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The Food Hospitality World (FHW) 2014 exhibition kick started today at MMRDA grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai. The exhibition was inaugurated by Anil Deshmukh, minister of food and civil supplies works, Government of Maharashtra. The other dignitaries present during the inauguration ceremony were Bharat Malkani, senior vice president, Hotel and Restaurant Association- Western India (HRAWI); George Verghese, CEO, The Indian Express Group; Mehul Shah, managing director, Hannover Milano Fairs India; Dr Ugo Cialatani, Consul General Italy in Mumbai; Gianni Fava, Minister of Agriculture, Regione Lombardia; Michele Trematerra, Minister of Agriculture, Regione Calabria.
While inaugurating the exhibition Deshmukh stated, “I am thankful to the Indian Express Group for organising this excellent FHW exhibition in Mumbai. FHW is a platform for building brand awareness, launch new products, network with leading purchase managers. There are three major industries in India- agriculture, industrial and service sectors. The service sector is growing at a fast pace and from 46 per cent it has increased to 60 per cent in 2013. The service sector is the most important sector in Maharashtra and across the country.” He added, “As many international exhibitors are participating in the exhibition it will be a good exposure for the hoteliers. I wish success to this unique event.”
Adding to the same, Verghese opined, “The event is growing. There are more than 50 international exhibitors from 11 countries. The FHW exhibition will be insightful and thought provoking to the guests and exhibitors.” The FHW exhibition, organised by Global Fairs & Media – a joint venture between Hannover Milano Fairs India and The Indian Express, is spread across 10,000 sq metres of the MMRDA grounds, and is hosting approximately 300 national and international participants this year from various segments of the food and hospitality industry like F&B, interiors, kitchen equipment, housekeeping, bakery to name a few. The international pavilion has exhibitors from 11 countries. The exhibition aims at providing solutions to various industry-related problems faced by hoteliers, restaurateurs, facility managers, prospective students and distributors. Shah said, “This edition of FHW is very special as this is the first global exhibition where more than 50 per cent exhibitors are international and more than 50 per cent have representation in the market.”
Cialatani stated, “It is a great pleasure to be here today. I saw a lot of Italian companies participating in the exhibition. In Italy food is one of the main businesses. We would like