National Restaurant Association Show 2020 canceled

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Uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic sees the May 2020 event called off. "This is our community and we all must be kept safe," say organizers

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has announced it is canceling its 2020 show, which was to be held at McCormick Place, Chicago, from May 16-19, 2020, due to coronavirus concerns.

This is just the latest in a long list of events in the global foodservice calendar to be canceled or postponed due to the virus, including Camp FCSI – The FCSI The Americas Division’s biennial conference. But of upmost importance to all concerned is the safety of exhibitors and visitors alike as the number of cases and deaths in countries across the globe continues to rise.

Critical importance

The decision to cancel the NRA Show was made following a statewide order for Illinois residents to stay in their homes on March 21, which also requires businesses to cease all but essential operations.

“We recognize the critical importance of the show to the industry and we know that this will come as a disappointment to those who had planned for months to attend,” said NRA interim president and CEO, Marvin Irby and Winsight CEO, Mike Wood in a joint statement to the industry.

“While it is not the outcome we wanted, amid all the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic and the immense strain it has put our industry, the safety of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, vendor partners and our own staff is paramount. This is our community and we all must be kept safe.”

The organizers are now looking ahead to 2021, where they trust the industry will partner with them in making the best NRA Show yet.

Further details:

For additional information and resources, please visit here.

Liz Cooley

UK show will now take place on 14-15 July alongside its sister show Casual Dining. FCSI is "fully supporting" of the move

Commercial Kitchen 2020, the UK’s only dedicated kitchen equipment, services and design show, has been postponed by more than one month until 14-15 July 2020 due to “the rapidly escalating coronavirus outbreak”, says organisers Diversified UK.

The show was due to take place in early June at ExCeL London for the first time, having been located in Birmingham in previous years. Now, because of “the magnitude of the unanticipated public health and safety issues posed by Covid-19”, Diversified have decided to run it the following month, alongside its award-winning sister show Casual Dining.

Vital event

“Commercial Kitchen is firmly established as the two days a year where the industry meets, launches innovations and does business. It’s a vital event for the industry, and those working in, and supplying, foodservice, catering and hospitality will need it even more in the coming months,” says Chris Brazier, group event director, Diversified UK.

“The success, as well as the safety of our exhibitors, speakers and visitors, have always been our priority and this continues to be the case. We are a strong community, we’re all in this together, and I know everyone will get behind this.

“We have spoken to many exhibitors, visitors and supporters already, and based on the situation and the feedback, the decision to run Commercial Kitchen in July for this year, alongside Casual Dining, is a logical and positive step in these difficult times,” says Brazier.

“The Commercial Kitchen team would like to thank everyone – our exhibitors, visitors, partners and suppliers – for their continued support and patience and we look forward to seeing you on 14-15 July for the busiest and biggest celebration of our industry yet.”

Consultant experts

The move has been supported by the show’s key partners ceda and FCSI UK & Ireland, which hosts an expert consultants panel event chaired by its magazine Foodservice Consultant at the show each year.

“FCSI UK&I fully supports the Commercial Kitchen Show and believes that by holding it alongside Casual Dining in 2020, it will be even more beneficial to members,” says Louise Willis, executive director at FCSI UK & Ireland.

Although the two shows will maintain separate identities and focus, visitors and exhibitors, say the organisers, will benefit from “a potential boost in seeing an even greater range of products and customers” respectively.

“Unox UK are 100% in support of the decision to move Commercial Kitchen to the new July dates,” says Gary Nunn, managing director of combi-oven manufacturer Unox UK.

“It provides more time for us to prepare and ultimately having the show sitting alongside Casual Dining can only be a good thing, as it allows for a larger buying audience.”

Further details:

Commercial Kitchen will take place at the new venue of ExCeL London on 14-15 July. For further information and to register, please visit and quote priority code CK29 .

Michael Jones

The show was initially postponed from 13-17 March to June 2020. Now, the next INTERNORGA will take place on 12-16 March 2021

The organisers of INTERNORGA in Hamburg, Germany, have announced they will be now cancel the event, one of Europe’s largest trade shows for foodservice and hospitality, until 2021. The next INTERNORGA will now take place from 12 to 16 March 2021.

INTERNORGA was originally scheduled to take place from 13-17 March 2020 but then postponed to 20-24 June of this year in order to mitigate against the spread of coronavirus.

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) has decided to cancel INTERNORGA 2020 following “extensive consultations” with the exhibitor council, it says. “In view of the increasing spread of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the impossibility to make any reasonable predictions regarding the future development, our exhibitors, our visitors and we ourselves no longer have a reliable basis for planning this event,” says Bernd Aufderheide, president and CEO, Hamburg Messe und Congress.

“As a matter of fairness and prudence we must cancel this trade fair, which we hereby do with great regret.”

Foremost concern

Cancelling the show entirely this year, says Aufderheide, provides all would-be exhibitors with a firm basis to be able to plan ahead. “Our foremost concern is the health of all parties involved. We are unable to guarantee that even for an event in June,” he says.

“After carefully weighing all options, there was only one possible solution if we were to ensure the safety of all stakeholders. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the great support the INTERNORGA team has received from many exhibitors in this exceptional situation.”

Hamburg Messe und Congress, says Aufderheide, is now about to launch preparations for INTERNORGA 2021 to ensure “the trade fair will meet the high-quality standards established in the past”.

Detailed answers to any questions in connection with the cancellation can be found on the organisers website, here.

Michael Jones

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH is postponing the INTERNORGA 2020 exhibition amid growing concern about the increasing number of Coronavirus COVID-19 infections

The decision is consistent with the recommendations issued by the Federal Government’s Emergency Task Force to base risk assessments for large gatherings on the guidelines of the Robert Koch Institute, the government’s public health centre.

Furthermore, numerous exhibitors have already withdrawn their registrations. The postponement also applies to all conferences and accompanying events scheduled in conjunction with INTERNORGA. 

Highest priority

“The safety and health of our exhibitors, visitors and employees are our highest priority. We will presumably hold INTERNORGA 2020 in summer instead,” said Bernd Aufderheide, president and CEO, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

This development mirrors similar decisions to postpone other trade shows around the world, including FHA in Singapore and Hotelex in Shanghai.

No new dates have been announced for the postponed INTERNORGA trade show, for further information visit


Discover the complete market overview of new products, trends and the innovations of tomorrow  at INTERNORGA, the leading international trade show for the entire out-of-home market

Hamburg then becomes the annual hospitality hotspot and the most significant industry gathering in Germany – with 1,300 exhibitors from 25 countries, high-quality expert speakers, exciting live challenges and hot specials.

INTERNORGA: specials

Enlarged: Craft Spirit Lounge/Hall B4 (upper floor)

Larger, more colourful, more vibrant and more diverse – this is how the Craft Spirit Lounge will look at this year’s INTERNORGA. Thirty manufacturers of choice spirits invite you to visit the lounge and will present the full range of craft spirits. Newly showcased classics such as gin, rum, vodka and whisky are just as well represented as fruit brandies and liqueurs. Here, restaurateurs and hoteliers can draw inspiration from handcrafted spirits for their drinks menu.

Hops and malt: Craft Beer Arena/Hall B4 (upper floor)

Exhibitors will also show off their artisanal skills for the sixth time in the Craft Beer Arena at INTERNORGA. Brewers from Germany and abroad provide thrilling insights into their brewing culture and invite you to join in a specialist discussion at their stands.

Trendy: Newcomers Area/Hall B4 (upper floor)

20 budding and young companies in the out-of-home market will have the chance to inspire the expert audience with their products in the Newcomers Area. As a trend driver, INTERNORGA continuously offers new highlights and presents innovations first. Thus, the product spectrum in the Newcomers Area this year ranges from healthy alternatives to chips by a star chef, environmentally friendly coffee capsules and hemp-based foods.

Sizzling: Grill & BBQ Court/Hall A2 and open-air space between A2 and A3

What’s on the menu in 2020 and which cuts and ingredients are hot? At INTERNORGA, you get the right tips from the pros: with the Grill & BBQ Court, the trade show is presenting products, trends and innovations from the grill segment for the fourth time in cooperation with Grill-Kontor Hamburg. In the open-air space and in Hall A2, expert visitors meet national and international suppliers from the fields of grilling technology, fittings and catering. Exciting promotions, demonstrations and tastings, as well as discussions between experts, round off the agenda.

Veggie: ProVeg Expertise Centre/Central Entrance (upper floor)

As a central information and expertise hub for the topic of plant-based cuisine in the catering sector, the nutritional organisation ProVeg offers visitors to the trade show comprehensive advice and information regarding trends and the potential of vegetarian and vegan dishes for large- and small-scale catering. In addition, there are tastings of purely plant-based cheese, as well as vegan snacks.

Breakfast power: ahgz breakfast club/Hall B2 (ground floor)

All-day breakfast: in cooperation with specialist magazine ahgz, the ahgz breakfast club will take place for the first time. Visitors can look forward to trends, innovations and exciting talks on all things breakfast.

Delicious: Food Truck Village/Central Entrance, Forecourt

In the Food Truck Village on the forecourt of the trade show – directly under Hamburg’s Television Tower – the very best in street food and forward-looking concepts for mobile canteens will be presented. Alternating food trucks will feed trade show visitors from Friday to Tuesday. The “Truckers Talk” will also give visitors useful real-life know-how for mobile catering. 

INTERNORGA: awards, promotion of new talent and live entertainment

INTERNORGA Future Award/chamber of commerce

Thursday 12 March 2020. Invitation only

For the tenth time now, the renowned and internationally recognised INTERNORGA Future Award will be presented to companies who think in a future-oriented way and who operate and produce sustainably. The three categories are “Gastronomy & Hotel Sector”, “Food & Drink” and “Technology & Equipment”.

German Gastro Start-up Competition/Central Entrance, Room Chicago

Friday 13 March 2020, 3 pm

The big chance for everyone dreaming of starting up in the gastro business: with the German Gastro Start-up Competition, INTERNORGA, Leaders Club Germany and orderbird are offering new restaurateurs the possibility of making a name for their gastro concept. Five finalist teams will present their innovative business ideas live at the show, each in a five-minute presentation. The first-prize winner will be picked by the trade audience, directly on-site, and will receive, among other things, a start-up financial boost of €10,000.

Next Chef Award/Central Entrance (upper floor)

At the Next Chef Award for upcoming chefs with Johann Lafer, young chefs up to the age of 26 from all areas of gastronomy have the unique opportunity to present their artisanal skills in front of a live audience and to go home with the title of Next Chef 2020. Eighteen talented young people put their skills to the test at the trade show in front of a well-known jury made up of star chefs like Karlheinz Hauser, Christoph Rüffer, Marco Müller and Thomas Imbusch, as well as former Next Chef Award winners Kevin Gedike (2019), Marianus von Hörsten (2018) and Jonas Straube (2016), as part of exciting live challenges.

Challenge 1:     Saturday          14 March 2020, 2.30 p.m.

Challenge 2:     Sunday            15 March 2020, 2 p.m.

Challenge 3:     Monday            16 March 2020, 11 a.m.

Final:               Monday            16 March 2020, 3 p.m.

German Qualifier for the World Pizza Championship/Hall A2

Monday, 16 March 2020, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The German Qualifier for the 2020 World Pizza Championship takes place at INTERNORGA for the third time in the Pizza e Pasta Arena in Hall A2. Here, Germany’s best pizza bakers will battle it out for a starting place at the World Pizza Championship in Italy.

INTERNORGA: trend stage and industry meeting point 

Pink Cube/Transition between B1 and B2 (ground floor)

Visitors can discover hot global food trends in the Pink Cube. During the much-loved forum, trend researcher Karin Tischer presents current food developments from the global out-of-home market. In entertaining, informative specialist lectures, the recognised expert much in demand throughout Europe reports on international trends and developments on the gastro scene.

Café Future live/East Entrance (ground floor)

Hospitality Lounge and inspiration bar for professional gastronomy: the Café Future live is the innovative and communicative industry meeting point at INTERNORGA. In a relaxed setting, visitors can discover creative culinary tasters each day, network and follow fascinating panel discussions with industry leaders regarding the future of the world of food service. 

Skywalk Table/Glass Bridge between Halls A and B

A stylishly presented tabletop. The Skywalk Table is more than 50 metres long, presenting the latest trends in tabletop products. The Table is set by leading exhibitors and shows the upcoming trends in tableware, glassware, cutlery and table decoration.

DEHOGA Club/Hall B4 (upper floor)

The DEHOGA Club from the Trade Associations of Bremen, Hamburg, Lippe, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein is a meeting point for the hotel and catering industry and invites relaxed discussion.

INTERNORGA: bakeries and confectioners

Blue Box for artisanal baking/Hall B6

Expert visitors get fresh ideas for artisanal baking in the Blue Box. Together with the trade magazines Back JournalDBZ magazin, and Filialmanagement, experts provide fascinating insights and talk candidly about current industry topics. From small individual operations to large chains – the Blue Box offers the ideal blend for future-oriented operations.

Back Stage/Hall B6

Masters and young talents from the Confectionery Guild Hamburg will show just how creative and sophisticated their craft is. Special techniques for working with sugar, chocolate, marzipan and the like will be presented live on stage, Bettina Schliephake-Burchardt, master confectioner, board member of the Hamburg Confectionery Guild and successful TV presenter (“Das grosse Backen” and “Das grosse Promibacken”) provides practical tips and motivation, among other things.

“Sweet Art” competition B6/Glass Confectioners’ Bakehouse/South Entrance

In the “Sweet Art” confectionery competition, the most creative works of confectionery art will be exhibited and rewarded in Hall B6. The North German Confectionery Associations present artisan diversity in the Glass Confectioners’ Bakehouse at the South Entrance

INTERNORGA: conferences and top speakers 

 39th International Food Service Forum

Thursday 12 March, 10AM. to 6PM, CCH, Hall H

“Oxygen for the future – professional gastronomy tomorrow: Consumer trends. Success factors. Market opportunities.” – this is the working title of the 39th International Food Service Forum the day before INTERNORGA. A total of ten national and international industry pros and interdisciplinary speakers will provide fascinating insights. As keynote speakers, Gamze Cizreli, Big Chefs Istanbul, John Eckbert, CEO Five Guys London, and Robert Dahl, the biggest strawberry farmer in Germany and operator of the “Karls” experience villages, will take to the stage. With around 2,200 participants, the largest European conference for the professional catering industry is organised together with the economic journals foodservice andFoodService Europe & Middle East.

46th German Catering Congress

Monday 16 March 2020, 9AM to 2PM, Central Entrance, Room Chicago (third floor)

The motto for this year’s German Catering Congress, taking place in cooperation with the economic magazinegv-praxis, is “Guide to a new decade. Framework conditions, requirements, risks and opportunities.” The programme highlights top themes regarding current trends. The keynote speaker is Franz Kühmayer, one of Europe’s most influential pioneers in the new world of work and a sought-after expert on the subjects of the future of work and leadership.

10th INTERNORGA Forum School Catering

Tuesday 17 March 2020, 9.30AM to 2PM, Central Entrance, Room Chicago (third floor)

Under the motto “Successful school catering 2020+”, seven top speakers demonstrate what matters in modern food for day care and schools at the INTERNORGA Forum School Catering. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Volker Busch. As a neuroscientist and doctor, he is among the top 100 speakers in Germany. His subject: how to deal with digital stress. In addition, innovative concepts and current trends in catering for children and pupils are presented. For example, how can a feel for environmental protection be incorporated into the canteen? What role does food waste play here? What makes a plant-based menu line successful? And how is it possible to successfully reduce sugar, fat and salt in dishes?

2nd Masterclass for “International Growth: Financing & Franchising”

Friday 13 March 2020, 9.30AM to 1.30PM | Central Entrance, Room St. Petersburg (second floor)

At the Masterclass for International Growth, Financing and Franchising, companies looking to reproduce their concept can obtain expertise and advice. International experts provide tips and tricks regarding what to be aware of during expansion and explain the mechanics of franchising. Furthermore, the agenda includes essential aspects of a franchise negotiation and interesting facts on international brand protection.

For more information on INTERNORGA 2020, see the website 

Bakers and confectioners will find new developments and pure inspiration fresh from the oven at INTERNORGA

In Hall B6, the leading trade show for the entire foodservice and hospitality market will present around 200 nationally and internationally renowned exhibitors and their product innovations relating to the worlds of bread and baked goods, ice cream and cake production, and modern shopfitting concepts for bakeries and pastry shops.

With a lively supporting programme consisting of discussion panels, competitions and workshops, the trade show will once again underline its role as an important source of impetus and partner to the trade of bakers and confectioners.

Snack ideas for increased sales

Small bites on the go are increasingly replacing large meals. In particular, the sandwich – the classic among snacks – is experiencing a revival. Reinterpreted with fresh ingredients and light spreads, filled rolls and sandwiches can be a lunchtime sales booster for bakeries. Trade visitors from the bakery trade will be met with these and other fresh snack ideas at INTERNORGA.

There will also be vegan and vegetarian snack alternatives, as well as exceptional inspiration for mini meals, to be discovered there. Frozen-product and convenience-food exhibitors will also be presenting their new products tailored to the particular requirements of bakery branches.

Numerous manufacturers of coffee products and machines, as well as ice cream innovations, round off what is on offer for bakeries and pastry shops. Suppliers of ovens, as well as computer systems specially tailored to the needs of bakeries, will be presenting their new developments to meet the requirements of modern bakeries.

‘Bakers and confectioners have long been required to adapt what they offer to new trends. In this context, it can be seen that what bakeries offer is increasingly merging with the foodservice and hospitality market. INTERNORGA, which has been closely associated with the bakery and confectionery trade for many decades, takes exactly this into account in what it offers and provides a real wealth of ideas for lasting successful business in this segment,’ says Claudia Johannsen, Division Manager at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

A feast for the eyes

Whether snacks and baked goods make it across the shop counter largely depends on appetising presentation. Numerous shopfitting experts will be providing tips and suggestions for the best modern furnishing solutions for bakeries and pastry shops at INTERNORGA.

In addition to appropriate furnishings, an optimally illuminated sales space is also important. In addition, easy-to-use devices and well-thought-out workflows come into play, and are becoming increasingly important in these times of a shortage of specialist staff in particular. Trade show visitors will receive helpful information on that topic, too.

Additional impetus and inspiration

In addition to the diverse range of exhibitors for the baking sector, INTERNORGA also offers an exciting supporting programme. One of the highlights is the Back Stage, where old masters and young talents from the Konditoren-Innung Hamburg (Hamburg confectioners’ guild) present sophisticated processing techniques.

The stage offers a wealth of suggestions for how to use flour, sugar, chocolate and other staples of confectionery, with Bettina Schliephake-Burchardt, master confectioner, member of the board of the Hamburg confectioners’ guild and successful TV presenter (‘Das große Backen’ and ‘Das große Promibacken’), among those providing practical tips and suggestions.

In the Blue Box, in cooperation with Inger Verlag, experts will be discussing food inspections, clever marketing and other important topics in the industry. BÄKO and Backring Nord are represented with their own booth in Hall B6, covering a wide variety of topics. This offers visitors the opportunity to pick up valuable industry tips for their own business and exchange experiences. At Backring Nord, application technicians, master bakers and confectioners pass on their wide-ranging knowledge and put bread in the spotlight. The ‘Süße Kunst’ (Sweet Art) competition shows how imaginative the craft of baking can be.

‘The event fits together perfectly with INTERNORGA, presenting the colourful variety of the confectionery trade,’ says Thomas Horn, state guild director of the Hamburg confectioners’ guild. There are masterful gateaux and cake creations by experienced professionals and young talents to be admired there.

INTERNORGA will take place 13-17 March at Messe Hamburg. For more information visit:

Tickets to the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo at London’s ExCeL, 8-9 September, will give attendees entrance to five other "industry shaking" shows

The Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo will return to London’s ExCeL on 8-9 September 2020, showcasing the innovations and technologies that are changing the face of the business.

With your free ticket secured for the show in 2020, you’ll be given exclusive access to the most incredible line-up the show has ever seen. With over 1000 incredible exhibitors showcasing the products and services making waves in the sector, 500 fascinating seminars led by the industry’s leading minds, and an amazing array of panel debates and spectacular networking opportunities.

Driving business growth

London’s ExCeL will be filled from wall to wall with experiences for professionals from all over the industry. From experiencing the latest products and solutions driving business growth to having your voice heard in the sectors most pertinent topics. Join in with the innovation awards, and see the best innovations the show has to offer. Gather the tools to help your business take off in 2021.

Running as part of #FES20, a ticket to the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo will give you entrance to five other industry shaking shows – forming THE biggest business growth event for the world of food and drink.

Further details:

Register for your FREE ticket now at

For Exhibiting & Sponsorship enquiries:

Luke Page – Managing Director

+44 (0) 117 929 6085


For Marketing & Press enquiries:

Andra Burlacu – Marketing Manager

+44 (0) 117 990 2096

Created in cooperation with trend researcher Karin Tischer, the forum will showcase developments in the global foodservice and hospitality market

Taking place between 13-17 March in Hamburg, Germany, INTERNORGA will provide plenty of fresh impetus to visitors, as innovation is set to take centre stage at the show. Attendees will be able to discover globally fashionable food trends in its Pink Cube, for example.

This popular forum, created in cooperation with trend researcher Karin Tischer, showcases recent developments in the global foodservice and hospitality market. In entertaining, informative lectures, Tischer will report on international trends and developments in the cuisine scene.

New sensory impressions, creative sauces and fascinating flavour worlds are currently in demand.

New food, new style

The focus of the Pink Cube presentations will be on new nutritional trends and methods that are influencing society, including plant-based nutrition. “Together with vegetarianism and veganism, plant-based diets are a key topic – one that also offers lots of potential for restaurateurs,” says Tischer.

Trade visitors can also find out how restaurants can meet the increased guest demand of being closer to nature. These and other insights in the Pink Cube provide INTERNORGA visitors with a wealth of inspiration, valuable impetus for business and numerous opportunities for interaction.

The programme of talks is complemented by a photo gallery showing impressions of international research trips and spectacular food creations. 

Pink Cube 2020 programme of talks:

Daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm:

International trend scouting

·         ‘SinnReich’ – sensory news

·         The new taste profiles

·         The magic power of sauces 

Daily at 1pm and 4pm: 

New food, new style

·         Healthy routes

·         Casual world

·         Snacking/street food transfer

Further details:

INTERNORGA is the leading trade fair for hotels, restaurants, bakery and confectionery. It has more than 1,300 exhibitors from Germany and abroad and over 95,000 trade visitors. It showcases products, innovations, trends and innovations plus digital innovations for the whole of the food service and hospitality market.

The trade show is accompanied by international conferences, an extensive supporting programme, and innovative industry competitions.

For more information on INTERNORGA 2020, see the website and social media:

A comprehensive visitor programme will include conferences, competitions, cooking demonstrations and masterclasses, reports Liz Cooley

Taking place in Dubai, UAE, on 6-8 April 2020, GulfHost is back for its third instalment, with more than 3,000 brands showcasing products across six core sectors. An expected 25,000 visitors will attend the hospitality show for Africa, Asia and the Middle East at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Previously a part of culinary show Gulfood, GulfHost focuses on foodservice equipment, giving consultants and hospitality professionals the opportunity to network with manufacturers and suppliers, and see the latest range of foodservice solutions first-hand.

A provide a platform for industry pioneers

A comprehensive visitor programme will include conferences, competitions, cooking demonstrations and masterclasses.

“2020 is a year of opportunity for the hospitality sector in this region,” says Kabir Ahmed project manager at Dubai World Trade Centre. “GulfHost will provide a platform for industry pioneers to demonstrate how they are meeting increasing sector demand for greater efficiency, productivity and value, while paying greater attention to environmental awareness.”

The GulfHost Restaurant Development Conference will welcome more than 60 high-profile speakers to share their top tips on navigating the latest shifts in local and regional foodservice trends. Topics will include the rise of ghost kitchens, international expansion, sustainable working practices and digital food sharing habits.

Running alongside the new Café & Bar segment at GulfHost, the UAE National Barista Championship will see regional baristas compete to create the best in designer coffee and precision patterns. In addition, The GulfHost Innovation Awards will recognise those companies pursuing technological innovation in the foodservice industry.

High-quality products

Representing UK foodservice equipment suppliers, the UK’s Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA), which officially rebrands as the Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA) next month, will once again host the UK Pavilion (pictured) at GulfHost.

“GulfHost is primarily divided up by country pavilions. The FEA has a long history of organising the UK Pavilion and the UK has a strong tradition of providing high-quality products to the Middle East region,” explains Jocelyn Carr, events and membership manager for FEA.

“It’s a profitable market for UK suppliers, in terms of finding distributors and clients, and at this time we need a strong presence for the UK to show that we’re still standing strong outside of the EU. The companies participating in the UK Pavilion this year cover a wide range of solutions for consultants, from refrigeration to small wares and fabrication.”

Further details:

Visitors and exhibitors can take advantage of a number of tools to make the most of their time at the show, including the GulfHost mobile app, complete with exhibitor list, show guide and speaker information, as well as the option to book meetings with key suppliers ahead of the show.

GulfHost 2020 is co-located with the Speciality Food Festival, bringing together chefs, restauranteurs, hoteliers and foodservice solutions providers from across the region.

Liz Cooley

The event for hotel, restaurant and café professionals in Singapore is being delayed due to the industry impact of restricted travel caused by coronavirus

Informa Markets has announced that due to the industry impact of restricted travel in order to contain the coronavirus it will postpone food and hospitality show FHA-HoReCa, due to take place at SingEx from 3-6 March, until July.

The announcement follows news that three people, one from Malaysia and two from South Korea, have contracted coronavirus after attending a business meeting in a Singapore hotel also attended by visitors from China. The World Health Organization is said to be coordinating with Singapore’s Ministry of Health to investigate the event.

The show organiser is taking the precautionary measures in line with the advisory of the Singapore Tourism Board and the Ministry of Health, and with support from the venue.

FHA-Food & Beverage, being held from 31 March – 3 April, will take place as planned.

Safety first

The decision to postpone the show was made following consultation with the industry, taking into consideration the restrictions being placed on travel and tourism across Asia-Pacific.

“This decision was not made lightly as it is not about us, but it was made with the interests of our exhibitors and attendees in mind. To this end, we are working closely with the Singapore Tourism Board, our partners and suppliers to provide support to all participants and attendees,” said Martyn Cox, event director for FHA-HoReCa and FHA-Food & Beverage, Informa Markets.

“The industry needs time to recover from the situation and the postponement will allow a sufficient period of recovery for the buying potential of the region to return in full force.”

The organisers will be working to maintain its extensive visitor program and line-up of industry experts. Now taking place between 13-16 July, FHA HoReCa is set to host 2,000 exhibitors who will showcase their products to 48,000 attendees.

“We will continue to work closely with Informa Markets and other event partners to explore the best possible solutions to support the postponement of FHA-HoReCa,” said Atria Alvin Lim, executive director for brand and customer experience at SingEx Holdings.

“With FHA-Food & Beverage going ahead as planned, the necessary precautionary measures, in line with the Singapore Ministry of Health’s advisories, will be activated on-site and around the venue to ensure that any health and safety risks are mitigated.”

Contracts and payments made for FHA-HoReCa will carry over to the revised dates and the organisers will be contacting exhibitors to help facilitate the necessary changes.

Liz Cooley