May 2017

Ovens on, spatulas at the ready…3 days until Food & Hospitality Africa 2017 plates up!

May 2017 – 3…2…1…Hostex powering Food & Hospitality Africa kicks off with a bang once again as it opens its doors on Sunday, 7 May for three days of trends, innovation and connection with industry decision-makers. Organisers of this all-encompassing trade expo have had their work cut out for them over the last 12 months to meet and surpass the high standards which have become synonymous with the Hostex name. “This year’s exhibitors are truly world-class,” says Nick Sarnadas, Event Director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. “We could not be better prepared, or more excited, to open our doors this Sunday.” The show is to be held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Two new shows have been added to the five-in-one-show offering this time around, namely The Drinks Cabinet and Contract Furnishing Africa. The Drinks Cabinet was conceived with the ever-growing African beverage market in mind. Craft beers, wines, spirits and ciders will be on display over the three day expo, as well as a diverse range of non-alcoholic beverages including syrups, energy and health drinks.

For the hotel, restaurant and guesthouse market, Contract Furnishing Africa has been introduced, to showcase furnishings for retail stores, hotels of all sizes, guesthouses, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Indoor and outdoor furniture, décor, lighting, linen, towelling, floor coverings, wall coverings, interior design, and guest amenities will be showcased. The new feature aims to cover a vitally important sector of the industry.

Renowned chef Reuben Riffel will be demonstrating one of his signature dishes in The Skillery – SACA’s pop-up kitchen and learning hub – and will spending the opening day experiencing everything the show has to offer. This philanthropic chef is a celebrated and respected member of the restaurant/hospitality industry, and his presence is sure to be one of the many highlights of the show. “It is an honour to host Reuben this year, and we can’t wait to find out what surprises he has in store for us” says Nick Sarnadas.

The ever-popular trends-driven and free-to-attend HOST-ED seminar that will run throughout the show and is set to impress and inform with speakers such as Steven Murray, Country Manager at Zomato South Africa, who will be speaking on Monday, 8 May 2017, about taking advantage of and succeeding in changing industries. HOST-ED seminars are geared to reflect all aspects of the hospitality, food and beverage, import/export, retail and wholesale industries, from junior housekeeper or barista to senior executives across the board.

Tea & Coffee Africa returns with caffeinated vengeance, boasting a pot-full of exhibitors appealing to anyone with an interest in growing, selling, brewing or drinking tea or coffee! SCASA’s Barista Championships will also be taking place within the Tea & Coffee arena throughout the course of the expo. In addition to this, and proving that there is always a better pizza than the best you’ve tasted are the competitors in the Global Pizza Challenge, firing up even the most pizza-averse in the crowd!

Don’t forget to pre-register for free at


25th April 2017

Discover the tastes of tomorrow at Africa’s leading food and beverage conference

The Food Forum 2017 offers delegates the opportunity to learn and gain professional career credits as Africa’s Big 7 goes international in Johannesburg this June

Africa’s premier food and beverage trade show boast a strong line up of key speakers for its exclusive three-day conference in June.

The Food Forum 2017 is a three-day conference focused on key issues across the food sector – from new developments and trends in the restaurant and hospitality sector on day one, through to the manufacturing and processing industry on day two and on the final day, the focus falls on farming and agribusiness.

“This is a major conference for the food industry at the centre of one of the continent’s most well-established food and beverage shows,” says David Ross, dmg events’ content head, which brings international expertise to the event.

“Each day is themed and targeted at specific areas of the industry focused on the key issues but mindful of the special requirements of the sub-Saharan sector.”

He explained that delegates also gain career-enhancing recognition for attending the Food Forum 2017. Each session earns Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation for attendees. CPD has been operating around the world and international show organiser dmg events, which bought Africa’s Big 7 (AB7) last year, introduces it to South Africa in 2017. CPD benefits the employee, the employer and ensures dmg conferences are of recognised international standard.

The Food Forum first day is focused on ‘market perspectives and growth strategies’, where delegates include executive chefs, heads of f&b as well as individuals responsible for sourcing and buying. The day starts with Wendy Albert, the CEO of the Restaurant Association of South Africa, with an overview of South African food retail and restaurants looking at key drivers and trends for the future.

The second day is about packaging and production with attendees including plant owners and managers alongside engineers and machinery experts from the food sector. As well as new innovations, there will be sessions on enhancing productivity, improving supply chains and understanding the changing expectation of consumers. Among the speakers are Paul Raphaely, Co-Founder of Nomu Brands, revealing exclusive consumer research and how it acts as a guide to the future.

Mark Sack, the MD of Sally Williams Fine Foods, is a key panelist at The Food Forum, who brings two decades of experience. In the past 18 months, he’s overseen the launch of a new ice cream manufacturing plant as well as a foray into retail in the upmarket district of Sandton, Johannesburg. He has breadth of experience and first-hand knowledge to share.

Special features at AB7 2017 includes Café Culture featuring competitions and barista expertise with a healthy blend of mixology and The Ultimate Hotel Chef Challenge 2017, which will bring together sub-Saharan Africa’s finest in a showdown worthy of Africa’s premier food show.

AB7, now in its 16th year, was acquired last year by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa and its Africa Vice President Christine Davidson explained the decision to rebrand and refocus such a long standing industry show.

“The Food Forum is a centerpiece of the new AB7 brand,” she said. “The f&b industry has changed at such a pace and Africa’s Big 7 now reflects that, with a new focus on specialist ingredients, flavours, food trends and the latest production and technology driven processes.

“This year’s show will meet all buyers’ needs, offering essential information, live demonstrations and discussion… with a bit of inspiration too. Whether visitors are chefs, restaurant or café owners or managers – all will find everything they need at AB7 whether on the show floor, in the conference or at live demonstrations, training, networking or presentations”

The rebranded AB7, and The Food Forum, is co-located with SAITEX 2017 – Africa’s largest product sourcing event – and The Hotel Show Africa 2017, one of the world’s most successful hospitality event brands, at The Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from June 25 to 27.

You can see the full Food Forum conference programme at and also register for show and conference passes.

Press information

The 15th edition of Africa’s Big 7 (AB7) runs from June 25-27 at The Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the continent’s largest food and beverage industry trade expo. Its seven specialised sectors cover everything from fresh produce and ingredients to manufacturing technologies, processing and packaging equipment, retail ready products, hospitality and catering equipment and much more. For more information visit

Africa’s Big 7, was acquired in 2016 by dmg ems Africa events, part of dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT).

dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa was founded in 1989 and has operated in the Middle East since 1995 and owns some the region’s biggest shows including The Hotel Show and The Big 5. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE and with satellite offices in India, South Africa and the UK, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa organises more than 45 events across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. The events attract more than 250,000 customers every year and provide opportunities for trade professionals to do business, network and learn. For more information visit

DMGT manages a balanced multinational portfolio of entrepreneurial companies, with total revenues of almost $3bn, that provide a diverse range of businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, news and entertainment. The company employs more than 10,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.  DMGT aims to provide the highest quality information, insight and services to attractive growth markets in innovative ways, building on a track record of earnings and dividend growth. For more information visit

NEWS RELEASE April 20, 2017

How South Africa is attracting the world’s leading hospitality experts to advise on growth for the next decade

Sub-Saharan Africa needs tourism for jobs and investment and a new expo based on one of the world’s most successful brands will bring international experience to Johannesburg in June 2017

Some of the world’s leading experts in hospitality have agreed to appear at the inaugural The Hotel Show Africa as part of its international three-day conference.

The Hotel Show Africa brings together leading hospitality suppliers from around the world alongside the three-day Vision Conference, focused this year on developing sub-Saharan Africa’s hotel industry.

Vision Conference chairman Martin Kubler has more than two decades of international experience running four and five star hotels across Europe and the Middle East.

“Africa presents amazing opportunities, but also its own unique challenges,” says Kubler. “The Vision Conference at The Hotel Show in Dubai attracts hundreds of delegates and I believe we will present over the three days in June, a powerful insight into future growth for the African market.”

The first day starts with a presentation on the outlook for Africa’s hospitality and tourism market by Gillian Saunders, who is Deputy CEO of audit tax and advisory firm, Grant Thornton in Johannesburg, and Head of Advisory Services in South Africa. Gillian has 25 years’ consulting to the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries.

The Hotel Show Africa 2017 is adapted for the continent and based on international organiser dmg events MEA’s highly successful The Hotel Show in Dubai.

Dubai has seen growth in hotel rooms over the past 15 years unequalled anywhere else in the world and the city will provide some guest speakers for The Vision Conference in South Africa.

Bani Haddad, founder and managing director, Aleph Hospitality (Dubai) will host a key session examining how Africa can fund its hotels.  Third party investment and franchising is already responsible for more than 260,000 hotel rooms in the USA – but is still to be exploited in Africa.

He’s joined by Scott Antel, Hospitality and Leisure Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner, who has more than 20 years’ experience advising both owners-developers and international operators across the Middle East, Russia/CIS, the Baltics and Asia. He was awarded the Russia/CIS Hotel Investment Forum’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to emerging markets.

The Hotel Show Africa 2017 and The Vision Conference will take place from June 25 to 27 at The Gallagher Conference Centre co-located with the continent’s long-established food and beverage show Africa’s Big 7.  This is the biggest food and hospitality platform ever staged and both are part of three co located events under the Retail & Hospitality Week 2017 banner.

“The Hotel Show Africa brings a new focus to the hospitality industry,” says Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA), which is a strategic partner for show.

The hospitality sector is a key growth target for governments across sub-Saharan Africa and the continent has almost 30,000 new rooms under construction at 159 hotels this year.

Top national and international suppliers have signed up to showcase hospitality products for restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels, right through to food & beverage service outlets.

Christine Davidson, Vice President of organiser dmg events says: “We are very excited to bring a globally recognised brand to the Africa hospitality market and have been working closely with the industry to ensure the show meets the needs of all hospitality professionals.”

The Hotel Show 2017 is part of Retail & Hospitality Week 2017 at The Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, from June 25 to 27.

Learn more about The Hotel Show Africa 2017 and The Vision Conference at

Food & Hospitality Africa 2017…50 days and counting

March 2017 – In just 50 days the doors will open on the second Food & Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex expo at Gallagher Convention Centre, which will run from Sunday 7 to Tuesday 9 May 2017!

“Since the inaugural F&HA in May last year, we have been shoulders to the wheel to make this event bigger and better, with more value to offer visitors and exhibitors,” says Nick Sarnadas, Event Director with show organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery.

He encourages industry players to log on to to complete the simple pre-registration form ahead of the expo, ensuring no last-minute scramble, no missing out, no queues, and easy access to the largest Pan-African food, drink and hospitality trade expo of the year.

F&HA will feature more than 300 exhibitors from 28 countries and 11 official pavilions, as well as a slew of additional features such as free-to-attend seminars, demonstrations, and competitions.

A new feature in this year’s show is The Drinks Cabinet, which is in line with the ever-growing drinks market in Africa. On display will be craft beers and ciders, wine and spirits, innovative new alcoholic products, and non-alcoholic beverages including syrups, energy and health drinks.

For the hotel, restaurant and guesthouse market, the new Contract Furnishings feature has been introduced, covering furnishings for retail stores, hotels of all sizes, guesthouses, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Indoor and outdoor furniture, décor, lighting, linen, towelling, floor coverings, wall coverings, interior design, and guest amenities will be showcased.

We are very proud to partner with the, SACA (South African Chefs Association), SCASA (Speciality Coffee Association) – don’t miss the Tea and Coffee Africa section – National Accommodation Association of SA, FEDHASA, Restaurant Association of SA, BABASA (Bed & Breakfast Association of SA), GHASA (Guest House Association) and the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme.

For more information and to register, visit

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Decorex Cape Town – running from 27 to 30 April – presents Trade Delegates with the perfect opportunity to source the latest offerings of designer décor and lifestyle products all exuding the signature style of the cosmopolitan Mother City.
The ‘Make Your Space Your Living Dream’ theme will resonate with industry professionals looking for inspiration and products perfectly suited to creating a #livingdream space.

“Cape Town is renowned for its quality décor and design products and accessories but there are insufficient opportunities for those representing the trade industry to meet directly with the manufacturers,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director: Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions. “Decorex SA has initiated the Trade Business Programme to facilitate the connection of those exhibiting at South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition with industry professionals looking for on-trend products and services.”
In addition to the expansive lifestyle range suited to every facet of the architecture, design, furniture, property and retail world, there will be a number of exhibitors featuring 100% locally manufactured, handcrafted goods, destined for home and abroad.

Running alongside the show will be another unique trade platform, ‘We Are Cape Town’, conceptualised and created by 100% Design South Africa. This impressive exhibition will celebrate the city’s trademark creativity by showcasing design pieces from Cape Town’s top creative enablers, curators, collaborators, studios and designers.

The Trade Business Programme will run on Friday, 28 April, creating a usable business networking platform for key decision makers in the fields of décor, design, architecture, hospitality, retail and the like to interact with the exhibitors and visitors. Approved trade members can make use of this complimentary programme with a dedicated Trade Lounge presented by ALF UNO for all meetings taking place at the exhibition.

“Decorex Cape Town provides a much-needed business-to-business platform where experts in the field are able to discuss and demonstrate their products and services directly to active traders,” continued Cullingworth. “This extremely influential network offers brand exposure through this face-to-face networking, as well as through the extensive media coverage generated by the show.”

Trade registration for Decorex Cape Town 2017 is now open click here to register. Members of the décor, design, construction and allied industries can pre-register on the website for a trade badge and complimentary access to the show.

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Decorex SA details:
Decorex Cape Town: 27 – 30 April 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Ticket prices: Adults: R95, Pensioners: R85, Children under 12: R20
Venue: Cape Town International Conference Centre