Koelnmesse India YA Trade Fairs organised a Partners Forum in appreciation of the persistent support
received from the leading Food & Bevergae Associations to define a roadmap for the upcoming 15th
edition of Annapoorna – ANUFOOD India and 16th edition of ANUTEC – International FoodTec India, all
set to be the largest gathering of food & beverage industry in India for the year 2022.
Milind Dixit, Managing Director, Koelnmesse India YA Trade Fairs set the tone for evening by sharing
the trade show’s spectacular progress so far, providing a glimpse of concurrent events that promises to
enhance the overall experience of all the stakeholders.
The forum was well attended by the President, Commitee Members from leading Industry associations
-Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), All India Food Processors Association
(AIFPA), Association of Food Scientist & Technologist of India (AFSTI – Mumbai), Chamber for
Advancement of Small and Medium Businesses (CASMB), Indian Flexible Packaging & Folding Carton
Manufacturers Association (IFCA), Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum (HPMF), Western India
Culinary Association (WICA) and Retailers Association of India (RAI) who play a pivotal role in shaping
the future of the industry.
The star studded industry thought leaders forum was filled with great conversations and exchange
of brilliant ideas to address the current prevailing issues related of the food & beverage industry in
India. The forum not only discussed the industry challenges but creative ways to address those issues,
agreeing for multi-level collaboration from all the stakeholders. At Anutec, few of these solutions – food
wastage, nutritional value of food, policy makers’ involvement – will be presented through a series of
seminars, workshops to a broader audience, thus making the conversations more engaging and wider
in scope.
Dr. Subodh Jindal, President, AIFPA expressed his thoughts about the importance of ANUFOOD and
Anutec to the food industry. Dr. Jindal also shared the theme of AIFPA National Seminar on, “Sustainability
of Food Industry – Challenges &Opportunities” scheduled on 15th September 2022 at ANUTEC India. He
further encouraged Koelnmesse India to organise similar events in other regions of the country.
Dr. Prabodh Halde, President, AIFPA (Mumbai Chapter) emphasized on increasing the participation of
the younger generation to such events. According to him, such large gatherings are fertile grounds to
attract and nurture young talent. This can be achieved through multiple initiatives such as collaborating
with colleges, specially curated networking sessions between industry leaders and youngsters, and
many more.
Nitin Nagrale, Founder and General Secretary – HPMF put forward his thoughts on enhancing the brand
value of the event by making it interactive. HPMF will be hosting Buyers Delegation from Maharashtra,
and International delegation from Nepal, Bhutan. Furthermore, the association will host a session on
“Market Penetration Strategy”.
SubhapradaNishtala, President – AFSTI(Mumbai), stressed on greater collaboration of industry and
academia, and exhibiting presence from the government and export promotion councils. AFSTI Mumbai
Chapter will be organizing a seminar on “The New Food Economy” which will throw light on emergingtechnologies such as AI, emerging regulations that are expected to have a profound effect on the food
manufacturing sector.Chinamayee Deulgaonkar, Managing Director, FoodChain ID India insisted on
participation from rural India.
Nilesh Lele, President, CASMB spoke about strengthening government tie-ups, and organising a session
with the Quality Council of India to highlight the quality aspects of food products. He believes trade
shows are a good platform to spread awareness about the schemes extended by MSME to support the
SMEs in doing business globally. He further congratulated ANUTEC for getting approval from MSME
ministry supporting SMEs to participate in the event. Umesh Kamble, General Secretary, CASMB stressed
on the start-up funding activities – Fund Quest being organised by them.
Chandrasekhar Rajagopalan, President, IFCA happily shared the association’s plan to host “IFCA Star
Awards‘‘ concurrent to the show, thus strengthening the relationship between the two entities. The
gala ceremony is scheduled on 15 September 2022. Further, he insisted on involving the industry
thought leaders from the FMCG industry as speakers
Chef Sudhir Pai, Treasurer, WICA appreciated the forum and stated the importance of showcasing local
as well as global trends in the market. WICA will be conducting a Masterclass on Plant Based Cuisines,
European Cuisines, Asian Cuisines.Besides, WICA will be inviting the chefs to explore the wide range of
food products and technology being displayed at the event.
Dr. Hitesh Bhatt, Director – Marketing & Communications, RAI is involved in curating an interactive panel
discussion aimed at the purchase managers from retail food and beverage industry. Dr. Bhatt stressed
upon spreading awareness about the food wastage and food safety.
Balvinder Singh Sawhney, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI briefed on active participation of state
pavilions from Orissa, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa. He expressed his gratitude to the forum and apprised
the delegates on government initiatives for MSME and women empowerment.
The enthusiasm of the dignitaries, quality of deliberation is a solid testament to the significance of both
Annapoorna ANUFOOD India & ANUTEC International FoodTec India in the overall industry landscape.