The countdown to HostMilano 2017

With the 40th edition of HostMilano about to open, Jacquetta Picton looks ahead to the show that markets itself as the “capital of professional hospitality”

Food and hospitality is a business as old as human history, but it is brought right up to date at HostMilano 2017 in Milan, Italy, in the magnificent surroundings of the Fiera Milano.

HostMilano is bigger and even better this year. A record-breaking number of countries will be represented at the show, including debut visits from exhibitors from Egypt, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda and Ukraine. HostMilano truly is an international event where FCSI members from all divisions can expect to be entertained and educated.

FCSI is offering a full programme of events on every day of the show, from breakfast meetings with experts to happy hour cocktails. FCSI Europe, Middle East & Africa chair Remko van der Graaff FCSI has expressed his gratitude for the “excellent, long-standing cooperation with HostMilano”.

For Martin Rahmann FCSI, past chair of FCSI EAME, HostMilano is “The most important fair” in the world. “With my longstanding experience I can say that there is no other fair where we can meet members, partners and friends from as far afield as South America, Asia, the Middle East or Africa, and certainly from Europe,” he says.

“For our members, this fair is an integral part of their diary and we can offer a frame for conversations, negotiations and networking. We will offer the biggest training and events programme we have ever created. You can expect not only presentations, but also workshops and round-table discussions. Future trends will be examined from a planning and consulting point of view.”

Innovative product solutions

Training and professional development certainly are at the core of the FCSI programme. The initiatives running throughout each day, range from in-depth scrutiny of the Information Model of a building according to IFSE standards (every day at noon) to the application of sensorial sciences in the development of foodstuffs (21 October at 10am), the new HPP sterilisation technique (22 October at 1pm), various food safety-related issues, waste management (24 October) and process and cost control. On top of that, every afternoon visitors to the fair will be able to put any questions they have regarding retail, catering, hospitality and diet directly to FCSI consultants.

FCSI members will also be excited to see the latest innovative product solutions showcased by exhibitors. There is bound to be something that can be used in future projects to make life simpler and easier for the client.

As Remko van der Graff FCSI says: “We expect to become acquainted with many new trends and with new technological devices in the industry. Among these, sustainability and environment protection are ranked top.”

Further details:

The FCSI booth at HostMilanio 2017 is in Pavilion 2, A12 B07. Please visit the HostMilano website for updates. A ‘Smart Catalog’ on the HostMilano website offers a full guide to new products from exhibitors and where to find them. Download it here.

Jacquetta Picton

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