Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Food&HotelVietnam2015 (FHV2015), Vietnam and Indochina's premier trade event for food, culinary and hospitality supplies, services and solutions drew to a close on 23 April at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The largest and most comprehensive in Vietnam and Indochina, the event attracted a total of 13,373 trade attendees including exhibiting staff, visitors, conference speakers and delegates, and members of the media. Visitors came not only from key tourist establishments in Vietnam, but also from companies based in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. Visitors also came from countries/regions afar such as United States, Australia and Italy - a testament to FHV's growing brand quality and reach. Amongst them included more than 250 buyer delegations from many major local and regional establishments such as Big C, Cambodia Air Caterers, Cambodia Sunway Hotel, Circle K, Intercontinental Asiana Saigon, KFC, Lotte Mart, Metro Cash & Carry, New World Hotel, Nikko Hotel Saigon, NYDC, Paradise Hotels and Resorts, Passio Coffee, Saigon COOP, Shop&Go, The Cliff Resort and Vietnam Air Caterers.
Food&HotelVietnam2015 - Thumbs up from the exhibitors
470 exhibitors, from 36 countries/regions, brought with them their best products and solutions for the country's ever growing food and hospitality sector.
Returning to exhibit again, Mr. Tien, the representative of Minh Long I said: "This is our fourth time participating, we can see how fast FHV is growing in size and the quality of visitors is also very good."
"Food&HotelVietnam2015 is the best trade show to promote American food products to Vietnam", added Mr. Vo Thanh Kiet, Foreign Agricultural Service; U.S Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City - the organiser of the USA Pavilion.
Besides returning exhibitors, many new exhibitors also gave the thumbs up to FHV2015. Mr. Tran Vu Hai Dang, CEO, Phu Thuan Co., Ltd shared: "We have achieved fantastic results during these three days, with lots of sale leads and purchase orders. This is our first time exhibiting and we certainly made the right choice."
A platform for business networking, knowledge sharing and skills development
Two seminars and a barista training series held over three days brought together industry experts to address pertinent issues: Food Safety and Franchising; to share best practices with professionals in the hospitality sector. The seminars organised by Lean Six Sigma Network and Asiawide Franchise Consultants respectively were well attended by more than 100 delegates.
FHV2015 concluded with the fourth edition of the Vietnam National Culinary Challenge (VNCC). From a diverse competition pool of professional chefs, five talented individual chefs and two teams won the highest prizes of the competition:
- Grand Champion: Chef Tran Ngoc Nghia from Tien Loc Restaurant
- Vietnamese Cuisine Champion: Chef Nguyen Tran Quoc Dat from Sake Restaurant
- Hot Cooking Champion: Chef Nguyen Van Vinh from Twin Doves Golf
- Pastry Champion: Chef Nguyen Thi Thuy Phuong from Song Be Golf
- Best Culinary Display Artist: Chef Tran Cuong Thinh from Thao Ngoan Restaurant
- Best Culinary Establishment: KDU College Sdn Bhd, Penang, Malaysia
- Champion of "Spice of Indochina" Team Competition: Thailand Culinary Academy
Chef Otto Weibel, Chief Judge of Vietnam Culinary Challenge commented: "This is my fourth time judging the VNCC. I am glad to see that the competition has grown year by year with even more young cooks participating. I can feel the strong enthusiasm from them to be here to learn, as well as to get the feedback from other judges and develop themselves. The most important point is not winning the prize - the point is that they never stop improving themselves. I definitely will come back for the next edition to support the competition."
Mr. Otto Weibel is a highly respected, Singapore-based WACS Approved Judge who has accumulated a brilliant history of international judging and culinary experience.
At the Vietnam Barista and Latte Art Competition, the market leader in Vietnam's coffee industry, Trung Nguyen Coffee, won most of the prizes: VBC Champion (Mr. Ho Duong Quang Minh); Vietnam Latte Art Champion (Mr. Ho Ngoc Hoang Long, Trung Nguyen Franchising); and Best Signature Beverage (Mr. Ho Duong Quang Minh).
FHV2015 also hosted the annual meeting of the Vietnam Hotel Association which was attended by more than 150 directors, managers and leaders from key hotels and resorts all across Vietnam.
Impressed Visitors to Food&HotelVietnam2015
"Having visited this event many times, we are still amazed by the size of the event. This is truly a great sourcing platform for the hospitality and food industries in Indochina. We have collected plenty of good suppliers' contacts and received many good offers", said Ms. Bui Thi Truc Giang - Senior Category Manager, Circle K Vietnam.
"We visited the show from Hue city - FHV is the most recommended trade event for hotels. We had fruitful trip to the show. It is a pity that we couldn't visit all three days due to our tight schedule. There are so many more things to see. We will be back for FHV2017", said Mr. Nguyen Duc Hoang, Executive Chef, Saigon Morin Hue.
"We have visited the show many times and it is beyond our expectation. FHV is the most prestigious trade event that I have ever visited in Vietnam and Indochina. We managed to secure the best deals and are waiting for quotations from suppliers. We definitely return to FHV2017", said Ms. Tran Nghiep Lan, QM Director, Skewers Mediterranean Restaurant.
Pleased with yet another successful edition of Food&HotelVietnam, Mr. Tee Boon Teong, Deputy Chief Rep of Singapore Exhibition Services, Vietnam Rep Office, organiser of the show said, "We are extremely pleased with the results of this edition and will strive to further improve on the current scale. We hope to expand training sessions and competitions to appeal to a larger audience to service the region's hospitality needs, and hope to support local industry associations connect with overseas partners for industry development in the years to come. On behalf of organisers, we would also like to express our thanks to the ministries, trade associations, embassies, attendees and the industry in general for their long standing support for the Food&HotelVietnam event series."
Food&HotelVietnam2017 will return from 25 to 27 April 2017 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Food&HotelVietnam2015 at a glance
Date: 21 - 23 April, 2015 (Tues - Thurs)
Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC)
Address: 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 09:00hrs - 17:00hrs
Admission: Business and trade professionals only
Food&HotelVietnam, Vietnam's premier food and hospitality sourcing and networking trade event, features at least 70 percent of overseas exhibitors in all its editions. Since its first edition in 2004, the event is now in its 8th showing, and will bring industry professionals in Vietnam high quality equipment, services and solutions currently available in the global marketplace. Food&HotelVietnam is organised by Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd with local organiser VCCI Exhibition Service Co Ltd. In the previous edition in 2013, the event attracted more than 12,000 attendees, which included some 100 group delegations from Vietnam and its neighbouring regions. For more information about the event, please visit: www.foodnhotelvietnam.com.
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