Sauces and dips get a boost as Indians cook more at home during pandemic lockdown


Sauces-dipping and cooking as a food segment is seeing a steady spike as people are getting swish with their culinary experiments to bring home the joys of dining out, as many restaurants, cafes, and pubs continue to remain shut to curb the spread of coronavirus. According to data from Kantar Worldpanel, which tracks purchases of […]

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Interview – The great lockdown to permanently shut up to 35 percent of India’s restaurants


A large chunk of public services and private business might be getting back to normal, but economic devastation caused by the Great India Lockdown triggered by fears over Covid-19 has created a huge crisis for the country’s restaurant business, the head of the apex industry body said. Anurag Katriar, President, National Restaurant Association of India […]

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Golden root opens new global prospects for Indian farmers amid Covid pandemic


Sachin Babar, a farmer in western India’s Maharashtra, has rarely bothered about the world outside his tiny Wai village. However, these days he keeps a close tab at what’s happening beyond the immediate borders thanks to an upsurge in the global demand for turmeric — the golden spice – which seems to have become a […]

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Absence of near-farm infrastructure resulting in high agri wastage, says author of ‘Wasted’


Colossal wastage of agri-products continues to be a challenge for India due to poor output management even though the country has emerged as a global agri powerhouse, said Ankur Bisen, Senior Vice President (Retail & Consumer Products), Technopak Advisors, and author of the much-acclaimed- book ‘Wasted’. Agri-wastage control would be difficult without creating near farm […]

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India’s mountains of plastic waste grow as pandemic disrupts fledgling recycling firms


It was only about a year ago that Nikhel Morris and his wife Somali Kothari quit their city jobs to plunge into a venture close to their hearts — recycling plastic and rubber wastes into fuel. It made perfect sense as India imports the majority of its fuel needs. At the same time the country struggles to recycle plastic and rubber […]

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Online grocery sales surge during pandemic; here to stay


One significant consumer spending shift that has revealed itself as brick-and-mortar stores shuttered across the country to keep the coronavirus at bay is buying groceries online. The shift is global and likely to endure even after the pandemic. The Indian online grocery market is smiling widely too, as sales are pegged to exceed $3 billion […]

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Ayurvedic herbs and supplements get a shot in the arm amidst pandemic


Herbs and plant-based traditional cures have found a new place in the sun since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which has put public health globally at great risk. With no vaccine or probable cure for the virus in sight, traditional medical practices like Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, etc. have been gaining traction in India and […]

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