Govt asks food retail firms to maintain separate books of accounts, inventories

As per norms, a foreign company can open a wholly-owned subsidiary in India to retail food products produced and or manufactured in the country by way of opening stores or online.
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Govt asks food retail firms to maintain separate books of accounts, inventories
Food retail firms who have invested in foreign companies will have to maintain separate books of accounts and inventories in warehouses, the government has clarified.
 
At present, the FDI in the food processing sector by the government is 100 per cent under approval route.
 
As per norms, a foreign company can open a wholly-owned subsidiary in India to retail food products produced and or manufactured in the country by way of opening stores or online.
 
As per the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) "Business of food product retail trading is required to be kept distinct and separate from other businesses, if any, of the investee company by way of maintenance of separate books of accounts and records (including sales records), separate bank accounts, and separate invoicing".
 
 
It also said that inventory of the business of food product retail trading should be kept physically separated and readily distinguishable from inventory for any other business of the investee company in the front end or in the warehouse.
 
"However, this requirement does not preclude usage of the same storage/warehousing facility and associated infrastructure /manpower for different businesses of the investee entity," it added.
 
American e-commerce major Amazon had received approval for Indian government proposing USD 500 million investment in retailing of food products in India.
 
Grofers, an online grocery firm too has received government's nod for retailing food products in India.
 
 
 
 
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