FHW Staff– Bengaluru
The 23rd edition of Food Hospitality World opened to business at KTPO Whitefield in Bengaluru on June 12, 2014. The three day B2B food and hospitality tradeshow, held from June 12 – 14, was inaugurated by Ugo Ciarlatani, consul general of Italy in Mumbai. Other dignitaries present at the inauguration were R Anand, vice president, The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IICCI), Cesare Saccani, vice president, IICCI, Mel Shah, managing director, Hannover Milano Fairs India to name a few. The exhibition had many firsts to its credit this time.
FHW exhibition in association with IICCI hosted the Ospitalita Italiana awards for the first time on the inaugural day. Ospitalità Italiana, an initiative which aims to certify authentic and quality Italian restaurants globally, was developed by Unioncamere in collaboration with – Federazione Italiana Pubblici Esercizi – and with the support of IS.NA.R.T. – Istituto Nazionale Ricerche Turistiche. At the 23rd FHW exhibition, the awards felicitation was done by prominent Italian diplomats and members of the IICCI. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ciarlatani stated, “India and Italy have the same commitment to promote food and food machinery. The demand for Italian food is increasing in India. However, India needs to work on simplifying the regulations regarding labelling of food products. India needs to attract international companies in sectors where the country is not a producer like sparkling water. We want to increase our presence in India and India can export more products to Italy.”
Another debut event at the exhibition this year was Hospitality Trailblazers. The hospitality industry in Southern India has served up many iconic hotel brands that have set benchmarks and blazed a trail for others to follow. At this year’s exhibition, 12 of these Hospitality Trailblazers to have made a unique distinction in the southern hospitality space were honoured. The honours were given under five categories – sustainability, wellness, heritage, MICE and homegrown brands. CGH Earth, Windflower Group of Hotels and The Green Path were felicitated with the honour under sustainability; Our Native Village and Soukya under wellness; St. Marks Bengaluru, Taj West End Bengaluru and ITC Windsor under heritage; Lulu International Convention Centre and Hyderabad International Convention Centre under MICE; and Orange County Luxury Resorts and Abad Hotels and Resorts under homegrown brands.
Apart from these special events, FHW also hosted Hospitality Think Tank, a panel discussion on the topic – The business of catering: what’s on the table? The three-day exposition witnessed exhibitors coming from different segments of the food and hospitality industry like F&B, interiors, kitchen equipment, housekeeping, bakery to name a few. Spread across 10,000 sq mtrs of KTPO, Whitefield, the exhibition hosted approximately 200 national and international participants this time and consisted of themed pavilions from different countries. The exhibition aims at providing solutions to various industry-related problems faced by hoteliers, restaurateurs, facility managers, prospective students and distributors. Organised by Global Fairs & Media – a joint venture between Hannover Milano Fairs India and The Indian Express, this year’s edition in Bengaluru has set new benchmarks through these special events.