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Speciality & Fine Food Asia and Restaurant returns with a focus on the future and innovation

| 12/07/2019 | Reply

Backed by industry experts, top talent and exciting new partnerships

  • SG Food Tech Week kick starts its first year, with a deep dive into topics spanning blockchain, big data trends, food innovations and smart food cities
  • SFFA joins forces with World Gourmet Summit to bring interactive programming at the Fine Food Live Stage, packed with inspirational demo sessions and a WGS Gastronomic Adventure
  • PITCH! will see 10 innovative companies live-pitch their ideas to a panel of industry leaders including representatives from Big Idea Ventures, Golden Equator Consulting, GROW Accelerator, The Lo & Behold Group, and more

SINGAPORE: Celebrate innovation, explore the latest artisanal produce and network with some of the industry’s finest at the upcoming Speciality & Fine Food Asia (SFFA) and Restaurant, Pub & Bar Asia (RPB Asia). Held from 17 – 19 July at Suntec Singapore, Southeast Asia’s leading trade shows for artisan and gourmet fine food will feature exciting new industry partnerships and sustainability-focused content informed by insights from a panel of leading Industry Ambassadors.

Explore the Future of the Industry

SG Food Tech Week

SFFA and RPB Asia have launched the inaugural SG Food Tech Week which will serve as a deep dive into the world of food tech and its implications on the F&B industry from blockchain to big data, the latest tech platforms, the rise of plant-based and clean meat options and smart food cities. Developed in consultation with Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre, SG Food Tech Week will connect the top minds in food and beverage technologies and consultancies to uncover key challenges and opportunities in this space. The keynote session on the Future of Food, moderated by Gary Scattergood, Editor-in-Chief of FoodNavigator Asia, will discuss issues such as food security, safety, and sustainability, identifying current and future opportunities and challenges across Asia. Speakers offering insights on the topic include Varun Deshpande, Managing Director for India of Good Food Institute; Pedram Assadi, COO APAC of foodpanda; Bernardo Parlange, Marketing Director, Institutional, of Ecolab Asia Pacific; and Dr. Christine Pitt, Executive Director of GROW Accelerator.

SG Food Tech Week will also bring together prominent females in the industry for its Women in Business panel discussion. Visitors will be able to hear first-hand, some of the outstanding work done by pioneers in their fields, gain insight to some of the common challenges faced in the workplace and meet the women who are responsible for driving change and breaking the glass ceiling in the industry today. Industry heavyweights include Sandhya Siriam, CEO & Co-Founder of Shiok Meats; Alysia Chan, Head Chef of Black Swan, and Penny Cox, VP of New Channels, Redmart.

Discover Revolutionary Products and Technologies

PITCH!

SFFA’s successful investor pitching series returns for its second year rebranded as PITCH!. The ‘Shark Tank’ style series will see 10 shortlisted companies battle it out as they live-pitch their ideas to a panel of judges comprising F&B owners, retailers, hoteliers and investors, for real-time feedback, prize money and a free stand at SFFA and RPB Asia 2020. This year, the series returns with two different tracks – the first focuses on technology innovations and solutions, and the second centres on sustainable solutions – that have potential to revolutionise the hospitality and foodservice industries.

Shortlisted start-up ideas showcase the unique synergies between technology and the food and drink industry and include: Blue Planet Ecosystems – a land-based automatic recirculating aquaculture system, DRNK (Omniaz) – a detailed traceability platform with RFID bottles, Winnow – a food waste optimisation system that utilises cloud analytics and Appsels – a scan and order solution that helps businesses overcome manpower issues.

The judging panel features industry leaders who are well placed to provide valuable insights and potential funding to these aspiring entrepreneurs. Judges include Adam Flinter, Managing Partner, Golden Equator Consulting, Lance Frey, Chief Financial Officer, Boost, Christian Cadeo, Managing Partner, Big Idea Ventures, Loh Lik Peng, Director, Unlisted Collection, Andrew Ing, Chief Operating Officer, The Lo & Behold Group and keynote speaker Varun Deshpande, Managing Director for India, Good Food Institute.

Start-up Exhibitors Showcase

For the very first time, SFFA and RPB Asia have specially created dedicated sessions for exhibitors within the popular Start-up Village to showcase their products on a larger scale at Fine Food Live and Centre Stage. Selected exhibitors will have the opportunity to speak about their products, answer audience queries and garner greater reach and visibility for their respective brands.

Asia Food Innovation Awards

Organised in association with FoodBev Media is the second annual Asia Food Innovation Awards – the Asian edition of the UK-based Innovation Awards, designed to recognise and reward excellence in food industry innovation, from manufacturing to ingredients, packaging and finished products. Winners of the Asia Food Innovation Awards will be unveiled at SFFA and RPB Asia at Centre Stage on 18 July 2019.

Catch Acclaimed Chefs in Action

Fine Food Live

Fine Food Live, a core component of SFFA, is an inspirational demo theatre intended for visitors to keep up to date with the latest culinary trends through chef demos and panel discussions. This year, the demo sessions will be centred around the themes of sustainability, provenance and seasonal flavours with Singapore’s traditional food and hawker heritage taking centre stage on the first day of Fine Food Live.

Panel sessions featuring prominent artisanal producers and local food champions such as Claire Ariela Shen of Cooking Art Industries, Nizam Iskandar and Aisha Hashim of Haig Road Putu Piring and Jeremy Nguee of Preparazzi and Batu Lesung will focus on the future, challenges and longevity of the industry. In a separate session, Industry Ambassador, Chef Edmund Toh, President, Disciples Escoffier International – Singapore Delegation and Vice President, Culinary, Iron Chef F&B Pte Ltd, will also take the stage to conduct a special demonstration on local heritage food. Visitors can also catch Chef Javed Ahamad from Punjab Grill in action at the show as he whips up a few of his signature dishes using the popular Impossible Foods’ plant-based products.

For the first time, SFFA and RPB Asia will also work with World Gourmet Summit (WGS) – the region’s premier haute cuisine festival – to curate two days of interactive programming on 18 and 19 July. This sets the stage for prominent local chefs to bring their A-game through interactive guest chef demos in an exciting WGS Gastronomic Adventure around the world.

For the latest updates, please visit the official show websites – Speciality-Asia.com and RPB-Asia.com, and follow the shows on social media. Trade visitors can register here for their free entrance badges.

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