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EVENTS

T-Food, ColdStoRe to debut alongside Foodpro’s 12th edition in Chennai
Saturday, 02 September, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Prashant Nikale, Mumbai
Two events - T-Food and ColdStoRe - will make their debuts alongside the twelfth essay of Foodpro, which is slated to take place at Chennai Trade Centre between September 7 and 9, 2017. The aforementioned events, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), will be dedicated to the traditional food and cold storage, cold transportation and cold supply chain sectors, respectively.

T-Food 2017
The objective of T-Food (Traditional Food Festival and Expo) is to create awareness about traditional and local foods in India.

It will showcase traditional processed foods prepared in a healthy way and newer methods of cooking traditional foods and provide entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase the developments in the processing of traditional food.

ColdStoRe India 2017
ColdStoRe India 2017 will be an exhibition focused on the cold storage, cold transportation and cold supply chain sectors.

It is aimed at providing manufacturers and users an interactive platform along with opportunities to deliberate on the technology used in, the scope of and the future trends in the cold chain industry.

Giving statistical details about the market, a CII spokesperson said, “India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables. However, only 2.2 per cent  of our fruits and vegetables are processed, leading to lower export and very high wastage.”

“To overcome this bottleneck, the government of India, through the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), is promoting the development of affordable cold storages and cold chains at every food producing hub in the country with value addition infrastructure,” he added.

Foodpro - An Overview

To cater to the needs of the Indian food industry, CII has been organising Foodpro since 1995. The exhibition and conference brings the food processing, packaging and technology industries together.

Foodpro 2017
Spread across an area of over 10,000sq m area, the 2017 essay of the event, which will focus on the prevalent trends in the food processing, packaging, technology, ready-to-eat (RTE) and ready-to-cook (RTC) and food ingredient sectors, will witness the participation of over 250 exhibitors from India and overseas.

The event, which will also feature a host of conferences, training sessions and traditional food demonstrations, will attract over 300 delegates, many of whom will be from countries like China, Indonesia and Sweden.

Over 50,000 trade visitors and over 25,000 business visitors will attend it. Of the latter, over 100 are expected to be from such regions and countries as Africa, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

On display at the stalls will be products encompassing a host of categories including bakery, food ingredients, beverages and millets, and services such as food aggregators.   

There will also be interactive sessions, where visitors can network with the chief executive officers (CEOs) of companies and arrange business-to-business (B2B) meetings.

Conferences
The objective of the conferences is to promote and provide technology-based knowledge among the stakeholders of the agriculture and food processing sectors.

Day One
The opening day of the conference will be divided into three sessions, focusing on the trends in food processing technologies and packaging.

In the first session, the CEOs of various companies will share their thoughts on the future of the food industry, especially among the Indian diaspora.

While the second will be dedicated to the future of the food manufacturing sector, the final session will be about innovative packaging technologies.

Day Two
There will be four sessions on the second day. Cold chain storage will be the topic of discussion.

The first session will focus on technologies in cold storage, the perspective of the industry and capacity development in cold storage.

The second will cover important issues regarding cold storage. These include cold storage infrastructure and post-harvest management.

While the third session will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for cold chain, the fourth will be about cold chain logistics.

Day Three
On the third and final day of the conference, the focus will be on traditional food in India. It will be divided into four sessions.

The first three sessions will focus on cultivation and raw material sourcing, traditional methods of processing and value-added products and food safety regulations in traditional food industry, labelling and packaging for traditional foods, respectively.

The final session will be about marketing and brand promotion and financing for the traditional food industry, both of which are very important topics from a business point of view.

Exhibitor profile
The exhibitors will mostly represent such sectors as food processing technology and machinery, refrigeration and cold chain systems, processed and packaged foods, RTE foods, snack foods, bakery equipment and machinery, technology, ingredients, fragrances and flavours, retailing and vending systems, hotel and kitchen equipment, hospitality products and equipment, packaging machinery and technology, bar coding and inks and materials.

Visitor profile
The visitors will be represent food processing plants, manufacturers of processed and packaged foods, potential investors, progressive farmers, agro and horticulture producers, hotels and restaurants (including fast food chains), dealers and distributors of food products, groceries and kitchen equipment, dairy processors and manufacturers of dairy products, traders, wholesalers of food products, fruits, vegetables, pulses, grains and farm products, commodities, universities, research institutions and colleges, consulates and diplomats, national and international retail chains, agri marketing boards, agro industries corporations and the agriculture department.

New launches

Foodpro 2017 will be the launchpad for over 30 new products. The previous essay saw the launch of 20 new products.
 
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