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In the business of food

In the business of food
The 29th edition of Aahar International Food and Hospitality Fair was inaugurated by the chairperson and managing director of  the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) Rita Menon at Pragati Maidan on Monday.

Aahar, a UFI approved event, id the largest food and hospitality specialized event in South Asia.  This year, around 768 leading companies are taking part from India and abroad. Around 18 countries from overseas are participating this year including Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and UAE.

This year, ITPO has introduced a new segment for organic foods and cheese along with its regular segments that is ‘Food India’ and ‘ Hospitality India’ in the fair. Covering over 44,000 square meters gross exhibition area, the fair  is being organized in Halls 6 to 12, 12A, 14, 15 and 18.

The display profile covers : Food, food ingredients and additives : fruits and vegetables, dairy products, bakery & confectionary products, organic and health products, meat and poultry products, processed foods, wine and beverages, fine food, food preservatives, chocolates, alcoholic beverages and cheese. The category Machinery& Equipment includes equipment for bakery and confectionery, kitchen and food service, kitchenware, kitchen equipment-crockery/cutlery/chaffing dishes, food and beverages, food processing, packaging and machinery for poultry, farm equipment and supplies. House-keeping includes building, construction, air conditioning, laundry & interior and house keeping, air & water – pollution control equipment & accessories, festival products, furniture and interior decoration, gardening & lighting, gifts and presentation, guest room products, health clubs/sports/fitness equipments, fabrics, textile, made ups and culinary show.

The fair is being hosted by ITPO in collaboration with the Ministry of  Food Processing Industries, Government of India and with the active support of the apex trade bodies which include Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Association of Resource Companies for Hospitality Industry of India (ARCHII), Hotel and Restaurant Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (HOTREMAI), All India Food Processors Association (AIFPA), Food & Hospitality Support Association of India (FHSAI) and Forum of Indian Food Importers( FIFI).

Aahar is one of the first examples of government organizations and private sector together in supporting the Industry and creating meaningful platform for them to meet at one place. Aahar 2014  will be supplemented with concurrent events such as ‘Culinary Art India 2014 Competition’, ‘Indian Biscuits and Confectionery Congress 2014’, seminars on ‘Environment Concerns of Hospitality Industry’ and ‘Food Regulations in India’.

The fair  will open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm for the business visitors while on March 14, all the visitors can attend the fair from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Business visitors may register online ( Around 30,000 business visitors are expected from India and abroad. In fact, Aahar is a must visit trade fair for the business professionals  in the food and hospitality sectors.

The entry of the visitors will be through registration at Gate 2 (Bhairon Road), Gate 7 and 8 (Mathura Road) and Gate 10 at Metro Station of Pragati Maidan.

WHEN: On till 14 March
WHERE: Pragati Maidan
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