Chairman’s Message 2017
India is today the fastest growing major market of the world, and it is clear to see why. As a country, we have not only made rapid strides in our manufacturing, industrial production and infrastructure development, but also have worked on creating ‘ease of doing business’ for corporates. . All of these have given rise to a new age of entrepreneurship and have ultimately benefited the Indian consumers in many ways. The rapidly developing India is also a land of huge opportunities for international consumer brands, who are developing robust partnerships to offer more choice to Indian consumers.
For the past decade, India Food Forum has gathered key decision makers from every part of the food supply chain — from processors, producers to distributors, marketers, service providers, restaurant and hospitality companies and retailers — to push for best-practices in food and grocery retail and foodservice sectors in India. Every year, thousands of exhibitors, delegates and visitors from India and around the world have collaborated to create new business opportunities for not just domestic food brands, but also scores of foreign food and FMCG businesses.
Our dream is to facilitate the evolution of India into a world power in food retail, and that is not possible without the collective thought and effort of global experts, policy makers, private enterprises and all those who have invested in the food & grocery supply chain in India. India Food Forum 2017 will feature international pavilions of various foreign trade bodies and countries, including USA, UK, UAE among others, alongside leading food brands and retail concepts.
As Chairman of India Food Forum 2017, I invite all stakeholders of the food retail sector in India to join the 10th edition of this mega confluence — India Food Forum — on January 31st to February 2nd, 2017, to share their innovations, their concerns and their achievements with all the sectors and industries that are dependent on optimisation of our food and grocery sector.
As an economy with a strong agricultural base, India is blessed with immense natural resources, which if harnessed in a responsible and far-reaching manner, have the potential to propel us to sustainable economic growth for next few decades . Our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has already spelt out his dream of a strong, self-reliant nation through his visionary ‘Make in India’ campaign. As businesses directly or indirectly connected to the food business, we should now take it upon ourselves to imbibe global best practices, innovation and bold initiatives to become a world-class food retail economy.
Chairman, India Food Forum 2017
President & CEO, Walmart India