Fi India & Hi and ProPak India set to launch their virtual editions

Virtual format for B2B shows to overcome lockdown limitations

ProPak 2019

Informa Markets in India is all set to bring in the Food Ingredients India & Health Ingredients (Fi India & Hi), and ProPak India expos in a virtual format this year. Collectively, both the B2B shows are placed to offer an entire range of products and solutions pertaining to food and health ingredients, processing, technology and packaging. While Fi India & Hi offers the industry an opportunity to source high quality ingredients, ProPak India brings within its domain, packaging solutions for products such as medicines, cosmetics, appliances, industrial systems and machinery, among others.

These digital events will be a part of the Informa Markets in India’s ‘Virtual B2B celebration’, an array of digital expos and eConferences in the months of September and  October 2020. According to the organizers, the Virtual B2B Celebrations initiative will help the relevant communities, and businesses overcome the limitations of lockdown, achieve business goals and provide an edge as the economy readies itself to get back on track.

Fi India and Hi and ProPak India Virtual expos supported by Association of Food Scientists & Technologists (INDIA) (AFST – Mumbai Chapter), Indian Flexible Packaging & Folding Carton Manufacturers Association (IFCA), Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA), SIES School of Packaging, Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Suman Consultants, Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA) will bring together brands, consultants, business experts and key Government officials pertaining to the food, health and packaging communities. The virtual inauguration will be marked by the presence of Rita Teotia, chairperson – FSSAI; Yogesh Mudras, managing director, Informa Markets in India and Rahul Deshpande, group director – ingredients portfolio, Informa Markets in India.

Speaking at the announcement of the Fi India & Hi and ProPak India Virtual Expos, Mudras, managing director, Informa Markets in India, said, “The evolving impacts of Covid-19 have rippled through communities, and world over businesses and workplaces are currently at a tipping point in their journey to recover from the pandemic. The pandemic has also led to the demonstration of swift changes in terms of the food preferences of the consumers. Eating patterns, overall appetite towards food consumption, new concerns revolving around hygiene, personal safety and social distancing norms have directly and indirectly impacted the food ingredients industry. With these changes, we foresee health, nutritional and immunity foods to witness a boom in the coming years.”

He added, “While India is blessed with the prefect agro-climate, innovation, technology, standardization and a conducive eco-system is still the need of the hour. In the long run, India will also see plenty of opportunities stemming from the Government of India’s Atmanirbharta Scheme as it will create a conducive environment and inject more muscle power in terms of infrastructure, policies and equity. The objective for Fi India & Hi in its virtual avatar this year is to offer an international showcase of food processing technology and food ingredients and in turn, help leverage India’s wide ranging and large raw material base for food processing industries.”

“The packaging industry, especially in the food sector, has also received attention regarding hygiene and sustainability amidst the pandemic. The 2-day ProPak India Virtual Expo which is co-located with Fi India and Hi is as timely and pertinent to the current situation the world is facing during which the packaging manufacturers are facing supply chain disruption along with decreasing manufacturing at the site in many parts of the world. The expos will ensure continuous engagement through various networking activities and will discuss the ever-evolving challenges and solutions in the food ingredients, processing and packaging industries through conferences,” he further added.

Fi India and Hi

Fi India and Hi, the two-day virtual expo will feature brands such as Ajanta Chemical Industries, Ajanta Food Products Company, Azelis (India), Brenntag Ingredients (India), Cargill India, Gujarat Enterprise, Hexagon Nutrition, Mintel (Consulting) India, Roquette India and Universal Oleoresins. The products at the expo comprise food and health ingredients, spice oils, oleoresins, natural color, plant-based specialty food and nutrition ingredients.

The constantly evolving food industry is positively affecting the food ingredients industry. The market is being accompanied by growing innovations and developments in the functional food ingredients market. Fi India and Hi be will hosting a 2 days conference on the sidelines of the expo with renowned International speakers, and product showcase and workshops by leading brands. The subjects on focus at the conference will be — A healthy hearty breakfast: Innovation through formulation; The plant-based revolution and the opportunity for India; Impact of consumer behavior on nutraceutical industry- Amidst and post pandemic’; Current trends and future prospective in plant-based supplements and extracts; ‘Health and wellness in a post-Covid-19 world’; Blockchain in food industry; New ingredients and their application in food products curated by AFSTI’; Start ups in ingredients; Nutrava Citrus Fiber- A clean label solution; Boon of plant-based solutions – Focus on plant proteins, sugar alternatives and high-quality carbs; Bright, better & new look to your edible products, to name a few.

ProPak India

ProPak Virtual Expo will feature companies such as V-Shapes, Koch Pac-System, Uhlmann India, Mespack India and Emerge Glass. It will comprise products ranging integrated processing of a product, and from feeding to final packaging of the products for food, pharma, personal care, cosmetics, industrial and consumer goods industry.

ProPak too includes a two-day conference that will run parallelly with Fi India and Hi conference. It will highlight topics such as ‘Dehydration Technology & Global Opportunities’; ‘Collaboration & Technology Transfer opportunities under Atmanirbhar Bharat’; ‘Challenges and Opportunities From Corona Pandemic’; ‘ Regulations and sustainable packaging’ to name a few.

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