Conference Agenda for SIAL India September 19-21, 2019

September 19, 2019

14:00-15:00 Evolving trends, innovation in food service, and category insights (MSME)*

Changing consumer landscape and evolving demands are driving the MSMEs in India. The products and services from the globe are making a mark in this multicultural and multi-cuisine growing market. Some are opting to invest in technology while others are bringing in international trends to aspiring Indian consumers. Watch for the trends, business growth, profitability opportunities, changing numbers, and regulatory trends. The session is most suitable for those who are either willing to establish processing facilities, supply to the processing sector, looking for market trends, writing research papers, or looking for competitive trends.

15:00 – 16:00 Role of international food and beverage trends in the food retail and service sector (FIFI Session with an invitation to key retailers, chefs, Indian manufacturers, and international trendsetters)*

Food retail and hospitality sector are looking inwards to find the hidden jewels in India and are also not shying away from experimenting with global trends. To know if the market position is changing, what are the opportunities, and possible ways to create the best synergies? Have answers for your engagement with the Retail and HORECA leaders and also from buyers of the international food products.

16:00- 17:00 The untouched miracle of India- Northeastern Market? (North East Session)*

While the hospitality industry is talking about creating more backward linkages with the untouched and untapped markets of North Eastern states of India we bring to you a session with the key players. They will talk about the best, the most nutritive, and unquestionably the most untouched hidden gems from the region. Northeastern states are becoming a synonym to India in the global market but, the challenges remain. Listen from the experts who know the opportunities and challenges and see how the changing global trade outlook is having an impact on the Indian commodity market. How they see coming to platforms like SIAL India and where do they see the opportunities. What do they expect as a turnaround from industry and also where the support from the decision makers are required.

September 20, 2019

10:30-11:15 Computational Gastronomy: Transforming food through data-driven innovations*

Listen to the science behind food and beverages. This is an opportunity for you to understand food pairing, culinary fingerprints, taste prediction, and health impacts of food. Professor Ganesh Bagler is a computational biology researcher with training in physics and computational techniques. Pioneering ‘Computational Gastronomy’ research from his lab has helped establish foundations of this emerging data science that deals with food, their flavours, and association with health. His lab has contributed to this niche area with the studies in food pairing, culinary fingerprints, taste prediction, and health impacts of food, other than creating keystone data repositories and applications. He is actively engaged in fundamental as well as applied research in Computational Gastronomy with a vision of transforming the food landscape via data-driven innovations.

11:15- 12:15 Food Safety is everyone’s business: Eat Right and Drink Responsibly India*

United Nations has declared the World Food Safety Day 2019’s theme as food safety is everyone’s business. Food safety contributes to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. We take upon our self, we would want to support FSSAI’s initiative and believe in the tagline that Food Safety is everyone’s business. With this session, we present case studies by the industry experts on their contribution to eat right and drink responsible campaign for others to follow the examples. Also, learn the ways and means of including food safety’s initiatives into your businesses and operations in routine and stand in the front row with the international market.

12:30 – 13:30 Let’s strategize the procurement plan? How to get your national and international products introduced to HORECA sector (HPMF session)*

The procurement is the most essential part of outreach to HORECA sector and many are unaware of the procurement procedures. In that means HPMF team will speak to the audience with an aim to educate them, break the ice, and learn from their experiences.

14:30 – 15:30 How to expand the international food and beverage market in India: Strategy and Way Forward. (FIFI Session)*

The session will aim to educate the audience about the presence of diplomatic missions and international chambers along with companies. The panellist will speak about the engagement efforts and the ways in which they are working towards enhancing their market ways to discuss specific case studies, which will also include the success or failure stories

16:00 – 17:00 Strategic customer service, and relationship building–(PPFI Session)*

The assistance and advice provided by the experts themselves to those people who buy or use its products or services. Know the process of ensuring customer satisfaction with your products and what the sector is looking for, how engagement with associations can be of help and what outreach efforts can help have strong relationship base. Learn the key engagement mantra before and after they buy and use your products or services.

September 21, 2019

10:00 – 12:00 Backward linkages to international products: what hospitality sector actually seeks (IFCA)*

While on one hand, we hear at several forums the need to go local on the other we see the ever-rising demand for international products. So, what is the hospitality industry actually seeking? Is that any particular trend, or a product mix, or it is all about going back to the roots. Before you plan to have your product range enter into Indian commerce and if you aim to reach the hospitality sector this session has been specially curated for you. Do not miss a chance to listen from the key names active in the sector, lessons they have learned, how they continue to maintain their unique presence in the market if they demand the change or prefer going with the flow, and many such unanswered questions. This is also your opportunity to ask the panellist the questions you may have or take notes of the suggestions. As we bet such panels do not get together very often.

* subject to change


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