India’s Food & Grocery retail market was worth INR. 32 lakh crore (USD 500 bn) in 2017 and is expected to touch INR 48 lakh crore (USD 758 bn) in 2020. The country’s food services market was at INR 3.3 lakh crore (USD 52 bn) in 2017 and is projected to climb to INR 5.5 lakh crore (USD 85 bn) in size by 2022. In both sectors, the business landscape is set to get deeply competitive, with consumers getting more demanding and spoilt for choice. Those with informed, first-mover advantages will clearly have an edge. This is the defining mission of India Food Forum, the foremost outlet of India’s best-in-class practices in Food Innovation, Retail Strategy and Technology. Bringing together industry leaders and brands from across India’s food manufacturing and retailing sectors, it comprises three structured exhibition zones and a compelling conference highlighting powerful future trends and innovations in food retailing, HoReCa and food technology.
India Food Forum is India’s most influential gathering of the country’s finest minds in food research, creation, distribution, marketing and retailing. Launched in 2007, the annual business event is a powerful showcase of ground-breaking insights, analyses, products, technologies, emerging innovations, trends and developments, in the business of food in India. Every year, India Food Forum – through a conference, masterclasses and specialised exhibition zones — presents and analyses unique research findings, consumption and retail trends in food. The event puts together the most comprehensive capsule of trends and innovations that affect businesses engaged in the all aspects of the food retail value chain – from sourcing ingredients to retailing.
India Food Forum is an all-access platform to connect with every component that a food business needs — from rich market knowledge to consumer research to upcoming product innovation and retail technology trends to smart business networking. It is the one source for every insight you need to boost not just food business growth, but also profitability.
– 35 Conference sessions & masterclasses on every aspect of food innovation, marketing and retailing
– Over 100 new products and food innovations
– Platform to connect with 500 of India’s most influential food retail leaders
Generate sales leads
Launch new products
Engage with customers
Appoint new agents
Exclusive B2B meetings
India Food Forum brings together trends, data, research and analyses to create an unparalleled knowledge source with inputs from some of the world’s most respected consulting and/or market study organizations, retail business heads, brand analysts and consumer research companies.The conference offers extensive mapping, business models for the future, success stories of the biggest brands, benchmark figures on consumer behaviour and retail market strategies across key food categories and
segments, opportunities for business and growth in key areas of food retail, along with observations by industry experts on key consumption trends, new concepts in F&G, FMCG, and F&B. The forum takes a holistic view of the food sector and highlights the potential areas for producers and sellers to know about the upcoming trends and scope in the food business. With a galaxy of top industry experts on our panels, this is the best platform to meet and interact with the pioneers as well as trend setters of the industry.
Oliver is the managing director & ceo of dr. Oetker india and has been successfully heading the business for the past 10 years. A veteran with close to 30 years of food experience, oliver was appointed to design the india entry strategy, execute the acquisition of funfoods and to define the vision, create culture and build the senior management team. With oliver at the helm, dr. Oetker india has witnessed unprecedented growth with its funfoods brand. The brand is now the leader in the western sauces & spreads category in india.
born and brought up in germany, oliver started his career as an artisanal chef pâtissier. He learned his profession in germany’s most prestigious dobbelstein confectionary. As a food science graduate (niederrhein university, germany) and international marketing postgraduate (saint joseph’s university, usa), he commenced his fmcg career with kambly usa, a swiss luxury biscuit maker. In 1995, he returned to europe and joined the tengelmann-group as management trainee. A year later, he joined h. J. Heinz germany and was in charge of marketing for ketchup & sauces. In 1999, he made a shift to europe’s no. 1 honey brand, langnese, and subsequently he joined italy-based barilla, the world’s no. 1 pasta & pasta sauce maker where he served for nearly 8 years in various capacities in central europe. In 2008, oliver relocated to mumbai and established dr. Oetker india.
oliver has a dynamic personality and is an extremely passionate professional. A self-professed foodie, he loves to experiment with recipes and is known for his artisanal goat-cheese. He is married to verena and blessed with four beautiful daughters. He lives in new delhi since 2009 and has forged deep roots with india and its people.
Prashant Parameswaran, Co-founder & Managing Director of Kottaram Agro Foods( Soulfull)
Under the brand name of SOULFULL, he has brought back traditional grains like millets to the modern Indian consumer in a form that is relevant for the 21’st century. The company was formed in 2011.
Post his Mechanical Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Prashant successfully setup distribution and retail business units in India under the Kottaram Group umbrella. He is armed with an MBA from Babson College and experience with international firms like Limited brands and Information Resources Inc. ; where he was a Director supporting the Marketing Strategies team at Safeway Supermarkets out of their California headquarters till 2009.
India’s most prestigious accolades for food & Grocery and food service were launched in the year 2008 to acknowledge the rising importance of modern food & grocery retail, and its crucial role in the evolution of effective marketing & distribution of food and grocery brands in the country.
Launching exclusively this year is IMAGES awards for food startups, enablers & innovations.
Awards 2019 selection process involves inviting entries from the nation’s leading food service and food & grocery retailers across multiple categories.The awards jury comprises distinguished personalities in the field of research and consulting with thorough insights into the business of foodservice/ food & grocery and startups.