The United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade and Economics has brought a delegation of 17 food and drink companies to India. The British brands will network with Indian businesses in Mumbai and Delhi.
The companies are Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Buckley &Beale Ltd, Christie International Ltd, Deemak International Ltd, Devine Distillates Group Ltd, DT&G Ltd, Green Box Drinks Ltd, The Good Carb Food Company, Iceland Foods, Premcrest, Prime Dealing UK Ltd, R&B Distillers Ltd, Smylie Ltd, Sun Mark Ltd, Taylor &Shroff Ltd, UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and Waitrose.
In Mumbai, the delegation will participate in the inaugural Food Forum session: Food for Tomorrow, visit Nature’s Basket for an exhibition and conference, meet chef Ashish Bhasin, meet the purchasing team at Trident, and visit the grocery store Hypercity where a month-long placement of UK brands is taking place.
In the capital, we will meet Amit Lohani rgeconvener Forum of Indian Food Importers (FIFI), Pawan Kumar Agarwal a chief executive officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), JP Meena, additional secretary and Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). The British companies will also attend a networking reception at the British High Commission.
St. John Gould, director of Department for International Trade and Economics, said: “The UK and India are natural business partners. We have people-to-people links, history, strong economic ties. All lay the foundation for a mutual love of our food and drink. We are delighted to introduce some leading UK companies in this growing sector.”
Gould continued, “the two countries have many things in common. One of these is a love of food. Just like India, the UK has a wide diversity in food and drink and many successful food and drink brands are present in India. In particular, there is a growing appetite in India for UK’s gourmet food and I am delighted to be hosting a reception for the visiting delegation. We hope you dip our McVities biscuits in your Twinnings tea. We know there is more you can discover.”
The delegation’s visit builds on the vision of both UK and India’s prime ministers wish to broaden bilateral trade cooperation between the two countries. The delegation is keen to make new contacts, explore business opportunities, build fruitful and long-lasting commercial partnerships, and help introduce India top quality UK nibbles and tipples.
Thursday, 02 February, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai FnB news