What can you expect at a gathering that attracts the most eclectic bunch of cognoscenti from the Food Retail industry? As is customary at the annual India Food Forum (organised by IMAGES Group and publisher of FoodService India), the Conclave this year rippled with energy and its usual share of heat and light that the conferences, workshops, exhibitions, live shows and networking sessions radiated.
Industry mavens who spoke on different themes and topics at the numerous panel discussions threw up interesting insights on the Food Retail industry. Discussions also led to information on trends, emerging product categories, understanding consumer behaviour, and on marketing and promotion strategies – all of which, as everyone agreed, are integrally knit into the performance and growth metrics of food service operators.
This issue of the magazine offers a focused round-up and conspectus of the slate of discussion and debate on various topics related to food retail at India Food Forum. For those who were not there, we bring you the interesting bytes and meaty morsels of information exchanged at the Forum. Turn to pages 64 to 65 to find out the outstanding achievers who won the Coca-Cola Golden Spoon Awards for excellence in different categories of food retail.
My congratulations to all the winners and my heartfelt thanks to the participants at the Forum for making the show a great success. I also express my gratitude to everyone in the industry for making India Food Forum a stellar platform for articulating the vision of the food retail industry in the country and for forging deeper ties and understanding with all stakeholders.