World food India is shaping up to be one of the premier food exhibitions for the food processing industry in India. An initiative of the Indian government and a project close to the Honorable Indian prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi himself, this year’s edition is set to feature 400+ exhibitors both local and international over 22000 sq meters of prime exhibition space along the sides of Delhi’s historic Rajpath road.
Italy at World Food India
Good produce in the kitchen and good food on the plate could well be called a habit in Italy – a preference, a demand, even a cultural essential. And it is a consequence of the beautiful synthesis created by its biodiversity, its history, its attitudes and its traditions. It is this richness, this uniqueness, this excellence and expertise stemming from generations of exceptional produce and food that Italy wants to share with India.
In a cultural landscape where quality and flavour are paramount, and where good food has become the brand ambassador of an entire nation for the rest of the world and its mainstay for exports, Food Processing in Italy has but naturally evolved into a highly specialised field and in an incomparable excellence in the entire ring of the the food processing chain:
1. Scientific and Technological Research
2. Industrial Districts’ Network
3. System of Cooperatives
4. Food Processing Machinery and Plants
5. Quality Control and Food Safety
6. Organic Production
7. Quality Certifications of the Origin and Authenticity of Products
8. Small-Scale Food Processing Equipment
The second largest producer of farm produce in the world and the third largest economy in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), is a promising place to be in. With a massive food market that is fast-expanding, exciting growth in the retail sector, and attractive economic policies and fiscal incentives, India’s food economy is thriving.
The advantage of India’s food sector
1. India’s food and grocery market is the sixth largest in the world.
2. The annual growth rate of the food processing sector is more than 7%.
3. India’s online food delivery industry grew 150% in 2016.
4. Food retail is the next big opportunity with a share of 70% in the total retail market.
5. India offers the largest diversified production base.
Growing infrastructure support
1. 42 Mega Food Parks are being set up to promote food processing clusters’
2. The government has recently sanctioned 101 new integrated cold chain projects
Advancing technology and equipment
1. New and emerging technology in fruits & vegetables processing, cold storage, reefer containers, IQF processing, pack houses, and packaging
2. Food Testing Labs
A favourable economic and business environment
1. India’s GDP growth in 2016 has been at 7.6%.
2. Large skilled workforce.
3. 100% FDI through automatic route in food processing
4. 100% FDI in retail marketing of food products that are produced and / or manufactured in India, including through e-commerce.
5. Proactive policy support.
6. Single-window clearance
7. A dedicated investors portal has been set up by MoFPI aimed at easing the process for investors: http://mofpi.nic.in/
8. The Government of India has set up Invest India as its official Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency: http://www.investindia.gov.in/
LINKS AND REPORTS
1. From Farm to Table-In a cultural landscape where quality and flavour are paramount, and where good food has become the brand ambassador of an entire nation for the rest of the world and its mainstay for exports, Food Processing in Italy has but naturally evolved into a highly specialized field.
A report on the Agri-Food Chain in Italy – an insight into the Food Processing sector.
3. Tech4Food – A magazine that will carefully and thoroughly tell the story of many Italian companies belonging to this sector. It will begin with the products, which are the real protagonists and business drivers, but without neglecting each businessperson’s know-how, attitudes, strategies, and engagement. Market data, trends, solutions, but above all, stories of men, women and companies will be progressively valued in order to make the great technological and creative quality of Italian food processing known to the world.
4. European Food Safety Authority – EFSA is a European agency funded by the European Union. It was set up in 2002 following a series of food crises in the late 1990s to be a source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. EFSA is responsible for risk assessment (science) , and has a duty to communicate its scientific findings to the public.
5. An article from Foodtech magazine “Italy healthiest country in the world” – referring to the Bloomberg Global health index, it has found Italians to be the healthiest people in the world based on a variety of indicators such as life expectancy, cause of death, access to nutrition and water. This article highlights aspects that make it so, such as the Mediterranean diet.