Tens of thousands of foodservice professionals from across the world have gathered in Singapore for the 40th edition of FHA
On Tuesday, Asia’s largest trade event for the food and hospitality sector opened its doors to what is expected to be record numbers of attendees. More than 78,000 visitors are expected to gather over the four-day show and this year they will find 3,500 exhibitors, making the 2018 edition the largest to date.
FHA is also Singapore’s longest-running food and hospitality trade event, having grown from occupying a small hotel car park in 1978. Consistent growth has meant that the show this year for the first time is spread across two venues: Singapore Expo and Suntec Singapore.
“This 40th edition of FHA 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 the industry for being always on the forefront of latest innovation for the industry,” event director Rod Lameyse, said at the opening of the show.
FCSI has solid representation at FHA and is managing a busy booth with a packed seminar programme, featuring professional and allied members of FCSI speaking on a range of topics, from 3D food printing to planning a sustainable menu.
Interest from manufacturers and consultants
FCSI Europe, Africa, Middle East (EAME) chairman Remko van der Graaff FCSI, who is in Singapore and visiting FHA for the first time, says the show is of much interest to European visitors.
“We have had a good time and already been meeting a lot of people from all over the world,” he says. “This is a very interesting market for manufacturers and consultants from EAME because people here in Asia want quality products and manufacturers in Italy, Germany and France focus on good quality.”
He is enjoying working alongside colleagues from FCSI Asia Pacific. “It is very interesting for us to see how they do things in this part of the world,” he says.