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Tech innovations, exclusive products, services in sharp focus
Monday, 19 August, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Khyati Das, Mumbai
Latest technological innovations and exclusive range of products and services will come into sharp focus at the forthcoming 11th edition of India Foodex 2019, the international exhibition on food products, retailing, processing and packaging machinery and allied industries. The show is slated to be held between August 30 and September 1, 2019, at BIEC, Bangalore.

Commenting on the event that assembles together thousands of food processors, machinery suppliers, importers and exporters, Syed Jafar Naqvi, chief coordinator, India Foodex, said, “This year through India Foodex, we are looking forward to develop the food industry increasingly through innovative efforts - assisting flaws in storage systems, techniques and in supply chain."

He added, “India Foodex series will be promoting innovative efforts within the country as well as from overseas. Covering the entire Indian food Industry, the expo series will be connecting the global leaders to newest technologies available under a single roof.”

Naqvi stated, “Likewise as previous year, the event will bring stakeholders from every stage of food production, starting from seed suppliers to processing & packaging companies to retailers. The distinctive platform will gracefully add one more successful chapter to the development of Indian food industry.” The show is being organised by Media Today Group.

Last year, India Foodex 2018, besides India, attracted participation from 30 countries and was an excellent expo and received tremendous support from all quarters.

Receiving an awe-inspiring response earlier, “concurrently, we are also organising 2nd HRC Expo 2019, 6th Meat Tech Asia 2019, 9th DairyTech India 2019 and 10th GrainTech India 2019 to add more values and to ensure better business for all,” explained Naqvi.

India is the second-largest producer of food and has the potential to be the largest on a global food and agriculture canvas. The food processing industry is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth.

Highlights of the event this year
1. National Protected Cultivation Industry Conclave & Interactive Summit
2. International Conference on Grain Storage, Handling, Milling & Value Addition
3. 3rd Indian AgriBusiness Excellence Awards 2019
4. India Foodex 2019 - 3rd Culinary Challenge
5. Bangalore Hotel Restaurant Catering Congress & Awards

Visitors
Naqvi stated, “Previously, we had 31,000 visitors and nearly 500 exhibitors from all parts of India and other 30+ participating countries. Apparently, we are expecting to exceed the previous record having the presence of many leading brands and top ranking professionals.”

Exhibitors
Naqvi revealed that more than 500 exhibitors are expected at the show.

Trends observed
The expo series, since its inception, has successfully organised valuable B2B business meetings and global exposure to the participants. Continuing the same trend, the exhibition series has become one of the leading expo to encourage the farming community to adopt modern technologies, help understand the process of value addition and establishment of a superior market linkage, thereby, also providing a unique networking platform for the stakeholders and exporters. Over the three days of the expo, potential clients meet with many leading companies from all over the world and assist meaningful discussions and business deals.

Pavilions
1. Turkey in Grain Milling & Food Processing; 2. Indonesia & Malaysia for food products, beverages & Halal promotion agencies; 3. AMMA for Agriculture Machineries; 4. NSIC; 5. Karnataka Udyog Mitra.

Participating countries
Turkey, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Argentina, Jordan, Palestine, Serbia, Thailand, Taiwan and many more.

Challenges

For the growth of the food processing industry, the biggest challenge faced due to dominance of unorganised players, who approximately contribute to 80% of the industry's volume. The main challenges are - Unavailability of a processable quality and quantity of fruit and vegetables; Low productivity of agri products; Poor processing conversion - low technology base and low automation; High operating costs due to small-scale operations.

Potential sectors
India's vast agricultural resources alone create huge potential for investments in its food processing and equipment industry. The food processing industry is one of the largest industries operating in India that holds scope for value-added processing covering fruit and vegetables; spices; meat and poultry; milk and milk products; fisheries; plantation; grain processing; and other consumer product groups like confectionery, chocolates and cocoa products; soya-based products; mineral water; and high protein foods.

Government support
The government's focus towards the food processing industry as a priority sector is expected to ensure policies to support investments, to attract more FDI and to have double digit growth. Mega Food Parks promote processing facilities in a big way. With the right infrastructure, food processing units will be able to provide a large improvement in the domestic consumption.

Government has approved many proposals for joint ventures; foreign collaboration, industrial licences and 100% export oriented units envisaging an investment. Out of this, foreign investment is over Rs 10,000 crore. The food processing sector in India received FDI worth around US$7.54 billion during April 2000-March 2017.

Indian food processing industry has seen significant growth and changes over the past few years, driven by changing trends in markets, consumer segments and regulations. These trends in the future are expected to shape the demand for value-added products in India.

Concurrent events
Adding more value to India Foodex, concurrently, the 10th GrainTech India 2019, 9th DairyTech India 2019, 2nd HRC Expo 2019 and 6th Meat Tech Asia 2019 are also being organised.

10th GrainTech India 2019: The event will comprise Buyer-Seller Meet and parallel workshops to boost and promote participants' business. GrainTech India 2018 event became a common platform for the grain and feed milling and ancillary industry segments. Recognised as the India's largest technology exhibition on flour, rice, pulses, spice, corn, semolina, pasta, biscuit, feed, milling machinery, storage, processing, packaging, ingredient and alied industries, it drew a large number of visitors.

9th DairyTech India 2019: In order to promote and ensure the all-round development of the Indian dairy industry, 9th DairyTech India 2019 is being organised. It is the international exhibition on dairy products, processing & packaging machinery and allied industries. DairyTech India 2018 proved to be the best place to become part of the emerging Indian dairy industry and promote its further commercialisation.

2nd HRC Expo 2019: Owing to the great response received from food and hospitality sector, the 2nd edition of Hotel, Restaurant & Catering Expo (HRC Expo 2019), an international exhibition on hotel, restaurant and catering products, services, bakery equipments and technology is being organised.

6th MeatTech Asia 2019: Keeping in view the scope and demand for Indian meat and meat products worldwide, the 6th MeatTech Asia 2019, a common platform for the entire meat sector, will be organised. It will provide an on-hand opportunity to the producers, meat processing technology suppliers, service industry and other stakeholders to display their strength and interact with each other.
 
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