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NEW DELHI(PTI): Country’s food industry is expected to grow 11% annually to reach $65.4 billion (about Rs 4 lakh crore) by 2018, according to a research report.
The industry is presently valued at $39.71 billion (Rs 2,476.8 billion), the joint report by IIM-Calcutta and Academic Foundation said.
“Food and grocery constitute a substantial part of India’s consumption accounting for around 31% of the consumption basket,” the report said.
In contrast, consumers in other countries spend a much lower proportion of their income on food and grocery.
While US spends 9%, Brazil and China spend 17% and 25% respectively on food and grocery, the report said. Food is also the largest segment in India’s retail sector, which was valued at $490 billion in 2013, it added.
“India’s retail market is expected to grow to $865 billion (Rs 57.26 lakh crore) by 2023, which is presently valued at $490 billion (Rs 32.43 lakh crore),” the report stated.
The share of modern retail is expected to rise to 24% of the total retail market from 8% currently, it added.
The report also suggests that India may have benefited from the presence of foreign businesses in the food supply chain.
“Several foreign companies have invested in manufacturing in India, leading to employment creation,” the report observed.
“Some of the foreign firms have successfully established backward linkages and are working with farmers and contract manufacturers. These firms have contributed substantially to government revenues,” it added.
There are also some additional benefits from the presence of international businesses, such as implementation of waste management, environment-friendly technologies, product innovation and exports from India, the report said.