*Pictured is Host-ED speaker Brad Meiring

Hostex powering Food & Hospitality Africa and IFEA will once again host a platform for sharing innovation, opportunity and industry knowledge over the course of a three-day tradeshow, known within the hospitality, foodservice and retail sectors for unearthing trends.

From 6 to 8 May, housed within two expo halls at Gallagher Convention Centre, Hostex 2018 brings with it an unmatched offering by exhibitors, and knowledge-sharing opportunities which are set to provide visitors with a gateway to the burgeoning African market.

With a 32-year reputation, the largest pan-African food and drink tradeshow is proud to announce the speakers and topics at this year’s HOST-ED Theatre, where free-to-attend seminars enlighten and expand the minds of even the most seasoned of industry professionals, year after year Hostex powering Food & Hospitality Africa and IFEA has been developed over time in order to best align with the ever-changing industries it caters towards. The HOST-ED Theatre is no exception – valuable, relevant and comprehensive topics and speakers have been carefully curated into the seminar programme, truly maximising the impact of the Hostex experience as a whole. Do not pass up this opportunity to learn about your sector!

Here’s a taste of the line-up to look forward to at this year’s expo – you may want to diarise and plan your visit to Hostex 2018 around the seminars most relevant to you:

SA’s affirming appetite for healthy & organic: Opportunities for SA brands

Brad Meiring, co-founder and MD at The Munching Mongoose, is a geologist by profession and an entrepreneur by nature. At the 2018 HOST-ED Theatre, he is set to tackle current food trends in terms of the health and nutrition of regular South Africans, and how SA brands can fit into this already prominent market. From the rising popularity of organic produce, to consumer awareness when it comes to exactly what goes into their food, this is one seminar that no one in the retail, foodservice or hospitality space should miss.

Guardians of the retail sector: How artificial intelligence (AI) is changing day to day business

As South Africa’s retail community further aligns with the technological era, artificial intelligence will soon become a part of every shopper’s day-to-day life. With the ability to revolutionize the sector, what are the benefits, challenges and concerns of incorporating this technology into the customer experience? Vian Chinner, CEO at Xineoh, takes you into the finer details, and gives you some food for thought when it comes to this exciting new concept. Vian’s company is dedicated to democratizing, decentralizing AI and machine learning making him an ideal source of knowledge on the topic.

If you’d like to know more about HOST-ED topics, speakers and schedules at the 2018 show, a full programme is also available by clicking here, or you can download the new Food & Hospitality Africa app to hold all of the show’s info in the palm of your hand. For Android, visit the Google Play Store and for iPhone, visit the Apple App Store

Visitor registration is now open, and registering online results in free entrance to the show! All you need to do is visit www.foodandhospitalityafrica.co.za and click “register online.”