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FICCI holds 2nd National Conference on “Food Ingredients- Tool Towards Innovation” in New Delhi
The 2nd National Conference on “Food Ingredients- Tool Towards Innovation” by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) took place on 19th July 2022 at FICCI Federation House, New Delhi.
In his inaugural speech, Chief Guest, Arun Singhal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said, “Food Ingredients play a very important role in product formation and perform a variety of functions. There has been a major change in consumers’ preferences and behaviour during COVID-19 times. Healthy food is now being desired by everyone. All over the world, the regulators require that all the ingredients are listed on the product detail page (PDP) of the product.”
“Our policymakers have implemented a number of reforms to create an enabling environment for rapid growth, across all segments of the food value chain,” commented Sanjay Khajuria, President, Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry (CIFTI)-FICCI.
Focusing on the additives and flavouring ingredients, Siraj Hussain, Former Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) & Advisor, FICCI said, “Food additives are an important part of the food processing industry. The entire food processing industry uses some additive or flavouring and therefore, it is important that the role played by sweeteners, emulsifiers, flavours, colour, additives etc. is realised.”
The Food Ingredients market in India is seeing rapid expansion amidst increasing consumer demand for efficacious health & wellness ingredients, environment conscious sourcing, transparent & cleaner ingredient labels coming in backdrop of increased consumption of processed foods and rising preference for ready-to-eat meals. Recognising this, the conference was aimed to bring forth innovations in the food ingredient domain by brands, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers in the food industry with an opportunity to seek critical insights on rapid expansion plans, market opportunities & challenges, emerging trends and much more.
The conference also saw a few panel discussions with experts from the food industry focusing on topics such as- Building Holistic Food Ingredients Ecosystem; Role of Ingredients in Ensuring Health and Wellness; and Emerging Trends and Evolving Regulatory & Business Environment of diversified Food Ingredient Sector.
Image caption- Arun Singhal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) at the 2nd National Conference on “Food Ingredients- Tool Towards Innovation” by FICCI.