Cheese, garlic & onion: Packaged food top pick at three-day expo
GREATER NOIDA: Hundreds of innovative food products found a place at the three-day Indus Food exhibition that ended on Friday.
The third edition of the expo, which started on Wednesday, grabbed the attention of buyers and traders from about 80 countries. Dehydrated red onion, garlic, vegetable products, cheese, yoghurt, noodles, non-alcoholic drinks, breakfast cereals, soups, baby food and chips, seemed to be the most popular.
The Trade Promotion Council of India, which organised the expo, appealed to packaged food manufacturers to produce quality products that can be sold to foreign nationals and not just to Indians who stay abroad.
“Dehydrated food items last for a year. There is no need to worry about food inflation,” said Milaap, from Gujarat, who had set up a stall and got a lot of customers from the Gulf countries.
Around 850 exhibitors from different parts of the country showcased their products at the expo.
With an aim to boost export of food and agricultural products that have a lot of demand in foreign countries, for the first time, all types of companies, participated under one roof.
“We are trying to support the ministry of commerce and industries to achieve its target of increasing the export of processed food products from $38 billion to $100 billion. Hence, we have held a business meet through which all stakeholders can interact with each other to boost exports further,” said Mohit Singla, the chairman of the council.
Besides packaged food items’ companies, packaging technology sellers as well as health ingredient suppliers also took part in the expo.
On Thursday, a discussion was held on ways to produce high-quality unleavened dough for pasta, which has a rising demand in the global market.
Ways to introduce technology in food to reduce wastage were also discussed. “If technology is employed properly, people would be able to stock more items within limited space,” said Saurabh from Mumbai who caters to sunflower and sesame growers to produce edible oil.
Dehydration of food products refers to the process of extracting moisture from food items, thereby limiting the growth of micro-organisms in them. Such food items can last for longer period of time.
The expo ended on Friday and on the last day, the event was only open to business owners.