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The much-anticipated Food & Hospitality Africa is just 3 months away, and while the floors are going to be packed with exhibitors showcasing must-have products and services, the Host-ED seminar is shaping up to be essential for everyone in the industry.

Food & Hospitality Africa is taking place at the Gallagher Estate from 3 – 5 May and the seminar will run throughout those days. “Host-ED has been a firm favourite at Hostex for several years, and now with the co-location of Hostex and IFEA in Food & Hospitality Africa, it promises to deliver even greater value to attendees, bearing in mind the broadening of the scope of this expo,” says Nick Sarnadas, Food & Hospitality Event Director with expo organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. The Host-ED presentations will be delivered on the exhibition floor on a first-come, first-served basis.

Highlights from the confirmed seminar so far include:

  • The DTI’s Road Map for the SA Food & Beverage industry, outlining what the DTI has in store for 2016 and how that will benefit the food, beverage and hospitality industries.
  • Insight into SA’s imminent food labelling regulations R429
  • Sustainable sourcing and trends in consumer and retailer awareness
  • Future of healthy eating in South Africa
  • How hotels are modernising and adapting to today’s travellers’ high expectations for customisation and technology in their hotel rooms
  • ‘Top cocktail and mixology trends – geared for Generation Z’, a look at the evolution to sophisticated cocktails that stimulate all the senses
  • top ten culinary trends attracting consumer interest on menus and on grocery shelves
  • African Economic Outlook at what’s in store for the food, beverage and hospitality industries
  • ‘free-from’ category, which is rapidly moving into mainstream consumption;
  • the impact of mobile devices on service excellence in the hospitality industry; innovative packaging developments
  • SME business advice for the hospitality, food & beverage sector
  • the defining factors that exemplify South Africa’s top restaurants;
  • insight into the elements needed to create unique guest experiences in hotels

Details on these and more Host-ED presentation topics will be regularly updated on the Food & Hospitality Africa website –

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IFEA and Hostex, the two exhibitions that have joined forces to bring the market Food & Hospitality Africa, will each host a one-day conference – the African Food & Beverage Conference on 3 May and the African Hospitality and Tourism Conference on 4 May – targeted at executive level management. Bookings for these conferences can be made by contacting Jolanda van de Spreng of VDS Media at

“We’re pulling out all the stops to deliver the best food, beverage and hospitality expo that Africa has ever experienced – and we look forward to welcoming the industry and providing an ideal platform for product sourcing, idea-sharing, networking, and trading,” adds Sarnadas.

To avoid registration queues and for free entry to trade visitors, please pre-register on