Foodtech India 2013, a three-day food and hospitality exhibition partnered by The Telegraph, was inaugurated by industries minister Partha Chatterjee at Milan Mela on Friday. This year 75 companies from India and some international brands participated in the festival, making it one of the largest business-to-business events for the food-processing and allied industry in eastern India.
1. Visitors check out a vegetable slicer at the exhibition.
2. A chocolate-melting demonstration at a stall showcasing industrial cocoa products by an Indian manufacturer.
3. An automated cookie depositor machine on display.
4. A machine that can make 8,000 to 12,000 dry dough balls of rosogolla in an hour! Well, that’s a reality at Foodtech India, an exhibition that saw several food consultants, food technologists, equipment manufacturers share and exchange ideas.
“The state has huge potential for a thriving food processing and agro-based industry and this is a sunrise sector for the government. I hope several collaborations will happen through Foodtech India 2013,” said Partha Chatterjee.
“This year the exhibition saw a large representation from the hotel and tourism sector, retailers and caterers from across the country,” said Zakir Hossain, regional head, NK Kapur & Co, the Delhi-based firm that has been organising the event for the past 11 years.
Pictures by Bhubaneswarananda Halder