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Food&HotelAsia Receives ‘Special Recognition’ at Singapore Tourism Awards 2019

Singapore, 10 May 2019 – Food&HotelAsia (FHA), a focused and comprehensive business platform for Asia’s food & hospitality industry, received the highly esteemed ‘Special Recognition’ award at the Singapore Tourism Awards (STA) Gala Dinner held last night at The Ritz-Carlton.

The ceremony presented 29 awards in four categories. The Special Recognition award honours the efforts of organisations or individuals who have made key contributions to Singapore’s tourism landscape through their creativity, innovative ideas, best practices and by the sheer significance of their contribution to the tourism sector.

This is the third award FHA is recognised for at the Singapore Tourism Awards. Previously FHA took number one spot for Best Exhibition Organiser for its editions in 2008 and 2016.

With 40 years of experience, FHA has amassed recognition worldwide for being the leading authority and trendsetter for the food and hospitality markets in Asia. First started in a car park in 1978, FHA grew in depth and breadth, fully occupying all 10 halls of Singapore Expo by 2014. In an Economic Impact Assessment study of FHA, the event’s 2016 edition generated an overall revenue of $244 million, of which 74 per cent was foreign revenue, to the Singapore economy.

In 2018, FHA marked its Ruby Jubilee with a record breaking attendance of more than 80,000 industry professionals from 105 countries and regions.

“Since its inception FHA has continually reinvented itself to bring a platform that plays an intrinsic role in the transformation of businesses and, sets the stage for opportunities that propel the careers of future top chefs and baristas. We are very proud of this achievement as it delivers proof of our strong commitment to the industry, and that our formula to connect the food and hospitality community has been a winning one,” said Paul Wan, Managing Director, UBM Singapore, organiser of FHA.

“Receiving the prestigious Special Recognition Award is not possible without the shared vision of government bodies, trade associations, the F&B community, and above all, to employees who laboured behind the scenes edition after edition. This award is for everyone who played a role in creating FHA into what it is today - a highly trusted platform that delivers unforgettable experiences for global attendees,” he added.

“The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) seeks to create, anchor and grow business events that deliver rich content, draw visitors, and establish Singapore as a premier MICE hub with compelling, industry-leading content. FHA’s international reputation as Asia’s marketplace for innovation in the food and hospitality industries has contributed to Singapore’s standing as a global hub in these areas. We look forward to more of such large-scale events as we work in partnership with our industry stakeholders, and to welcoming future editions of FHA,” said Andrew Phua, Director, Exhibitions & Conferences, STB.

“Since its inception, FHA has been the stage where chefs in Singapore and around the world can showcase their culinary skills and art, and the event has, edition after edition, helped raise the profile of young, up and coming chefs on the international front. The Singapore Chefs Association is pleased that FHA has received this award and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the event for many more years to come,” shared Eric Neo, President, Singapore Chefs Association.

Margaret Heng, Executive Director, Singapore Hotel Association added, “It has been rewarding to see how FHA has grown from strength to strength over the years. It has become a truly global platform where industry peers gather to exchange knowledge, share ideas and network. The Singapore Hotel Association is proud to support FHA as it stands out as an event that brings benefits to all stakeholders in the tourism industry, with hotels being one of them. We are indeed confident that FHA will continue to scale greater heights.”

Elevating event experience with Two Mega Events, Same Trusted Brand
More than four decades on, it is pertinent for the event to evolve to stay relevant to the industry especially to answer the call for fresh and innovative offerings. A bold move was made to expand and rebrand FHA in 2020 from one wall-bound event into two dedicated shows – FHA-HoReCa and FHA-Food & Beverage, forming the bedrock of “Two Mega Events, Same Trusted Brand.”

The Stage for Hospitality Excellence

FHA-HoReCa is a highly focused platform which gathers global stakeholders from the food service industry to showcase new to market innovations hotel, hospitality technology and style, and share best practices.

Discover the Taste for Tomorrow
To address the more discerning and health-conscious consumer, FHA-Food & Beverage will bring together the best of food ingredients, drinks and fresh produces among others in a focused way to encourage connections and facilitate trade in Asia and beyond.

While FHA-HoReCa and FHA-Food & Beverage will have two distinct identities and differentiated offerings, they will share a unified goal of enabling businesses. The move to two dedicated shows will also offer both exhibitors and visitors more opportunities to engage as well as access to tools and knowledge for innovation.

Beyond the show floor, participants can also embark on activities such as business matching and workshops, and catch high-octane competitions to round up their overall event experience.

FHA-HoReCa will be staged from 3 to 6 March 2020 and FHA-Food & Beverage three weeks later from 31 March to 3 April 2020, at the Singapore Expo. ProWine Asia (Singapore) 2020 will be co-located with FHA-Food & Beverage.

Events At A Glance

Date: 3 to 6 March 2020
Venue: Singapore Expo

Exhibit Profile:

Bakery & Pastry, Foodservice & Hospitality Equipment, Hospitality Style, Hospitality Technology, Speciality Coffee & Tea

FHA-Food & Beverage

Date: 31 March to 3 April 2020
Venue: Singapore Expo

Exhibit Profile: Drinks, Food Ingredients, FoodTech, Fresh Produce, Grains & Pulses, Halal, Oils & Fats, Organics, Snacks & Confectionery

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Highlights include investor pitching sessions, panel discussions and face time with top buyers

SINGAPORE, 1 April 2019 – Explore the latest developments in food technologies and how they are  revolutionising various facets of the speciality food and drink industries at Speciality & Fine FoodAsia  (SFFA) 2019 and Restaurant, Pub & Bar Asia (RPB Asia) 2019’s inaugural SG Food Tech Week.

Held over three days, SG Food Tech Week, developed in consultation with Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre, will bring together the top minds in food and beverage technologies and consultancies with policy makers to uncover key challenges and opportunities in this space. The keynote session and panel discussions will focus on topics like blockchain and its impact on supply chain management, big data trends and smart manufacturing and how to balance the power of predictive technologies with consumer privacy*. Themes for each session will also be co-curated by SFFA and RPB Asia’s panel of Industry Ambassadors to ensure that the content is relevant and tailored to the specific needs of participants.

Jonathan Hargreaves, Vice Chairman, Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre says, “Predictive data and technologies are integral to doing business in today’s landscape. It is now vital for companies, in addition to learning how to utilise and implement such technologies, to understand their target consumers’ interaction with big data and intelligence. This will then help determine what customers really want, the type of data and technology needed to grow the business and more importantly, build consumer trust.”
Start-ups and SMEs in this space will also be invited to showcase their latest technologies in the second instalment of the highly successful investor pitching series PITCH!. The competition will focus on spotlighting the latest technological solutions and innovations that tackle pressing hospitality challenges, streamline workflow and address the need for sustainability in various food production processes. PITCH! will be split into two different tracks focusing on hospitality and production solutions on day one and sustainability on day two, providing contestants with valuable face time with industry heavyweights,investors and mentors.

“Food and technology have become increasingly interconnected over the years with the impact of new technologies on this industry far reaching and diverse. SG Food Tech Week provides accessible ways for food producers and brands to do a deep dive and explore which technologies work best for their business,”

says Christopher McCuin, Managing Director of Montgomery Asia. “Through PITCH!, start-ups in the food technology field will also have the opportunity to bring to the table cutting-edge technologies and innovations and present them to potential investors to secure new distribution channels and funding. This is such an exciting time for our industry, and we look forward to discovering more of such revolutionary and disruptive technologies at the shows.”

Details on the keynote and panel sessions can be found in Appendix A. More information on keynote and panel speakers will be announced closer to the show. SFFA and RPB Asia will be held from 17 – 19 July 2019 at Suntec Singapore.

*Keynote session and panel discussion topics subject to change



Wednesday, 17 July: Keynote – The Future of Food
Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before, but our
current model is unsustainable. As the world’s population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, this poses a real conundrum: How do we sustainably and nutritiously feed all these people in ways that don’t harm the planet? Technology encompasses significant potential to transform global food systems into drivers of sustainable development with ground-breaking innovations such as lab-grown meat and 3D food printing – but is technology the only solution?

Focusing on advancing food security, safety, and sustainability, this session serves to identify current and future opportunities and challenges in Asia, as well as to address how new technologies could help to strengthen global food security.

Thursday, 18 July: Deep Dive – Blockchain, Traceability & Transparency
Hyped as a potentially game-changing pioneering innovation in meeting the increasing regulatory and consumer pressure on complex supply chains, blockchain technology is inspiring change and innovation in the F&B industry to ensure traceability, safety and transparency across its supply chain. Although it is still at its early stages, blockchain technology offers the promise of disruption on a huge scale across the F&B industry. With the rise of cryptocurrency and blockchain applications, how the F&B industry can harness the power of it is a key question for many.

Thursday, 18 July: New Tables – The Latest Platforms in Food Tech
Whether we are ready to admit it or not, we have witnessed technology become the driving force behind many companies in long-standing industries over the past decade. There is no surprise that years from now, the food we eat today – and the systems behind it – may seem as outdated as a phone without apps.

Explore how technology is accelerating the development of the industry – formulating nutrient-rich productswithout compromising on taste, tech-enabled grocery shopping, the booming food delivery scene – and what to expect over the horizon.

Friday, 19 July: Deep Dive – Big Data Trends
Big data, the science of compiling unwieldy bulk information and turning it into bite-sized chunks of manageable information, is transforming business in many ways due to the sheer amount of information and insight it offers. From consumer purchasing behavior, supply chain transparency and management and quality control, find out how you can best leverage on the power of big data for your business.

Friday, 19 July: Smart Food Cities
A Smart City revolution is currently sweeping the world. Day after day, people and the cities are getting smarter. All thanks to data and technology, the future of the F&B industry just seems to have no surmountable boundaries – providing solutions in improving manufacturing and logistics operations to drive efficiencies and chipping away at global hunger problems with the increasing connectivity, the F&B industry is ultimately transforming. With this, what does the future entail for the city, brands, retailers, consumers?

*Keynote session and panel discussion topics subject to change

About Speciality & Fine Food Asia and Restaurant Pub & Bar Asia 
Organised by Montgomery Asia, Speciality & Fine Food Asia (SFFA) and Restaurant Pub & Bar Asia (RPB Asia) are dedicated trade platforms that connect gourmet food & drink producers and purveyors with decision makers in the retail, foodservice and hospitality sectors, providing companies an excellent platform to discover new trends, expand their business and reach the right buyers. The third edition of the shows will be held from 17 – 19 July 2019 at Suntec Singapore and will feature an expanded programme line-up including fringe events, competitions, as well as a more diverse range of chefs, bartenders and speciality food and drink products and technologies. SFFA and RPB Asia will also see the launch of the new Industry Ambassadors programme, harnessing the power of industry insights to ensure that the needs of suppliers and buyers are fully catered to.

About Montgomery Asia
Established in 2016, Montgomery Asia is a fully-owned subsidiary of Montgomery. It focuses on the growing Asian market, bringing the group’s flagship events to this region as well as developing new trade shows that meet the needs of the Asian market.
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4th Hospitality Philippines Conference

With more than 7000 islands, nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, tropical biodiversity and a great range of cultural traditions, the Philippines is one of the most attractive destinations in South-east Asia. 

While the country still attracts barely one-sixth the number of foreign visitors per year that regional powerhouse ailand does, foreigners are increasingly staying longer and spending more during their visits. Foreign and domestic tourists alike will have more reasons to linger in the next few years, when transport infrastructure to far-flung beach resorts improves and the development of a $6bn complex of casino resorts reaches completion and It is projected to increase by 5.6% per annum till 2025.

Hospitality Philippines Conference 2019 is scheduled on October 3 @Marriott Manila Hotel. It will be a comfortable, yet focused platform which brings together 200+ government bodies, real estate leaders, financing communities, project owners, Architects & interior Designers, Engineers and Contractors, Hotel Groups, consultants, Suppliers and Vendors to explore new investment opportunities and establish business partnerships.

Hospitality Philippines Conference is part of Escom’ Hospitality Series Events in Asia and HPC 2019 will be the 4th Edition. You may find out more via:

Get in touch with the organizer to register:
Gloria WONG, Event Director , Escom Events
T +86 28 8500 0590 M +86 186 2811 3057 (viber/imessage/whatsapp) E [email protected]

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