Food & Hospitlaity Africa

Strong speaker line-up at Food Hospitality Africa’s food-bev conference in May

A strong line-up of leading lights in the food & beverage industry will be presenting at the African Food & Beverage Conference on day two of the inaugural Food & Hospitality Africa expo, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 3 – 5 May.

Food & Hospitality Africa (F&HA) is the co-location of two industry events – Hostex, that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and IFEA, Africa’s International Food & Drink Event – and is expected to attract upward of 10 000 visitors from the culinary and hospitality industries in South Africa, Africa and further afield.

Nick Sarnadas, Food & Hospitality event director with expo organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, is enthusiastic about the valuable contribution that the conference will make to the overall success of the expo.

“We’re striving to ensure we deliver the best food, beverage and hospitality expo that Africa has ever experienced – and we believe this one-day conference will strengthen the expo’s platform for idea-sharing, learning, and growth within the industry.”

The African Food & Beverage Conference – Investing in Africa – will take place on 4 May in the Gallagher Convention Centre Grill Room, and will open with a presentation by Ailsa Wingfield, executive director of Marketing & Communications with the Nielsen Group on ‘The African Food & Beverage Market: Opportunities for Africa’.

Janusz Luterek, Partner at Hahn and Hahn Attorneys, will discuss the R429 draft food labelling regulations, ‘How will the proposed legislation impact the value chain?’ and Dr Fru Nche, head of innovation with Tiger Brands will discuss the future of food manufacturing in Africa, ‘Innovation as an enabler’.

The power of flavour will be covered by Rene McConnachie, R&D manager with McCormick, in a talk titled, ‘Where taste meets nutrition and beyond’, and Aidan Johnson, brand manager with Pepsico, will demystify millennials in the food & beverage industry.

Marketing in Africa will be tackled by Michelle Kirkinis, manager of Strategy & Innovation at Deloitte Consulting in a presentation titled, ‘Navigating diverse landscapes and capturing growth in new markets’.

A panel discussion on innovative new product developments, ‘Creating food & beverages fit for the future’ will incorporate inputs from various beverage producers and cover consumer trends, new product development, and key drivers influencing consumer purchasing behaviour.

There is limited space at the conference and delegates are encouraged to book now. The cost is R2 200 per person.

To pre-register for Food & Hospitality Africa expo: www.foodandhospitalityafrica.co.za