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    Food retail to grow to $20 bn: Govt

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    business in India is expected to grow by over four hundred per cent in next five years. Consequently, the share of global trade in the sector has been projected to double by 2015, according , joint secretary, ministry of food processing, India.

    “Food in grocery sector is about USD 154 billion which is 77 per cent of total retail sales. two-third of the food is in retail grocery, and the organised Indian food retail is just three per cent at USD 7 billion which is expected to grow by 400 per cent in next five years,” said Kumar.

    Kumar was speaking at the 5th annual Agri Business Summit organised at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.

    Highlighting the estimated growth projection targets set by the Union Government, Kumar said the retail food industry is going to be at USD 20 billion by 2010 against the present USD 7 billion.

    “We will have tremendous growth in food processing sector by 2015, increasing the level of processing of perishable from six per cent to 20 per cent, value addition which is only 20 per cent now to 35 per cent and share of our global food trade of 1.5 per cent to double by 3 per cent by 2015,” Kumar said.

    According to Kumar, government has taken several steps for promotion of food processing industry, including tax holidays and permission for repatriation of profits.

    — IndiaRetailing Bureau