Sodhi, who was here to announce the official sponsorship of the New Zealand cricket team, said that Amul, a brand wholly owned by GCMMF, is also sold by 18,000 village cooperative societies outside the formal distribution channel in Gujarat.
The government will soon launch an umbrella programme 'SAMPADA' for food processing sector with Rs 6,000 crore outlay to integrate current and new schemes aimed at reducing food wastage and doubling farmers' income.
GCMMF must prove that using hydrogenated vegetable oil is a “mark of the trade” of making and selling frozen desserts in India, HUL’s lead counsel Senior Advocate Virag Tulzapurkar said.
These cold chain stores will be a part of the national cold chain grid being created to transfer perishable goods like fruits and vegetables, fish, meat and ready-to-eat-meals, from farm areas to consumers without spoilage.
Speaking exclusively to CNBC-TV18, HUL said Amul has been airing misleading TV commercials that make factually incorrect statements and that the ad has created apprehensions among the customers of frozen desserts.
Prabhat Dairy, Joint Managing Director, Vivek Nirmal, attributed the price rise to a 15-20 percent increase in milk procurement prices in the recent past. He, however, was hopeful of some relaxation in milk prices at the end of the summer season.
The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets dairy products under the brand name of Amul, today decided to hike the milk prices by Rs 2 per litre across all six brands being sold in major pockets of Gujarat and Maharashthra from tomorrow.
FMCG biggies such as Amul, Dabur, Britannia and Parle plan to increase prices of their products or slash the quantities of packaged goods this summer. As a result biscuits, ice-creams and soap, among other daily consumption products will get expensive.
"There was no impact of demonetisation on milk procurement and sale," Sodhi told PTI on the sidelines of 66th foundation day celebrations of the National Academy of Indian Railways here.
The company is investing Rs 1,500 crore in its greenfield plant at Sanand in Gujarat to manufacture aseptic liquid packaging and it would be commercially operational by April 2017.
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Watch the interview of RS Sodhi of GCMMF with Manisha Gupta on CNBC-TV18. He spoke about how demonetisation has benefitted Amul and its farmers.
Under its partnership announced today, Amazon under its Global Selling programme will offer Amul's Ghee and GulabJamun to consumers in America. The range will gradually be increased to add other products like cheese and butter.
"We have got around 17 acres in the food park from West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation to set up our centralised milk processing plant in the country," Managing Director Amul Dairy K Rathnam said.
Addressing a stakeholder conference on the dairy sector, Singh said: "Our average growth has been 4.2 percent in milk production during the last 10 years as against a global average of 2.2 percent. In 2015-16, the growth was even higher at 6.7 percent." The country's milk production stood at 155.5 million tonnes last fiscal.
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"Patanjali is set to enter the dairy business and in this financial year, production will start in three dairy plants - one each in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh," Ramdev said while addressing a two-day national seminar at National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal (NDRI).
Addressing dairy farmers on 'Celebration of Purabi Milk Day' here, Chief Minister Sonowal cited the examples of Gujarat's Amul which he said has created a market for its products.
"Pune is our largest market for Amul ice-cream and currently there is a supply shortage. We wanted a quick set up in and around Pune, and have got around 11 acres land in Khed for our new dairy plant," Amul Dairy Managing Director K Rathnam said in a statement.
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