Food Hospitality World Bangalore kickstarts at KTPO

Written by FE Online | Bangalore | Updated: Jun 13 2014, 00:05am hrs
The 23rd edition of Food Hospitality World opened to business at KTPO Whitefield in Bangalore

on June 12, 2014. The three day B2B food and hospitality tradeshow, held from June 12 - 14, was

inaugurated by Ugo Ciarlatani, consul general of Italy in Mumbai. Other dignitaries present at the

inauguration were R Anand, vice president, The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

(IICCI), Cesare Saccani, vice president, IICCI, Mel Shah, managing director, Hannover Milano Fairs

India to name a few. The exhibition had many firsts to its credit this time.

FHW exhibition in association with IICCI hosted the Ospitalita Italiana awards for the first time on

the inaugural day. Ospitalit Italiana, an initiative which aims to certify authentic and quality Italian

restaurants globally, was developed by Unioncamere in collaboration with Federazione Italiana

Pubblici Esercizi and with the support of IS.NA.R.T. Istituto Nazionale Ricerche Turistiche.

At the 23rd FHW exhibition, the awards felicitation was done by prominent Italian diplomats and

members of the IICCI. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ciarlatani stated, "India and Italy have the

same commitment to promote food and food machinery. The demand for Italian food is increasing

in India. However, India needs to work on simplifying the regulations regarding labelling of food

products. India needs to attract international companies in sectors where the country is not a producer

like sparkling water. We want to increase our presence in India and India can export more products to


Another debut event at the exhibition this year was Hospitality Trailblazers. The hospitality industry

in Southern India has served up many iconic hotel brands that have set benchmarks and blazed a trail

for others to follow. At this year's exhibition, 12 of these Hospitality Trailblazers to have made a

unique distinction in the southern hospitality space were honoured. The honours were given under five

categories - sustainability, wellness, heritage, MICE and homegrown brands. CGH Earth, Windflower

Group of Hotels and The Green Path were felicitated with the honour under sustainability; Our Native

Village and Soukya under wellness; St. Marks Bangalore, Taj West End Bangalore and ITC Windsor

under heritage; Lulu International Convention Centre and Hyderabad International Convention Centre

under MICE; and Orange County Luxury Resorts and Abad Hotels and Resorts under homegrown


Apart from these special events, FHW also hosted Hospitality Think Tank, a panel discussion on the

topic - The business of catering: what's on the table The three-day exposition witnessed exhibitors

coming from different segments of the food and hospitality industry like F&B, interiors, kitchen

equipment, housekeeping, bakery to name a few. Spread across 10,000 sq mtrs of KTPO, Whitefield,

the exhibition hosted approximately 200 national and international participants this time and consisted

of themed pavilions from different countries. The exhibition aims at providing solutions to various

industry-related problems faced by hoteliers, restaurateurs, facility managers, prospective students and

distributors. Organised by Global Fairs & Media a joint venture between Hannover Milano Fairs

India and The Indian Express, this year's edition in Bangalore has set new benchmarks through these

special events.