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Quality Exhibitors And Vistors At FOOD&HOTELVIETNAM2013

Singapore, 29 April 2013 – As the 7th edition of Food&HotelVietnam (FHV) drew to a close on 26 April 2013, exhibitors both local and foreign, visitors, VIP delegations and seminar speakers all had just one thing to say – FHV has outdone itself yet again!

Among the total 12,394 attendees at FHV2013, the show saw an increase in quality of both exhibitors and visitors. This is a testament to the importance and great value FHV brings to the food and hotel industry of Vietnam, and cements its place as the premier gateway for international companies looking to enter the local market.

Satisfied visitors at FHV2013
Visitors to FHV2013 hailed from all over Vietnam and neighbouring Cambodia and Myanmar. From hotels chains and service residences to restaurants, airline caterers and supermarkets, some notable companies that were making their biennial buying pilgrimage at FHV2013 included Big C Supermarket, Cambodia Air Caterer, Domino’s Pizza Vietnam, Duxton Saigon, Equatorial Hotel, MOF Japanese Sweets and Coffee, Paris Baguette Viet Nam, Rex Hotel Saigon, Shop & Go, Yeebo Restaurant and Vietnam Air Caterers among many others.

Mr. Nguyen Ta Hoang, Restaurant Manager of Sherwood Residence who visited FHV2013 on the first day said, “This is my first time at FHV and I came to look for food service equipment for my restaurant’s buffet line, as well as food suppliers.  After just one hour I found many great options, and all the exhibitors have been very helpful and detailed in providing information.”

Echoing his sentiments is Mr. Richard Lim from C.P Equipment Supplier in Cambodia. He said, “There many principals at FHV this year showing the immense business growth potential of the local Vietnamese market, as well as the overall high quality of the event. FHV2013 features a great variety of exhibits, and is an excellent place to source for new supplies.”

Exhibitor Sentiments at FHV2013
Sunshine Equipment, a local distributor of international food service equipment brands is an example of an exhibitor that saw consistent success over multiple editions of FHV. “We have exhibited at FHV since we started our company in 2009, and our product range has grown in tandem with the event. Once again we had a great show! Exhibiting at FHV allows us to display a wide range of products from across Europe, USA and Asia, and this gives potential clients confidence in us. Over three days, we managed to secure over USD$300,000 in deals!” said its Managing Partner Ms. Chau Tieu Ngoc.

FHV also set a record of 19 group pavilions from 14 countries/regions. Covering four continents, the pavilions included from Europe – Belgium, Bulgaria, the European Union (EU), France and Germany; from North America – USA; from South America – Argentina; from Asia – Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan (F&B), Turkey; and Australia.

Making its first foray into Vietnam as part of the EU pavilion is ENOFORUM, one of Portugal’s biggest wine producers. Its General Manger, Mr. Delfim Costa said, “We currently export to 31 countries, with China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan and Singapore making up our Asian markets. We have identified Southeast Asia as a strategic geographical location from which to grow our business and the developing consumer tastes for wine in Vietnam makes FHV an ideal platform to get first-hand feedback on the industry’s reaction to our products. We had a great show and made valuable business contacts with five to six potential importers and distributors.”

Mr. Tee Boon Teong, Chief Representative, Singapore Exhibition Services‘s Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, organisers of FHV2013 said, “The food and hospitality industry in Vietnam is evolving as consumers are developing a more sophisticated and discerning palate. FHV as a sourcing platform provides the opportunity for local businesses to seek out foreign producers and suppliers to cater to the changing taste of local consumers. We are thrilled with the feedback we have received and look forward to making FHV2015 an even bigger success!”

Culinary and barista skills on display at FHV2013
Fierce competition brewed among Vietnam’s top chefs and baristas at the third Vietnam Barista Competition (VBC), first Latte Art Competition and fifth Vietnam Culinary Challenge (VNCC)

Supporters leapt off their seats and let out excited cheers as Ho Quoc Tuan from Highlands Coffee claimed the coveted title of VBC 2013 Champion, and the honour to represent Vietnam at the prestigious FHA Barista Challenge 2014, which will be held at Food&HotelAsia2014 in Singapore.  Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan from Café Me and Truong Thanh Trung from Tuno Coffee came in second and third place respectively. In addition, Quoc Tuan also took top honours in the first ever Latte Art Competition.

The VNCC at FHV2013 saw 110 chefs displaying their skills and creativity to compete over the three competition days. Nguyen Van Truong Giang from Equatorial Hotel claimed the title of Grand Champion, and his team from Equatorial Hotel bagged the award for Best Culinary Establishment.

Other awards included:
Tran Thi Lan Anh (First Hotel) – Vietnamese Cuisine Champion
Vo Sang (Equatorial Hotel) – Hot Cooking Champion
Le Bao Quoc (Thuy Ta Dam Sen Restaurant) – Best Artist

Food&HotelVietnam will return in 2015 for its eighth edition, from 21 – 23 April in Ho Chi Minh City.