FI India, ProPak India – Mumbai, 17-19 August 2023

Adding impetus to Indian food and packaging industry

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Paras Budhiraja, managing director, Paras Agro at Paras Nutrition stall at Propak 2021. Photo IFB

The 17th edition of the Food Ingredients (Fi India), along with the fifth edition of the collocated ProPak India, are all set to take place to Mumbai at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from 17– 19 August 2023. 

Organized by Informa Markets in India, the expos bring together the food, health, packaging, and processing industries under one umbrella. 

Fi India presents an opportunity to source premium ingredients and the latest innovations in the market to cater to evolving consumer demands and industry requirements. ProPak India unveils a world of processing machinery and packaging solutions with an extensive product range, including packaging materials, machinery, equipment, labelling solutions, automation technologies, and more.

The co-located expos rotate within India’s three promising food hubs — Mumbai, Delhi-NCR region and Bangalore. They provide an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their newest innovations, establish important connections with industry leaders, and gain industry knowledge through knowledge-sharing sessions.

The Fi India expo is expected to draw more than 200 exhibitors and 1,000 brands. The key brands include Brenntag Ingredients India, Synthite Industries, IMCD India, Ingredion India, Azelis (India), Kerry Ingredients India, Biomed ingredients, Rettenmaier India, Spices Board, Mane Kancor Ingredients, Morinaga Nutritional Foods (Asia  Pacific), Palsgaard, Nexira, Exberry by GNT, Norex Flavours, Gujarat Enterprise, Flavaroma Flavours and Fragrances, VKL Seasoning, Hexagon Nutrition, Scope Ingredients, Symega Food Ingredients, Sudeep Nutrition and many more.

While Propak in its fifth year is expected to have 300+ brands from key companies such as Bry Air Asia, Serac Packaging Solution, Glatt India, Antares Vision India, Galaxy Sivtek, Hilda Automation, Holostik India Ltd, Mitsubishi Chemicals India, Mosca India Packaging, Konica Minolta, Dase Sing Packaging Technology, Enerparc Energy Pvt Ltd and many more.

The exhibitions enjoy strong support from industry associations, including the All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA), Association of Food Scientists & Technologists (INDIA) (AFSTi Mumbai Chapter), Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA) and Chamber for Advancement of Small and Medium Businesses (CASMB), Indian Flexible Packaging & Folding Carton Manufacturers Association (IFCA); Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA); SIES School of Packaging; Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), and Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI).

Yogesh Mudras, managing director, Informa Markets in India said, “The food ingredients market in India is thriving, driven by a diverse culinary heritage and increasing consumer demand for high-quality, innovative, natural, and organic ingredients. In parallel, the food packaging industry plays a crucial role in ensuring food safety and hygiene. With rising concerns, there is a growing need for efficient, technologically advanced packaging solutions that preserve product integrity and prevent contamination. The industry is also witnessing a shift towards eco-friendly materials and embracing recycling and waste management practices. Together, these sectors contribute to India’s vibrant food industry, catering to consumers’ evolving preferences and regulatory requirements.”

“We eagerly anticipate the upcoming editions of Fi India and ProPak India, as they hold great promise for industry professionals. These exhibitions provide a unique platform to showcase innovations and gain valuable insights into the dynamic food and packaging industries. The primary goal this year is to harness India’s abundant and diverse raw material base for the food processing industries, the market which is expected to reach $470 billion by 2025. By showcasing the latest innovations, we strive to address the industry’s demand for sustainable packaging solutions. We eagerly anticipate the industry’s support in making this event another resounding success, further advancing the sector’s growth and development,” he said.

This year’s ProPak India expo will not only highlight the latest trends but will also place strong emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly packaging practices. The introduction of the ‘sustainability square’ as a dedicated area within the event demonstrates a clear commitment to addressing the pressing need for sustainable packaging solutions. 

ProPak India will also include conferences, seminars, and technical workshops, along with B2B Meetings between buyers and sellers.

The Fi India expo will highlight food trends including sugar-free, gluten-free, fortified, protein-packed, millet-based, vegan options, Indian flavours, and sea-sourced superfoods. Healthier sugar alternatives like mushrooms and dates, plant-based protein, and fermented foods are popular. 

The focus is on natural ingredients, fibre-rich options, and promoting millets through the International Year of Millets initiative. Some of the features of the expo include – the 1st edition of Fi Awards, a Three-Day insightful Conference, an Innovative Product Showcase Zone, Live demonstrations and a FundQuest.

The event will benefit a wide range of stakeholders, including food and beverage product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. It will also benefit research and development professionals, scientific experts, manufacturing and microbiology consultants, ingredient manufacturers, food safety and quality services experts, as well as training professionals and other related individuals in the industry.

These expos unite the nation’s foremost suppliers of food and beverage ingredients with trailblazing experts in research and development, production, and packaging, delivering an unparalleled showcase of the most diverse and cutting-edge ingredients and services. The expos also play vital roles in industry progress and revenue generation. Attendees can expect unparalleled opportunities for brand promotion, networking, business leads, and market insights.

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