The fifth edition of Sial India, an international exhibition for food and beverages, collocated with the fourth edition of Vinexpo India, an event on wine and spirits, was hosted at Yashobhoomi, India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC), Dwarka, New Delhi from 7-9 December 2023.
Janusz Wojciechowski, the agriculture commissioner of the European Union, inaugurated the event in the presence of Anita Praveen, secretary, Union ministry of food processing industries, and Abhishek Dev, chairman, APEDA (Agricultural & Processed Food Products Development Authority) and ambassadors from participating countries.
The event was powered by the ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) and supported by APEDA and the Forum of Indian Food Importers (FIFI).
Sial India received a good response from the industry with the participation of over 20 country ambassadors (France, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Turkey), 300 national and international exhibitors, and sponsors. The exhibition provided new products, technology, and product innovation from countries such as Austria, the European Union, France, Greece, Italy, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkiye, Thailand, and the US.
Nicola Trentesaux, director of Sial Group, said, “Sial India is no doubt the place to be to understand the Indian food market and assess the amazing opportunities ahead of us. Not only is India now the biggest market in the world with over 1.4 billion inhabitants, but the middle class’ appetite for new and innovative products is amazing. SIAL India is being held in a new venue offering international standards. All the main Indian importers and distributors are attending the show to identify new sourcing opportunities. We are pleased to host an amazing European delegation led by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Food.”
Wine lovers had a taste of products from Portugal, Chile, the USA, Canada, France, and India. Fratelli showcased its gold medal winner, Sette, at the Mundus Vini International Wine Competition 2023. Keynote speaker Alessio Secci, director, Fratelli, took the attendees through the journey of the Indian wine industry with shades of Tuscany incorporated in his address. There were other beverages such as whisky, sake, fruit wines, and mead (honey wine) for diversified palates. The Meghalaya pavilion was exceptionally bustling with tasters, with the company declaring its aspiration to become the fruit wine capital of India.
The varieties in the Meghalaya pavilion were aimed to suit every taste palette such as dry wine, sweet wine, and strong and light wines. Fruit wines from Meghalaya-based manufacturers follow the concept of farm-to-bottle and the fascinating meads from Cerana and Arka. Wines from Good Drop Cellars near Nashik were an indicator of how Indian wines had evolved beautifully just in the past couple of years. Z’Noon red wine from Fratelli showcases the premiumization of Indian wines.
The next edition of Vinexpo India takes place on 19-21 September 2024 in Mumbai.