Category — Biotechnology

Health Consciousness in India Boosts Dietary Supplements Market

BillionFit: Technology Redesigning Healthcare a joint study by Kalaari Capital and accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton says that with India’s consumers now invested in healthier lifestyles, the fitness technology segment will double to $250 million by 2023. Wearable fitness devices such as fitness trackers, and smart technology such as smart shoes, stride sensors, and clothes integrated with  wearable technology will account for 90% of this projected growth.

Additionally, this awareness for good health will boost India’s dietary supplements market which is projected to expand at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 12% over the next four to five years. Online retailers such as Healthkart, Amazon, Medisys and Neulife are increasing their stocks of ‘super’ foods and supplements.


Nutraingredients-asia quotes Vrinda Mathur partner at Grant Thornton who says, “The global realm of healthcare has radically shifted from ‘detect and manage’ to ‘predict and prevent.’ This change in mindset, combined with the rapid technological and socio-political impetus on improving health, is resulting in a fitness and health boom across the world.”

October 29, 2017   No Comments

India’s Food Regulator Issues Guidelines on Organic Food

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India published a regulatory framework  to  ensure  the authenticity of foods that are labeled as ‘organic.’

According to the Food  Safety  and  Standards  (Organic  Foods) Regulations, 2017, no person or business may manufacture, pack, sell, offer for sale, market, or otherwise distribute or import any organic foods unless they comply with the requirements laid down under these regulations.

1) Any food offered or promoted for sale as ‘organic food’ shall comply with all the provisions of one of the following:

a) The National Program for Organic Production – this body is administered by the Government  of India to promote organic farming in the country. Among its many mandates are:

  • being the nodal quality control laboratory for analyzing organic fertilizers
  • revising standards and testing protocols
  • providing financial assistance  for agro-waste compost production units, bio-fertilizers/bio-pesticides production units
  • development and implementation of quality control regimes
  • promoting organic farming in the country through technical capacity building of all the stakeholders including human resource development, transfer of technology, promotion and production of quality organic and biological inputs

b) The Participatory Guarantee System for India – This is a part of an internationally applicable organic quality assurance system called the Participatory Guarantee System. The system certifies organic products that maintain quality standards, including ensuring that the cultivation and production process is done according to standards stipulated for organic products. The products are certified as organic in the form of a documented logo or a statement.

c) Any other system or standards as may be notified by the Food Authority from time to time.

2) The regulation mandates that all organic foods carry accurate  information on the  organic status  of the produce as well as a certification mark or a quality assurance mark given by recognized certification bodies.

3) Food marketed through direct sale by the original producer or producer organization to the end  consumer is exempted from verification compliance; however, this exemption does not apply to processed organic products.

4) All organic foods will need to comply with the packaging and labeling requirements specified under the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulations, 2011.

5) Any seller of organic food either exclusively or as part of their retail merchandise is required to display such food in a manner distinguishable from the display of conventional food.

6) To establish the organic integrity of any food produce in question, investigations will be conducted up to the producer level.

7) Organic food imports will be permitted under bilateral or multilateral agreements on the basis  of  equivalence of standards between the National Program for Organic Production and the organic standards of the respective exporting countries; in such cases the products/produce will not need to be
re-certified on import to India

8)  All  imported organic food consignments will need to be accompanied  by a transaction certificate  issued  by  an Accredited Certification Body covered under the terms of the equivalence agreement.

Organically farmed fields

October 19, 2017   No Comments

Paul Penders Botanicals Debuts in India

U.S.-based Paul Penders Botanicals, one of the first vegan beauty and personal care brands, launched in Dehradun, the capital city of the northern state of Uttarakhand in India.

Chief executive and founder, Paul Penders, who was present at the launch said, “I am ecstatic to be introducing Paul Penders Botanicals in India, an economy that is culturally enormously dependent on organic therapies and products since centuries. We hope for a great response in India since all the products are cruelty and chemical free.” Penders has inaugurated a new outpost in the Himalayas from where he said “we will be using the most amazing, pure crystal-clear water flowing from the Himalayan Mountains.”

Soap from Paul PendersSargam Dhawan, CEO and director, Paul Penders Botanicals India said, “Through this venture, we aim to redefine vegan beauty standards in India, to better meet the needs and lifestyle of our potential consumers.”

The products of the brand draw inspiration from the founder’s grandmother’s 22-herbs concoction, which is the base material for every product, reports the Economic Times.

September 27, 2017   No Comments

India’s Scientists Create Artificial Leaf that Produces Energy

Scientists at state-owned National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, a city 90 miles east of Mumbai, India, have developed an artificial leaf that generates hydrogen.

The device consists of semiconductors stacked in a manner to simulate the natural leaf system. When light strikes the semiconductors, electrons move in one direction, and the ultra-thin wireless device mimics plant leaves to produce energy using water and sunlight.

a leaf

Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, a senior scientist at the laboratory said his team has been working for nearly a decade to split water molecules in order to generate hydrogen in this manner. “We have made an attempt to generate solar hydrogen. The method is simple and practical and there is a good possibility of scaling it up,” he said. The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, says a palm-sized device can produce 6.3 quarts of hydrogen fuel an hour, reports NDTV. More work is needed on the project, added the scientist.


September 14, 2017   No Comments

India Rolls Out Trains with Solar Powered Cars

State-owned Indian Railways launched the country’s first solar-powered train with rooftop solar panels that power the lights, fans, and information display systems inside passenger cars. Although the train will still be drawn by a diesel-powered locomotive, a set of 16 solar panels atop each car will replace the diesel generators that typically power these appliances. The Railways estimate that a train with six solar-powered cars will save approximately 5,548 gallons of diesel every year, worth around $18,000.

Solar panels on railway cars

Quartz says that the rooftop solar system was developed by Noida-based Jakson Engineers, under the direction of the Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuels. “It is not an easy task to fit solar panels on the roof of train coaches that run at a speed of 50 miles per hour. Our engineering skills were put to a real test during the execution of this rooftop solar project for Indian Railways,” Sundeep Gupta, vice-chairman and managing director of Jakson Engineers

Indian Railways has ambitious plans for solar: by 2020, the state-run transportation network plans to generate around 1,000 megawatts of solar power, which could be scaled up to 5,000 megawatts by 2025.



August 22, 2017   No Comments