NEW DELHI (AP) India’s food and beverage sector is booming, with companies like Bhanu Mehta’s Soya & Sauce Co., Hindustan United Food Processing &.
Food Corp., and Hindustani Spice &.; Food Co. Ltd.
adding new brands and brands of old favorites to their wares, bringing back old favorites like fried fish curry and coconut rice.
The country has seen a rise in interest in Indian kitchenware over the past decade.
Many consumers who were previously reluctant to buy kitchenware say they are eager to have a piece of old family history and know that it will be returned.
“The kitchenware that was in my mother’s family is part of our identity.
And it is our kitchenware,” said Shruti Kumar, a 25-year-old from Patiala, in the northern state of Haryana.
The food and drink industry is now worth $1.6 trillion and employs more than 4.5 million people.
Many of these jobs are in the food processing sector, where many of the jobs in the home and household are now in the hands of machines.
For the past several years, Indian consumers have increasingly been looking for better-quality Indian kitchenwares.
Many people were surprised when they saw the popularity of the brands Soya Sauce Co. and HindUSTAN United Foods.
In a country where people often have to choose between quality and convenience, the convenience factor is huge, said Anurag Thakur, an analyst at Euromonitor International, which tracks consumer behavior.
“This is a time when consumers are more demanding,” he said.
But many of these brands have a reputation for being too expensive.
Soya, the biggest Indian company, has been at the center of a controversy in India in recent months.
The brand has been accused of misleading consumers and using imported ingredients in its products, especially those made from imported beef.
Hindustans United Foods, which has a market share of about 5 percent of the market, has also been accused by Indian consumers of using imported beef, rice and vegetables.
“We are always on the look out for new and exciting brands.
They are the ones that are going to do something to improve the quality of our food and the quality and affordability of our products,” Hindustanic Spice > Food Co.’s founder and chief executive officer, Virender Kumar, said in a recent interview.
“They have been the ones who are making it more affordable and they have been able to do that through the use of cheap materials.
That is the way we have always tried to do things.”
The company said it was making a big investment to improve its products.
India is home to the world’s largest rice-making industry, with production estimated at more than 1.6 billion tons.
It is also home to a huge range of spices, which have been exported to countries including the United States, Britain, France, India, Japan, Germany and Australia.
HindUSTan United Foods has been in the business for about two decades and has sold its products in more than 100 countries.
The company has more than 500 employees in India, mostly in Delhi, and plans to hire 100 to 150 people for its India operations.
Kumar said the company was also in talks with local governments to set up a wholesale center in India.
But some of the biggest players in the Indian kitchen market, including Hindustanism Spice < &amp; >amp; Bhanuvmey, a major player in the region, have not responded to repeated requests for comment.
The government is looking to ease the way for food manufacturers to move more products to the Indian market and is also planning to make it easier for consumers to get new products.
“What is happening in the industry right now is that it is very important that we make it easy for consumers and give them a choice,” said Suresh P. Mishra, chairman of the Indian Food Processing Industry Council, a trade body.
In fact, the country’s food processing industry has grown by 30 percent since 2005, according to the government’s National Food Security Act.
India’s largest consumer group, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said it is now working on proposals to boost the supply of food to consumers in India and that it plans to propose a law in March that would make it a requirement for food processors to bring new products into the country and import products.
The Indian Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry is also looking at ways to encourage food processors and retailers to export their products.
But that could be difficult because many food processors are based overseas.
India, where 80 percent of its people are illiterate and its per capita income is about $13,000 a year, has long struggled with shortages of basic food