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Indian govt to set standards for wine industry

By the next fiscal, importers will find it difficult to dump poor quality wine in Indian market, as the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India is planning to create standards for wine industry based on global best practices, according to a Business Line report.

Wine-State-laws-in-IndiaThe standards will help the Indian wine industry create ‘Indian brands’ and reach new markets in Europe, Asia and North America.

Standards will codify grape varieties, alcohol content, fermentation processes, hygiene standards and viticulture practices for the wineries.

The wine standards would be notified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), while the actual groundwork would be done by MoFPI, Indian Grape Processing Board and National Research Centre for Grapes.

U Venkateswarlu, Joint Secretary, MoFPI told Business Line that Indian wineries find it difficult to sell their products in overseas market because they have not been able to produce wines to the global standards.

On the other hand, importers unload poor quality in Indian market because the Government has not set any quality parameters for these wines. The new standards will address this incongruity in the market, he said.

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