25 April 2018

Innovations galore at Food&HotelAsia 2018

Display at the Suntec venue.
Display at the Suntec venue.

Food&HotelAsia (FHA) and co-located show ProWine Asia (PWA) are expected to host tens of thousands of visitors over four days, from 24 to 27 April in Singapore.

As the largest edition to date, visitors can experience exhibits from 3,500 international food, drinks and hospitality exhibitors across 120,000 sq m at FHA, alongside 300 international wines and spirits exhibitors across 7,500 sq m at PWA 2018.

Guest-of-Honour, Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, graced the opening ceremony for FHA2018 and PWA 2018.

As Singapore’s longest-running and Asia’s most comprehensive international food and hospitality mega trade event, FHA has grown from occupying a small hotel carpark in 1978 to spanning two venues at Singapore Expo and Suntec Singapore, housing the biggest-ever industry congregation today. Four tracks at the FHA International Conference and 50 complimentary workshops and activities spread across the two venues will additionally offer participants business matching, skills upgrade, and industry discourse.

Chocolate display at the Kaafe booth.
Chocolate display at the Kaafe booth.
“This edition of FHA – [40 Years] is extremely special to us. The sheer increase in space, support of stalwart exhibitors and growing interest from attendees are testaments to FHA’s four-decade transformational journey. Today, we are irrevocably recognised by industry for being always on the forefront of latest innovation – for the industry,” said Rodolphe Lameyse, Project Director, Food & Hospitality, UBM, organiser of FHA and co-organiser of PWA.

FHA is an event that ignites the six senses – taste, sight, touch, smell, sound, and the last, the business sense. I’m very excited to welcome everyone to join us at Expo and Suntec to celebrate the event’s 40th anniversary, and together we take our six senses on a phenomenal journey to behold some of the world’s best tastes and innovations that are driving the food and hospitality industry of tomorrow.”

Sixty-one local and overseas group delegations will attend FHA, their presence a true reflection of its reputation as the preferred event in the region for the industry it serves. Trade professionals attending FHA2018 have indicated an estimated sourcing budget of US$11 billion*.

In collaboration with Euromonitor International, FHA also unveiled an industry white paper titled Smart Innovations Transforming the Food and Hospitality Landscape by 2020. The report provides a unique insight into major disruptors impacting the industry, such as megatrends of how developed market consumers are trading down on everyday commodities to trade up on experiences, and are increasingly choosing industry concepts that match their ethical values.

Highlights of the event include:

Singapore Expo
  • Ticketing, deposits and card storage solutions to deter “no shows” reservations at restaurants (ResDiary, Hall 4)
  • Nitro cold brew coffee straight from the bottle (Cool Cool Beverage, Hall 2)
Suntec Singapore
  • Automated cooking systems that recreate the “wok hei” of traditional Cantonese stirfry (IKC, Level 4)
  • A plug and play 3D food printing solution that can customise pasta, chocolates, sweets and starters (Continental Equipment, Level 4)
  • Internet-connected table-top post-mix hygienic drinks system with real-time information, remote monitoring and personalised video upload functionality (Zerica, Level 4)
Digital initiatives that will transform consumers’ current dining or shopping experiences are also highlighted at FHA2018. Restaurant 3.0 by Enterprise Singapore in Suntec is one such showcase, where futuristic concepts for the consumers’ dining experiences from farm, processing and production, to service at the table, are highlighted.

At Expo, Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) launched the SMF SMART App at the Singapore Pavilion. This app not only consolidates online orders for overseas buyers, it is also capable of product traceability and authentication features, making it easier and more convenient for food manufacturers to export overseas.

Budding and top talents at FHA2018 are participating in a series of acclaimed competitions: the first-ever Asian Gelato CupBarista Super Duo ChallengeLatte Art Showdown, the Asian Pastry Week events, comprising the Asian Pastry Cup, the new Valrhona C3 (Chocolate Chef Competition and the Global Star Chefs Pastry Show, plus the FHA Culinary Challenge (FCC) series. Held once every four years, the National Team Challenge - part of FCC - returns to FHA with an arena for top national chefs to compete for Best National Team Award. The top three national teams will qualify for the Battle of the Lion competition held on the final day of FCC.

FHA2018 - #FHA2018
24 – 27 April 2018 
Singapore Expo, Hall 1 – 10
Suntec Singapore, Level 3, 4 & 6
Opening Hours:
9am – 6pm daily
Business and trade professionals

Hashtag: #FHA2018

*Based on 36,386 pre-registered visitors who indicated a sourcing budget as at 22 April 2018.