India's annual international fresh produce conference and expo event , organised by ASIAFRUIT in cooperation with The SCS Group, takes place on 27-28 April 2017 at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel in Mumbai. Fresh Produce India brings you a programme full of expert insights and quality networking.
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FRESH PRODUCE INDIA 2017 programme
Thursday, 27 April 2017
08:30 - 09:30 Registration and Welcome Refreshments
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome to Fresh Produce India 2017
09:45 - 11:00 Plenary Session 1: Future consumer, future trends
What are the big consumer trends to look out for India? What do they mean for fresh produce marketers? From the rise of online retailing to growing demand for organic foods, expert analysts give their take on how this burgeoning consumer market is likely to evolve.
- Asish Puri, OC&C Strategy Consultants (India)
- Seshu Kumar, Big Basket (India)
- Sudipta Mukhopadhyay, Walmart India (India)
- Purnima Khandelwal, INI Farms (India)
11:00 - 19:30 Fresh Produce India Expo opens
11:45-12:30 Workshop 1
Roundtable: Dutch solutions for Indian horticulture
The Netherlands is a global leader in horticulture technology and protected cropping. Key players from the sector discuss the opportunities for India’s horticulture sector to improve yields, quality and food safety with the use of Dutch knowledge and technology.
Hosted by HortiTechIndia
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Workshop 2
Grape gains – getting access to the best varieties
India's table grape industry needs access to the best varieties to capitalise on its great potential as a global supplier. What do some of the leading international table grape breeding programmes offer? What are the opportunities and challenges in developing such varieties on Indian soils?
- Dr Avi Perl, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural
- Development, Israel (Israel)
- Jacob Mualem Marom, Agricultural Research
- Organisation – Volcani Center (Israel)
- Manik Patil, Maharashtra Grape Growers Association (India)
- Azhar Tambuwala, Sahyadri Farmers Producer Co (India)
15:00 - 16:00 Networking break
Sponsored by IG International
16:00 - 17:30 WORKSHOP 4
HARNESSING THE POWER OF PACKAGING
Leading players in the packaging sector discuss some of the latest solutions and technology, and explain their potential for application in India.
14:00 - 15:00 WORKSHOP 3
FOOD SERVICE FOCUS
While India's food service sector is fairly unstructured, it offers potential marketing avenues for higher products seeking to carve a niche in the country. Leading analysts outline the size, scope and structure of the sector, and discuss the best marketing strategies with fresh produce suppliers.
16:00 - 17:30 WORKSHOP 5
APPLE BRANDS – WHAT'S IN STORE?
As Asia's largest apple import market, Indian demand is heavily dominated by Red Delicious, but other varieties are beginning to catch on. We look at some of the newer generation club varieties and premium apple brands and explore their commercial prospects in India.
17:30 - 19:30 cocktail reception
FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 2017
09:00 - 10:30 PLENARY SESSION 2: SEEING THE VALUE
From cold chain facilities to packaging solutions, India's fresh produce business now has a wide range of products and solutions at its disposal to move up the value chain. But such products and services are struggling to gain traction, and this is hampering the industry's development. Why is this? How can industry mindsets be changed? How have local companies benefited from applying such models and solutions?
- Dr AK Singh, National Horticulture Board (India)
- Maarten Oostenbrink, Ludvig Svensson (The Netherlands)
- Jagdeep Koushik, Deccanfi eld Agro Industries (India)
- SD Saravana Gughan, Green Kitchen Multi Specialty Food (India)
10:30 - 14:00 FRESH PRODUCE INDIA EXPO OPENS
11:30 - 12:30 WORKSHOP 6
NEW EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES IN RUSSIA AND THE BALTICS
Russia is seeking to diversify its import supply base while demand is growing from emerging markets in eastern Europe and the Baltics. How can Indian exporters make more of the opportunities in this part of the world?
11:30 - 12:30 WORKSHOP 7
BEYOND APPLES – NEW HORIZONS FOR IMPORTS
Apples continue to dominate India's fruit import market, but other fruits are now building up a critical mass of sales, with good opportunities for expansion. This interactive workshop zones in on a few of the emerging categories, hearing from expert analysts and leading suppliers.
- Filip Fontaine, BelOrta (Belgium)
- Tarun Arora, IG International (India)
- Anton Kruger, Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (RSA)
- Paul Hardman, Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (RSA)
12:30 - 14:00 NETWORKING LUNCH
14:00 FRESH PRODUCE INDIA EXPO CLOSES
14:30 - 18:00 DELEGATE TOURS
Organised visits to some of Mumbai's leading food retailers, both traditional and modern.