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  • The food industry is the complex, global collective of diverse businesses that together supply much of the food energy consumed by the world population. Only subsistence farmers, those who survive on what they grow, can be considered outside of the scope of the modern food industry.

  • The food industry includes: Regulation, Education, Research and development, Financial services, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Food processing, Marketing, Wholesale and distribution, Retail.

  • Food Products Industry in India is one of the largest in terms of production, consumption, export and growth prospects. The government has accorded it a high priority, with a number of fiscal reliefs and incentives, to encourage commercialization and value addition to agricultural produce; for minimizing pre/post harvest wastage, generating employment and export growth.

  • Food processing is the methods and techniques used to transform raw ingredients into food for human consumption. Food processing takes clean, harvested or slaughtered and butchered components and uses them to produce marketable food products.
  • Primary food processing is a major industry with lakhs of rice-mills/hullers, flour mills, pulse mills and oil-seed mills. There are several thousands of bakeries, traditional food units and fruit/veg./spice processing units

  • Important sub sectors in food processing industries are:- Fruit & Vegetable Processing, Fish-processing, Milk Processing, Meat & Poultry Processing, Packaged/Convenience Foods, Alcoholic beverages & Soft drinks and Grain Processing

  • Indian Processed food exports were at over Rs.13,500 crores (US $ 3.2 billion ). Out of these exports, rice accounted for 46%, whereas marine products accounted for over 34% - according to Ministry of Food Processing. 

  • Mergers, acquisitions, and internal growth among grocery retailers,  have increased the share of grocery store sales world over

  • Per capita consumption of fresh produce increased; Consumers, responding in part to increased health concerns, are demanding year round supplies of fresh produce such as grapes and strawberries.  

  • India is the world's second largest producer of fruits & vegetables

  • It has large marine product and processing potential with varied fish resources

  • India is the largest milk producer in the world.

  • FAO’s forecast for world cereal utilization has been raised to  20 million tonnes  reflecting the
    indications of much higher supplies than anticipated earlier.

  • Global sugar consumption is estimated by FAO to increase by 1.6 million tonnes.

  • Total imports by EU member countries of fresh fruit amounted to more than € 14.4 billion, representing an increase of 9 percent.

  • A total of nearly €22.3 billion of fresh fruit and vegetables was imported by EU member countries.

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