Mumbai : Informa Markets in India brought back its much-awaited virtual editions of the Food Ingredients India & Health Ingredients (Fi India & Hi) and ProPak India expos today. Collectively in their 2nd editions, the two-day (8th – 9th July 2021) B2B shows are perfectly placed to provide industry players an entire range of products and solutions pertaining to food and health ingredients, processing, technology and packaging. While Fi India & Hi offers the industry an opportunity to source high quality ingredients, ProPak India brings within its domain, packaging solutions for products such as medicines, cosmetics, appliances, industrial systems and machinery, among others.
The virtual inauguration was marked by the presence of Shri. P. Muthumaran – Director – FSSAI; Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India and Mr. Rahul Deshpande, Group Director – Ingredients Portfolio, Informa Markets in India.
The two-day virtual expos are supported by Association of Food Scientists & Technologists (INDIA) (AFST – Mumbai Chapter), Indian Flexible Packaging & Folding Carton Manufacturers Association (IFCA), Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA), SIES School of Packaging, Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Suman Consultants, Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA), Invest India and Chamber for Advancement of Small & Medium Industries.
Speaking at the announcement of the 2nd editions of the Fi India & Hi and ProPak India Virtual Expos, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India, said, “The Indian economy has been bracing the impact of the second wave of the COVID-19 and with the unlocks in phases, businesses and workplaces are currently at a critical point in their journey to recovery. While more consumers are investing in health and wellness products more than ever, there has been an overall shift toward value-based buying. Moreover, with the change in eating patterns, and consumption of nutritious food to keep the immunity intact, we foresee health, nutritional and immunity foods to witness a boom in the coming years. Side by side, Food and Pharma packaging is also gaining more attention with the fight to defeat COVID-19 starting to affect packaging choices. Packaging designs and materials that demonstrably address hygiene and consumer safety concerns are being favoured.”
“The objective to host the Fi India & Hi and Propak India shows in their virtual avatar yet again is to offer an international showcase of food processing and packaging technology and food and health ingredients. This, in turn, will help leverage India’s most comprehensive range and large raw material base for food processing industries. Our endeavour will also help amplify the Government of India’s Atmanirbharta scheme, a splendid vision for agriculture which can provide much-needed food security and safety to the nation in an uncertain world order” he further added.
The virtual expos feature top notch brands such as Hexagon Nutrition Exports Pvt Ltd, Ingredia SA, Sweegen, Azelis, Marine Hydrocolloids, Roquette, Fermenta Biotech, Mintel, Ultra International Limited, Mespack, Rieco Industries Limited and Mitsubishi as the webinar partner. The product categories at the expos comprise Food Ingredients Health Ingredients, Processing machinery & technology and Packaging materials
A two-day power packed conference with renowned speakers, and product showcase and workshops by leading brands is also being hosted. Commencing with the discussion on the ‘Eat Right Movement’ by key-note speaker Shri. P. Muthumaran – Director – FSSAI , other subjects on focus at the conference are : ‘ Technology and automation implications for the food industry’, ‘Boon of plant based solutions’, ‘ Pros and Cons of food fortification’, ‘ Sugar reduction’ , ‘ Advanced packaging solutions to enhance food value with environmental safety’, ‘ Start-up opportunities in pro biotic and non-dairy beverages’, ‘Policy reforms and opportunities in packaging sector’, and ‘ sustainability and food packaging’ to name a few.