/// ALLIANCE AVENUES WITH FOREIGN PARTNERS TO EXPAND THE FOOD MARKET IN INDIA ///
The second day of the India Food Forum 2018 started with a FIFI session dedicated to International Food Conclave, titled Alliance Avenues with Foreign Partners to Expand the Food Market in India.
This session with Trade Commissioners of several countries identified avenues for partnerships in food, beverages and food service industry and looked into how embassies and trade commissions can play a more pro-active role to facilitate such alliances.
The panelists included Adam Branson, Sr. Agriculture attaché, US Consulate; Hector Cueva, Consulate General & Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Ecuador; Ian Wright, Director General, Food and Drink Federation, UK;
Luis Cabello, Peru; Francoise Moreaw Lalanne, Agricultural Counselor, Embassy of France; Parthiban Muthukumarswany, Agricultural Counselor, Embassy of Canada; Puneet Gupta, Managing Director, L-comps. They discussed how emerging major world market, India, offers huge opportunities for manufacturers, producers and providers of products and services from across the globe to sell here or partner with Indian companies to serve the market.
The next FIFI session on ‘Buyers of International Food – F&G and F&B Retailers and Horeca’ had a panel which consisted of Avinash Tripathi, Procurement Head, Godrej Nature’s Basket; Chef Hemant Oberoi , Ex-executive Chef Taj Hotels, Hemant Oberoi Restaurant; Hemal Haria, Owner, Indian Dry Fruit Traders; Jahangir Lawyer, Managing Director, Fortune Gourmet; Shefali Gandhi, Chef and Managing Director, Koi Asian Dining; Kirit Jaisingh, Owner and Managing Director, Magsons Goa; Nitin Nagrale, Foodlink;
Saikat Sarkar, Head of Bakery Business and Brand Entrepreneur, Future Consumer; Sanjey Bajoria, Managing Director, Bajoria Foods.
The panel discussed the challenges in the buying process of international foods and shopping trends, and how to overcome these challenges. Both the sessions were moderated by Amit Lohani, Founder Director, Forum of Indian Food Importers and MD,
Max Foods. The prelunch session on Day 2 concluded with an insightful research presentation by Saloni Nangia, President, Technopak, on ‘Decoding Key Trends Influencing Food Services,’ which featured a snapshot of current trends influencing the Food Service industry, internationally and in India. Her talk took into account the trends across the entire food service ecosystem – consumer, restaurants, kitchens, people, equipment, logistics, marketing and communication, digital presence and investments.
Francoise Moreaw Lalanne