India

Small or marginal holdings make achieving efficiencies through economies of scale more difficult, particularly when they rely on old techniques. Pic: ©Getty Images/RakeshPicholiya

Much touted mantra has good intentions but Indian dairy has already been moving on

Can India double dairy farmers’ incomes in three years?

By Richard Whitehead

The phrase “doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022” is in danger of toppling “Jai Hind” as India’s most popular rally call. From bag carriers to the prime minister himself, anyone who matters has been seen uttering the line often and with great meaning.

The organized dairy market, where Danone and Lactalis play, is dominated by cooperatives in almost every state. Pic: ©Getty Images/polybutmono

Powerful establishment has the cards stacked in its favor through margins and scale

India’s dairy market may not be as attractive as it seems, despite two deals in a month

By Richard Whitehead

Two multinationals have already invested in Indian dairy this year, with January still in play. By such a measure it would appear that the subcontinent market is an attractive place, but foreign majors still have their work cut out for them.

MoooFarm is operating under a social enterprise model, though Singh expects to charge farmers a tiny amount per cow to use the app once it is developed and fully rolled out. Pic: ©Getty Images/RakeshPicholiya

Founder hopes initiative will turn into world’s biggest online cattle registry

Mooo App hopes to deliver mooo money to Indian dairy farmers

By Richard Whitehead

With its goal of increasing the livelihoods of 1m Indian dairy farmers by 2022, an Australian agri-tech company believes gamifying data analytics is the way to help achieve this goal.

Parag Milk Foods has ventured into the $1bn Indian sweets category.

Parag Milk Foods expands with new product range

By Jim Cornall

Indian company Parag Milk Foods Ltd, a manufacturer and marketer of dairy-based branded foods in India, recently launched two ready-to-eat Indian desserts, Gulab Jamun and Rasgulla, made from pure cow ghee and cow milk under the brand Gowardhan.

New companies are starting to challenge the old guard in the Indian dairy industry. Pic: ©Gettty Images/RakeshPicholiya

Milk entrepreneurs believe they can change the fabric of staid old dairy.

Indian dairy’s young guns

By Richard Whitehead

There are few industries in India quite as established and dominated by big firms and cooperatives as dairy. But that hasn’t stopped a thrusting breed of startups delivering a new approach to the business.

Future Consumer Ltd is part of the Future Group, which plans to launch 1,100 stores in India this year.

New Fonterra JV looks to Indian market

By Jim Cornall

Fonterra has announced a joint venture partnership with one of India’s largest consumer companies, Future Consumer Ltd, to produce a range of consumer and foodservice dairy products for the Indian market.

HUL currently markets ice creams and frozen desserts under the Kwality Wall’s and Magnum brands.

Hindustan Unilever to acquire Adityaa Milk ice cream business

By Jim Cornall

In India, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has announced it has signed an agreement with Vijaykant Dairy and Food Products Limited (VDFPL) and its group company to acquire its ice cream and frozen desserts business consisting of its brand Adityaa Milk.

The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, centre, the Governor of Meghalaya, Shri Ganga Prasad, left, and Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri Prestone Tynsong, right, at the exhibition stalls at the launch of the Meghalaya Milk Mission, in Shillong, Meghalaya, on July 28, 2018.

New $31m Meghalaya Milk Mission project launched in India

By Jim Cornall

In India, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh has announced a project – the Meghalaya Milk Mission – through the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).