Fi India & Hi and ProPak India expos to set foot in Southern India

To present food ingredients industry worth Rs 158 crore and food packaging in Bengaluru

The co-located show is expected to draw 250 exhibitors, 1000+ brands, 35+ speakers, and 7000+ visitors. Photo: ProPak India
The co-located show is expected to draw 250 exhibitors, 1000+ brands, 35+ speakers, and 7000+ visitors. Photo: ProPak India

Food Ingredients India and Health Ingredients (Fi India & Hi), and ProPak India by Informa Markets are set to foray into the South India market in their 16th and 4th editions, respectively. The co-located B2B platforms for the food, health, packaging, and processing industries will be held from 21 to 23 September 2022 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre in Bengaluru.

The unique shows provide industry players with an entire array of products and solutions pertaining to food ingredients, processing, technology, and packaging under one umbrella. Rising awareness about a healthy lifestyle is a major factor driving the food and health ingredients industry. 

India’s food ingredient industry has huge potential owing to its popularity, with a present size of approximately Rs 158 crore. This is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.7% during 2022-2029. 

While Fi India & Hi offers the industry an opportunity to source high-quality ingredients, ProPak India brings, within its ambit, packaging solutions related to food products ranging from medicines, cosmetics, appliances, industrial systems, and machinery, among others.

Fi India &Hi and ProPak India is the perfect platform for exhibitors to demonstrate their latest developments and have content-driven sessions on entire market dynamics. The co-located show is expected to draw 250 exhibitors, 1000+ brands, 35+ speakers, and 7000+ visitors. 

With a legacy of 16 years, the expos in this edition will bring in features such as an innovative product showcase, conference and knowledge-sharing sessions, live demonstrations, and fund quests.  The expos are supported by industry associations such as the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (INDIA) (AFSTi  Head Office -Mysore and AFSTi Bangalore Chapter), the All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA), the Indian Flexible Packaging and Folding Carton Manufacturers Association (IFCA), Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), Chamber for Advancement of Small and Medium Businesses (CASMB), SIES School of Packaging; Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) and International partners such as Mintel. 

On Fi India and Propak India’s venture in the southern market, Yogesh Mudras, managing director, Informa Markets in India said, “While the Indian food and grocery market is the world’s sixth-largest, with retail contributing 70% of the sales, the Indian food processing industry accounts for 32% of the country’s total food market, and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. Within this framework, Karnataka, which is known as the ‘Coffee Capital of India’, has a well-established infrastructure of food parks and cold chains with a strong food and beverage processing industry ecosystem. The objective for this year’s Fi India and ProPak India expos in a new market is to offer a comprehensive showcase of ingredients and packaging and help leverage India’s wide-ranging and large raw material base for food processing industries. We look forward to the industry’s support to make this yet another success.”

The expos will showcase food flavors, colors, enzymes, additives /natural ingredients, soya products, herbs, spices and seasonings, starches and gaur gums, food fragrances, nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, plant extracts, proteins (fish, meat, poultry, milk, and plants), sweeteners, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics, encapsulated ingredients, vitamins and minerals, processing, and packaging machinery and equipment, to name a few. 

They will benefit manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of food and beverage products, research and development and scientific professionals, consultants in manufacturing and microbiology, manufacturers of ingredients, food Safety and quality services experts, training experts, and more.

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