In an attempt to supply healthy and nutritious food to the rural India as a part of mid-day meals, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is looking forward to join hands with the multinational food and beverage company, PepsiCo for developing products which can be supplied as a part of mid-day meals.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Union Minister of Food Processing Industries had a meeting with Indra Nooyi, Chairman at PepsiCo to discuss on a variety of topics related with the food processing sector. Badal stressed on the scope of the provision of healthy meals in their tiffins and expressed her concern over the large section of the kids in rural areas who are suffering from iron deficiency.
To deal with such kind of deficiencies, the Union Minister has approached the PepsiCo chairman to “partner with India for further research and development in developing such processed food products that can be supplied as part of the mid-day meals in rural India.”
In addition to this, Badal also suggested Nooyi to work out on a plan so that the brand can reduce the sugar content in the soft drinks so that such products can be made healthier.
The discussion also emphasised the need to launch a variety of products in the market that are not only tasty but healthy and nutritious too. Badal also gave the example of oat-based products that are nowadays being utilised in various healthy and nutritious forms by the food processing sector and are made available at reasonable prices too.
Nooyi in line with Badal’s suggestions assured Badal that PepsiCo will work to come up with healthy and nutritious options. She also said that the firm has already invested in Indian food processing sector and they also have a plan to double this investment in the future.