Vitafoods India 2024 sets new benchmark for the Indian nutraceutical industry

The event featured more than 12 educational sessions by 40+ expert speakers from the nutraceutical sector

Informa Markets, India’s leading B2B exhibition organiser, concluded the highly successful 2nd edition of Vitafoods India at the Jio World Convention Center, Mumbai. The Three-day event took place between the 13th to 15th of February 2024, designed to showcase the fast-transforming Indian nutraceutical market.

The event was graced by distinguished dignitaries, including Chief Guest Aatram Dharamraobaba Bhagwantrao, Minister of Food and Drug, Government of Maharashtra; Sanjaya Mariwala, President, AHNMI (Association of Herbal and Nutraceutical Manufacturers of India); Dr Nilesh Amritkar, President, AFSTI (Association of Food Scientists & Technologists); Dr Vaibhav Kulkarni, Secretary, HADSA (Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association); Umesh Kamble, Secretary General, CASMB (Chamber for Advancement of Small  Medium Businesses); Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director of Informa Markets in India; Julien Bonvallet, Group Brand Director at Informa Markets and Rahul Deshpande, Senior Group Director at Informa Markets in India, among other distinguished guests.

Recognising the sector’s importance, Aatram Dharamraobaba Bhagwantrao, Minister of Food and Drug, Government of Maharashtra, said ” Vitafoods India 2024 is a significant event for the growing nutraceutical industry in India. This three-day extravaganza, hosted in Mumbai, reflects our government’s commitment to fostering a business-friendly environment, evident in our dedication to ease of doing business. The internationality of Vitafoods India, connecting professionals from over 40 countries, underscores the global appeal of this industry. Strict compliance is vital, with the government implementing strong monitoring frameworks for nutraceutical integrity.

Emphasising the growth of the Nutraceutical Industry, Sanjaya Mariwala, President, AHNMI (Association of Herbal and Nutraceuticals Manufacturers of India) said “In our pursuit of sustained growth, the government’s initial actions are pivotal. However, our journey toward establishing a formidable presence in the global nutraceutical arena requires concerted efforts and continuous initiatives. Through incentivizing manufacturing modernization, prioritising accurate clinical trials, launching nationwide awareness campaigns, resolving regulatory conflicts, unifying industry alliances, and fostering collaborative endeavours, we pave the way for industry advancement. Vitafoods India heralds the anticipation of further discussions and collaborations, fortifying our collective efforts to propel the nutraceutical sector towards success.”

Insights & Recognition

At the heart of Vitafoods India 2024 were two dynamic zones – The Global Trends Zone and The Innovation Zone. The Global Trends Zone served as a hub for cutting-edge nutraceutical products from global brands, spotlighting themes such as Gut health, Positive ageing, Women’s health, and Innovative formats. The Innovation Zone provided a platform to witness 10 breakthrough innovations in the nutraceutical world.

Over 12 educational sessions, featuring 40+ expert speakers, provided invaluable insights into the rapidly evolving nutraceutical landscape. Notably, sessions on Gut Health and Women’s Nutrition captivated audiences, reflecting a growing interest in these crucial health topics.

A session was dedicated to discussing and exploring the latest innovations and trends in Sports Nutrition, emphasising new formulations and personalised supplements’ impact on performance.

Additionally, there was a Power Breakfast organized in collaboration with Women in Nutraceuticals (WIN), focusing on empowering women’s leadership in the nutraceutical sector. Also, a panel discussion by the Plant-Based Foods Industry Association (PBFIA) explored the rising popularity of plant-based nutrition.

Key players and Associations drive Nutraceutical Innovation

The event featured a wide array of domestic and international participants, including renowned names like KSM-66 Ashwagandha, Bio-gen Extracts, Brenntag, Omniactive Health Technologies, Roquette India Private Limited, Sami Sabinsa Group Ltd, Krishna Enzytech/Collagen Lifesciences, and more. Furthermore, Vitafoods India 2024 garnered significant support from the essential nutraceutical associations, including Shellac and Forest Products Export Promotion Council (SHEFEXIL), Association of Herbal and Nutraceutical Manufacturers of India (AHNMI), Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA), Women in Nutraceuticals (WIN), and Plant Based Foods Industry Association (PBFIA).

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