Yogesh Mudras, managing director, Informa Markets, said, "The Indian food and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key industries driving the growth of the food and beverage sector. We see a lot of latent potential as well as dynamic trends that are critical for industry professionals to have a pulse on.”
“Driven by the insatiable consumption of its 1.3-billion strong population, the hospitality food sector continues to grow and will further see a rise in investment to the tune of USD 0.5-0.6 billion annually during 2019-2023, and a total investment of up to USD 2.8 billion by 2023,” Mudras added.
According to Mudras, the Indian food and grocery market is the world's sixth-largest, with retail contributing 70 per cent of its sales. Besides the domestic market, India also offers tremendous business opportunities for international brands to flourish in its fertile markets.
“With a slew of meaningful engagements, we are looking forward to three days of intense growth opportunities to take the industry to the next level. With our former organisation UBM officially combining with Informa Markets, the enhanced organisation will enable the growth of the economy by dynamically fostering trade alliances, business, research, and futuristic innovation in the global, regional and local arena," he added.
The Indian food industry is expected to touch USD 482 bn by the financial year 2020. India has a great scope for worldwide trade in agricultural and processed food products. On the other hand, the Indian tourism and hospitality sector is also among the top 10 sectors in India to draw the highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
“The initiative behind FHIn18 is to provide a platform for India’s food, hospitality and tourism industry to establish business opportunities for international brands,” Mudras explained.
The key exhibitors at the three-day exhibition include Ace Technologies, Anoushka Gourmet, Auto Controls, AV&T Hospitalty Solutions, Avon Appliances, Bisleri International, BS International, Bhalaria Metal Craft, Emmerich Impex, Evolis Card Printer, FNS International, Levia Technologies, Elan Professional Appliances, Blue Star, Tecfrigo SPA, Greendot Health Foods (Cornitos), etc.
Food and Hotel India (FHIn) - At a glance
The FHIn 2019 will have interactive sessions, which include Hospitality Strategy Summit for industry knowledge exchange; India International Culinary Classic, where culinary talents across India display their food mastery; India Barista Championship – a platform for coffee professionals and enthusiasts to share their knowledge; Prowein Education Campaign India – discussing the liquor business; Raw to Refresh, a workshop converting food products into gourmet dishes; Journey to Entrepreneur –Interactive session held by a premium start up investors; Food Styling – workshop for chefs across the hotels and restaurants.
The event is focused to give new insights about the importance of food decoration and the increasing awareness and scope to attract F&B professionals as well as features including Master Class on Kitchen Design and Planning, Purchase Managers Forum, Hospitality Tech Conclave and a Hospitality Leaders Roundtable.
FHIn 2019 is being supported by a number of associations such as Hospitality Purchase Managers Forum, Poona Hoteliers Association, i Professional Housekeepers Association, Forum of Indian Food Importers, Western India Culinary Association, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), and Association of Hospitality Professionals.
FHIn 2019 belongs to a premier and influential category of over 20 market-leading food and hospitality shows across 12 countries. These include Food and Hotel Asia Singapore, HOFEX and Hotelex, among others.