MoFPI -the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is planning to host a mega food event next year in line with the World Food India (WFI) hosted in 2017. This 2023 event envisages providing a platform for B2B, B2G meetings, sector & state-specific sessions and food processing summits for the food processing and allied industries of India – as reported in fnbnews.

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According to the Ministry, the proposed mega food event is envisioned to be an amalgamation of 2 objectives: investment promotion and R&D, with a focus on millets. The Ministry is expecting to host the event in October 2023 wherein a curtain raiser programme is expected to be held in March 2023 in New Delhi.

“The event aims to bring together various stakeholders in the food value chain around the world on a single platform. This would enable these stakeholders to exchange knowledge, ideas and innovation,” reads the Ministry’s note.

The note added that the mega event aims to host a series of activities including but not limited to, domestic and international road-shows, high impact roundtables with government and corporates, knowledge sessions and so on.

Further, the event aims to have a special focus on millets in the backdrop of the year 2023 being the International Year of Millets (IYOM). Through promotional events like millet festivals, millet expos, millet conferences, the mega food event aims to create awareness about the innumerable health benefits of millets and thus popularise them among general consumers.

Previously, the World Food India 2017, according to the MoFPI, provided a platform to explore the Indian market across the value chain in food processing and food retail.

The Ministry added that World Food India 2017 attracted participation from 61 countries. Germany, Denmark and Japan were partner countries while Italy and the Netherlands were focus countries. Seven International Ministers, 9 Ministerial/ Official delegations, 15 business delegations and 11 International Business Chambers participated in WFI 2017.

“Its aim was to provide opportunities for both investment and trade in the food processing sector for leading Indian and international companies,” reads the MoFPI note.

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