The ‘India Pharma Week’ returns with a week full of avant-garde events alongside CPhI and P-MEC India

· South Asia’s largest Pharma event
· CPhI and P-MEC India to be held at two different venues i.e., MMRDA Grounds (BKC), Mumbai – 27th to 29th Nov ; the Bombay Exhibition Centre (Goregaon) – 28th to 30th Nov
· 1500+ exhibitors ; 40+ countries
· More than 10 eclectic events across Mumbai throughout the India Pharma Week

Mumbai, November 2017 – UBM India, India’s leading B2B exhibition organizer, is all set to bring in the second edition of the widely appreciated India Pharma Week, a week-long celebration packed with avant-garde events from 25th to 30th November alongside its flagship expo CPhI and P-MEC India. In its 11th edition, the marquee expo will be held at two venues in Mumbai – MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex (27th to 29th November) and Bombay Exhibition Centre (28th to 30th November).

Celebrating 11 years of CPhI and P-MEC India, the India Pharma Week will organise more than 10 events and activities taking place across the city of Mumbai pertaining to the streams of business, knowledge, leadership, innovation, recognition and networking in the field of Pharma.

Speaking on the announcement of the IPW, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “I am delighted to announce the second edition of the India Pharma Week, an unrivalled offering to the world of exhibitions along with CPhI & P-MEC India, UBM’s flagship engagement platform, and the world’s leading Pharmaceutical networking event. An epitome of India’s strength in the Pharma industry, the expo has consistently grown to serve as an exclusive congregation of key global players across the pharmaceutical sector. Further, the expo would deliberate upon Government of India’s ‘Pharma Vision 2020′ to make India a global leader in end-to-end drug manufacturing in boosting investments.

“The India Pharma Week stems from the proactive role it plays in driving key Governmental initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Start-Up India, Stand Up India’, and ‘Skill India’ connecting the global community to eke out solutions to challenges, and establishing superior standards within it. With the recent proposal by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to make it mandatory for all employees in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities to get skill certification, a notable congregation of industry experts and knowledge sharing, such as IPW provides becomes even more significant,” he further added.
The week will commence with a Plant visit followed by a series of engagements such as Pharma Leaders Golf, Pre-Connect Congress, Women in Pharma – Power Breakfast, India Pharma Awards, Networking Evening, the CPhI & P-MEC India Exhibition, a closed-door CEO Roundtable and many more activities.

CPHI provides global platform for the Indian Pharma industry to know and have the exposure of the latest technology available. In the past, Indian Pharmaceutical decision makers had to travel to international exhibitions to get to know new innovations on the technology front, however CPHI & P-Mec has brought this information to Indian pharma’s doorsteps”, said Mr. Damanjit Singh, CEO, Food & Pharma Specialities.

Ms. Saloni Wagh, Marketing & Business Development – Asia Pacific, Supriya Lifescience also shared her past experiences of the CPhI conference and said, “CPhI is one of the leading Pharma events in the world where the entire Industry comes together to discuss and get updated on the current trends, information and issues. CPhI Worldwide exhibitions do play an important role in our marketing strategy as it is a platform for us to meet all our customers from across the globe under one roof. It is also a great platform to launch new products and to identify potential customers, she further added.”

Incepted in 2006, the CPhI & P-MEC India exhibition has grown remarkably larger over the years with exhibitors and visitors engaging over significant levels of business. It has been approved and comprehensively assisted in its endeavours by governing bodies such as Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil). Spread across two locations, this year’s edition will see more than 1500 exhibitors and participation from over 40 countries.

Infosys Bangalore DC Concludes 10th Rajyotsava Sambhrama

Infosys Bangalore Development Center (DC) successfully concluded the 10th ‘Rajyotsava Sambhrama’ between November 8 and 16, 2017. The week-long event, organized by the Sirigandha volunteer group at Infosys, was planned on a grand scale at its Electronics City Campus.

The celebrations commenced with Karnataka food festival organized at the food courts with delicacies from various parts of Karnataka were served. Karnataka Darshana – a glimpse of Karnataka, were stalls representing brand Karnataka which included Mysore sandal soaps and perfumes, Dharwad Mishra Pedha, Channapattana toys, Kodiyala sarees among others. Karnataka Parichaya Exhibitions featuring the rich folk heritage of Karnataka was also exhibited.

To commemorate the celebrations, two 15 ft. tall statues of Channapattana dolls adorned the campus lawns. The statues were made by Sirigandha volunteers out of scrapyard materials, as a testament of their responsibility towards eco-sustainability.




The week-long celebration concluded with two evenings of extravagant cultural programs on November 15 and 16, 2017. The cultural event was inaugurated by Mr. Narayana Murthy, Mrs. Sudha Murthy and Mr. Deepak Padaki, Group Head – Corporate Strategy, and Chief Risk Officer, Infosys, who jointly felicitated Dr. Malathi Holla, recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award, Arjuna Award and a Doctorate from Women’s University, Bijapur, Karnataka. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a motivational speech by Dr. Holla about her journey as a four-time paralympian. The evening also witnessed a live art show by Vilas Nayak – Asia’s quickest speed painter, a skit by Drama Juniors – Achintya and Praneeth and Standup comedy by Narasimha Murthy and Gundu Rao.

The second day of the cultural event began with a musical evening anchored by Raghavendra Kanchan and singers Dhanush, Abhinav, Deeksha and Sanvi Shetty of the Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa fame, and followed by a dance performance by team Parichay and a comedy play by team Maskiri.

Telit Certifies NB-IoT Modules with Global Mobile Interoperability Regulator, Global Certification Forum (GCF)

· NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 modules are among the first to comply with GCF’s new NB-IoT certification guidelines recently ratified by global mobile network operators

· The two LTE Category NB1 modules are the first to pass lab and field testing under four networks by two of Europe’s largest mobile operators

· Voluntary GCF certification ensures cellular devices operate across mobile networks around the world

New Delhi, November 7, 2017 – Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that its single-mode, NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 modules for European and Chinese markets, received LTE Category NB1 (NB-IoT) GCF certification upon conclusion of extensive laboratory and field testing under multiple networks by two of Europe’s largest mobile operators. GCF certification is voluntary and means that IoT integrators and providers looking to deploy cellular-connected devices are assured modules will inter-operate across the vast landscape of mobile networks worldwide. The modules are also on final stages of Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and China Compulsory Commission (CCC) certifications, mandatory for deployment in European and Chinese markets respectively. For more information on the NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 visit: https://www.telit.com/products/cellular-modules/standard-industrial-grade/

“This certification is a testament to Telit’s commitment to quality in a market increasingly crowded with low-cost, high-risk modules.” said Yosi Fait, Interim CEO, Telit. “The NE866B1 and NL865B1 are the first modules in the market to undergo the full breadth of testing and evaluations under the now-mature guidelines and specifications for NB-IoT interoperability by GCF. They were evaluated in labs and field trials under different major networks in Germany, Spain and UK. NB-IoT is in such demand in Europe and China that the ecosystem has been pushing through products and approvals somewhat ahead of full maturity just to meet this demand. We are pleased to be the first to deliver modules that are full standard and interoperability compliant. Eliminating unnecessary technology risk for our customers is a major part of our mission, particularly as commodity products continue to flow into developed markets like Europe and China.”

The dual-band NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 modules, for use in Europe and China, are ideal for new space constrained products and also to extend the life of existing xE866 and xL865-powered devices in market with the extended longevity of the LTE Cat NB1 standard. Typical application areas well suited for the compact modules include smart buildings and cities, smart agriculture, waste collection, healthcare and remote monitoring including smart meters in the utilities sector. When used as an upgrade for existing applications designed in 2G, 3G, or LTE Cat 1, the target device can be NB-IoT revitalized with little to no redesign impact.

Telit has the broadest portfolio of certified IoT LTE LPWA modules in the industry. For more information about the Telit portfolio of Cellular Cat M1 and Cat NB1 modules, click http://info.telit.com/nbiot.

ATP and Infosys Launch ‘Second Screen’, Offering Real-Time Insights into Player Performance

Combining multiple data sources in real-time, players, coaches and fans are now able to analyse and interact with player and match information seconds after points are played

London – November 16, 2017: Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, and ATP, the governing body of men’s professional tennis, today announced the launch of Second Screen, a new feature providing player performance insights within seconds of a point being played.

The Second Screen capability offers valuable information on the strengths and weaknesses of players, enabling them and their coaches to review strategies and improve performance. Additionally, for the first time, fans will be able to look at the data of their favourite tennis stars during the match, interact with it and detect subtle changes in player strategies, such as variations in ball speed, spin, placement and player positions. The increased story telling potential that the Second Screen brings to tennis will be a huge benefit to broadcasters and commentators. Access to player activity in real-time will enable them to provide more insights to the fans watching in stadia, online, or on TV.

Implemented for the 2017 Nitto ATP World Tour Finals, the Second Screen feature has been built by Infosys in under three months using its Artificial Intelligence platform, Infosys Nia. The technology allows for multiple sources of data – chair umpire, player and ball tracking, as well as historical data – to be presented to players, coaches and fans. In doing so, users get foresight into player and match performance, resulting in a much more immersive experience.

Infosys and ATP have built the Second Screen feature primarily for tennis, but the potential uses of the technology powering it are vast, with the ability to impact the world of sport and completely change how players, coaches and fans consume content.

Rajesh Krishnamurthy, President and Head of Infosys Europe, said, “This year, Infosys is taking machine-learning in sport to a new level. Our work with the ATP in building the Second Screen using Infosys Nia, showcases the power of AI technology in delivering real-time insights, and more importantly, foresights. We are now able to help players and coaches reach new levels of excellence, while giving fans a more interactive, and immersive experience. We believe this has huge potential not just in tennis and other sports, but in every other business sector.”

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said, “The Second Screen feature will provide greater insights into our sport, as we look to leverage data to enhance engagement in the ATP World Tour on our digital platforms. This is an exciting new development in our partnership with Infosys, and it’s great to work with such a dynamic organization that understands our sport and can deliver advanced analytics.”

Infosys Bangalore DC Concludes 10th Rajyotsava Sambhrama

Infosys Bangalore Development Center (DC) successfully concluded the 10th ‘Rajyotsava Sambhrama’ between November 8 and 16, 2017. The week-long event, organized by the Sirigandha volunteer group at Infosys, was planned on a grand scale at its Electronics City Campus.

The celebrations commenced with Karnataka food festival organized at the food courts with delicacies from various parts of Karnataka were served. Karnataka Darshana – a glimpse of Karnataka, were stalls representing brand Karnataka which included Mysore sandal soaps and perfumes, Dharwad Mishra Pedha, Channapattana toys, Kodiyala sarees among others. Karnataka Parichaya Exhibitions featuring the rich folk heritage of Karnataka was also exhibited.

To commemorate the celebrations, two 15 ft. tall statues of Channapattana dolls adorned the campus lawns. The statues were made by Sirigandha volunteers out of scrapyard materials, as a testament of their responsibility towards eco-sustainability.




The week-long celebration concluded with two evenings of extravagant cultural programs on November 15 and 16, 2017. The cultural event was inaugurated by Mr. Narayana Murthy, Mrs. Sudha Murthy and Mr. Deepak Padaki, Group Head – Corporate Strategy, and Chief Risk Officer, Infosys, who jointly felicitated Dr. Malathi Holla, recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award, Arjuna Award and a Doctorate from Women’s University, Bijapur, Karnataka. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a motivational speech by Dr. Holla about her journey as a four-time paralympian. The evening also witnessed a live art show by Vilas Nayak – Asia’s quickest speed painter, a skit by Drama Juniors – Achintya and Praneeth and Standup comedy by Narasimha Murthy and Gundu Rao.

The second day of the cultural event began with a musical evening anchored by Raghavendra Kanchan and singers Dhanush, Abhinav, Deeksha and Sanvi Shetty of the Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa fame, and followed by a dance performance by team Parichay and a comedy play by team Maskiri.

LANXESS offers new mixed-bed exchanger for demineralizing water

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has developed the Lewatit NM 3367 mixed-bed ion exchange resin to demineralize the water used to charge and top up modern hot water heating systems. “The custom-designed mixed-bed system not only prevents scale formation in the parts of a heating system that convey water but also provides lasting protection against corrosion,” explains Hans-Jürgen Wedemeyer, Manager Technical Marketing at LANXESS Deutschland. “This can’t be achieved simply by softening the water,” he adds.

Details of the innovation

Lewatit NM 3367 differs from other mixed-bed systems on the market in several respects. The specific mixing ratio takes into account the fact that anion exchange resins generally have a lower capacity than cation equivalents. Were this not allowed for, further anions could react with the hydrogen ions released by the still active cation exchange resin after total loading of the anion exchanger. Carbonic acid would thus be generated from hydrogen carbonate anions, and even more aggressive mineral acids from chloride, nitrate or sulfate. “The higher proportion of anion exchange resin ensures a long service life and thus highly efficient demineralization with the new mixed bed,” explains Wedemeyer.

The system also owes this high efficiency to a special process for reloading the anion exchange resin used, which results in a hydroxide ion loading of over 90 percent. “Because this high loading cannot be reproduced during conventional mixed-bed regeneration, we advise against using regeneration,” continues Wedemeyer.

To ensure this high OH–loading is maintained over a long period during transportation and storage, the anion exchange resin must be protected against carbon dioxide, as bound hydrogen carbonate would otherwise form. Toward the end of the exchange cycle, this would then be displaced by anions with a higher binding affinity, which in turn would enable acid to form. “We use special gas-tight aluminum-coated film packaging to prevent any such subsequent formation of bound hydrogen carbonate. We also offer the mixed-bed system in a handy, relatively small container size of 12.5 liters,” says Wedemeyer. Once containers are opened, the contents can thus be quickly transferred to smaller gas-tight units such as cartridges or used in their entirely to fill a standard exchanger container.

Effective demineralization

The main advantage of demineralization for treating water in the heating circuit is that it removes not only the hardening alkaline earth cations but also their counterions, thereby producing salt-free water with a very low residual conductivity. “Even in the presence of oxygen, there is normally no significant corrosion with conductivities in the 1 µS/cm range,” reveals Wedemeyer. With such low conductivities, however, pH measurements are no longer meaningful because most pH meters require the medium to have a minimum conductivity that would no longer be achieved in this case. Furthermore, even the tiniest quantities of carbon dioxide or ions – from the sides of the glassware, for example – would significantly interfere with any measurement in open systems. “Conductivity is clearly the all-important evaluation criterion in this range,” says Wedemeyer.

If the conductivity increases to a typical switch-off point of 100 µS/cm toward the end of an exchange cycle, however, relevant standards such as VDI 2035 stipulate that a pH window of 8.2 to 9.5 must be complied with to prevent any corrosion. “Our tests revealed that this is ensured when using Lewatit NM 3367,” confirms Wedemeyer. If the parts of the heating circuit conveying water are made of aluminum, this pH window is even smaller, extending from 8.2 to just 8.5. In such cases, the switch-off point would need to be brought forward to a conductivity of around 5 µS/cm so as to remain within the pH tolerance referred to.

Infosys Partners with Udacity to Offer Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree Program to Prepare Future Workforce for Jobs in the Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Space

New Udacity Connect service, offering training for the company’s Self Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program, aimed at bolstering employees’ skills in autonomous technology

Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced a partnership with global online learning company Udacity to train Infosys employees in its Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program. The program, known as Udacity Connect, a combined in-person and online training offering, will give Infosys employees the skills needed as the company continues to focus on autonomous technology across a range of industries, including automotive, manufacturing and mining.

The 20-week curriculum will train Infosys employees on engineering technologies for self-driving vehicles, including advanced courses in deep learning and machine learning. Program participants will also engage in six-week apprenticeships working on solutions for Infosys clients’ most-pressing challenges. The apprenticeships will help quickly scale participants’ skills and translate into practical new industry solutions.

The goal of this program is to train 500 engineers by the end of 2018. In addition, Infosys will hold a hackathon/competition in November that is designed to identify the brightest of Infosys’ global talent to select the first 100 participants for the program.

“Infosys is committed to re-skilling and training its employees in groundbreaking technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous technologies,” said Ravi Kumar S., President and Deputy COO, Infosys. “We are proud to expand our partnership with Udacity with the launch of the in-person and online Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program as we accelerate the pace of skill adoption and ensure our clients continue to be at the forefront of innovation.”

“Udacity is focused on lifelong learning for all people at any stage in life. We are excited to expand our partnership with Infosys in providing their employees with the skills necessary to thrive in the fast-growing autonomous vehicle space,” said Vish Makhijani, CEO of Udacity.

Infosys is investing in developing deep expertise in autonomous technology that will allow our clients to embrace these technologies at scale in their own contextualized environment.

Infosys recognized as a Leader in NelsonHall’s SAP HANA and S/4HANA Services Report

Infosys has been positioned as a Leader in SAP HANA and S/4HANA services by NelsonHall’s Vendor Evaluation and Assessment Tool (NEAT) report. This report assessed the ability of 12 leading service providers for their SAP HANA and S/4HANA service offerings and capabilities. Infosys has been rated highly, relative to its peers for its S/4HANA focus and its ability to meet future client requirements as well as deliver immediate client benefits.

Infosys is an SAP S/4HANA value assurance partner and certified on SAP S/4HANA operations. The report recognized the S/4HANA and HANA offerings built by Infosys encompassing consulting capabilities to help clients develop a plan for migration and support multiple adoption paths.

Key Highlights:
· Infosys was acknowledged for providing a broad spectrum of software offerings tailored to industry-specific requirements

· The company’s range of assessment and migration toolsets such as the HANA Migration Factory were recognized in the report

· Infosys’ enhanced investments in proprietary migration tools, accelerators, and methodologies such as S/4 Assist, Infosys Catalyst, Infosys S/4HANA Adoption Framework (ISAF) were key features in the report

· The company’s efforts for aggressively scaling up its HANA and S/4HANA resource base and for enabling a first-hand experience in migrating from legacy to S/4HANA for clients were also noted

· Infosys was mentioned for its broad delivery center network and for developing a long-term, multi-faceted partnership with SAP

NelsonHall estimates the total SAP application services market to be $55bn in 2017. With HANA and S/4HANA services growing rapidly and replacing many legacy services by 2021, NelsonHall estimates that it will account for 19% of the total SAP application services market.

Over 50% of Global Retail Banks Expect Digital Investments to Yield Measurable Returns by 2020: Infosys Finacle-Efma research

Study reveals digitizing products and services, customer journey and security as top focus areas for innovation and transformation

Bangalore, India and London, UK – November 8, 2017: Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, a product subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY), and Efma, a global not-for-profit organisation, today launched the ninth annual study of Innovation in Retail Banking. The research revealed that technology investments in 2018 will revolve around ‘topical’ areas such as information security, advanced analytics and open banking APIs, as opposed to ‘future-looking’ areas such as conversational AI, robotic process automation, the Internet of Things, augmented reality or virtual reality. However, 70% of organizations planned to support a conversational AI solution, with close to 25% having made investments in AI.

According to the report, retail banks continue their thrust on innovation in all functional areas, with customer experience and channels (both at 78%) being at the forefront. Other segments that have witnessed higher spends in innovation include products (67%), process improvement (64%) and marketing (57%).

The research, in which over 300 bankers globally participated, found that retail banks consider large technology companies, challenger banks, and smaller fintech start-ups as threats to their growth. Similar to 2016, the greatest impact of transformation is expected to be in the areas of payments and mobile wallets.

Other key findings:
· The top three innovation challenges include systems integration, legacy technology, and the time and cost required to move from concept to reality

· Small and mid-size banks are falling behind in virtually all levels of innovation, reflecting an inability to invest, the impact of competing priorities, the need to focus on cutting costs and respond to compliance requirements

· More than 50% of respondents expect to see a measurable ROI from their investment in innovation in 1-3 years; more than 30% expect to see results in less than a year

· Only 10% of respondents have a robotic process automation solution

· There is a vast distribution on the level of maturity within organizations leveraging data-driven insights. Nearly 37% of banks believed they were able to provide only descriptive analytics based on what had already happened. Nearly 20% of banks (usually larger firms) stated they have sound predictive capabilities and can help customers understand what will happen in the future. Interestingly, only 15% of banks were able to provide advisory or prescriptive capabilities around what the customer could do in the future given the insight known

· The challenge of acquiring the right skills and expertise in innovation led areas such as AI, blockchain and digital banking is a major concern across the industry

Quotes:
Vincent Bastid, CEO, Efma:
“Nowadays so many new technologies are reaching maturity and a growing number of new entrants are offering alternative customer experiences and transaction interfaces. The 9th edition of the Innovation in Retail Banking study provides a roadmap to help organizations of all sizes prioritize their strategic choices and investments. We also believe the insights from this report will help incumbents strengthen their innovation initiatives and be more successful in their deployment.”

Sanat Rao, Chief Business Officer and Global Head of Finacle:
“The 9th edition of the Innovation in Retail Banking report clearly reflects the sentiment we are witnessing globally. The case for investing in digital transformation and innovation has never been stronger, with changing customer preferences, technology upsurge and competition from the non-banking sector. Finacle has proactively invested and developed capabilities across the focus areas identified in the report, to help customers stay ahead with their innovation programs. We believe that this report will help banks with their planning and technology investments.”

Jim Marous, Owner and Publisher of the Digital Banking Report and author of Study:
“As we expanded the scope of organizations included in this year’s study, we find a significant difference in the innovation maturity and commitment to technology investment between the largest and smaller organizations, with smaller firms appearing to fall further behind market leaders. We also see a continued focus on iterative innovation as opposed to disruptive innovation, limiting the potential benefits of big data, advanced analytics and digital technologies. The winners in the future will be defined by those organizations that can leverage these three pillars in the delivery of a better customer experience.”

UBM India brings in the 12th edition of Food Ingredients India & Health Ingredients in Mumbai

The Indian sub-continent’s most comprehensive B2B show for food & health

Food Ingredients India & Health Ingredients ( Fi India and Hi ) 2017 at a glance:
· Access to the Indian Food Market with over 200 Exhibitors
· Annually rotates between Mumbai and New Delhi
· 12th edition of Fi India & Hi in Mumbai, India
· 15 participating countries ; 67 International participants; Over 60 new exhibitors; 54 exhibitors from Health Ingredients
· Free on-site seminars on health ingredients, food processing and packaging; A Guided Discovery Tour with Nutrimarketing experts
· Expo Foodtec Pavilion ; China Pavilion; Health Ingredients Trail and Workshops by Celebrity Chef Rakhee Vaswani
· Soft Launch of ProPak in India; to be co-located with Fi India & Hi 2018 at Greater Noida

Mumbai, 9th November 2017: UBM India, India’s leading exhibition organizer, brought in the 12th edition of Food ingredients India & Health ingredients (Fi India & Hi), the most comprehensive B2B show in the Indian Sub-Continent for food and health ingredients, processing and packaging industry today in Mumbai at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre. The three day trade expo (9th – 11th November ) was inaugurated by key dignitaries — Mr. R.. B. Smarta, Secretary HADSA; Mr. Prabodh Halde, President, AFSTI; Mr. P. Muthuraman, Director, FSSAI; Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India and Mr. Rahul Deshpande, Group Director, UBM India amidst an august industry gathering.

The expo rotates annually between India’s two promising food hubs i.e Mumbai and New Delhi. The 2017 edition of Fi India & Hi in Mumbai offers opportunities for industry players to take advantage of the growing food manufacturing hub in West India.

With a legacy of 12 years, Fi India is once again hosting 3 days of free, on-site seminars on health ingredients, food processing and packaging. The seminars are being organised in alliance with a variety of Indian associations and cover both technical developments and market trends. Day 1 featured sessions on ‘How regulations are facilitating the Indian Nutraceutical Industry’; ‘Progressive Nutraceuticals in the market – Sports Nutrition, Fortified Foods, Medical Nutrition’; ‘How do Pharmacopoeias help the Dietary Supplements Market?’; ‘Role of Pharmaceuticals in the development of Nutraceutical Markets’; ‘Innovation in Ingredients’ and ‘Monk fruit juice – A 100% natural alternative that delivers natural and great tasting sweetness’. Day 2 will see a seminar by AIFPA on ‘Opportunity and Regulatory Challenges in the Import & Export of Food Ingredients’ and a FSSAI initiative — ‘New initiatives to build a nationwide ecosystem for food safety’ amongst others. Day 2 will also see a discussion on ‘FSSR 2011 to 2018 – Impact on food industry’ by industry minds from Mondelez International, Farm to Fork Solution, Exelon Food, NuFFoods Spectrum, and TUV India. Day 3 will see sessions on ‘Clean Label Natural Products are Safe and Healthy ‘; ‘Locust Bean Gum (LBG) & its Food application’ and ‘Encapsulation – Technology of Encapsulation for better nutrition values in foods’.

This year, the expo introduced a new feature – A Guided Discovery Tour with Nutrimarketing experts on topics like Everything Proteins, Health & Wellness & Bakery Innovations. Other exciting highlights of the expo this year included an Expo Foodtec Pavilion which is dedicated to Food Technology, Processing and Packaging companies, a comprehensive China Pavilion, a Health Ingredients Trail and a special Fi India &Hi Cookery workshop. The workshop involves a two-day live demonstration on latest food trends by Celebrity Chef Rakhee Vaswani and includes sessions on — Indian Fusion Dhamaaka, Fancy Bread Making, Exotic Eggless Desserts and Festive Fiesta – Party appetizers and dips using ingredients on display at the expo itself.

At the inauguration of the expo, UBM India announced the soft launch of ProPak India which will be co-located with Fi India & Hi from the next edition. ProPak India will be a comprehensive, one of its kind event in India; With India being one of the top five markets for packaged foods, the expo will serve as the most significant platform in India for the industry to meet, network, conduct business, witness latest technology and solutions, exchange ideas and knowledge. With a turnover of $24.6 billion and a growth rate of 13% to 15% annually, the Indian packaging industry is expected to reach $72 billion by 2020. UBM has a strong foothold in key industry segments like Food, Pharma and Cosmetics. Packaging being the most integral part of these industries, the thought behind launching this expo is to capitalize on UBM India’s strength within the industry and explore the potential of this niche segment in India as there is no dedicated exhibition catering to this sector.

Speaking at the inauguration of Fi India and Hi 2017, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Food ingredients is a multi-billion dollar industry that is growing worldwide. A Revolution in the food and beverage industry, particularly in the processed food domain, has generated countless possibilities for new product development. Changing socio- economic demographics has also led to increased awareness pertaining to the quality standards of food products. Consequently, a focus on the superiority of ingredients that goes into the making of these finished products has also increased. In the 12th edition of Fi India & Hi, UBM India is offering a truly international showcase of food ingredients for three days under one roof to discover and develop businesses. I am sure that it will also help comprehend trends in niche segments such as wellness and natural ingredients that are being increasingly valued by health conscious consumers.”

“This year, we are also proud to announce the launch of ProPak India which will be co-located with Fi India and Hi from next year. With a turnover of 24.6 billion USD and a growth rate of 13-15 per cent annually, the Indian packaging industry is expected to reach 72 billion USD by 2020. Currently being one of the lowest in per capita consumption of packaging in the world, this sector in India is bound to gain importance as we move towards processed food. UBM India with ProPak 2017 aims to bring in a revolution in this niche but growing industry by providing successful meetings, knowledge exchanges, networking and business opportunities for participants from the Food, Drink and Pharmaceutical industries,” he further added.

The Indian food ingredients market:

· The Food ingredients market in India which was about $700 mn in 2016, ( less than 0.2% of the Global Food Ingredient Industry estimated at $400 bn) is seeing a rapid expansion amidst increasing consumption of processed foods and rising preference for ready-to-eat meals.

· The market is dominated by food flavours and taste enhancers which make up for a considerable share. Among the segments, sweeteners have the highest growth rate while South is the region which holds the largest share amongst all the regions on the account of high number of food processing industries.

· Two main ingredients that are always in demand are dietary fibre and antioxidants because of their much importance in enhancing human health. The Indian Food Ingredients sector will gain momentum over time, with a growing interest from the private equity community to invest in the sector.

· The Indian food and grocery market is the world’s sixth largest, with retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales.

· The Indian food processing industry accounts for 32 per cent of the country’s total food market, one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth.

· It contributes around 8.80 and 8.39 per cent of Gross Value Added (GVA) in Manufacturing and Agriculture respectively, 13 per cent of India’s exports and six per cent of total industrial investment.

· The Indian gourmet food market is currently valued at US$ 1.3 billion and is growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20 per cent. India’s organic food market is expected to increase by three times by 2020.