About the programme

F1rst is organizing a conference on Processed Indian Traditional Foods in New Delhi on Friday - 18th of November, 2022. The conference aims to bring together all the industry groups related to the Indian food processing industry, not only from India but also from various parts of the globe. This is a platform to discuss, share and learn how Traditional Indian Food is adapting to innovative food processing technologies and how the market for processed foods is changing is India. The food processing industry in India is a sunrise sector, bridging the vital gap between industry and agriculture. This industry is progressively getting the due it deserves from the government.

This conference will help understand key aspects such as science, resource requirement, infrastructure, education, competent manpower, etc. This conference plans to address the complete value chain of the Processed Indian Traditional foods. It will be a platform to discuss how a processed product can be developed which is:

a) of excellent quality

b) good in taste

c) nutritious

d) correctly priced

e) conveniently packaged

f) delivered correctly

These factors, combined with adequate, transparent and honest communication to the consumer about the products can build a strong platform for Processed Indian Traditional Foods. The conference will bring experts from various fields such as agriculture, R&D, supply chain, food ingredients, processed food manufacturers, retailers, advertising, policy makers, nutritionists and research scholars to share their knowledge with the gathering. The attendees of the conference can be very sure of having a day full of information and the conference will provide some very interesting food for thought.

Key discussion points :

-> Policy thrust to Indian food processing sector

-> Investment climate? Reason to invest in Indian traditional processed foods

-> R&D and equipment Challenges

-> Challenges of branding and advertising

-> Start-up ecosystem around food processing Industry

-> Availability of healthy and nutritious traditional foods

-> Food Services-trends in Indian traditional foods

-> The real market dynamics in processed Indian traditional foods

-> Academic research- Contribution to traditional Indian processed foods

-> Role of ingredients

-> Penetration of processed Indian traditional foods to tier II and tier III cities and impact of these foods on retailer's margin. Retailer's view on RTE vs. RTC

successful editions done

Snapshots - edition 1 & 2

keynote speakers

Dr.Rajan Shankar

CEO P4i, former Director of Nutrition Tata Trust

Tata Trust

Dr. Rajan Sankar is CEO of P4i , former Director of Nutrition, Tata Trusts. Prior to Tata Trusts. Dr. Sankar was the Regional Representative, South Asia, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Prior to joining GAIN. Dr. Sankar was a project officer in the Child Development and Nutrition section of UNICEF in India. In 2001, he retired as Colonel from the Indian Army Medical Corps after 24 years of service. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in national and international journals.

Priya Karkera

Senior Manager – Lead Projects Nutrition Health and Wellness

Nestle India

Experienced in Nutrition, with super specialization in Pediatric Nutrition from Harvard Medical School (USA) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (USA). First Indian Dietitian to be trained in FODMAP Diet for IBS from Monash University,  Australia. She holds Applied Business Analytics credentials from ISB Hyderabad.Ms. Priya has established herself in various fields such as a career in Education and teaching, Clinical Nutrition (with various Hospitals), and also worked as a Corporate Consultant for Employee wellness to ICICI Prudential, HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum), BPCL (Bharat Petroleum).

Has led large teams of Nutritionists and has been instrumental in developing the blueprint for Ask Nestle. At Nestle India, Priya is responsible for advancing Nutrition Health and Wellness around specific projects, and new growth platforms, and developing consumer-facing Health and Nutrition propositions.

Rouble Kataria

Senior Vice President

Haldiram’S Innovation and Training Centre

Rouble (Sukhija) Kataria is currently leading Innovations, Quality Assurance, Supply Chain & Training at Haldirams Snacks Pvt. Ltd. as Sr. Vice President.

She is actively working on product-specific innovation projects, setting up the processes for strengthening Supply Chain for the group, excelling in the training structure, and setting up the R&D protocols. She has contributed to the industry for 26 years in Quality, R&D, and People Development with the recent addition of Supply Chain in her portfolio. She is also a Certified Trainer of:
• Product Cutting & Evaluations


Associate Director


M. Sc. & PhD in Food Science

He is currently working as Scientist ‘F’ & Head, Food Engineering & Packaging Technology Division in Defence Food Research Laboratory, DRDO, Mysore. He is also heading the Space Food program for the proposed Gaganayaan mission which is collaborated between ISRO and DRDO. He has over 26 years of experience in food packaging and thermal and non-thermal processing technologies. He has developed MRE ration for Army & Navy, and developed degradable and suitable packaging material for dehydrated vegetables for Army. He has developed automation of tender coconut water processing system for large-scale production and processing of Coconut Sap ( Neera). He is scientific panel member of FSSAI & BIS. He is closely associated with some of the professional bodies like AFST, India, IFT, USA, Fellow- IFST, UK, AMI, Indian Meat Science Association, Association of Carbohydrate Chemists & Technologists (India) and American Society for Microbiologist.

Anurudh Khann

Multi Property Executive Chef

The Westin Delhi

Chef Anurudh Khanna is the Multi-Property Executive Chef for The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi & The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa.

He has over 22 years of experience and has worked with luxury hotels like The Shangri-La Bangalore, Hyatt Regency Delhi, The Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi, The Park New Delhi and The Westin Pune. He brings with him vast knowledge and understanding of the evolving hospitality industry and food trends. He holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from The Institute of Hotel Management, Kufri Shimla.

Ankita Marwaha

Associate Director - Nutrition Science
India & Middle East 

PepsiCo india holdings

Ankita Marwaha has been with PepsiCo India for eleven years and has over 22 years of experience in the FMCG segment.She has been associated with eminent companies like Unilever and Marico Ltd.

Ankita is responsible for leading PepsiCo’s agenda on Nutrition, Health and Wellness, driving research, advocacy and awareness programs in India & Middle East. Ankita’s role helps PepsiCo in moving into the area of work that has public health relevance particularly through transforming its core portfolio through sugar, sodium, saturated reduction & having Nutrition extensions and innovations.

She has been involved in clinical research in the area of Diabetes & Cholesterol Management & has both national & international published papers to her credit.

Dr. chindi vasudevappa

vice chancellor


Dr. Chindi Vasudevappa is an astute professional with years of experience in research, administration, and teaching; responsible for the development of academic programs, different curriculums, and regulations in addition to preparing and delivering lectures being an assistant and associate professor; a leader and technically qualified fisheries proficient with adequate abilities to oversee, conserve and create diversified fisheries resources in the country for quality fish protein and food security; has the ability to conduct research independently or with a team; has a secured doctorate in the field of fisheries Science.

Achievements: Established Pilot Plant /Incubation facility for Fruit and Vegetable processing, Milk processing, Meat processing, ready-to-eat products, and bakery at NIFTEM. Awarded with International Sponsorship Award for Participation in the “Intensive Training Program on Application of quantitative genetics for Aquaculture, ICLARM, Manila, Philippines.

Badrinath Raghavendran


f1RST, India

Mr. Badrinath R has 25 plus years of experience in the food industry. Over the course of his career, he has undertaken extensive international market research for beverage & dairy industries. He has worked with US based Beverage Marketing Corporation; Aroq, Zenith International & Landell Mills, (now Canadean) in the UK. Since joining Giract’s team, Badri has been responsible for research in multiple ingredient areas. Badrinath R. is the Founder, CEO of F1rst, India.


what's the fee?

1. Domestic: Per person - INR 10k + 18% GST

2. International: Per person - USD 185

3. Students: Per student - INR 8k + 18% GST

Note: More than 3 students from one college or University - INR 6k + 18% GST for each.

*Rate inclusive of registration, refreshments, lunch and proceedings

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