Plant Based Foods Industry Association presents the 4th Mega Convention – The India Plant-Based Foods Show

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Kolkata, 9th March 2024: In a celebration of the burgeoning awareness surrounding plant-based foods and their pivotal role in sustainability, health and animal welfare, the Plant Based Foods Industry Association (PBFIA) proudly announces its 4th Mega Convention – The India Plant-Based Foods Show. This groundbreaking event was held at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, on the 1st day of AAHAR, Thursday, March 7th, 2024. This convention is presented by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA), ICAR- Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Chamber of Commerce, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and ProVeg International, and EY as the Knowledge Partner.

Sanjay Sethi, Executive Director of PBFIA, expressed, “Planting innovation in every bite, the plant-based food industry thrives on collaboration. From setbacks to a projected $5 billion market by 2032-33, we remain steadfast in delivering health and flavor”.

The India Plant-Based Foods Show, an integral part of the 38th AAHAR – International Food & Hospitality Fair 2024, is set to attract industry leaders, innovators, and policymakers for a day of immersive discussions and networking opportunities. The event will be graced by the Shri Arjun Munda, honourable Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Minister of Tribal Affairs, and Shri Kailash Choudhary, honourable Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare as its distinguished chief guests. Featuring over 40 brands globally and presentations from more than 45 distinguished speakers including Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director General of ICAR and Secretary of DARE; Mr. Rajesh Agrawal, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Minhaj Alam, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Mr. Abhishek Dev, Chairman of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA); Mr. Samuel Praveen Kumar, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Dr. Sudhanshu, Secretary of APEDA; Mr. Satyam Shivam Sundaram – Partner, Ernst and Young. The event promises to be a visionary platform for plant-based foods exhibitors from around the world. The event is supported by, THRYVE Plant-Based Venture, Plantaway Foods, Continental Greenbird, Patanjali Foods – Ruchi Soya, Pall Corporation, Nutricircle Limited, Veganta, DBS Bank, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Right to Protein, Hello Tempayy, Pall Corporation and ACME Group.

“Pall Corporation, with its comprehensive expertise in providing turnkey solutions encompassing MF/UF/NF and even chromo if required, empowers protein manufacturers to cultivate highly efficient, multi-functional proteins. In the ever-evolving landscape of plant-based foods, Pall stands as a stalwart ally, seamlessly bridging innovation and sustainability for the plant-based foods industry’s growth.”

The convention will kick off with an exhibition showcasing diverse plant-based foods by various companies and startups. Exhibitors will unveil their innovative products and connect with key industry players, including potential customers, investors, and partners. In partnership with EY, PBFIA will also launch its breakthrough report, ‘Food Tomorrow: Elevating India’s Role in the Plant-Based Revolution’ navigating the potential of plant-based nutrition within the Indian market, especially focusing on plant- protein clusters.

Supporting plant-based food alternatives, Satyam S. Sundaram, Partner, Strategy and Transactions at EY asserted, “In a world grappling with unprecedented challenges, from climate change to growing health concerns, the spotlight is increasingly shifting towards healthy and sustainable food systems. Plant-based foods have emerged as a beacon of hope, not only addressing these pressing issues but also unlocking a myriad of business opportunities.”

As the food industry shifts from animal-based to plant-based, driven by informed consumers’ concerns for health and the environment, a transformative era unfolds. The report aims to serve as a guiding light in navigating the complex terrain of the plant-based foods industry, mentioned Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Partner Strategy and Transaction, EY LLP. The event will further amplify its impact with a conference featuring keynote speakers and policymakers, providing insights into the latest trends, sustainability, innovations, and the future of the plant-based foods industry.

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