Food Hospitality World 2012 brings an international edge to Indian hospitality
(L-R) Dinesh Gulati, president - marketing, The Indian Express; Vikas Khanna,
executive chef, Junoon Hospitality (of MasterChef India fame); Chhagan Bhujbal,
minister of public works department and tourism, Government of Maharashtra;
Roberto Foresti, international group copmmercial director, Fiera Milano;
Saeid Heidari, general manager, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel
and Kuldeep Bhartee, general manager, ITC Grand Central, Mumbai inaugurating
The 17th edition of Food Hospitality World (FHW) 2012 organised by Global Fairs
& Media, a company formed by the Hannover Milan Fairs India and The Indian
Express officially rolled out at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
recently, making it the biggest professional trade event for the Indian subcontinent's
food, drink and hospitality sector. FHW merges two of Fiera Milano's international
exhibitions, Tuttofood and Host with HospitalityWorld and Taste, thus combining
international and local expertise.
The trade show this year scaled new heights with over 50
foreign companies across four nations participating in the trade show covering
diversified sectors such as coffee, wine, pasta, to name a few. Apart from international
exhibitors, there are over 200 companies across various sectors like kitchen
equipment, technology, F&B, spa, etc, participating in FHW.
FHW was inaugurated by luminaries like Vikas Khanna, executive
chef, Junoon Hospitality (of MasterChef India fame), Kuldeep Bhartee, general
manager, ITC Grand Central, Mumbai and Saeid Heidari, general manager, Renaissance
Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel in the presence of the Chhagan Bhujbal, minister
of public works department and tourism, Government of Maharashtra, Roberto Foresti,
international group copmmercial director, Fiera Milano and Dinesh Gulati, president
- marketing, The Indian Express.
Expressing his happiness on the platform the event creates
for stakeholders in the Indian hospitality industry, Bhujbal said, "FHW
is the largest exhibition of its kind that showcases the potential of Indian
hospitality industry to the world and also brings best of foreign brands to
India." Speaking at the event, Chef Khanna, said, "Its an evolutionary
platform, which will provide a better structure for the Indian hospitality industry.
The world is today looking at India with high hopes of delivering newer growth
opportunities. As an American brand, this platform is of great significance
for me. In fact, more and more global players should make use of this platform
to launch new products in the Indian market."
Echoing similar views, Bhartee said,"FHW is a very attractive platform,
which is being leveraged by many Indian and foreign players. India is being
looked upon to offer new growth opportunities, as the demand for various hospitality
services and products is growing across the entire pyramid. For instance, as
the wine culture is gaining grounds in the Indian market, the demand is growing
for all varieties of wines from very expensive to the less expensive variants.
Similarly, other segments in the Indian hospitality industry is growing at brisk
pace, which offers great opportunities for both national and international players."
Heidari pointed out that it was important for the hospitality sector to support
an initiative like this for overall wellbeing and growth of the sector.