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Healthy and tasty foods take much attraction of consumers

  Food production is mainly focused for immediate consumption, packaging or both. After purchase, meals may be consumed on-site, taken out or delivered. The fast pace of modern life increases the demand for quick-service restaurants. Nevertheless, people are more aware of what they consume and the effect it may potentially have on their health. This awareness creates a great demand for alternative quick-service foods. The push for healthier fast food …

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Foreign fast food chains face mixed competition to achieve economies of scale; investment environment conducive in Pakistan

  Interview with Mr. Rafiq Rangoonwala – President, Pakistan Food Association Profile: Mr Rafiq Rangoonwala is with the quick service restaurants (QSR) industry since 1980 and has managed several brands like KFC, Hardees, Pizza Hut, Burger King, TGI Fridays, Pizza Express etc. in several countries. Presently, he is the President of Pakistan Food Association as well. Burger King was introduced in Pakistan in 2014 and started its operations in Karachi …

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Focus on second and third tier cities will be a more feat for foreign food chains; added govt help still needed

  Interview with Mr. Naim Anwar — President & CEO, Crescent Star Foods Ltd Profile: Mr. Naim Anwar is the President and CEO of Crescent Star Foods Limited, which owns Master Franchise of Texas-based American fast food chain Golden Chick and also Sindh and Balochistan rights of UAE-based chain Bombay Chowpatty. Golden Chick has a large variety of products with Fried, Roasted and Grilled Chicken and it’s Golden Tenders enjoy …

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Fast Food consumption gaining popularity

  Fast food is getting much more popularity worldwide in attracting people from all walks of life and it especially be a major focus for teenagers now. It has made life comfortable as one can easily visit any favorites or nearest fast food restaurants to have hassle free food. The fast food industry generates about $165 billion in revenue annually, based on 2011 market research by IBISWorld. The research also …

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Agriculture a vital factor of economy needs more value-added exploring

  No doubt, agriculture sector is a vital component of Pakistan’s economy as it offers the raw materials to down the line industries and assists inpoverty alleviation. This sector contributed 19.8 percent in GDP and it remains by far the largest employer absorbing 42.3 percent of Pakistan’s total labor force. The agriculture sector growth is contingent on favorable climate conditions. There is a strong relationship between agriculture and climate/temperature, precipitation, …

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SALAM — An innovative agriculture finance option

  For over 6 million Pakistani smallholders with 10 acres of land or less, financing options are very limited and preventing them from building assets over time. Most cannot or will not go to banks because doing so would require using land as collateral, repaying loans in strict monthly installments and paying penalties if payments are late. Moreover, it can be hard to find a bank close to home and, …

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Accelerating growth of the agriculture and agro-based industry through crop technologies need of the hour

  Crop yields can be increased by 50% through the use of new technology, seed varieties Developing competitive agro-industries is crucial for generating employment and income opportunities, as it enhances the quality of farm products. Agro-industries have the potential to provide employment for the rural population not only in farming, but also in off-farm activities such as handling, packaging, processing, transporting and marketing of food and agricultural products. There are …

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Best fruits and seafood produce in Balochistan: An asset to boost export, attract investment

  There is good potential for expanding fruit and seafood production from Balochistan which is naturally rich in number of resources. Fruit crops must be able to tolerate the hot and humid summers; and extremely cold winter weather and luckily Balochistan meets all these extremes of weather but what is missing the proper governance and basic infrastructure to make well use of this food rich province. The development of fruit …

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Anis Associates aiming high to become Pakistan’s first fully integrated halal firm

  Interview with Mr. Nasib Ahmed Saifi – CEO, Anis Associates PAGE: Tell me something about your organization: NASIB AHMED SAIFI: Anis Associates (Pvt) Ltd started functions in 2002 and is located in 4 K-M Raiwind Manga Road, Distt. Kasur, Pakistan, with an aim to become Pakistan’s first fully integrated Halal Meat Company. Anis Associates (Pvt) Ltd is a leading and innovative supplier of top quality red Halal meat products …

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Food adulteration — A major threat to health and life

  Pakistan needs to take food safety measures very much seriously The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “One who gives us adulterated goods is not from us.” He repeated this sentence thrice then said, “And Allah will remove barakat from the livelihood of the Muslim brothers. (Allah) will destroy his economy and leave him upon his own condition.” Health is national wealth and food is the fundamental necessity …

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