Plant-Based Food Industry Association Delegation Meets Union Minister to Activate Plant-Based Food Ecosystem in India | India is blooming

New Delhi/IBNS: A delegation from the new Plant Based Foods Industry Association (PBFIA) recently met Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, at his residence here.

The delegation, led by the Association’s Executive Director, Sanjay Sethi, briefed the Minister on the state of the nascent but growing plant-based food sector in India.

Noting that the sector was poised for explosive growth, Sethi sought Patel’s guidance and support in building it into a major industry serving domestic and global markets through policy changes, capacity building, business facilitation and other interventions.

The global plant-based food market is expected to reach US$77.8 billion in 2025.

The growth of the plant-based foods industry offers a major opportunity to address climate change, food insecurity and malnutrition, and public health risks (including pandemics and antimicrobial resistance) , and help India achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Prahlad Singh Patel (left) with Plant Based Foods Industry Association (PBFIA) Executive Director Sanjay Sethi

The PBFIA delegation led by Mr. Sethi included Varun Deshpande, MD, Good Food Institute India; Kartik Dixit, Founder, Evo Foods, Mumbai; Prateek Ghai, Founder, B Veg Foods, New Delhi; Pradeep Rao, Founder, Evolved Foods, Bangalore; Amit Bajaj, Founder, Vezley Foods; Palak Mehta, CEO, Vegan First Media, Pune; Gaurav Sharma, Founder, Greenest; Priti Singh, White Cub, Gurugram; Prakarshi Pulkit of Dharmic Foods; Narhari Gupta from Snill Burger and Satvika Mahajan from Good Food Institute India.

“The meeting was held in an extremely cordial and positive atmosphere and I am grateful for Mr. Patel’s offer to support us and help us grow exponentially. Incredible energy was seen in the room, the Minister and his team praising the innovative and tasty plant-based food samples we took away,” PBFIA Executive Director Sanjay Sethi said after the meeting.

“From our end, we are committed to doing everything in our power to help the plant-based food ecosystem thrive, thrive and thrive.”

Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries has requested PBFIA to have a special meeting with the ministry to discuss cold chain logistics and what can be done to facilitate daily operations parcels between major cities for industry.

Patel is keen for Gaurav Sishodia, AVP, Invest India, who was also present at the meeting, to work with PBFIA for its various initiatives.

“I am delighted to announce that the Minister has requested the assistance of the PBFIA to organize two major events, one involving all Indian plant ecosystem stakeholders, and the other where international stakeholders would also be invited, in order to understand and address all the challenges faced by the industry.” Seti said.

The Minister also appreciated the youthful energy and enthusiasm of the PBFIA delegation.

The Managing Director of Good Food Institute India, Mr. Varun Deshpande, said his institute’s proposal to fund centers of excellence in this sector at the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) has been well received by The Minister.

Andrew B. Reiter