshaya Patra Foundation collaborates with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru to form ‘The Akshaya Patra Research Lab’. First of its kind lab run by a not for profit in the country and an academic institution, aims to conduct comprehensive studies in the areas such as child food security, community participation for social welfare, elimination of malnutrition, policy development, and advocacy for battling hunger.

In partnership with the academic strength of IISc, the Foundation aims to develop a knowledge epicenter with think tanks consisting of economists, philanthropists, research scientists, government officials, and global institutes for building its efforts towards global advocacy and ending classroom hunger and malnutrition.

Established under The Centre for Society and Policy (CSP) at IISC, the partnership has so far resulted in an evidence-based research study & published papers on Vaccine hesitancy analysis; COVID-19’s impact analysis on a child’s education and nutrition, psychology study of school children, water-food-energy nexus, and assessing human security crisis.

Some of the long terms plans of the lab include: Impact assessment of Mid-Day Meals and developing a socio-human model to build scenarios that can cause positive social impact at a larger scale.

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Food News - 20/12/2021

Packaged drinking water test facility opens at National Test House, Ghaziabad

Packaged drinking water test facility opens at National Test House, Ghaziabad - Food News | KATTUFOODTECH

Quality control, quality assessment & quality assurance have to be nothing less than world class: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Piyush Goyal has inaugurated the Packaged Drinking Water Test Facility at National Test House (NTH), Ghaziabad.

With the inauguration of two equipment, – Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph (UHPLC) and Ion Chromatograph (IC), NTH-Ghaziabad has added a feather in comprehensive quality testing facility for water. UHPLC is helpful for quantification of different organic compounds especially residual pesticides in drinking water samples.

Calling for a transformational change, Goyal said “we have a long way to go” in building quality assurance as the government promotes new technology such as technical textiles where nanotech is a critical element.

With the inauguration of two equipment, NTH-Ghaziabad has added valuable testing facility for water. The equipment UHPLC will be helpful for quantification of different organic compound particularly residual pesticides in water samples, whereas IC will be used for quantification of different anions particularly bromate in packaged drinking water.

All the NTH Labs, including Ghaziabad, have been integrated with the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) of BIS, which is a comprehensive online system developed for managing working of the BIS recognized labs via integrated and centralized workflow management system.

In near future NTH (NR), Ghaziabad will have latest facilities for food testing as well.

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Food News - 18/12/2021

MTR Foods forays into authentic fresh batter category

MTR Foods forays into authentic fresh batter category - Food News - 18-12-2021

The company has created a new business vertical to take forward the fresh idli and dosa batter category

MTR Foods, a food products company based in Bengaluru, has announced its foray into a new business segment with the launch of three authentic MTR Minute Fresh Batters- MTR Idli Batter, MTR Dosa Batter and MTR Signature Dosa Batter.

The company has invested Rs 25 crore in expanding its production facility and also for setting up a cold chain network. It has also created a new business vertical to take forward the fresh idli and dosa batter category.

Sanjay Sharma, CEO, MTR Foods, said, “The surge in this category post the lockdown cemented our decision to introduce the Minute Fresh range of idli, dosa and MTR Signature dosa batters this year.” He added that the company has set up a dedicated sales team that will cater only to MTR Minute Fresh. Starting with Bengaluru, the company is planning to foray into other cities gradually.

MTR Foods has been growing 5x in terms of revenue and its turnover is close to Rs 1,000 crore.

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Food News - 17/12/2021

India, Austria to enhance collaboration on nutrition

India, Austria to enhance collaboration on nutrition - Food News | KATTUFOODTECH

International Atomic Energy Agency partners with India’s St. John’s Research Institute

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), headquartered in Austria, and Bengaluru-based St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) have agreed to increase cooperation to better understand the underlying factors of complex nutritional problems.

The synergies of the IAEA and SJRI will allow tackling challenges countries face in nutrition.

Redesignated as an IAEA Collaborating Centre until 2025, the Institute will contribute to defining daily requirements of vitamin B12 and the dosages used in clinical supplementation and public health fortification programmes. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a widespread, growing public health problem globally with significant nutritional and clinical importance.

SJRI is working on developing a more accurate, non-invasive method to improve evaluating bone health of elder people and the responsiveness of interventions to prevent osteoporosis. To enable easier monitoring of child growth and body composition as part of bigger surveys, the Institute will develop and validate an App that measures length of under 3-year-old children, as well as body volume, body density and body fat in adults.

SJRI was designated as the first IAEA Collaborating Centre for Nutrition in 2010 and the designation was renewed in May 2016.

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Food News - 16/12/2021

Orion enters packaged cookie market in India with 2 new products

Orion enters packaged cookie market in India with 2 new products - Food News - 16-12-2021-02

Two latest innovations for snacking: strawberry-filled choco pie and the biggest choco chip cookie

In tune with the evolving preferences of the Indian consumers, Orion, one of the largest food companies of South Korea, has introduced two innovative products: Orion Strawberry Choco Pie, a Choco pie center-filled with the pulp of handpicked real strawberry, and the Ultimate Choco Chip, a large size cookie with real chocolate Choco chip.

The launch is in line with company’s expansion plans to introduce more products and get into new geographies and stores.

The Orion Strawberry Choco Pie- pack of six pieces is priced at Rs 90, and the 12-piece pack at Rs 180; while the Ultimate Choco Chip weighs 16.67 grams each – with 26% Choco chip content. A pack of six pieces of the Choco chip is priced at Rs 60.

Saurabh Saith, CEO, Orion India said, “It is one of the largest cookies available in the branded-packaged format in India, featuring an exquisite taste and aroma of Choco Chips and contains 26% real chocolate, one of the best in the industry. These innovations are born of Orion’s global expertise, R&D prowess and quick adaptation to Indian consumers’ preferences. India is Orion’s big strategic bet and company will continue to invest here following the approach of Make in India and Delight India.”

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Food News - 15/12/2021

Skill India conducts camps in UP for local food and savory makers

Skill India conducts camps in UP for local food and savory makers - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

Adarsh Gram Skill Camps in Semra and Yarna villages of Prayagraj district in Uttar Pradesh

In an effort to recognise the skills of the workforce, formally certify and link them to employment opportunities, Skill India Mission is conducting a special Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme for candidates in Semra and Yarna in Prayagraj district of Uttar Pradesh, under its SANKALP programme (Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion).

The programme, implemented through Adarsh Gram Skill Camps (AGSC) aims to certify candidates in 100+ villages across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Odisha, Assam, Tripura, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.

On 14th December, in Semra, over 100 candidates have been certified in Pickle Making Technician job role. Similarly, for 15th December, 116 additional candidates are being certified as Pickle Makers and Traditional Snack and Savoury makersin Yarna.

Under Adarsh Gram Skill Camps project, weekly RPL camps are being conducted for 12 hours spread over 3-5 days, and every certified candidate receives Rs 500 as reward money post successful certification. The project aims to enhance the percentage of skilled workers by providing skill-based certification to more than 15,000 workers. Till date, over 2,200 candidates have been trained across 24 villages.

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Food News - 14/12/2021

Food News - 13/12/2021

Alt foods unveils plant-based ‘original m!lk’

Alt foods unveils plant-based ‘original milk - Food News - 13-12-2021 - KATTUFOODTECH

Made from sprouted sorghum, sprouted finger millets, amaranth, and oats

Continuing the major momentum in the new category of sustainable ‘smart protein’ foods, plant-based milk startup alt foods, co-founded by Aman Khandelwal, Sweta Khandelwal, and Pavitra Khandelwal, has launched with two unique products – ‘original m!lk’ and ‘chocolate flavored m!lk’.

While this initial launch includes two flavors, the company plans on launching more plant-based milk flavors early in 2022.

Co-founder Sweta Khandelwal shares, “With exponential interest in plant-based diets, which is increasingly becoming evidence-driven, we are witnessing a huge shift in consumption where people have started to reject animal sources of food for plant-based sources instead.”

alt foods was Asia’s first plant-based dairy startup to make its way to the ProVeg Incubator accelerator program, a Berlin-based incubator offering expert mentorship and up to €250,000 in funding, in 2021. The Delhi-based company is uniquely positioned as their plant-based milk comes from a mix of grains and sprouted millets, in contrast to other plant-based milk companies that predominantly use soy, almonds, or oats.

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Food News - 11/12/2021

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Food News - 10/12/2021

Dishman Carbogen reveals new insights for Vit D deficiency in COVID-19 patients

Dishman Carbogen reveals new insights for Vit D deficiency in COVID-19 patients - Food News Kattufoodtech

Announces successful results from the partnership with Boston University School of Medicine

Ahmedabad-based Dishman Carbogen Amcis, a global outsourcing partner for the pharmaceutical industry, has announced the results of a new clinical research study which shows that oral 25- Hydroxyvitamin D3 (Calcifediol) was able to correct vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency in patients with COVID-19 and that it resulted in improved immune function by increasing blood lymphocyte percentages.

The research was supervised by Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Boston University School of Medicine and supported in part by a grant from Dishman Carbogen Amcis Ltd’s wholly owned subsidiary CARBOGEN AMCIS B.V.

“The COVID-19 pandemic hitting the world in early 2020 resulted in unprecedented global focus of R&D efforts and of solidarity in coping with the sudden and unexpected high need for intensive care beds, which didn’t hit all countries to the same degree”, said Arpit Vyas, Global Managing Director of Dishman Carbogen Amcis.

“It is important for us to play a role in this new challenge, not only for our corporate interests but to contribute to the possible future of the fight against COVID-19. Therefore, to follow up with this Clinical Research Study, Dishman Carbogen Amcis is currently conducting a second round of study in a larger scale in India”, he added.

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Food News - 09/12/2021

SLAY Coffee launches India's first digital ‘Grab & Go’ coffee bar

SLAY Coffee launches India's first digital ‘Grab & Go’ coffee bar - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

SLAY sources premium coffee beans directly from farms in Chikmagalur

Bengaluru-based SLAY Coffee has launched India’s first digital grab and go coffee bar concept. It plans to launch 100 such coffee bars across Tier 1 metro cities in the next 12 months.

SLAY Coffee is a pioneer in the online coffee space and is well known for its packaging innovation, SLAYCase that enables spill proof delivery of coffee without loss of temperature.

With a footprint of over 150 cloud cafes across 15 cities and a vision to democratize great coffee experiences, SLAY Coffe’s Co-Founder Chaitanya Chitta said, “We are excited to bring a new age coffee experience to coffee lovers across the country. We are known for our wide range of great coffees, standout packaging, fair pricing and convenience. With SLAY Coffee Bars, we will replicate the same experience in the physical format while keeping simplicity at the heart of everything we do.”

Its Signature blend is made with 100% Arabica beans while its proprietary blend SLAY X is a celebration of Indian Robusta beans. The blend has the highest caffeine content among Indian coffees. All SLAY Coffee blends are roasted in small batches and the coffee is ground fresh upon order and handcrafted by skilled Baristas. The brand recently launched its first experience centre in Koramangala, Bengaluru.

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Food News - 08/12/2021

Scientists link yogurt consumption with blood pressure management

Scientists link yogurt consumption with blood pressure management - Food News - 08-12-2021 - KATTUFOODTECH

Enhancing the functional properties of foods such as bio-availability, taste, and the shelf-life

Scientists from the University of South Australia, in partnership with the University of Maine, examined the associations between yoghurt intake, blood pressure and cardiovascular risk factors, finding that yoghurt is associated with lower blood pressure for those with hypertension.

This study provides new evidence that connects yoghurt with positive blood pressure outcomes for hypertensive people.

According to the study, this is because dairy foods contain a range of micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium and potassium, all of which are involved in the regulation of blood pressure.

Researchers say that future observational and intervention studies should continue to focus on at-risk individuals to examine the potential benefits of yogurt.


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Food News - 07/12/2021

NIT develops nanoparticles-based food packaging materials

NIT develops nanoparticles-based food packaging materials - Food News 07-12-2021 - KATTUFOODTECH

Enhancing the functional properties of foods such as bio-availability, taste, and the shelf-life

Researchers at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Andhra Pradesh, collaborating with other institutes, have demonstrated how the concept of nanotechnology can be used to develop food packaging materials that enhance the shelf-life, maintain quality, retain flavour and colour of packed food materials.

Nanoparticle-based materials offer a greater advantage over conventional and non-biodegradable packing materials by enhancing the functional properties of foods such as bio-availability, taste, texture, flavor, and shelf-life. Additionally, nanomaterials in the form of sensors can be employed to maintain the temperature, detect pathogens, pesticides, toxins, and other chemicals in packed foods.

The research also discusses the role of various government agencies in addressing the safety issues, bringing the legislation and regulations on the use and application of nanomaterials. It highlights how bio-based polymers can be blended with nanoparticles to make more efficient and effective packing materials.

Researchers have also emphasized on how confidence can be built among the consumers by maintaining transparency in evaluating the effects of nanoparticles on humans and the surrounding environment and accentuated how researchers and industries should develop products that can easily get public acceptance. If the safety and security issues get addressed, nanotechnology will revolutionize the food processing and packaging industry to a great extent and minimize food wastage.


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Food News - 06/12/2021

Govt to give impetus to fortified rice manufacturing plants in Maharashtra

Govt to give impetus to fortified rice manufacturing plants in Maharashtra - Food Science - KATTUFOODTECH

Particularly for districts of Gondia, Bhandara, Chandrapur

The Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Sudhanshu Pandey during his recent visit to Maharashtra inspected the paddy procurement centre- Kardha in Bhandara district to oversee the paddy procurement being done in the state.

It was informed that a new testing method of rice has been introduced by the government to know the age of the rice which would encourage paddy procurement and help the farmers.

The Secretary Food emphasised to give impetus on setting up fortified rice manufacturing plants especially in and around paddy procuring districts of Gondia, Bhandara, Chandrapur since the government has chalked out a plan for issuing fortified rice through Public Distribution System (PDS) in future as announced by the Prime Minister.

He also emphasised on promoting solvent extraction plants for manufacturing rice bran oil in the procuring Districts. He advised the government of Maharashtra to work on crop diversification especially the production of millets as the year 2023 is being declared as the International Year of Millets by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


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Food News - 05/12/2021

GRM Overseas establishes food tech fund

GRM Overseas establishes food tech fund - Food News - 05-12-2021

Announces strategic investments in Tobox Ventures (GoKhana), a Food Tech firm

GRM Overseas Limited, Panipat-based basmati rice exporters and a niche consumer staples player, has announced the set-up of its Food Tech Fund under the aegis of its subsidiary GRM Foodkraft (GFK). The purpose of this fund is to invest in food tech companies which strategically fits into GFK’s Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) product offerings.

Additionally, the company has made its maiden investment from this fund and has picked up a 5% stake (pre-money) in Bengaluru-based startup Tobox Ventures (GoKhana). This strategic investment will help GFK to leverage GoKhana’s network to introduce its high-quality product basket directly to GoKhana’s corporate catering partners and their customers. Furthermore, this partnership will extend new Direct-To-Consumer product offerings from GFK to GoKhana’s customers under D2C model.

Atul Garg, Managing Director said, “GRM will continue to focus on diversifying from private label Basmati rice offerings to build its own high margin brands. The company is strategically expanding in domestic market by pushing its presence both in general trade and modern trade through its own 10X brand, leveraging the strong distributor base enjoyed by the core business.”

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Food News - 03/12/2021

New study reveals nutritional status of under-five in India

New study reveals nutritional status of under-five in India - Food News

Child malnutrition is measured by standard anthropometric indicators of height-for-age (HAZ) and weight-for-age (WAZ)

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at West Bengal State University, Vidyasagar University and Indian Statistical Institute in West Bengal, higher percentages of stunted and underweight children are in rural areas compared to children in urban areas in India.

Higher percentages of stunted and underweight children are found among households of poor wealth index category. In India, the percentage of underweight children is higher in Hindu religious group, and the lowest percentage of stunted children is observed among children belonging to other religious group.

The study has also revealed that mother’s educational attainment has statistically significant influence on nutritional status of children. Mother’s occupational status also plays an important role in determining the nutritional status of children, mothers engaged in agricultural work are more likely to have stunted children in India than not working mother and the result is significant. Chance of getting underweight is higher among children of mother’s engaged in agricultural work and it is highly significant in case of India.

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Food News - 02/12/2021

Oxie Nutrition launches white chocolate peanut butter

Oxie Nutrition launches white chocolate peanut butter - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

With 70% less sugar and high on protein

Jalandhar-based startup Oxie Nutrition has launched White Chocolate Peanut Butter, one of the most awaited new products for fitness enthusiasts in India. This butter is an unexplored and unprocessed food product that includes white chocolate compound and roasted peanuts, turned into a paste.

It is an excellent source of protein and is low in carbs. Besides being a delicious alternative to conventional butter, it’s also rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.

The FDA-approved product is priced at Rs 299 and will be available across India.

Harman Virk, Co-Founder and CEO, Oxie Nutrition, said, “Post the success of Chocolate Peanut Butter, we are proud to launch Oxie Nutrition White Chocolate Peanut Butter which is keto-friendly and has a greater ratio of healthy fats and protein with very little carbs. The goal is to reboot more calories from fat than from carbs. It has 70% less sugar, that is, refined sugar-free, which lowers sugar cravings and adds flavour to the butter with real white chocolate chips. High on protein and low on calories, this product fulfils all of the consumption criteria that any Indian fitness fanatic seeks.”

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Food News - 01/12/2021

Skill India launches programme to upskill street food vendors

Skill India launches programme to upskill street food vendors - Food News

Targets 2,500 vendors in its pilot phase

In a quest to formalize the unorganised sector and upskill the street food vendors, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has announced to skill the street vendors of East Delhi and make them eligible for e-cart licenses, improving the hygiene conditions in food preparation and aesthetics of vending.

The initiative will be implemented under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0.

The objective of this programme is to provide relevant skills to the Street Food Vendors, leading towards better services to consumers, more opportunities to vendors for revenue generation, awareness on regulations and stipulated rules, in return providing better services to the local bodies.

In its pilot phase with East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), Skill India aims at upskilling 2,500 vendors, aged between 23 to 55 years.

Under the initiative, the Street Food Vendors will be educated on health and safety standards, safety provisions under COVID-19 protocols, effective communication techniques with staff and customers, new-age skills such as digital literacy, financial literacy, digital payments and e-selling. The vendors will also be supported with loans under the Mudra Scheme.

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Food News - 30/11/2021

Omnichannel meat brand Nandu’s enters Hyderabad

Omnichannel meat brand Nandu’s enters Hyderabad - Food News

15 more in the pipeline for the next FY, as part of its pan-India expansion strategy

Nandu’s has announced its entry into the Hyderabad market, as part of its pan-India expansion strategy. With one store already operational at Addagutta Society, Kukatpally and a second one at KPHB Colony, Kukatpally, ready for launch in a week’s time, the Bengaluru-based brand plans to set up five new stores by December 2021. Over the next year, 15 more Nandu’s stores are slated to be launched across Hyderabad.

Nandu’s aims to set up 300 stores across the country in the next four years with the intention of transforming the hyperlocal meat purchasing experience for discerning meat lovers in India.

As part of its expansion, Nandu’s plans to recruit a 150+ strong member team to deliver the brand experience successfully in Hyderabad’s key markets as it expands its store footprint across the city.

The omni-channel, fully-integrated, farm-to-fork meat brand will make its entire range of products – fresh chicken, mutton, fish and seafood, ready-to-cook / eat, ready-to-cook biryani kits, and heat-and-eat products – available in its stores across Hyderabad.

In keeping with the brand’s commitment to responsible operations, Nandu’s goal is to embrace 100% plastic-free, eco-friendly packaging by 2023.

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Food News - 29/11/2021

Amul invests Rs 450 Cr in four new projects with robotic technology

Amul invests Rs 450 Cr in four new projects with robotic technology - Food News - 29-11-2021

Amit Shah inaugurates Amul’s milk powder, butter, poly film plants

Union Minister for Home and Co-operation Amit Shah inaugurated AmulFed Dairy’s new milk powder factory, butter manufacturing plant, poly film manufacturing plant, and an automated warehousing facility in Gandhinagar on 28 November. The dairy has invested Rs 415 crores in these four projects.


The capacity of the new milk powder factory at AmulFed Dairy, which is a unit of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), has gone up from 35 lakh litres per day to 50 lakh litres following an investment of Rs. 257 crore. The expansion makes it Asia’s largest fully automated dairy.

The new butter plant triples AmulFed Dairy’s butter manufacturing capacity from 40 tonnes per day to 120 tonnes. The plant has been built with an investment of Rs. 85 crore. A new robotic high-tech warehousing facility, that will allow the dairy to store 50 lakh litres of long-life milk in carton packaging in high-density storage, has been built at a cost of Rs. 23 crore.

The new poly film packaging unit doubles the plant’s capacity from 20,000 tonnes per annum to 40,000 metric tonnes, making it the biggest poly film manufacturing plant in India. The expansion has been undertaken with an investment of Rs. 50 crore.

Speaking after the inauguration, Amit Shah urged Amul to start preparing its blueprint for the next 25 years when it will turn 100.

The Union Cooperation Minister also said that many farmers have turned to organic farming, and urged the GCMMF management to help develop the infrastructure for testing, distribution, and marketing of organic products to fast-track their adoption.

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Food News - 27/11/2021

Salud adds new variants to RTD portfolio

Salud adds new variants to RTD portfolio - Food News - 27-11-2021 - KATTUFOODTECH

The beverage range will expand to a variety of natural flavours in the alcoholic and non-alcoholic space

Bengaluru-based startup Salud Beverages is now launching 3 more pour-and-enjoy variants – A Watermelon & Mint G&T 2.0, Salud Strong (Classic English Juniper-crafted gin), and Salud Sonic (a classic Japanese mix with an Indian twist highlights this low-sugar gin refresher).

With the introduction of these three new offerings, the brand strengthens its portfolio of easy-to-drink beverages.

Salud’s key investors are Prasad Vanga from Anthill Ventures, Rana Dagubatti, actor and an active investor and UrbanI, speed scaling partner. Salud was founded by Ajay Shetty, ex-banker turned entrepreneur who successfully sold his previous wine venture, to lead and build a whole new lifestyle brand.

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Food News - 26/11/2021

Bharati Pawar Flags Off 'Food Safety On Wheels' To Detect Food Adulteration At FSSAI

Bharati Pawar Flags Off 'Food Safety On Wheels' To Detect Food Adulteration At FSSAI - Food News - 26-11-2021

“Visited and reviewed the functioning of FSSAI & flagged off the Food Safety on Wheels, bringing technology to check food adulteration,” MoS Bharati Pawar said.

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr Bharati Parvin Pawar on Thursday flagged off Food Safety Awareness vehicles to make people across the country acquainted with food safety measures. On the occasion, Minister Pawar unveiled a book on the history of food and another cookbook on curated recipes that use minimal salts. She also released the ‘National Low Salt Cooking Challenge Report’.

‘Food Safety on Wheels’ Vehicles to detect adulteration in food items

The MoS inspected the technical capabilities of the Mobile Food Testing vans called “Food Safety on Wheels”. These vans are equipped with State-of-the-Art equipment to detect adulteration in submitted food items. The minister flagged off several of these vans to supplement the food safety ecosystem across the country.

‘Pressing need to educate next generation on food choices’: Mos Bharati Pawar

The MoS Health said that citizens are a stakeholder for food safety along with government and industry. Dr Bharati Parvin Pawar lauded the action taken by the organisation in collaboration with industry partners to take the country forward in food safety. She also reviewed the functions of FSSAI with regards to provisions of the recent Food Safety Act.

Food News - 25/11/2021

Caim by årelang™ Naturals brings range of Candyceuticals in India

Caim by årelang™ Naturals brings range of Candyceuticals in India - Food News

Brings nutritional solutions rooted in age-old remedies with a scientific and modern spin

Arelang Naturals®, a Mumbai-based startup that aims to educate as well as inspire consumers by simplifying and de-mystifying the health and wellness space, has launched Caim by årelang™, its range of supplements in the form of delicious sugar and weight conscious chocolates, gummies.

With over 20 products under formulation, it has made inroads in the market with the first launches in the range of guilt free confectioneries that include Rekindle for Men, Rekindle for Women, Replenish with Greens and Replenish with Phytos.

Rekindle for Women is a blend of powerful phytoestrogens meant to give women essential nutrients in small doses every day to help them with hormonal challenges, PMS symptoms, mood swings, and the distressing menopausal side effects, to name a few, by keeping the estrogen levels in the body well balanced. Rekindle for Men is created keeping in mind the slow depletion of testosterone levels and the added levels of stress that men face as they progress through their 30’s and 40’s that eventually deprives them of a healthy diet and adequate sleep.

Replenish with Greens and Replenish with Phytos are part of the nutritious Gummies range that provides the daily essential micronutrients from greens and all the other colored fruits and vegetables, that the diets lack.

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Food News - 24/11/2021

New Delhi-based coffee startup Sleepy Owl raises $6.5 M

New Delhi-based coffee startup Sleepy Owl raises $6.5 M - Food News - 23-11-2021

Plans to strengthen the core team

Sleepy Owl, a startup based in New Delhi, has raised $6.5 million in funding, led by existing investor Rukam Capital.

The series A funding raised by the direct to consumer (D2C) company, which operates in the ready-to-drink coffee space, also saw participation by existing investor DSG Consumer Partners and others.

Sleepy Owl aims to solidify their core team, build a robust distribution network across India for increased demand of their brews, and firm up its marketing initiatives.

Founded in 2016, Sleepy Owl sells ready-to-drink cold brew coffees, brew boxes, brew packs and brew bags. The company was co-founded by Ajai Thandi, Arman Sood and Ashwajeet Singh. The trio gave up their corporate jobs to pursue their shared dream of building their own venture.

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Food News - 23/11/2021

Haldiram's to roll-out plant-based meat options by BVeg Foods

Haldiram's to roll-out plant-based meat options by BVeg Foods - Food News - 22-11-2021

The launch marks the first time an Indian QSR has forayed into plant-based meat.

Haldiram‘s restaurant chain is launching the all-new plant-based Keema Pao and Keema Samosa in collaboration with New Delhi-based startup BVeg Foods.


Haldiram, the leading manufacturer of namkeens, sweets, western snacks, and ready-to-eat food ranges are now venturing into the plant protein segment marking a new landmark for the company as well as the plant protein ecosystem. 

The launch by Haldirams and plant-based meat company BVeg Foods, supported by expert non-profit Good Food Institute (GFI) India, underscores further mass market momentum in burgeoning plant-based foods category.

The Keema Pao and Keema Samosa will be launched as part of Haldiram’s winter special menu 2021 offerings across all 80 restaurants spread out in northern India.

BVeg Foods aims to launch its products through additional channels in the coming months beyond this launch, and consumers can expect to see even more of the varied product creations and partnerships in the near future. 

Commenting on the launch, BVeg Foods founders, Akanksha and Prateek Ghai said, Our product development and innovation teams have joined hands and gone all out to ensure the products resonate with consumers’ all-time favourites at Haldirams and we look forward to receiving the feedback of the people.”

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Food News - 21/11/2021

IIT-M identifies molecular mechanism to convert sea-water into drinking water

IIT-M identifies molecular mechanism to convert sea-water into drinking water - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

Extremely useful in the design of novel RO (reverse osmosis) systems that utilise carbon nanotubes-based membranes.

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) have identified the possible molecular mechanisms in water flow through a new nanopore geometry for desalination techniques to convert seawater to drinking water.


The results of the study, which involved Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and The Netherlands-based Delft University of Technology, are useful in the design of novel RO (reverse osmosis) systems that utilize carbon nanotubes-based membranes.

The team took inspiration from nature, specifically biological systems for making efficient desalination membranes. The study was a sponsored project granted to IIT Madras by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, as part of Water Technology Initiative (WTI).

As per a report of NITI Aayog, 40 percent of Indian population will not have access to drinking water by the year 2030, and 21 major Indian cities, including Chennai and New Delhi, are at risk of running out of groundwater, which will impact around 100 million people. Scientific communities worldwide are looking out for ways how saline water in seas and oceans can be converted into freshwater for household and industrial use.

Prof. Sarith P Sathian, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras said, “Our study has opened up the inside view of water and ion permeation through nanoporous carbon nano tubes (CNTs). They reveal the mechanisms responsible for the enhanced water permeation inside hourglass-shaped nanopores. It is hence possible that the same mechanisms be reproduced in a different system of nanopores which can provide a higher desalination efficiency.”

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Food News - 19/11/2021

FSSAI marks another effort with 'Eat Right Mela' and 'Walkathon' events

FSSAI marks another effort with 'Eat Right Mela' and 'Walkathon' events - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH.COM

The Mela was an opportunity for the people to engage in various activities related to food safety and hygiene

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has marked another effort on November 17 and November 18 with “Eat Right Mela” and “Walkathon” events respectively. Both these events were organized by observing Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

This was an infotainment event organized by FSSAI to open doors for Food Business Operators, Hawkers, and Vendors to help them take a step towards educating themselves. This Mela was an opportunity for the people to engage in various activities related to food safety and hygiene.

The programme consisted of a list of activities right from writing a slogan, learning the home remedies to check adulterated food, nutritional and health benefits of food, dietary advice by experts, and Government initiatives and programme for the improvement of the FBO. Besides, FBOs, vendors, and hawkers were allowed to get themselves registered for FSSAI and access the licenses.

Ashwin Bhadri, CEO, Equinox Labs, said, “Educating oneself is a great initiative to improve the knowledge. When it comes to food safety and hygiene, FSSAI took a great initiative with both these events. There are several rural areas, reaching out to them is not easy. On top of that, even if they wish to get themselves registered for the FSSAI license, it’s a task. To reach out to most people, educate them and give the FBOs, the right direction, those initiatives were taken.”

He further added, “Initiatives are always taken by FSSAI to educate FBOs. It’s a two-way interest that fulfils when both parties take equal pain to do something. Food being the basic necessity, FSSAI has always prioritized it and went out of the way to educate the FBOs and help them cater to the people with the right nutrition, hygiene food, and quality taste.”

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Food News - 18/11/2021

Horlicks taps into diabetes segment with launch of 'Horlicks Diabetes Plus'

Horlicks taps into diabetes segment with launch of 'Horlicks Diabetes Plus' - Food News -

The major life changes that come with diabetes have led to dissonance with consumers constantly looking for solutions to help manage diabetes better

The Horlicks Plus range, a set of specialized brands formulated by the Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) to solve nutritional deficiencies, has forayed into the segment of Diabetes. Diabetes Plus, introduced by Horlicks, is a nutritional beverage which has been designed for Indian adults.

It contains high fibre (22% of dual blend fibre). Research has shown that a diet rich in fibre helps reduce glucose and lipids in the blood. Horlicks Diabetes Plus is high in protein and contains 16 vital nutrients. It contains Fibersol-2 and NUTRIOSE®. These fibres are known to promote satiety and reduce calorie intake.

Krishnan Sundaram, Vice President, Nutrition, HUL said “Diabetes is equivalent of a pandemic and India is facing an increasing burden of it with 24 Cr diabetics and prediabetics. We know that, nutrition and lifestyle can play a key role in its management. We are launching Horlicks Diabetes Plus, a supplement specifically formulated for at risk and diabetic individuals. With our communication, we want to educate consumers about the importance of high fibre for diabetics, and how Diabetes Plus which has dual blend high fibre fulfills 26% of your daily fibre requirement.“

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CFTRI to hold workshop on 'Antimicrobial resistance in food chain'

CFTRI to hold workshop on 'Antimicrobial resistance in food chain' CFTRI to hold workshop on 'Antimicrobial resistance in food chain' - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

To highlight the recent developments in the field of antimicrobial resistance in food chain

The Department of Microbiology and Fermentation Technology at the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is holding a workshop on ‘Antimicrobial resistance in food chain’, on 25th & 26th November 2021.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a most crucial public health problem now a days. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in different sectors especially in animal husbandry and agriculture aids to increase the presence of antimicrobial organisms through food chain.

Colistin resistance bacteria found in vegetables is one such example. AMR being viewed as a shared challenge that requires a vigorous response in all including human, veterinary, fishery and environment.

The workshop will highlight mainly the recent developments in the field of antimicrobial resistance in food chain. It will create an awareness among the people about the importance and judicious use of antibiotics.

This workshop will discuss in detail about the methods of detection and control of emerging resistant microorganisms to extend the research horizon. The workshop will also focus on the regulatory provisions to limit the use of antibiotics. Also it will emphasize on how healthy living can be managed by daily food supplements.

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Food News - 17/11/2021

Sid's Farm launches unaltered cow and buffalo butter

Sid's Farm launches unaltered cow and buffalo butter - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

Both salted and unsalted version is available in 250 grams package and priced at Rs 250


Telangana-based startup Sid’s Farm has ventured into natural, unaltered cow and buffalo butter, available in salted, unsalted options.

Focussed on bringing unaltered butter from farm to plate, the brand focuses on keeping it as close to nature as it is intended to be. Processed from the plant situated at Shabad, Telangana, Sid’s Farm Cow & Buffalo butter both salted and unsalted version is available in 250 grams package and priced at Rs 250.

Sid’s Farm specially developed cow butter packs a similar nutritious value as its buffalo butter at 740 Kcal of energy and 0.6 gm of protein while keeping the product natural and retaining its core nutritional values. The unaltered processing makes both the butter variants rich in vitamin A, D & E. 

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Nestlé a+ introduces recycling campaign with Tetra Pak in India

Nestlé a+ introduces recycling campaign with Tetra Pak in India - KATTUFOODTECH - Food News

Cartons to Classroom is an extension of Tetra Pak’s ‘Go Green with Tetra Pak’ Program


Nestlé a+ has joined hands with Tetra Pak to launch ‘Cartons to Classroom’- a unique initiative to increase awareness about recycling in India by converting used beverage cartons to create classroom furniture for schools for less-privileged children.

The initiative will begin in Mumbai and it marks the start of a long-term collaboration between Nestlé a+ and Tetra Pak, duly supported by retail partners- Reliance Retail and RUR Greenlife, a social enterprise.

Cartons to Classroom is an extension of Tetra Pak’s ‘Go Green with Tetra Pak’ Program. It brings together two important goals of increasing recycling of used beverage cartons and providing quality education infrastructure for less-privileged children.

Beverage cartons such as the ones made by Tetra Pak, are paper-based, recyclable and can be converted into useful items like classroom furniture. A key catalyst in increasing recycling of cartons are environmentally conscious consumers.

With an intent to make this initiative accessible to all Nestlé a+ consumers, 54 collection points across Reliance Smart Superstores and Sahakari Bhandar outlets will be made available in Mumbai. Through these, Nestlé a+ aims at collecting more than 10,00,000 cartons which would get recycled into composite sheets, almost 100+ desks for schools.

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Food News - 16/11/2021

Piyush Goyal inaugurates Food Security Museum at Chennai

Piyush Goyal inaugurates Food Security Museum at Chennai - Food News - 16-11-2021

‘Food Security’ is synonymous to ‘Farmer Security’ which comes from Consumer Security: Goyal

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To celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India, the Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Piyush Goyal virtually inaugurated the Food Security Museum at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

He said that the Food Security Museum is the first museum in India to depict India’s food security story from a “ship to mouth” existence to becoming one of the largest food grain exporting nations.

The Food Museum at Thanjavur will be one of its kind of attraction. The Museum is theme based and shares how food was collected from Mesolothic era to various methodologies of storage and challenges faced by the early man. The Museum also encompasses some key information about Food Corporation of India related to its history, Procurement, Storage and Preservation, Movement and Distribution.

The buzzword of ‘Food Security’, has attracted the attention of every nation in the world. ‘Food Security’ is synonymous to ‘Farmer Security’. With ‘Farmer Security’ comes ‘Consumer Security’.  The Centre has taken reformative steps which has seen into highest procurement of foodgrains from farmers at MSP.  KMS 202121-22 commenced recently & benefitted 3.7 lakh farmers with MSP value of Rs 11,100 crore. India with its resilience, capability & capacity has emerged as a trusted partner to the world,” Goyal said.



Food News - 15/11/2021

Mars begins local production of its Galaxy chocolates

Mars begins local production of its Galaxy chocolates - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

The world’s biggest chocolate maker, Mars Wrigley, has begun local production of its global billion-dollar brand Galaxy in India, bringing its price to Rs 10 which is the lowest priced Galaxy anywhere in the world.

“This Rs 10 pack is not only for tier-2 and 3 cities; it is for people who want to watch their lifestyles. They want a treat, but want an under 70-calorie product. We want to be responsible; so people can control their portions,” Mars Wrigley India country general manager Kalpesh Parmar told ET.

“India is a key market for Mars Inc to win; our lens is long term. We have seen pressures which are inflationary, and we are mitigating it, we are getting support from our global colleagues, local teams are working with suppliers,” Parmar said.

Mars, which competes with Mondelez and Nestle, is pushing rural reach to acquire new customers. “All of us have been learning how big tier two, tier three and rural is an opportunity for all categories. Hence, this price point becomes very relevant for us,” he said.

Mars has doubled its rural distribution over the last two years and is pushing Re 1, Rs 10 or Rs 20 products relevant for tier-two, -three and rural markets. Rural India now contributes about 20% of its overall sales. Last year, the company entered the Rs 10 price point with its premium M&Ms brand to push volumes. Its other top-selling caramel-peanut chocolate bar Snickers is also being sold at Rs 10 in India.


Food News - 14/11/2021

World food import bill to reach record high in 2021

World food import bill to reach record high in 2021 - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

FAO’s new Food Outlook report examines drivers of rising prices of food commodities, freight and agricultural inputsGFF

Global food trade has accelerated and is poised to hit an all-time record in both volume and value terms, according to a new report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

While global food trade has shown “remarkable resilience to disruptions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic”, rapidly rising prices of food commodities and energy pose significant challenges for poorer countries and consumers, who spend large shares of their incomes on these basic necessities, FAO says in its new Food Outlook.

FAO expects the global food import bill to reach an all-time high in 2021 and surpass $1.75 trillion, marking a 14 percent increase from the previous year and 12 percent higher than earlier forecast in June 2021. The increase is driven by higher price levels of internationally traded food commodities and a threefold increase in freight costs.

Developing regions account for 40 percent of the total and their aggregate food import bill is expected to rise by 20 percent compared to 2020. Even faster growth is expected for Low-Income Food Deficit Countries, due to higher costs more than higher food import volumes.

Developing regions are facing sharp increases in the prices of basic staples such as cereals, animal fats, vegetable oils and oilseeds, while high-value foods, such as fruits and vegetables, fishery products and beverages are driving the bulk of the increases for developed regions.

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Food News - 13/11/2021

Tata Consumer Products buys Tata SmartFoodz for Rs 395 Cr

Tata Consumer Products buys Tata SmartFoodz for Rs 395 Cr - KATTUFOODTECH - Food News

Tata Consumer Products enters into ‘Ready to Eat’ category

Tata Consumer Products Limited (TCPL) has signed definitive agreements to acquire 100% equity shares of Tata SmartFoodz Limited (TSFL) from Tata Industries Limited, for a cash consideration of Rs 395 crore. This move is consistent with TCPL’s strategic intent to expand into value added categories.

TSFL commenced operations in 2019 and has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh.

TSFL, under the brand name Tata Q, offers a range of innovative and differentiated products manufactured using MATS technology in India. This unique technology helps retain taste, texture and nutrients within an ambient supply chain. The product portfolio caters to consumers looking for tasty, convenient and wholesome on-the-go meals. Its product offerings currently include pasta, noodles, biryani and combo meals.

The acquisition will enable TCPL to expand its product portfolio and enter the RTE segment. In India, the category is expected to grow at a significant pace benefitting from demographic tailwinds such as urbanization, and high disposable income nuclear families looking for convenience, nutrition and hygienic food on the go. The category is already large and growing strongly in the international markets that TCPL already operates in. Tata Consumer Products will leverage its existing domestic and International distribution and focus on operational excellence to maximize value. The technology will also enable TCPL to create a strong pipeline of value-added products in other parts of the foods business.

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Food News - 11/11/2021

Study links coffee consumption with kidney disease risk

Study links coffee consumption with kidney disease risk - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

Blood metabolites associated with coffee consumption may affect kidney disease risk

Food and beverages may have important effects on kidney health, but the potential biological mechanisms involved are often unclear. New research in the US identifies several metabolites in the blood whose levels are altered by coffee consumption and may affect the risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have identified that levels of 3 coffee-related metabolites were significantly associated with individuals’ risk of developing chronic kidney disease, namely- glycochenodeoxycholate, O-methylcatechol sulfate, and 3-methyl catechol sulfate.

Glycochenodeoxycholate, a lipid involved in primary bile acid metabolism, may contribute to potentially beneficial effects of coffee consumption on kidney health. O-methylcatechol sulfate and 3-methyl catechol sulfate, which are involved in metabolism of the preservative benzoate, may represent harmful aspects of coffee on the kidneys.

With more research on the metabolic underpinnings of the coffee-kidney relationship, these metabolites may point to processes that are relevant for preventing kidney disease through dietary modifications.

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Food News - 10/11/2021

IISER Bhopal reveals differences in gut bacterial compositions of Indian & Western diets

IISER Bhopal reveals differences in gut bacterial compositions of Indian & Western diets - KATTUFOODTECH

In the largest gut metagenome study from India, the research team studied the bacterial profile of 200 gut samples taken from people from several Indian locations

The researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal have shown the differences in the type of gut bacteria between Indian and Western populations.

These variations arise from the differences in the diet patterns in these two regions – the Indian diet being richer in carbohydrates and fibre than the Western.

Dr Vineet K. Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, IISER Bhopal, along with his collaborators from the South Dakota State University, US has also elucidated the relationship between gut bacteria and inflammatory diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

The researchers found that the Indian gut microbiome has the highest abundance of the Prevotella genus of bacteria, in particular, a species called Prevotella copri. This bacterium also dominates the guts of other populations that consume a carbohydrate- and fibre-rich diet, such as the Italian, Madagascarian, Peruvian, and Tanzanian. The gut microbiomes of people from Western countries like the US are dominated by Bacteroides.

“Our insights would help in the development of new probiotics and prebiotics for different health-related conditions associated with the gut which is much needed for non-western populations”, said Dr Sharma.

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Food News - 09/11/2021

Packaging firm SIG launches major innovation in filling technology

Packaging firm SIG launches major innovation in filling technology - Food News - KATTUFOODTECH

SIG’s next-generation filling technology is a technical masterpiece that’s packed with advanced innovation

SIG, an aseptic carton packaging company in Switzerland, has unveiled SIG NEO, a major innovation in filling technology. With a speed of up to 18,000 packs per hour, SIG NEO is the world’s fastest filling machine for family size carton packs.

It also has a 25% lower carbon footprint per filled pack compared with SIG’s current generation filling machines for family-size packs, due to low waste rates and reduced consumption of water and other utilities.

SIG NEO will help SIG’s food and beverage customers to optimise output while minimising costs. It reduces total cost of ownership through longer production runs, shorter cleaning times and increased technical efficiency.

The machine also offers added flexibility, as customers can choose between 12,000, 16,000 or 18,000 packs per hour and between different volume sizes up to 1 litre.

To complement the filling machine SIG has developed SIG PACER, a fully automated sleeve magazine powered by a robotic arm, and SIG CRUISER, a new user interface which operates the entire filling line end-to-end.

SIG is also launching combivita, a new family-size aseptic carton pack, which will be filled on SIG NEO machines.  combivita has been developed following extensive consumer-centric research and provides new levels of convenience and differentiation.

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Food News - 07/11/2021

CFTRI to hold skill development programme on 'Baking Technology'

Food News - CFTRI to hold skill development programme on 'Baking Technology' - KATTUFOODTECH

Skill Development Programme on “Baking Technology” under the aegis of National School of Baking Technology is conducted at CSIR-CFTRI as a part of Skill India Campaign of Govt. of India

A 4-week Skill Development Programme on ‘Baking Technology’ will be conducted at the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, as a part of Skill India Initiative during Nov 15 – Dec 10, 2021.

The bakery industry in India is the largest of the food processing segments with an estimated annual turnover of about $ 7.60 billion in 2020. The market value is projected to reach $ 13.3 billion by 2025 at a growth rate of over 9%.

The sector is expected to see more international brands entering the Indian market and there will be a huge potential for unorganised small-scale bakery entrepreneurs.

The training programme catering to the needs of fast growing baking industry will be as per the requirements of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) guidelines.

Expert scientists of CFTRI will provide hands-on training on choice of quality ingredients, product development and quality criteria. Apart from this, the participants will also be given insight into packaging aspects, FSSAI guidelines, nutritional profiling, health and hygiene control.

The National School of Baking Technology is equipped with state-of-art facilities from wheat milling to production of bakery products.

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