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Gourmet Foods in India

Indians in a few leading cities have started taking to western gourmet foods. The market really opened up four years back when import restrictions got relaxed. Today, cheese (Cheddar and Edam being particular favourites), wine (both new world and French), extra virgin olive oils are available in quite a few places. Availability, awareness and affluence will be the critical factors in driving the business in future. The advent of fine-dine restaurants, global travel and deep engagement of the elite with western countries have helped in the spread of the gourmet foods.

There was an international exhibition on food and wine in Delhi last week. There were more than one hundred and eighty exhibitors from twenty-four countries showcasing their finest wine and other products and I am sure they did very well. This is the right point to enter India. Moet and Chandon is reaping benefits of an early entry and good publicity during its earlier entry.

I made a presentation on the gourmet food retail…