Kolkata hosts food and hospitality exhibition
West Bengal Minister-in-Charge, Department of Commerce and Industries, Partha Chatterjee, on Friday inaugurated the 12th International Food Bakery and Hotel Tech 2013, food and hospitality exhibition in India and the eastern region here.
Bidhan Das, Deputy Director and Regional Head , East, Indian Institute of Packaging was also present along with many dignitaries and industry representatives.
The three-day mega exhibition, which is billed as one of the largest in India and eastern region, would be on from Aug 16 to 18.
The exhibition has been organized each year in Kolkata by Delhi-based firm N K Kapur and Co Pvt Ltd.
It has three main segments namely Food Processing, Bakery and Confectionery and Food Service Industry.
"The West Bengal Government is planning a number of projects on the infrastructure front in the food and agriculture sector which accounts for 30 per cent of the state's gross domestic product (GDP). The state government is setting up 12 food parks in the state in Malda, Murshidabad, Siliguri, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hoogly districts," Partha Chatterjee said.
"A post harvest management system and a cold chain infrastructure is also being set up in the state. Apart from this development of cluster projects, mini-food parks and terminal market complex has been finalised by the state government," he said.
Zakir Hossain, Regional Head, N K Kapur and Co said: "This year 75 companies from India and also international brands are participating in International Food Bakery and Hotel Tech 2013. Many foreign brands are being represented through channel partners. Manufacturers, corporates, associations and the state government are participating."
"The mega event showcases under one roof the latest development in the food - technology, processing and manufacturing - in India. It also has a large representation from the hotel and tourism sector, retailers, caterers, packing firms, food consultants, food technologists, equipment manufacturers, banks and financial institutions, end-to-end solutions providers and others from all over India," he said.
"International Food Bakery and Hotel Tech 2013 has emerged as one of the largest exhibition of its kind in India," said Hossain.
The annual growth of the bakery industry in India is about 9.8 per cent with Maharashtra and West Bengal having the largest number of bakery units in India.
In West Bengal, about 72 per cent of the bakery units are in the unorganized sector. Currently, a sizable number of bakery units are undergoing modernization. The growth forecast of the bakery industry in West Bengal is about 10 per cent in the next couple of years.
Kolkata Food and Bakery Tech exhibition is being organized to increase the technological awareness of bakery industry and help the small and medium sized bakers to convert their units into more eco-friendly and modernized.
(Posted on 16-08-2013)