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Taste of Europe in India

india Updated: Mar 02, 2007 16:11 IST

Cultures and cuisines will mix, giving India a taste of Europe when EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel comes here with the leaders of top food and liquor companies on March 6.

"Boel will be accompanied by a 28-member delegation representing the agricultural and food processing industries of Europe," said Francisco da Camara Gomes, head of the delegation of the European Commission in India.

Boel, the EU commissioner for agriculture and rural development, will start her visit to India on March 6. She will meet Commerce Minister Kamal Nath, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahay and leaders of the Indian business community.

She goes to Mumbai on March 9 where she will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and top business leaders.

"The key objective of the commissioner's visit is to reinforce and highlight common areas of partnership and growth in the field of agriculture and food processing technology," said Gomes.

Indians will get a chance to taste multicultural food at the International Ahaar Food Fair to be held at Pragati Maidan here on March 8.

Top EU food companies like Arla Foods of Denmark, Danone and Lactalis of France, Gancia (Italy) and renowned liquor brands like Gonzalez Byass of Spain, Hilltop of Hungary, Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) of France and Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) of Britain will be pitching their tent at the festival in the hope of getting a slice of the burgeoning Indian pie.