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Food&HotelVietnam2017 - The Country’s Premier International Food and Hospitality Event Commences Today

Ho Chi Minh City, 25 April 2017 - Food&HotelVietnam2017 gets off to a rousing start today at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Taking place from 25 to 27 April 2017 and encompassing more than 11,000 square meters of exhibition space, the trade event is timely, relevant and complements the steady growth of the food and hospitality industries in Vietnam and beyond. This event presents an opportune networking platform for the industry to converge, source, develop business and broaden network

The 9th edition features a total of 614 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions, making it the largest and most comprehensive showcase of its kind in Indochina. With overseas exhibitor participation at 76 per cent, together with the remarkable presence of 20 international group pavilions from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and USA endorses the show’s stature and contribution to the local and regional hospitality industry.

An ever-expanding range of products and services will be on display, ranging from the finest and most unique food ingredients and products, to service equipment, and, hospitality hardware and software solutions. Trade visitors will be delighted with the vast array of culinary products, such as Australian fresh beef and beef products; Belgian chocolate, confectionery; flavorful Germany bread, sausage, wine and spirits; or Spanish premium olio products, seafood, ham and sparkling wines, amongst others.

This event also highlights Korean food specialties with an impressive showcase of kimchi, ginseng, seaweed, as well as the well-knowned Korean spirits such as rice wine, soju, fruit and herb wines. It is reported that Korea is among the countries with the highest number of exhibiting companies – featuring a total of 51 exhibitors led by the Korean Agricultural Technology Center.

Adding to the showground’s sparkle and glamour is an international variety of product lines introduced by over 40 vendors and suppliers from the United State of America. U.S. Offices of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy, Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City - the organizer of the USA Pavilion shared: “Vietnam, over the years, has become an important market for U.S. food and agricultural products thanks to the growing food retail sector and increasing demand for high quality food products. In light of this, the Food&HotelVietnam has proven to be the premiere platform for U.S. food and agricultural exporters to reach the ever-growing Vietnamese market. This year, USA Pavilion exhibiting companies are all eager to introduce to customers a vast range of high quality U.S. products including dairy products, chilled and frozen meat, frozen poultry, fresh and dried fruits, and more.”

In addition to the food and beverage categories, Food&HotelVietnam2017 caters to each and every facet of the today’s competitive hospitality industry, showcasing an array of innovative technologies and equipment for driving back-end foodservice to front-end guest experiences, for example, tableware and furnishing; catering services; refrigeration equipment; storage facilities; laundry facilities; specialty coffee equipment; and bakery equipment.

Food&HotelVietnam2017 proudly hosts growing Vietnamese companies

This year, Food&HotelVietnam proudly hosts 149 local companies who are the movers and shakers in the industry. They include Boncafe Vietnam, BT International, New Viet Dairy, Epicure Vina, Holafoods, Minh Long I, Nestle Professional, Tan Nhat Huong, Sunshine Equipment, Au Lac Vegetarian Cuisine, Vietsolutions, Victorinox (Vietnam) amongst others

“New Viet Dairy is proud to be among the few and may be the only one that participated in each and every edition of Food&HotelVietnam since its inception. We will feature the largest single company booth at this exhibition, presenting more than 500 products from around 20 countries, along with 7 renowned international chefs at work full time. We will certainly be the largest restaurant in Vietnam across three days and look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to come enjoy the show and savor the experience,” Mr. Didier Lachize – General Manager and Co-founder of New Viet Dairy.

Anchoring the robust lineup of local companies is a roster of world-renowned brands representing a wide assortment of top-notch products and services, which include but certainly not limited to Abbotts & Delaunay, Allied International, Anchor Food Professionals, Brunner-Anliker, Charles Wembley, Chinatown Food, Fonterra Australia, Freser International, FrieslandCampina, Hobart, Kim’s Chocolates, and NH Foods Australia. New exhibitors include Aco Polycrete from Australia, Chocolaterie Smet from Belgium, British Columbia Blueberry Council from Canada, Modular Professional from Italy, Tong Garden Food from Singapore, and many more.

Strong support from local governments and industry associations

Food&HotelVietnam, over the years, has amassed strong support and endorsement from not only businesses, but also from local government organizations and influential industry associations. This year is no different, as the event once again is strongly backed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam Hotel Association, and Ho Chi Minh City Hotel Association.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism will contribute to this edition of Food&HotelVietnam by hosting an educational and interactive seminar entitled “Exploiting and Promoting the Value of Vietnamese Cuisine in the Development of Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City”, with a strong lineup of homegrown and overseas culinary experts, industry leaders as well as the owners of top hotels, resorts, food manufacturing, food retailing and restaurants nationwide.

Vietnam Hotel Association continues its relationship and presence at Food&HotelVietnam with a seminar entited “Vietnam Hotel Business and Investment Conference”. With an estimated attendance of over 300 senior delegates, the conference provides the stage for domestic and international hotel strategists to convene and map the future of the Vietnam’s hospitality industry. 

Vietnam Culinary Challenge 2017

Organized by the Saigon Professional Chefs Guild as part of Food&HotelVietnam2017, the Vietnam Culinary Challenge (VNCC) is dedicated to helping local culinarians hone their craft, develop their cooking skills and broaden their culinary horizons. Competing at VNCC provides young chefs with the added opportunity of being mentored by a panel of culinary instructors and given access to a national network of professional chefs. Under the theme of “Spices of Indochina”, contestants will demonstrate their knowledge and skills through a variety of different classes, from Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines, vegetarian dishes, to dessert making and fruit and vegetable carving.

“Vietnam Culinary Challenge, over the years, has been firmly entrenched as a highly-regarded and well-organized competition for the culinary community in Vietnam and Indochina. Featuring a strong lineup of 18 reputable and influential judges, along with the participation of 255 individual contestants and 3 teams, this edition of VNCC is geared to be an exciting stopover for up and coming culinary talents, serving as the launching pad to greater success and achievements in their future career paths. Wish the competition, and of course, the exhibition, the most fruitful and rewarding results ever,” said Mr. Norbert Ehbar - Saigon Professional Chefs Guild, the Secretariat of Vietnam Culinary Challenge.

Vietnam Barista and Vietnam Latte Art Competition 2017

The Vietnam Barista and Latter Art Competition is a highly recommended and prestigious platform for baristas to enhance their beverage making skills and knowledge through an intense, action-packed series of challenges. Each contestant will have up to 15 minutes to produce three sets of espressos, milk based drinks, and signature beverages for a panel of certified judges, all competing for the covet title of being the finest barista.

The champion will be headed to Singapore for a once in a lifetime journey, representing Vietnam to pit their skills against others at the regional contest Barista Super Duo Challenge, held concurrently with Food&HotelAsia2018 in Singapore from 24 - 27 April 2018.

A platform for business networking and knowledge sharing

The conference program at Food&HotelVietnam2017 is packed full of inspirational and innovative education sessions and workshops, offering trade delegates an opportunity to learn from the best speakers and professionals across the region. Apart from the above-mentioned symposiums by Vietnam Hotel Association and Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, the educational sessions also cover a variety of pertinent topics ranging from wine matching techniques, butchery skills, to food processing and food safety matters. 

New Viet Dairy – the largest single exhibitor at Food&HotelVietnam2017 will add to the show an indulgent, educational workshop entitled: “Wine Families – Wine and Food Pairing”. Under the dedicated guidance of the French wine expert Rene Marre, the deep-dive workshop will equip you with a number of carefully prepared wine tastings, hone your tasting skills and help you match food and wine like a real sommelier.

The seminar “Food Safety in Commercial Kitchens: An ISO 22000:2005 Approach for Practitioners” hosted by Lean Six Sigma Network will be focusing on the increasing challenges and complexity posed by diverse aspects of food safety, as well as addressing some of the latest research and critical issues currently facing the food industry. Keynote speaker at the seminar is Dr. Nguyen Xuan Mai - Deputy Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Hygiene and Public Health.  

The exhibition, likewise, features other industry-specific workshops which are “Working with Australian Red Meat – Butchery Workshop for Chefs, Food Retailers and Food Service Industry” hosted by The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and “The 2nd Malaysia Palm Oil International Chefs Conference 2016 in Vietnam: Revolution in Professional Kitchen” by Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

Mr. BT Tee – General Manager of UBM VES, the organizer of Food&HotelVietnam2017 concludes: “Food&HotelVietnam2017 stands proudly above previous editions and competing events in terms of size and international participation – a testament of industry support and our ability to bring true industry trade buyers to the table. Not resting on our laurels, we are committed to continuously innovate for the benefit of our attendees and to ensure participation value. And I am also pleased to announce that our new smartphone app is ready for you to explore, promising to equip you with the best possible connection experience which will drive more business for those involved!”

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Additional Information:

Food&HotelVietnam2017 at a glance:

Exhibition:       Food&HotelVietnam2017

Venue:              Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC)

Address:            799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Date:                  25 – 27 April, 2017 (Tues – Thu)

Time:                 0900hrs – 1700hrs

Registration:     www.foodnhotelvietnam.com

About Food&HotelVietnam:

Food&HotelVietnam is Vietnam’s most international and comprehensive industry trade show, featuring the complete industry food and hospitality equipment value chain and offers itself as an industry platform for trade, training and promotion. Since its inception in 2004, the event has grown from strength to strength with consistently more quality industry buyers visiting over the years – the event of choice for the industry.

Food&HotelVietnam is organised by UBM SES and locally supported by VCCI Exhibition Service Co Ltd. For more information about the events, please visit:  www.foodnhotelvietnam.com.

Media contacts:

Joey Tran (Ms.)                                                                                             

Public Relation & Conference Executive

UBM VES

Tel: (+84) 8 3930 7618 (Ext: 108)

Email: joeytran@vietallworld.com

 

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 11,100 Sqm / Exhibition Area 613  Exhibitors | From 38 countries / regions 20 International Group Pavilions