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India Food Forum 2015, the premier knowledge and networking platform of Indian food retail and foodservice sectors, opened today to host a star-studded gathering of some of India’s most progressive retail majors, food, FMCG and food technology and support organisations.

Organised by IMAGES Group, the 8th edition of India Food Forum is being held between January 14th to 16th at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. With a line up of high-profile Indian and foreign speakers from leading food retail, foodservice, hospitality and market analysis organisations, and exhbitors from over 60 food and FMCG companies, the three-day event is among India’s most respected knowledge platforms to drive food retail and foodservice businesses.

India Food Forum 2015, in association with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt of India and several pioneers in the food sector, is an in-valuable food retail and foodservice knowledge  platform and the only one of its kind where the entire community of Food & Grocery Retailers and Food Service Operators converge in India. Offering unique opportunities for networking and business ideas, and exploring growth opportunities in the dynamic world of food retail, the event, now in its 8th edition, is recognized as one of the most acknowledged knowledge platforms across the globe.

The Indian food industry is poised for huge growth, increasing its contribution in world food trade every year. In India, food has become a high-opportunity industry by reason of the scope it offers for value addition, particularly with getting recognised as a high-priority area in this liberalised era.

Hundreds of industry stalwarts from the food industry are set to assemble at the 8th India Food Forum with a mission to accelerate modern food retailing by creating ideas, knowledge network and opportunities for profitable growth. With an agenda set before it, INDIA FOOD FORUM during three days of continuous knowledge sharing and exchange of ideas among industry stalwarts, will seek to highlight unique concepts and business modules which would help to take the food business to new heights and put India among the shining lights of the world community.

As an in-valuable food retail platform for networking, influencing business ideas, and exploring growth opportunities in the dynamic world of retail, now into its 8th edition, the event is recognised as one of the most acknowledged Forums across the globe. Among the international participants will be companies from British Columbia, Dubai, Ecuador, Colombia, USA, Canada, Spain and UK.

In quintessence, the theme for this year’s edition is to harness the future of food retail through ground-breaking concepts, powered by knowledge and insights into consumption drivers, technology innovations and best-practices sharing, for profitably growing the food businesses to reach their true potential of serving a billion-plus consumer market.

With the Indian food industry poised for huge growth and increasing its contribution in world food trade every year, FGFI offers, immense scope for value addition, particularly with the food processing industry getting recognized as a high-priority area in this liberalized era.

Hundreds of industry stalwarts from the food industry are set to assemble at the 8th Food & Grocery Forum with a mission to accelerate modern food retailing by creating ideas, knowledge network and opportunities for profitable growth. With an agenda set before it, INDIA FOOD FORUM during three days of continuous knowledge sharing and exchange of ideas among industry stalwarts, will seek to highlight unique concepts and business modules which would help to take the food business to new heights and put India among the shining lights of the world community. FGFI provides a platform where innovation breaks barriers, wherein proven concepts are adapted seamlessly and technology facilitates an augmented access into consumer’s minds and hearts and new concepts and formats enhance the gourmet experience. 

Through an innovative format of Conference, Exhibition and Awards, India Food Forum enables global best practice exchange as also delivers knowledge and thought leadership to Modern Retail.

, Chairman & Managing Director, IMAGES Group and Chief Convenor, FGFI said, “India Food Forum is an industry platform made possible with the support and patronage of the entire food & grocery retail fraternity. The hallmark of the event is its being able to provide the right mix of knowledge and trade for the exhibitors. It’s the only opportunity for modern retail, progressive grocers, food service operators from across India to identify new trends, discuss new ideas, witness latest innovations, view a wide range of products specific to the industry to together drive consumption and stay relevant for future.”

Some not-to-be missed KEY sessions at India Food Forum 2015:
 

  • Inaugural Session & Keynote Addresses: THE FOOD RETAIL LEAP 2020: How the food retail industry will evolve in the next decade and the factors driving this evolution
  • FSSAI SESSION: FOOD REGULATORY GUIDELINES – Changes, Challenges and way ahead
  • DUBAI: THE CENTER OF GLOBAL FOOD TRADE: An interesting presentation show casing the various avenues of association with Dubai Exports and how the Indian food industry can partner, benefit and grow.
  • THE ‘PICASSO’ OF MODERN FOOD ART: REVOLUTIONIZING THE INDIAN QSR & DINING: The new taste, textures, aromas of the food service business in India
  • MASTERCLASS: THE FOOD ‘AUTOBAHN’: TAKING THE EXPRESSWAY TO SPECTACULAR GROWTH OF YOUR FOOD SERVICE BUSINESS – A – step – by step doctrine on food service expansion strategy, and the means and modes to grow intelligently and successfully
  • THE NEW SILK ROUTE OF EXQUISITE TASTE – Flavours from the wonderlands of Australia adding the exotic taste to Indian palette
  • ‘ACHCHE DIN’ FOR FOOD BUSINESS – THE WINNING CHANNELS OF THE NEXT 5 YEARS : Resetting the rules of retailing – Inspiring the shoppers in the new era
  • KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL – The secrets of having a great nerve centre of a successful food service & hospitality business
  • THE SECRETS OF CREATING INDIA’s SECOND LARGEST FMCG BRAND &$ 3.2 BILLION COMPANY – an exclusive tête-à-tête with RS Sodhi, MD, AMUL with Sadashiv Nayak , CEO, Future Retail
  • LONDON,PARIS,NEW YORK – Making the ride smoother for International food headed to India (FIFI)

The Forum will also see the most coveted GOLDEN SPOON AWARDS which are admired for their credible, transparent evaluation and recognition of retail performance but also loved for the style with which these successes are celebrated. The Awards are the premier benchmark for food retailing excellence in India

Key industry stalwarts sharing their vision would include:
This year,  the action packed forum will have key industry stalwarts and top policy makers unveiling  brilliant strategies to shape the future of food consumption in India. Among the speakers present will be JP Meena, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt of India, Craig Wimsatt (CEO, ),  Rakesh Biyani (Jt MD, Future Retail), Dev Amritesh (President & COO, Dunkin Donuts), Devendra Chawla (CEO, Food Bazaar), (Director Marketing, Carlsberg India), (MD, Godrej Natures Basket), Mahesh Kambli (VP, Operations, Kamat Hotels), Rahul Deans (President, Cocoberry), (GM, Taco Bell & Pizza Hut, ), Karan Mehrotra (CEO, Localbanya.com), Ashwani Sharma (Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart), Mainak Dhar (MD, ), RS Sodhi (MD, Amul), (CEO, Baskin Robbins) and many more.