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 Progressive Grocer), 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 F&G industry. Discussions also led to information on trends, emerging product categories, understanding consumer behaviour, and on marketing and in-store promotion strategies – all of which, as everyone agreed, require joint efforts of both manufacturers and retailers.
Pages 22 to 52 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 42 to 52 to find out the achievers who won the Coca-Cola Golden Spoon Awards powered by Kissan for excellence in grocery retailacross multiple categories. My congratulations to the winners and my heartfelt thanks to all the participants at the Forum for making the show a great success.