India’s premier & pioneer association of food processors by the food processors and for the food processors

Introduction

All India Food Processors' Association (AIFPA)was established in the year 1943 by visionaries who pioneered the Food Processing Industry in India that too in the most turbulent period of World War-II and the Indian Freedom Struggle. They perceived the need for scientific management of the vast panorama of Agro-Food Sector, with an emphatic focus on the development, promotion and establishment of Food Processing Industries in the country. The objective was to prevent the wastage of fresh farm produce through its preservation and value addition, so as to make it available round the year at affordable prices to the common consumer. At the same time, it was the only way to save the poor farmer from perennial economic losses caused by distress sale of his perishable farm produce.

AIFPA takes pride in having completed its long journey of 75 years of dedicated and selfless service and expresses its gratitude to all the stake holders of the Food Processing Sector in India including all the concerned Central & State Government Agencies, and acknowledges with pleasure their support and the rich and holistic knowledge resource of its members related to product development, manufacturing and quality control of all kinds of Food Products guaranteed to be safe for consumption.

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Mission

The prime objectives of the Association include the following:-

  1. To promote, encourage and support Indian Food Processing Industries and raise the technical standards, product quality and safety to match global standards.
  2. To actively participate in evolving quality standards & safety measures under the Food Safety and Standards Act-2006.
  3. To seek redressal of the problems of the food industry that impedes their growth and development.
  4. To conduct Workshops & Training Programmes to acquaint about GMP, GHP & HACCP and new Technological Developments etc. and also organise National/International Seminars.
  5. To collect, classify and circulate statistics and other information relating to production of agri-horti produce, production of processed foods in India and agri-food exports from India.
  6. To encourage research projects to study technical problems relating to the Industry.
  7. To conduct and promote market research/market studies in India and abroad on processed food products.
  8. To institute Awards and Scholarships to encourage Food Scientists and Technologists, administrators, consultants and executives who help in the growth and development of the Food Processing Industries in India.
  9. To publish a bimonthly technical Journal i.e. “Indian Food Packer” and monthly “E-Newsletter” as a non-profit activity, which aims to keep the food processing units abreast of the latest worldwide developments in Food Processing, new product & processes, additives, research programmes, regulatory issues etc.
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Role of AIFPA

Ever since its inception, AIFPA has been discharging its role as a pathfinder for the Indian Food Processing Industry to provide access to newer technologies, critical process plant & machinery, modern packaging machines, efficient logistics and enabling marketing infrastructure etc. As the exclusive representative of Food Processing Industry in the country, AIFPA has always undertaken the responsibility of policy interventions with the concerned Government Agencies, to bring about necessary changes as and when required, in order to mitigate the bottlenecks which hinder the growth of Food Processing Sector in the country. Alleviating the problems of the MSME sector which produces over 85% of the food has for ever been the endeavour of AIFPA.

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Government Recognition

In regard to various matters concerning the Food Processing Industries in India, the Association is duly recognized by the Government as a Nodal Agency and it has close interaction with various Govt. bodies, such as:-

  1. Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
  2. Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  3. To seek redressal of the problems of the food industry that impedes their growth and development.
  4. Union Ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Commerce and Civil Supplies.
  5. National Horticulture Board (NHB), Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India.
  6. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India.
  7. Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) & its variations sectional committees on subjects affecting the industry.
  8. Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Value Added Tax (VAT), GST etc.
  9. Quality Council of India

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