The 13th edition of Annapoorna – World of Food India closed its doors on 29 September 2018 in Mumbai with a visitor record. 10,232 trade visitors from around the world informed themselves about the diverse offering of the central trade platform for the food and beverage industry on the Indian subcontinent. The trade fair was also able to register an extraordinary increase in terms of exhibitors: 338 companies from 20 countries (45 % increase in comparison to last year’s edition) presented their products. In addition to the national pavilions from India, Italy, Poland, the Republic of Korea and Turkey, there were pavilions from Brazil and New South Wales/Australia for the first time. The internationality, the presentation of the Annapoorna Food Retail Awards 2018, as well as the diverse conference programme once again made the trade fair the ideal industry meeting point for companies and the most important platform for the food and beverage industry in India. The Annapoorna – World of Food India is organised by the Koelnmesse YA Tradefair Pvt. Ltd. and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The coming edition will take place from 29 to 31 August 2019 under the new name Annapoorna – ANUFOOD India.
International country and regional pavilions
Among the highlights of this year’s trade fair edition were international pavilions, such as the new country pavilions of APEX Brazil, with 20 producers from the Brazilian agriculture, food and beverage industries. Also represented with its own pavilion at the trade fair for the first time was New South Wales/Australia. Ten food and beverage companies from the fifth continent presented their latest products for the Indian market here. In terms of internationality, the event also experienced a clear increase on the visitor side: among others, delegations from Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Russia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam used the trade fair as a business platform and informed themselves about the development of the Indian food products industry. In addition to the additional international country pavilions from Italy, Poland, the Republic of Korea and Turkey, importers had their own pavilion for the first time. The stand organised by the Forum of Indian Food Importers (FIFI) provided ten of the most important Indian food and beverage importers with a platform for business contacts. The regional country pavilions from India are strongly represented with the federal states of Karnataka, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. They presented projects in the food sector to international trade visitors and offered smaller and medium-sized food and beverage manufacturers new business opportunities.