India gears up to welcome Global Food Titans at World Food India 2017


L-R : Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Cabinet minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Sh. Jagdish Prasad Meena, Secretary, and Pawan Kumar Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI.
L-R : Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Cabinet minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Sh. Jagdish Prasad Meena, Secretary, and Pawan Kumar Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI.

It’s finally time to raise the curtain on the most anticipated international mega food event, as India welcomes to host biggest ever congregation of global investors and business leaders of major food companies from 3-5 November in New Delhi. Organized by Ministry of Food Processing Industries, World Food India aims to transform Food Economy and realize the vision of doubling of famers’ income by establishing India as a preferred investment destination and sourcing hub for the global food processing industry.

 As global and Indian food companies prepare to explore business opportunities in India at World Food India 2017, MoFPI and FSSAI, the apex Regulatory body for Food Safety in India will launch an incredibly powerful new tool called ‘the Food Regulatory Portal.’ Planned as a single interface for food businesses to cater to both domestic operations and food imports, this portal would be a game changer for effective and transparent implementation of the food safety laws in the country. Aiming to create an enabling environment for businesses to operate, the portal is strategically aligned with Government’s mission of One Nation, One Food Law.

 The mega convention is scheduled to be inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 3rd November.  Maris Kucinskis, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Latvia & Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia will also be addressing the Inaugural Session. Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, has kindly consented to address the Valedictory Session on 5th November.

World Food India 2017 will provide global businesses a platform to explore Indian market across the value chain in food processing and food retail, to bring together global & Indian leaders across the food value chain and Showcase the strengths of India in the Food processing & allied sectors; Connect domestic and international businesses for possible partnerships and Facilitate collaboration, investment flow and encourage sourcing from India.

Exclusive CEOs roundtables have been scheduled with Hon’ble Prime Minster of India, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley and Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry Shri Suresh Prabhu with CEOs of leading global & Indian food processing companies. Illustrative list of Industry Captains participating in WFI from across the globe and India includes  Mr Paul Bulcke , Chairman of the Board of Directors,Nestle; Mr Pieter Boone, Chief Operating Officer & CEO;Metro Cash and Carry; Mr Brian J McNamara, CEO, GSK Consumer Healthcare;Ms. Amanda Sourry, President, Food Unilever; Mr.SharafuddinSharaf, Al – Sharaf Group; Mr.Yusuff Ali, Managing Director, LuLu Group; Mr Kishore Biyani, CEO, Future Group; Mr KrishIyer, CEO, Walmart India; Mr AmitAgrawal, CEO, Amazon, India to name a few. A total of 60 Global CEOs including Asia Pacific (APAC) leadership of leading companies will be interacting with leading CEOs from 100+ top Indian food processing leaders. Over 1500 m B2B meetings are expected to take place over three days.

As is evident, World Food India 2017 has received tremendous response globally, attracting participation from more than 40 countries, 27 state governments including all the North-Eastern states. Germany, Denmark, and Japan are the partner countries for the event while Italy and Netherlands are the focus countries.

Speaking about the event, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries said’ “We have a vision of transforming Indian food economy and doubling farmer’s income by bringing latest technologies evolution and best practices into the system. We are working towards easing the process of doing business for Global and Domestic industry players as well as bringing in new talent to achieve India’s greatest potential in the coming years. Food Regulatory portal is a step forward in that direction and I congratulate FSSAI for implementing it.  India is ready with open arms to welcome global food companies. I look forward to welcoming our esteemed guests from all over the World for this historic and highly anticipated event.”

International Ministerial & business delegations with 200+ members from 15 countries will take part in B2B/B2G meetings. The mega event would also host 8 sectoral conferences, 2 plenarysessions on “India the preferred destination” with the Finance Minister of India as the Guest of Honour and one on “One Nation, one food law- an enabling regulatory environment for investment in the food sector” in association with the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India. In addition, there are 20 State sessions and 6 country sessions. 7 sectoral publications would be released at the event.

During the event, an Investor Facilitation Portal “Nivesh Bandhu” will be launched to assist investors make informed investment decisions. The portal provides information on Central and State Governments’ investor friendly policies, agro-producing clusters, infrastructure, and potential areas of investment in the food processing sector. The Portal has a B2B platform that allows farmers, producers, traders and processors to connect with each other, thereby ensuring better price and assured supply.

A massive exhibition spread over 40,000 sq mtrs in the verdant C- Hexagon lawns of India Gate is expected to attract significant footfalls. More than 800 global companies representing 22 Countries& domestic companies will be exhibiting. Special focus on Farmer Producer Organizations& Women Entrepreneurs will connect them to corporates – international & Indian- increasing opportunities for sourcing & business.

Ministry of Food Processing Industries’Theme Pavilion provides an exciting view of India’s offering to the world in terms of products, a geo mapping of produce availability and mega food parks, through multiple technologies like Virtual & Augmented reality.

A special feature of the Event is the “Food Street” – a lively vibrant zone, that will showcase Indian and foreign cuisines using Indian ingredients, flavours and fragrances, specially curated by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The Food Street is a unique concept that would act as a platform for guests to learn about the globalisation of Indian food through interactive chef talks and demonstrations, experience the traditional flavours as well as modern fusion food and give the attendees a wholesome experience about the diverse uniqueness that Indian food offers.

The event is supported by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Development of North East Region, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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