In a world where food safety standards are challenging and the industrial environment is rapidly evolving, addressing the concerns and imbalances of the industry by its stakeholders is not a choice but an imperative. Ensuring the sustainability of crops and improving the livelihood of the farmers is also a collective responsibility. It is in this context that All India Spices Exporters Forum (AISEF) came up with the idea of the International Spice Conference with a view to providing a platform for all stakeholders of the Global Spice Industry – business houses, spice organisations, policy makers, farmers and end users – to address their issues and interact with each other.

Today it has grown to become the World’s Largest Knowledge Dissemination and unifying platform for the global spice fraternity. Four successful editions of the conference are already over and these have had their positive impact on the industry and its stakeholders. The four editions have sequentially evolved on its theme as a continuing and dedicated string of thought. The first edition of the International Spice Conference had ‘Decoding spices in the 21st Century’ as its theme and it talked about quality, collaboration and adaptability as the three critical factors. The second and the third editions had ‘21st Century Spice Industry – Disrupt or be Disrupted’ as its theme and ‘Managing Disruptions through Transformation and Collaboration’ as their respective themes. The fourth edition, ISC 2019, had ‘Challenges of Change – Redefining the Value Chain’ as its theme. It deliberated on challenges due to Changes in consumer’s preferences, the infusion of technology in business changing the operational dynamics and   Government rules and regulations, different international quality standards and terms of trades throwing up newer obstacles for spice industry. One of the unique features of ISC 2019 was the Innovation Pavilion and ISC Innovation Awards intended to provide impetus to innovations that help the industry perform better.


The fifth edition, ISC 2020 is being held at Kochi, the Spice Capital of the World from March 8, 2020 to March 11 at Bolgatty Grand Hyatt, Kochi, Kerala. The Theme of ISC 2020 is, ‘Beyond Traditions: Shaping a New Spice World’ .International Spice Conference 2020 addresses the need to look at futuristic approaches and innovative applications of spices, for contemporary experiences in cuisines, health, and nutrition. The conference shall highlight the direct impact on the consumers and industry.

In a nutshell, ISC 2020 will present a bouquet of advantages—interactive presentations, panel discussions, networking sessions, audio-visual presentations, innovation pavilion, innovation awards, exhibition, buyer-seller meets, and sightseeing trips to the magnifi­cent locations of God's Own Country. 



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