Spain looking to source packaged food and beverages from India?


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Some European supermarkets are reportedly looking to source packaged food and beverages from India, and this could start with Spain.

An official statement from India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry said this will start with an annual trade fair early next year.

According to the statement, a Spanish delegation has already been in discussion with the Indian authorities to make this possible.

Which packaged food and beverages from India will be exported?

According to the Indian ministry’s statement, released on October 8: “Discussions were held with Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) and Maria Carillo, International Director of FIAB (Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Technology) for bilateral cooperation and promotion of Indian and Spanish dairy sector.”

It added that Carillo “evinced keen interest in sending a delegation to India” to “source their raw food requirements” from the country.

It also said: “Milk plays an important role in the northern regions of Spain as it is the main agricultural produce with the dairy industry contributing to 9 percent of gross added value of Spanish food and drink sector.”

When is this becoming a reality?

A possible agreement between both parties is expected to be reached in a trade fair called Indofocus-II. It will be will be held on January 14-15, 2019, in Greater Noida near the national capital of New Delhi.

It’s first edition was held in the early months of the current calendar year. It is organised jointly by the TPCI jointly with Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

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