The Images Group has launched ‘Progressive Grocer’, the Indian edition of international food and grocery speciality magazine. The magazine comes out via a licensing arrangement with The Nielsen Company. The inaugural issue of Progressive Grocer India was released by Minister of Food Processing Industries, Subodh Kant Sahai, at the India Retail Forum 2007.
Priced at Rs 100, each issue of this monthly B2B magazine will address every component of India’s fledgling modern food and grocery retailing industry – from product sourcing and development to logistics and SKU management and consumer shopping trends, retail display and merchandising technology. ‘Progressive Grocer’ has been the voice of the food retail industry for over 80 years.
Amitabh Taneja, Editor-in-Chief, Images Group, said, “Effecting the entry of ‘Progressive Grocer’ in India marks a new high for the Images Group. We are proud to partner with The Nielsen Company, the world’s leading provider of marketing information, audience measurement, and business media products and services, to bring the magazine to India. This arrangement will enhance our aim to support and direct organised retailing in India, and will empower manufacturers, suppliers and retailers across all categories of food and grocery merchandise to develop higher efficiency and effectiveness.”
Announcing the launch in India, Stephen Dowdell, Editor-in-Chief, ‘Progressive Grocer’, said, “We are extremely happy to enter the exciting Indian marketplace with this speciality publication. Looking at the explosion in supermarket formats in particular and organised food retailing in general in India, ‘Progressive Grocer’ will be a critical B2B interface to build linkages between the farming community, suppliers, retail support firms, FMCG manufacturers and retailers. We will be leveraging the rich publishing experience and retailing knowledge of the Images Group to take ‘Progressive Grocer’ to touch every component of food and grocery retail in India.”
Others present at launch were BS Nagesh, MD, Shopper's Stop Ltd; Ashutosh Chakredeo, Business Head, F&F, Hypercity Retail; V Vaidyanathan, ED, ICICI Bank; Raman Ahuja, GM, Marketing & Strategy, FieldFresh Foods, Bharti Enterprises; Louise Spillard, Director of International, IGD, UK; Sanjay Bhatia, MD, Rexam HTW Beverage Can India & President, PHDCCI; Ravi Naware, CEO, ITC Foods Division; Krishan Kalra, SG, PHDCCI; Mohan Pusalkar, ED & President (Corporate Projects), Godrej; Arvind Chaudhary, CEO - Food Business, Future Group; and Samir Kuckreja, MD, Nirula’s along with R Rajmohan, President & Publisher, Images Group.