The 20th International Foodtech Kolkata 2023, Eastern India’s Premier business to business (B2B) Exhibition for food processing, bakery, mithai & namkeen and hospitality industry, will be held at the Biswa Bangla Milan Mela Complex from 18 to 20 August (10 am to 6 pm).
Over 180 major foreign and Indian companies and leading brands from the food and hospitality sector would be participating at the three-day mega Exhibition along with Hotel & Restaurant Association of Eastern India, West Bengal Bakery Association, All India Food Processors Association, West Bengal Bakers Coordination Committee, Paschimbanga Misti Udyog and others.
“The International Foodtech Kolkata 2023 Exhibition gains a lot of importance in the wake of a looming global food crisis. With food security emerging as a serious global concern, the need to have advanced food technologies and processes that cater to aspects of affordability, efficiency and loss of waste have become very important,” said Mr Zakir Hossain, Convenor, 20th International Foodtech Kolkata 2023 at a press conference in Kolkata on 7th August.
“This year’s mega Exhibition, which shall be 20 per cent bigger in scale compared to last year, will showcase such emerging technologies, processes and practices and will bring under one roof the latest top notch food processing technologies, food manufacturing and packaging equipment, best processes and practices, finance etc. The focus this year is on the bakery, mithai & namkeen industry with live demos like cake making lessons; live demo of hi-tech rosogolla manufacturing and food packing with minimal human touch,” Mr Hossain said.
“There are over 1 lac big and small enterprises engaged in the sweat meat industry in West Bengal and the livelihood of over 2.5 million families and ancillary products supplierse depend on it. The sweat meat industry will have a dedicated section under Mishti Udyog at the International Foodtech Kolkata 2023 where sweat meat manufacturers from across the state would participate and attend,” said Mr Dhiman Das, President, Mishti Udyog.
“The snacks (chanachur) industry in the state is a small scale industry spread across the state. Most of those engaged in this industry are not aware of how to develop and carry on with their business in the future. Many have quit the industry. Our Udyog is trying to spread awareness to modernize by embracing new technologies, equipment and processes in order to make their business viable. International Foodtech Kolkata 2023 will help them to modernise their operations into profitable ventures,” said Mr Pranab Chandra, Secretary, Chanachur Association, which is now under the aegis of Mishti Udyog.
“International Foodtech Kolkata 2023 is a much-awaited event, our representatives from 13 states in eastern India would be participating in the Exhibition,” said Mr Atikram Gupta, Secretary General Hotel & Restaurant Association of Eastern India
The International Foodtech Kolkata 2023 would cover the entire gamut of food industry and allied services covering food & beverages, food processing machinery and equipment, food packaging, cold storage systems, waste management systems, bakery and confectionery equipment, ice cream making machines and plants, edible oils, spices, essences, colouring additives, industrial refrigeration, industrial kitchen equipment, glass and glassware, tableware, facilitators (banks and financial institutions, pollution control and so on.
Food industry as a whole is in the mode of automation or `contactless’ manufacturing, processing, packaging and delivery using smart technologies. Various seminars and discussions on bakery & confectionery industry, culinary industry, sweets and snacks industry are conducted during the three-day Exhibition.