Fresh Produce India (FPI) returns to Mumbai in 2016 with a new format featuring plenary conference sessions, a shell scheme exhibition and workshop seminars over two days.
Organised by Asiafruit in cooperation with The SCS Group, the conference will take place at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel on 26-27 April.
Each morning will begin with a plenary conference session addressing the headline issues in the Indian business.
The Fresh Produce India Expo then opens, showcasing a range of products and services. Delegates get ample time to meet and do business at the exhibition with dedicated networking functions and activities. During the exhibition, delegates will also have the option of taking part in a programme of breakout sessions.
What’s on the FPI programme?
FPI’s diverse programme covers the key issues for the Indian business, from seed to shelf. On each day the conference will begin with a ‘Business Insight’ session.
During the opening day’s Business Insight session, Asiafruit will be joined by a panel of industry experts to look at how India has evolved as a market and a producer and exporter over the past 10 years, and the future opportunities and challenges.
The second day’s Business Insight session looks at how a market for branded, high-quality produce can be created in India, where consumer purchasing of fruit and vegetables is currently heavily focused on the street vendors.
After the morning plenary sessions, Fresh Produce India delegates can choose from the following range of breakout workshop seminars.
‘Meeting the myriad demands of India’s millions of shoppers’ looks at the latest trends in consumer behaviour, and at how the digital revolution is shifting shopping patterns.
‘Ethical eating: adding value to India’s fresh produce supplies’ examines how India’s domestic industries and suppliers must respond to growing environmental, food safety and labour concerns among consumers in their key export markets.
In the workshop ‘Cutting edge technology to secure your supply chain’ leading players discuss the latest technologies for India’s fresh produce business, from controlled atmosphere storage to labelling systems.
Supply chain integration is key to boosting farmers’ prospects in India as well as cutting waste, boosting quality and providing traceability. ‘Supply chain integration for higher profitability’ features case studies to demonstrate how integration can be achieved.
South American exporting countries are a long way from the Indian market, but they have a lot to offer. ‘Latin America: new sourcing opportunities for India’ explores the procurement potential.
‘Brand new sources for India’s fresh fruit import market’ spotlights some of the up-and-coming products and suppliers for Indian importers.
How can Indian retailers manage their fresh fruit and vegetable sections for maximum impact? From category management to store-level execution, the interactive workshop ‘New ways for the best fresh produce merchandising’ offers expert advice.
Delegates can also take part in organised visits to leading supermarkets and traditional retail markets on day two of FPI after the exhibition closes (2pm).