Food Marketing & Technology-India interviewed Mr Arvind Singh, CEO, Quest Conferences on the 2nd Annual Food Safety and Quality Summit & Awards 2017, which is going to be held during 23-24 November 2017 at Hotel Hilton Garden Inn, Gurgaon India.
Tell us about the event?
It is a one of its kind summit in India that will bring the entire ecosystem of the Food Safety and Food Processing industry together. The sectors included are F&B manufacturers, regulators, analytical services and testing companies, consultants etc. that will join on one global platform to form a network. The vent is impactful to gain insight, share knowledge and discuss the best practices in food quality and safety systems with FSSAI’s instrumentation standards and changes. It also helps in Leveraging and implementing the best practices in Food Safety and Food Quality for commercial success and delivering world class quality and safety assured products to customers.
Your view towards food quality and safety?
I believe, Food Quality and Safety is together one term. It is a successful measure for protecting the consumers against food-borne and health risks. The competitiveness of food is the reliability of the safety and quality of the food, along with the acceptance of the production procedure than on quantity and price.
Indian food processing industry accounts for 32 percent of the country’s total food market, it is ranked 5th in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. Indian food processing industry contributes around 14 percent of manufacturing Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 13 percent of India’s exports and 6 percent of total industrial investment.
The adoption of food safety and quality assurance mechanisms, such as Total Quality Management (TQM), including ISO 9000, ISO 22000, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) is of great benefit to the food processing industry.
Mention the countries participating?
There are 3 countries participating in this conference along with India, namely – Bhutan, Nepal & Bangladesh
What are you expecting from the show this time? How is the preparation going on?
The goal of the forum is underlined by its theme – Farm to Fork. Today as we know that India is raising its food safety & quality bar to the levels of the advanced nation. The aim here is to understand the current trends in order to try to gauge the future outcomes & the steps to be taken. As we know export for any business is a huge boost in profits & overall growth and this conference aims to help the food industry to identify & gear for the same.
As per the event, what new trends do you see?
The biggest trend is the awareness & most importantly the onus taken by the food industry as a whole towards it’s commitment for food safety & quality. The best part we believe is that the spirit is observed in all companies alike i.e. large companies to the growing companies.
As an organizer what is the main expectation from you? How do you cope with the consumer and industry?
The major expectation from any conference would be dissemination of relevant information, creating a platform for peer to peer contact & maintain an appropriate balance of industry experts & solution providers. We at Quest have always believed in delivering all of the above & worked around the same as our success indicators. Thereby adhering to the same thought process all our conferences are closed door B2B conferences. Along with it we see to it that there is uniformity in the level of attendees ensuring the appropriate mix of networking opportunities for speakers, delegates & sponsors alike. Thus ensuring our forums adds value to all.