Ready-to-eat products, hotel ware, coffee, ice cream and chips-making machines, beverage dispensers, industrial laundry machines, cleaning equipment, commercial kitchen equipment and stainless steel cutlery are some of the items that are on display at the international food fair, inaugurated at the Chennai Trade Centre on Thursday.

The food fair, being organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation, is to showcase the growth registered in the food processing and allied sectors in the country, particularly south India.

Named ‘Aahar 2010,' the fair has two major sections, Food India and Hospitality India.

Food India comprises packaged and processed foods, including beverages, frozen food and nature fruit bars. Hospitality India covers food processing equipment, commercial kitchen equipment, industrial laundry machine, food warmers and disposal items.

Over 60 leading companies have set up 100 stalls at the fair.

Principal Secretary, Cooperation, Food and Consumer Protection Department, Swaran Singh, declared open the three–day fair, which is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.