AAHAR 2018

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

The 33rd Aahar International Food & Hospitality Fair 2018 seeks to offer a platform for facilitating growth and modernization in the processed food and hospitality sector. AAHAR 2018 to be held on 13-17 Mar 2018. It will provide you with an unrivalled opportunity to generate new business leads and get close to your customers with an effective and efficient way of successfully marketing to this dynamic growing market.

‘AAHAR 2018’ - the  International  Food  and  Hospitality fair  will be inaugurated by Shri Suresh Prabhu, the Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India at 10.15 am on  March 13, 2018 at Hall 7, (Lounge) at Pragati Maidan, New  Delhi.   H.E. Mr. Jacek Bogucki, First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr. Nejmeddine Lakhal, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia, Mr. L.C. Goyal, CMD, ITPO and H.E. Mr. Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan will also grace the occasion.

The event  is   being organised  by  ITPO with the support of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA) and apex industry bodies such as APEDA, ARCHII, HOTREMAI, AIFPA, FHSAI and FIFI. Covering a gross area of around 24,000 sq.mtrs. (Hall7-12A& Hangers 1-6), the fair features a wide range of food products, machinery and equipment from over 900 exhibitors from India and overseas.  The foreign participation is from 18 countries including USA, China, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Spain, Oman, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, Peru, Norway, Indonesia, Canada, Tunisia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Culinary Art Competition and seminars are among added attractions.  AAHAR 2018 (March 13-17) will open from 10.00am to 6.00pm, daily.

AAHAR 2018 assumes tremendous significant for social-economic development as Food Processing and Hospitality sectors are imperatives for income/employment generation, poverty alleviation, improving agri-horticultural productivity, reducing post-harvest losses, availability of better nutrition, export promotion and foreign exchange earnings. The current edition of Ahaar is a reflection of the latest pro-poor and agri-oriented Budget by the Government where the central focus is on food processing industry in terms of its potential to increase farmers’ income, provide employment and reduce wastage. AAHAR aims to realize the full export potential of the food processing and hospitality sectors and gain impressive growth to strengthen domestic market. The food processing sector constitutes around 8 per cent of Gross Value Added (GVA) in manufacturing and agriculture sector in 2015-16. The value of processed food exports has increased to US$ 13.9 billion in 2016-17 which constitutes 11.2 per cent of India’s total exports.

This year, AAHAR assumes added significance especially when in the recent ‘Pro- poor & Agri-oriented budget, the Government has given special focus on the farm sector and earlier allocation up to100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in marketing of food items produced and manufactured locally, aimed at reducing wastage, helping farm diversification and encouraging global companies to produce locally rather than importing items. Opening new avenues of investment for global investors with reforms, the fair features business friendly policies, pro-active administration under ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’ ‘Start-up & Stand-up India’ initiatives which hold enormous promise for business fraternity and could radically transform the Asian economy.

Profile of exhibit based on Bar Accessories, Bed, bath & table linen, Bakery products and machinery, Chafing Dishes & Banquet, Table Ware, Copper Chafing, Brass Chafing, Cutlery, Chopping Boards, Crockery, F & B Hotel kits, Glassware, Guest Amenities, Garden Furniture, Kitchen Ware, Pizza Table ware, Sizzler Plates, Spa & Ayurveda Disposals, Stainless steel products, Brass Platters, Toiletries, Tongs, Wooden Table ware, Sanitary fittings, Laundry equipment, dish washing machines and Packaging machinery pertaining to food products.

Visitors like Senior Executives, Purchase Managers, House keeping Managers, Stores Managers, F & B Managers, Chefs, Caterers and canteen Managers, Retailers, Wholesalers, buying Houses, Malls Decision makers and much more.

Apart from annual participations in prominent international food related trade shows,AAHAR is a premier specialized UFI approved event of the India Trade Promotion Organisation(ITPO) in different Halls and hangers while the redevelopment project of Pragati Maidan is underway as an iconic world class International Exhibition and Convention Centre(IECC).Covering a gross area of around 24,000 sq.mtrs., the fair features a wide range of food products, machinery and equipment from over 900 exhibitors from India and overseas. The foreign participation is from 18 countries including USA, China, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Spain, Oman, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, Peru, Norway, Indonesia, Canada, Tunisia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

AAHAR (March13-17,2018) is being hosted with the support of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA) and Association of Resource Companies for Hospitality Industry of India(ARCHII), Hotel and Restaurant Equipment Manufacturers Association of India(HOTREMAI), All India Food Processors Association(AIFPA), Food & Hospitality Support Association of India(FHSAI) and Forum of Indian Food Importers(FIFI).

For convenience of the business visitors, the fair has been segregated into different product categories. These include: Foreign participation( Hall 12&12A), Food Products & Beverages (Hall 12A, Hanger 1,2,3, Lounge A&B, Gate 1), F&B Equipment (Hall 7,8,9,10, 11, Hangar No. 4,5,6) and Hospitality & Décor Solutions (Hangar 3 Lounge A&B. Gate 1).

An exclusive Culinary Art Competition will be organized by Indian Culinary Forum in Lounge B(near Gate 1). Other major attractions are exclusive seminars in Hall 8 (Auditorium) on “Water Conservation in Food Service, and Other Sustainable Solutions for the Hotel Industry” by HOTREMAI (supported by the Trust-Green The Earth at 2.00 pm March 13, 2018) and “The Role of R&D and Food Safety in the Development of Food Processing Sector” by AIFPA( at 9.00 am on March 14, 2018).

This year too, ITPO has introduced a focus on new and young entrepreneurs to invigorate youth to set up fresh innovative ventures. The Mobile App developed for AAHAR will facilitate the ease of transacting trade and business during the Fair.

Around 50,000 trade visitors are expected to visit the fair. These include top echelons of the food processing and hospitality industry including CEOs, General Managers, Executive Chefs, Executive House Keepers, Purchase Managers, senior representatives from catering industry and academic institutions, hotel management professionals.

Indian hospitality industry is considered a major attraction for FDI. This sector is growing at a fast pace and clocking CAGR of 14%. An additional requirement of above 2 lakh rooms is estimated in the near future. It is an imperative to strengthen India’s hospitality which is estimated to witness almost 100 per cent rise in travelers in the next five to seven years.

AAHAR (March13-17, 2018)will be open for the business visitors from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm., daily. Visitors park their vehicles at Bhairon Road parking.

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