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Food, drink and more



Union Minister of State for Food Subodh Kant Sahay (left) inaugurating the International Food, Drink and Hospitality Exhibition in Delhi this week

THE INTERNATIONAL Food, Drink and Hospitality Exhibition was held this week at New Delhi's Pragati Maidan. Offering a platform to Delhiites to taste various types of cuisines from across the world and more.

And, with the interior of the pavilion nicely decorated, it gave the visitors a real enjoyment of visiting a festival with an international feel.

The Indian as well as foreign stalls were well stretched with the names of the famous brands. There were a vast array of packaged foods, fruit jams, jellies, pickles, juices and frozen food. The beautifully-packed special wines of Spain were also available.

The hotel and catering equipments like mobile refrigerators, coffee machines, coolers and freezers were also available in the exhibition.

In addition, a wine tasting capsule was organised in association with Delhi Wine Academy.

The owners of the stalls shared some interesting facts about their food items with the visitors. In addition to this, in the India pavilion, the processed coconut products were catching everyone's attention.

Foreign companies

There was a huge participation from foreign companies who are prepared to set foothold in the Indian market. Among 90 exhibitors, 60 were international participants. Good participation was from Argentina, Singapore and Spain beside US, UK, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, Italy, Germany and Chile.

Inaugurating the three-day exhibition, Subodh Kant Sahay, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, said, "This theme of the exhibition is very relevant. The quality, taste and safety of food are of primary importance for every one. India is the third largest producer of food items but in food processing, India's share is only two per cent.

Therefore, we have to develop new labs and technology for food processing."

Alsopresent on the ocassion, H.R.Ernesto.C.Alvarez, the Ambassador of Argentina, said, "Argentina is a big producer of food like India. I am happy that we are here to share our taste with India."

With good response of visitors and participants, the organisers plan asimilar exhibition in the coming year also.

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