Aug 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's agriculture based processed food & packaging exhibition 'Pro Foods-Pro Pack & Agbiz 2013 organized by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is being held from August 23-25 for the 13th consecutive year.
Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and High Commissioner of India Y. K. Sinha inaugurated the exhibition Friday (23) at Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center in Colombo. India is participating in 'ProFood ProPack 2013' as a partner country.
This year's theme of the exhibition and trade fair is "From the Farm to the Kitchen".
The number of Indian companies participating in the exhibition has grown over the years and this year about 65 Indian companies are participating.
The Indian companies are showcasing a wide range of agro and food products, bakery & kitchen equipment, hotel equipment, packaging equipment & machinery, ready-to-eat snack foods, pulps, fruit juices, health foods, curry paste and chocolates, organic spices etc.
The exhibition will provide an ideal opportunity for the food processing & packaging companies from India to partner with Sri Lankan companies to work together as the food processing industry holds immense potential for small-scale entrepreneurs.
The Indian companies are participating under the banner of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and from Kerala and other individual companies.
APEDA is an apex body set up under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India for the development and promotion of export of agricultural products including Floriculture, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Processed Foods, Livestock Products, Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic beverages, cereal products etc.
Under the banner of APEDA, around 20 Indian companies had successfully participated in the "Pro Food Pro Pack 2011". APEDA pavilion was adjudged the best pavilion in the international category at the "Pro Food Pro Pack 2012".
High Commissioner of India inaugurated the APEDA pavilion and met the Indian exhibitors.
The Indian food industry has witnessed strong growth over the past few years. India is the second largest producer of food items. Currently, the Indian processed food market is estimated at US$ 121 billion, with the market growing at a rate of 10% per annum.