The 34th edition of ANUGA is being organised by Koelnmesse GmBH and 7,200 exhibitors from more than 100 countries are likely to participate in the event.

“Being the largest producer of food in the world, India cannot remain distant from such mega events, and to become global food market and global food factory, representation of India needs to grow by many times in the years to come,” Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said after signing the memorandum of understanding for participation in ANUGA.

“By signing this MoU with ANUGA, we aim to create a business platform for Indian food processors and exporters and also put Indian food and cuisine at the global platform,” Badal said on the occasion.

The Minister also announced that her Ministry had tied up with another large food trade fair — SIAL — which is partnering with World Food India 2017, the “largest ever” food investors trade fair to be held in the Capital in November this year.

“Allowing 100 per cent FDI in food retail alone will not bring FDI. We need to attract foreign investment into our domestic modern food retail which shall drive domestic production and manufacturing in a big way,” Badal said.

She said that foreign investment and interest in India will also grow many times and therefore the country has to become an important partner of these events.

Indian exhibitors at ANUGA have been on rise since 2005 and around 135 companies and individual traders had participated in the event last year.

Badal also invited Germany to participate in the forthcoming global food investors trade fair to be held in November this year in the national capital.