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New service to help retail food and supply chain

21 June 2011

Retail food and supply chain companies across the UK are being urged to sign up to a new service to boost their export success to India – a country where food processing is predicted to be a £159 billion industry by 2015

Retail food and supply chain companies across the UK are being urged to sign up to a brand new service to boost their export success to India – a country where food processing alone is predicted to be a £159 billion industry by 2015.

The new service launches on 1 July and is being offered by the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), the business led organization backed by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to boost UK India bilateral trade. This service is targeted at companies, especially SMEs looking to enter India or which are new to India.

For a fee of just £35 per month, sector members will receive intelligence, invitations to events, reports, and create "communities" linking large and small companies around new business opportunities in the retail, food processing and supply chain logistics sector.

The service will include insightful reports packed with in-depth market research and new business opportunities in the Indian agribusiness and food processing sectors. Online, the retail sector page will be regularly updated with fresh reports and analysis, all with the aim of helping businesses better understand the market, identify profitable business opportunities and connect with potential partners.

Sector members will also get exclusive access to an online B2B hub where they can meet and connect with Indian and UK businesses. Full details at

Business opportunities
UKIBC will host two events in July and September, in Loughborough and London respectively, focusing on ways in which UK SMEs can leverage their technical expertise to improve India’s fragmented supply chain and explore opportunities for UK food and drink exporters in India. UKIBC anticipates that more than 100 business leaders and over 80 UK companies will attend.

Members will have the opportunity to meet with expert speakers and share in their knowledge and expertise. There will be the chance to network with other businesses from the sector and access to incoming businesses from India. In addition, UKIBC plans to take a delegation to India in October to explore partnerships with Indian SMEs companies in the agribusiness, food processing and logistics sectors.

UK India Business Council CEO Richard Heald says, “I urge food, supply chain and logistics companies to focus on the huge opportunities existing in fast growing economies like India. Not only is India the tenth largest economy in the world and the fourth largest by purchasing power parity, but industrial growth is picking up, offering many UK firms the chance to export their way out of the downturn here.

“The UKIBC’s new sector subscription service can be a catalyst to helping our companies form partnerships with Indian business and Government. This can seem like a huge leap but businesses big and small around the world are finding fantastic opportunities in India every single day.”

UKIBC corporate members are companies which are already established in India and play an active role in the UK-India business agenda. The sector members will be companies which are exploring the Indian market and can benefit from information and access to businesses already operating there.

Healthy growth
The Indian government has been granting significant tax breaks and subsidies in the food processing sector, including full exemption from excise duty for specified equipments to preserve, store or transport apiary, horticultural, dairy, poultry, aquatic and marine produce and meat and its processing products.

This presents a huge opportunity for UK SMEs operating in the cold chain and food retail sectors. India’s food processing sector constitutes 47% of the total Indian food industry and is valued at approximately £46 billion (secondary and tertiary processing sectors) compared to an overall amount of £112 billion.

The food processing industry is currently growing at a rapid rate of 15-20% and is poised to reach £159 billion by 2015. It comprises almost 21% of India’s GDP, making it the biggest consumption category and key driver of growth.

Emerging opportunities
The agricultural sector forms the backbone of the Indian economy. Almost 65% of India’s rural population lives off the land, accounting for 22% of India’s GDP. However, despite its significance and its crucial role for the growth of the Indian economy, this sector remains underdeveloped with only 10% of India’s total food produce being processed. 30% of crops are lost post-harvest due to inadequate infrastructure, a highly fragmented supply chain and major logistical deficiencies.

UK SMEs specialising in food processing technology and supply chain logistics are ideally placed to leverage their expertise and technical capability to tackle inefficiencies and cater to increasing demand for a sophisticated Indian food supply chain.

There is immense potential for partnerships between UK and Indian companies in helping ensure climate resilient agriculture, providing biological software for sustainable agriculture including biofertilisers, biopesticides, vermiculture and aquaculture, and develop improved technologies of small-scale poultry and dairy farming. In the service sector, there is a growing market for soil and water quality testing to help rural families best take advantage of nutrient based subsidies introduced in 2010.

Opportunities also exist in new avenues in the agri-sector such as livestock, fisheries, horticulture and the organic farming of commercial crops. These challenges present profitable opportunities for UK businesses with knowledge, technology and an understanding of how India operates.

The business challenge
Despite the UK being the largest recipient of Indian inward investment into Europe, the UK’s share of exports to the Indian market has fallen overall in the last five years. UKIBC believes that the new service will help UK companies export their way out of the current downturn.

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