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FOOD PROCESSING

Cologne to host Anuga ’17 from October 7; India partner nation of show
Wednesday, 14 June, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The German city of Cologne will host the 2017 essay of Anuga, which is slated to take place between October 7 and 11. India will be the partner country for the event. The ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI) is the nodal body for the country, and will lead a delegation of Indian industry representatives along with the commerce ministry.   

“We are very much looking forward to the collaboration with MoFPI in the scope of Anuga. The trade fair offers the Indian food and beverage sector an excellent projection and development area,” said Katharina C Hamma, chief operating officer, Koelnmesse GmbH, the organisation hosting Anuga at a press meet in New Delhi.

Around 7,200 exhibitors from 100 countries along with 1,60,000 visitors are expected to take part in the event this year. The Indian companies will showcase such products as tea, spices, rice, cereals, pulses and ready-to-eat products.

She said the number of Indian participants at the 2005 essay of the event was 45, and added that it tripled to 135 in 2015. Many individual exhibitors also participated in Anuga 2015. Besides the ministries of commerce and food processing industries, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and the Indian Oilseeds and Produce Export Promotion Council are also participating.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, minister of food processing industries, said, “Due to the policy transformation in the last three years, the focus on infrastructure like cold chain and mega parks has increased, and this, with schemes like Kisaan Sampada and the setting up of a corpus of Rs 2,000 crore for setting up units, has been a boon for the sector.”

“Further, the government has relaxed norms for the foreign direct investment (FDI) in the food retail, which has generated a huge interest amongst the investors across the globe. The government is eyeing doubling the food processing in the country from the present level of 10 per cent,” she added.

She also invited the organisers of Anuga to participate in the World Food Summit, the largest India food trade fair, which is scheduled to take place in New Delhi between November 3 and 5.
 
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