Day one of ProPak celebrates the clout of packaging and food processing

The 17th edition of Food Ingredients (Fi India) along with the co-located fifth edition of ProPak India by Informa Markets in India commenced at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai on 17 August 2023.

17 Aug 2023 | By Aditya Ghosalkar

Industry stalwarts of the packaging and food industry unite at the conclave

Yogesh Mudras, the managing director, Informa Markets in India welcomed important VIPs and delegates at the inauguration of Fi India and ProPak show which is back in Mumbai.

Muras added, “The Fi India and ProPak India set the stage to boost the growth of these sectors. With agricultural and processed food exports soaring to a record-breaking USD 26.3 billion in 2022-23 as compared to FY22, the potential of these sectors is undeniable.” Later, he added, “As the first day unfolded, we were thrilled by the overwhelming response to both events. The impact on the economy is of paramount significance, as India establishes itself as a leading global food producer and exporter.”

Mudras highlighted new initiatives like the FI Awards (hundred companies, 11 categories, winners to be announced on 11 August) as well as a dedicated Sustainability Square which is a specialised zone within the venue that highlights the importance of sustainability in packaging. This designated space served as a central hub for exhibitors, engaging presentations, and interactive activities focused on promoting sustainable packaging practices and innovative solutions.


Yogesh Mudras, managing director of Informa Markets

Other than that, the WhatPackaging? team noticed a busy show with more than 230 leading exhibitors and more than 1,000 brands in Fi India, while ProPak India saw the participation of 85 exhibitors and over 300 well-known brands.

The inauguration ceremony of these co-located B2B platforms was graced by the presence of esteemed dignitaries including Keith Kan, consul and senior trade commissioner, consulate general of Canada, Prabodh Halde, West Zone chairman, All India Food Processors Association, Pawan Agarwal, CEO, Food Future Foundation, Ex-CEO FSSAI, AVPS Chakravarthy, global ambassador WPO, Jitha K.K, joint director, FSSAI, West Region, Mumbai.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Nilesh Amritkar, president designate, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) and managing director, Envirocare Labs said, “AFSTI's engagement with Fi India has fostered vital industry, regulatory, and academic connections. Through this collaboration, we've united experts, regulators, and educators in enriching conferences and initiatives. Sessions, spanning topics from cooking's future to innovative cereal products and plant protein competition, promise valuable insights for AFSTI and its members. Our commitment remains steadfast – ensuring safe, nutritious food for all.”

Emphasising the importance of sustainability in the food and packaging industries, AVPS Chakravarthy, global ambassador of WPO said, “The synergy between the packaging and food industries drives innovation in both realms. Globally, the packaging industry stands at USD 1.1 trillion, with food packaging comprising around USD 350 billion, projected to rise to USD 550 billion. The focus on sustainable packaging is evident at ProPak India, showcasing pioneering solutions is commendable.”

Offering the perspective on a science-driven approach in the food industry Jitha KK, who is the joint director, FSSAI, West Region, Mumbai, said “FSSAI has transitioned from traditional enforcement to a self-compliance approach, prioritising a science-based foundation. As the food industry evolves with innovations in ingredients and packaging, FSSAI plays a critical role in ensuring their safety. Our presence here aims to spread awareness about our science-driven approach, fostering a secure environment for innovative practices. FSSAI is committed to upholding safety, trust, and innovation in the food sector.”

Both the expos witnessed participation from international exhibitors representing countries including the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Belgium, the USA, Poland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand.


Over 300 exhibitors and 1,000 brands marked their presence

The key exhibitors at ProPak includes key companies such as Bry Air Asia, Serac Packaging Solution, Glatt India, Antares Vision India, Galaxy Sivtek, Hilda Automation, Holostik India, Mosca India Packaging, Konica Minolta, Dase Sing Packaging Technology, Enerparc Energy and many more.

Sagar Kurade, managing director, Suman Food Consultants shared, “In the wake of the Covid era, the food industry seeks to reemerge and thrive. Despite the pandemic, India attracted 3000 crores in FDI and exported USD 27 billion in food products in 2021, underscoring the sector's potential. This is our moment to enhance value through the food industry, catering to discerning local consumers and global standards. Innovation, like in plant-based meats and fruit-based vacuum-cooked products, drives this transformation.”

And in a way, this was the message that percolated at ProPak.

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Which is the sustainable packaging product among MSMEs that is most popular?

Bagasse and biodegradable boxes

 

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