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FOOD PROCESSING

Making value-added quality important, states Prabhu at 13th Annapoorna
Friday, 28 September, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Khyati Das, Mumbai
Making value-added quality is important, because food is the strategy to bring the world together. This was stated by Suresh Prabhu, minister of commerce and industry, Government of India, via a video conference at the inaugural session of the 13th essay of Annapoorna World of Food India, which commenced in Mumbai recently.

The largest trade fair for the food and beverage industry, it witnessed the participation of 300 exhibitors. The international participants represented 18 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Korea and Poland. With the increase in the numbers of exhibitors and visitors, the event has emerged as one of the most sought-after trade fairs in India.

Annapoorna World of Food India is a paragon of a classic Indian food exhibition, which seems to focus on every taste of Indian cuisine, mastered by top chefs and kitchens. The event reveals the wide range of the food and beverage industry, as it leaves its mark as the most important international sourcing trade fair for food and beverage trade and the catering and retail markets.

Annapoorna is an event that gathers key segments of the food and beverage industry in one place. These include fresh and natural products, raw materials, beef, pork, halal, poultry and special meats, fresh products for convenience and delicatessen, fish and seafood, fruit and vegetables, organic food in general, natural, minimally-processed or processed chocolate, confectionery, biscuits and snacks, cooking, technology, equipment and services for the foodservice, catering and hotel sectors, gourmet, delicatessen and general provisions, bread, baked goods, cakes and pastry.

The topic of the first seminar was investment opportunities in food processing sector and value chain. Organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the speakers included S Satyanand, commissioner, horticulture, Madhya Pradesh, and L N Gupta, additional chief secretary, department of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSME), Government of Odisha.

Gupta mentioned the food surplus scenario in Odisha. He said that the state was considered to be the largest shrimp producer in India, adding that they had a vision to cross the Rs 10,000 crore-mark by 2021 as far as the seafood industry in India was concerned.

He also spoke about the two mega food parks, which are going to be set up in Odisha. One will be located in Deras and will mainly include facilities such as a central processing centre, a cold storage unit, a packaging unit and 15 pre-processing centres. And the other will be set up in Rayagada, along with a joint investment with the Government of India. This would mainly include such facilities as warehousing and cold storage units approved by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI).

Welcoming investors to Madhya Pradesh, Sadanand stated that it was a peaceful state and efforts would be put in to ensure that the investors don’t face any problem.

The second seminar was titled Emerging trends in Indian food processing sector: Opportunities and Challenges. In this seminar, the market players held their opinions on upcoming challenges and drawbacks. The line-up of speakers included Prabodh Halde, head, regulatory affairs, Marico India; Girish Pai, vice-president, Naturals Ice cream, and  Mohammed Ghause, managing director, Zain Natural Agro India Private Limited.

Halde stated the drawbacks that were affecting the sector were taxation (it was recommended that it be reduced to five per cent); seasonality (which caters to the creation of a favourable climate for all sorts of fruits year-round) and skilled labour.

Muthumaran, director western region, FSSAI, stated, “We have the Eat Right Movement and Aaj se Thoda kam to maintain health stability across.”

He added that the industry was expected to cross $1 trillion by 2022.
 
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