Annapoorna ANUFOOD India, Next edition in September 2021 in Mumbai


Exhibition venue occupied for COVID-19 facility leads to cancellation of Annapoorna ANUFOOD India - India's international exhibition on food & beverage trade and retail market. Next edition in September 2021 in Mumbai.

The unexpected second wave of coronavirus has hit Mumbai, and having such a dense population requires extraordinary efforts to tackle the pandemic; hence, local authorities have built jumbo COVID ICUs across the city. They have also converted Bombay Exhibition Centre into an ICU, and due to the second wave, it is unlikely that the venue will be available for the trade fair which was initially scheduled from 3-5 February 2021.

The decision is a big disappointment for organisers, exhibitors and visitors. However, these steps are taken to help keep everyone safe and control the spread. Choosing to cancel is a difficult decision, mostly when all stakeholders have spent time and efforts into preparing and promotions. However, these steps are essential for keeping attendees safe, helping to flatten the curve, and affecting positive change. Koelnmesse management understands that cancelling the event will cause inconvenience to the exhibitors, visitors and partners in the short term; however, this is the best option in the current scenario.

"This inevitable decision comes as a consequence of insurgent COVID-19 situation around us. However, with industry’s support we are confident to rise, reassemble and present the best B2B trade fair to the Indian food industry in September 2021" says Milind Dixit, Managing Director of Koelnmesse YA Tradefair Pvt Ltd.

"Over the years, Annapoorna ANUFOOD India contributed to the growth of the economy; this year, the pandemic impaired this growth engine. This joint decision of event cancellation is our endeavour to support the Government for curbing COVID-19" added Balvinder Singh Sawhney, Assistant Secretary General Head of Trade Fair Department of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI).

"Being a long-term supporter of this exhibition, we have been observing the market in this unprecedented situation and its probable impact on the trade fair. Considering the circumstances, we feel this is an appropriate decision made by the organisers" contributes Kumar Rajgopalan, CEO of Retailers Association of India (RAI).

The next edition of Annapoorna - ANUFOOD India will be held from
6-8 September 2021 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.

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