What can you expect at a gathering that attracts the most eclectic bunch of cognoscenti from the Food Retail industry? As is customary at the annual India Food Forum (organised by IMAGES Group and publisher of FoodService India), the Conclave this year rippled with energy and its usual share of heat and light that the conferences, workshops, exhibitions, live shows and networking sessions radiated. Industry mavens who spoke on different themes and topics at the numerous panel discussions threw up interesting insights on the foodservice industry.
Discussions also led to information on trends, emerging concepts and categories, understanding consumer behaviour, and on marketing and F&B promotion strategies – all of which, as everyone agreed, require joint efforts of both suppliers and retailers. Pages 28 to 40 of this issue of the magazine offers a conspectus of the action at the India Food Forum. For those who were not there, we bring you interesting bytes and loads of information exchanged at the Forum.
Turn to pages 36 to 40 to find out about the winners of IMAGES Food Service Awards presented by HUL’s Knorr Seasonings and powered by Lulu Mall. The winners were awarded glittering trophies and citations for demonstrating excellence in F&B operations across multiple formats. The selection process for the Awards involved inviting entries from the nation’s leading food service operators across multiple categories. The Awards’ Jury comprised eminent personalities from the fields of business, media, and research and consulting. The Jury analyzed key performance metrics such as growth in top line sales and retailpresence, sales per square foot, same store sale growth. The Jury also studied the impact of IT application, innovation, marketing, supplier relations and employee practices.
My congratulations to the winners and my heartfelt thanks to all the participants at the Forum for making the show a great success.