Food Hospitality World opens

Food industry has grown tremendously," said Suresh Shetty after inaugurating Food Hospitality World (FHW) 2013 Mumbai, India's leading hospitality trade show.

"People are travelling abroad extensively and have developed a taste for new cuisines. FDI will also give a tremendous boost to horticulture and food-based products, especially in transport and warehousing," he said, adding, "More events such as FHW should take place in Mumbai."

Anuradha Aggarwal, VP, The Indian Express, Felice Invernizzi, corporate marketing director, Group Commercial department, Fiera Milano and Mel Lanvers-Shah, MD, Hanover Milano Fairs India, were also present.

The 19th edition of FHW is being held at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex from January 10-12. The exhibition focusing on hospitality and food industries will have five country pavilions and see participation of 200 national and 50 international exhibitors.

Neeraj Sheth, MD, Celfrost, said, "Such exhibitions have helped us grow our business."

The other participants include RAK Ceramics, FNS International, Star White Laundry, Aura Essentials, Mittal International, Shanti Metals, Kitchen Solutions, Lavazza, Kamani Oils, Springfit and Oasis Ceramics.

International suppliers include Fungo e Tartufo, Elframo, Salumificio Gandolfi, Dr Schär, Schreyoegg, Kellerei St Pauls, Fuchs J, Frulana, Gruppo Izzo, Casa Vinicola Caldirola, Galantino, La delizia 2000 and Divella.

Markus Walder, manager international trade support, Export Organisation South Tyrol of Chamber of Commerce of Bozen, said, "This is our third business trip to India and first with food products. The potential in India for growth is huge despite it being a difficult market."

Also participating is Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion.

Suraj S Nair, manager and nodal officer, NCHC, said, "We are trying to help SMEs in food industry to extend reach to newer markets by participating in shows such as FHW. We provide SMEs free space to showcase products."

The highly specialised exhibition is also playing host to Great Indian Culinary Challenge (GICC) — a contest of skill, finesse and presentation among the most talented chefs of the region.

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