The sales of ready packaged Indian foods of good quality are slowly picking up in India. We still have a long way to go before we see the kind of foods we see in the west, without preservatives and additives, on our grocery shop shelves. Foods whioch might actually be healthy to eat.
Meanwhile far from these shores, in London, the World
Food Awards 2009 (WFA) has announced its nominations ahead of the
inaugural awards ceremony on Saturday 31st October.
What the awards do is highlight the efforts of ethnic food .manufacturers in the UK.You will note many names of Indian origin.
Nominees this year include big name brands like Tesco and ASDA in the Best National Retailer category, as well as established ethnic brands like Veetee and Kohinoor for Best Packaging. Levi Root's Reggae Reggae Sauce, of Dragon’s Den fame, has made the list for Best New Product, while world food industry veterans Meena and Kirit Pathak OBE and Sir Gulam Noon MBE are among those up for the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Ashoka Olive Oil Pickles, ADF Foods Ltd
- Jamaican Patties, Caribbean Savouries Ltd/Caribbean Food Delights
- Levi Root - Reggae Reggae Sauce
- Aisha's Original Recipe, Halal Range, Cofresh
- Kohinoor Basmati Rice Bags, Indo European Foods Ltd
- Veetee Dine In, Veetee Rice Ltd
- Heera Chappati Flour, P & B Foods
- Reggae Reggae Subway
- Wanchai Ferry, General Mills UK
- Hyperama Wholesale
- Eurofoods Group Ltd
- JJ Food Service Ltd
- The Cinnamon Club
- Quality Foods
- Sira Cash Carry, Southall
- V B & Sons
- Saj Noray, Cofresh Snack Foods Ltd
- Yonas Tekle, Shana Foods Ltd
- Zaff Khan of J K Foods Ltd
- Meena K Pathak OBE & Kirit K Pathak OBE
- Sir Gulam Noon MBE
- Terry Butcher, Westmill Foods
Currently busy deliberating the winners, this year's high-profile judging panel comprise of celebrity chefs Ainsley Harriott and Anjum Anand; David Moore, of BBC's The Restaurant; Simon Numphud, Head of AA Services; Tony Matharu, Managing Director of Grange Hotels; Humayun Hussain, Editor of Tandoori Magazine; Kirti Mistry of BNP Paribas Fortis Bank and David Jago of Mintel.
Ready packaged food is a huge market which is ripe for entry in India. It would be nice to see some small local players try to address this market with quality foods.