Some of the UK’s top food and drinks brands have set up stall at the 11th India Food Forum, taking place today and tomorrow in Mumbai.
A delegation of 13 companies led by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) will spend the next two days networking and building partnerships with Indian food and drink sector firms. The aim of the trade mission is to increase awareness of the breadth of British produce available, with everything from whisky and craft beer to meat, fish and health food products on display.
Businesses displaying their wares at Mumbai’s Bombay Exhibition Centre include Scottish whisky, gin and vodka producer Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery Ltd, The English Cheesecake Company and specialty dairy company Delamere Dairy. British supermarket chain Iceland Foods and pub retailer Greene King are also taking part.
Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation, said: “The UK and India enjoy a vibrant and dynamic trading relationship, which is thriving as new opportunities unfold. We are keen to strengthen existing ties, make new contacts, explore business opportunities and build prosperous and long-lasting commercial relationships.”
In Mumbai the delegation will meet with Amit Lohani of the Food & Drink Importers Association (FIFI) and a representative from Santander bank to discuss food and drink opportunities in India. They will also attend a networking reception at the British Deputy High Commissioner’s residence.
Following the India Food Forum the delegation will travel to Bengaluru to take part in the British Food & Drinks Symposium, providing an opportunity for businesses meet buyers and retailers in India’s southern region. Delegates are also expected to visit various food and drink production sites nearby.
Crispin Simon, British deputy high commissioner for Western India and director general of the Department for International Trade in India and South Asia, said: “We are excited to build upon the existing connection that India and the UK share for quality food and drink.
“As gourmet brands continue to grow and succeed in India, we are confident that there is room for some of the best UK products to be a part of that expanding appetite.”