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- To give a boost to the export of Indian wine, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), facilitated participation of ten exporters in London Wine Fair, 2022.
- The London Wine Fair is regarded as one of the world’s most important wine trade events.
A brief overview of India’s alcoholic beverage sector
- India is the third-largest market for alcoholic beverages in the world.
- There are 12 joint venture companies having a licensed capacity of 33,919 kilo-litres per annum for the production of grain-based alcoholic beverages. Around 56 units are manufacturing beer under license from the government of India.
- India has exported 2.47 lakh metric tonne of alcoholic products to the world for the worth of USD 322.12 million during 2020-21.
- The major export destinations of Indian alcoholic products in 2020-21 were United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Singapore, Congo, and Cameroon, etc.
- Maharashtra has become an important state for wine manufacturing as there are more than 35 wineries in the state. To promote wine manufacturing, the state government has declared the wine-making business a small-scale industry and has also offered excise concessions.
- The demand of India’s alcoholic beverages products like beer made from malt, wine, white wine, brandy, whiskies, rum, gin, etc. has increased manifold in the global market.
- Agriculture and processed food production export Development Authority (APEDA) is an apex body that promotes export trade of agricultural products in India.
- Set-up by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, APEDA was formed under the act passed by parliament in 1985.
- The products specified under the APEDA ACT are called schedule products and exporters of such scheduled products are required register under APEDA.
Functions of APEDA Authorities
Authorities are assigned with functions such as:
- Promotion of export-oriented production and development of the Scheduled products
- Setting the standards and specifications for the scheduled products
- Registration of exporters of the scheduled products on payment of required fees
- Improving packaging and marketing of the Scheduled products
- Carrying out an inspection of products for the purpose of ensuring the quality of such products
- Training in various aspects of the industries connected with the scheduled products
- Development of industries relating to the scheduled products and undertaking surveys, feasibility studies etc
- Collection of statistics from the owners of factories or establishments and publication of such statistics
Products under APEDA
- APEDA is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the following scheduled products:
- Fruits, vegetables and their products
- Meat and meat products
- Poultry and poultry products
- Dairy products
- Confectionery biscuits and Bakery products
- Honey, jaggery and sugar products
- Cocoa and its products, Chocolates of all kinds.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Cereal and cereal products
- Groundnuts peanuts and walnuts
- Pickles, papads and chutney
- Guar gum
- Floriculture and its products
- Herbal and Medicinal plants
- The above product categories are almost covered 50% of all Agriculture products exported from India.
- APEDA has also been entrusted with the responsibility to monitor import of sugar.