Wednesday, October 01, 2014 08:00 IST
Session on nutraceuticals
Dr R B Smarta, managing director, Interlink Marketing and Consultancy, and honorary secretary, Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA), the moderator of a discussion titled ‘Opportunities in Nutraceuticals – Regulatory Landscape’.
The panellists included Dr Nikhil Kelkar, director, Hexagon Nutrition India Pvt Ltd; Dr Vaibhav Kulkarni, honorary treasurer, HADSA, and Priti Baijal, head, regulatory and medical affairs, South Asia, Reckitt Benckiser India Ltd.
Nutraceuticals are the continuum of the food and pharmaceutical industry. It has been forecast that the global nutraceutical sector would grow to $311.8 billion by 2020, and the Indian market would be a Rs 54,740-crore industry in the same period.
In 2010-11, the Indian nutraceutical market was valued at Rs 11,853 crore. Dr Kelkar said, “Natural variants are in demand, and will continue to be in demand. Cultural customisation would also take place.”
“For instance, the majority of people in India is vegetarian, so instead of fish oil, flaxseed oil could be used as a substitute. Earlier, nutraceuticals were mainly consumed in the powder and tablet forms. They are now getting trendier with chocolate bars, chewing gum for children and energy drinks,” he added.
“The nutraceutical market in the United States is worth approximately $50 billion, and it is worth over $35 billion in Europe, but it is still at a nascent stage in India. But there are a lot of opportunities for growth, as there is a large middle-class population, which is ready to invest in health supplements,” Dr Kulkarni stated.
“Currently, China is the diabetic capital of the world. But it has been forecast that India would soon overtake it. So nutraceuticals would be in great demand if people innovate their product as per the disease,” he added.
Baijal threw light on the current regulatory scenario, the process of product approval, how to make dossiers for products, and the documents required.
The panel discussion on taking the bakery business to that next level was another second-day attraction. It was moderated by Dr Uday Annapure, president, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) (AFST[I]).
M M Chitale, director, FBO Consulting and Technical Services, opened the session stating that the Indian bakery industry is dominated by unorganised players. Currently, 60-70 per cent of the sector is unorganised, and the remainder comprises organised big players.
“Although there is a huge opportunity for its growth with fast food restaurants coming up, there are opportunities for premix manufacturers to tap the bakery industry and come out with huge packets of premixes for this industry,” he added.
“However, hygiene and cleanliness remain major concerns for unorganised players, and regulations for organised ones. At least as a start, unorganised players should adopt machinery for dough-making to maintain the hygiene and quality of the product,” Chitale said.
“Currently, there are no standards for rusk and khari manufactuing. Bakery can be the most efficient industry in the food industry, as people are willing to buy, but only safe products,” he added.
Suresh Annapure, food commisioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra, announced that the registration of food business operators (FBO) in the state had reached 70 lakh, which accounts for 34 per cent of the registered FBO in the country. He added that the state had achieved that figure despite the shortage of manpower.
“The bakery industry is predominantly unorganised, but we have vigilant inspection, wherein if we encounter a problem, we would issue notice for improvement. If there is still no improvement, we would take action, which would either be in the form of either prosecution or penalty,” he added.
“An offence is registered against the FBO either for unsafe food or misbranding. Today, people talk more about food security than food safety, whereas concentrating on food safety is the need of the hour for people,” Suresh Annapure said.
Mentioning a recent incident, he said people were using technology for adulteration, which should be stopped.
Nilesh Lele of Foodbio Advisors Pvt Ltd said that people in bakery industry did not make proper use of the resources or technology available. “Also, it is a system, process and innovations that the industry majorly lacks,” he added.
“Industry events like Fi and Hi India help in bringing both buyers and sellers from the food ingredients, additives, and food processing industries under one roof,” said Sagar Kurade, vice-president, All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA), said.
“UBM India needs to be commended for taking this initiative forward. It is a perfect event to showcase the perfect products, ingredients and additives,” he added, terming it a wonderful mix of exhibitors and visitors at the show floor.
”I go out today totally satisfied as a visitor at Fi and Hi India. The seminar would greatly benefit the bakery industry. I experience all the knowledge I expected from it. A perfect event for the food industry, I give ten on ten to this ideal platform,” said Dr Renuka Gopal Krishna, deputy director, Enable Accredited Laboratory (Ramkrishna Bajaj CEBP).