PRESS RELEASE February 2017

 What’s hot at Food & Hospitality Africa 2017? The Tea & Coffee Africa pavilion!

February 2017 – Tea and Coffee Africa will be one of the prime hot spots at the Food & Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex expo – highlighting the big beverage trends, showcasing exciting new product offerings from the two favourite beverages in the world, and providing a platform for exciting competitions.

For the first time this year Tea and Coffee Africa – which is hosted by SCASA, the Speciality Coffee Association of SA – will feature a market area, bringing boutique tea producers, roasters, single origin and artisanal coffees to the attention of the foodservice and retail market as a burgeoning business growth opportunity.

Relevant exhibitors will include Chaplons Tea, producers of quality tea with ethical business practices; Viet Coffee, which sources gourmet Vietnamese coffee, accessories and brewing equipment; Illy Coffee, blenders of nine distinct Arabica beans; the Coffee Academy, which supplies Jura bean-to-cup coffee machines, accessories, and coffee beans; and Genio Coffee Roasters, the premier coffee roasting machine manufacturer and supplier that supplies its locally designed and manufactured coffee to roasters all over the world.

Throughout the three days of the show, SCASA will present the Gauteng regional and national finals of the SA Barista Championships, the Cup Tasters Event, and the popular Latte Art Championships, all of which will attract coffee aficionados and connoisseurs to the stand in droves.

“Speciality coffees and teas are bringing exotic and exciting new flavours and experiences to an increasingly discerning and demanding consumer base,” says Nick Sarnadas, Event Director with show organisers Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. “We’re well into the third wave of coffee, where a high degree of transparency and education is part of the offering from coffee manufacturers and the culinary appreciation of coffee, including the subtleties of flavour, varietals, and growing region, as with other plant-derived products such as tea and wine, is paramount. It’s a sector that cannot be ignored by the foodservice and retail industries.”

To enjoy Tea and Coffee Africa and other offerings at Food & Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from Sunday 7 to Tuesday 9 May 2017, pre-register by logging on to to complete the registration form.

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NEWSFLASHJanuary 2017

Food & Hospitality Africa wins Best Trade Exhibition in inaugural ROAR Awards category

26 January 2017 – The first ever AAXO Organiser and Exhibitor Awards took place at TicketPro Dome last night, 26 January 2017…and we are thrilled to announce that Food & Hospitality Africa powered by Hostex was awarded Best Trade Exhibition in its size category (Category 1 – 6000sqm).

Event Director for this Specialised Exhibitions tradeshow, Nick Sarnardas was delighted to accept the award on the show’s behalf and had this to say: “Acknowledgement by a respected industry association such as African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) consolidates Food & Hospitality’s commitment to remaining the Pan African trade show of choice in our sector.”

A joint venture between ROAR and Exhibitions & Events Association of Southern Africa (EXSA)-llence Awards made it possible to divide the awards into two categories, providing recognition to the best organisers and exhibitors with the inception of AAXO – Association of African Exhibition Organisers ’s ROAR Awards.

By promoting participation in the African exhibition and events industry and recognising excellence in exhibition organisation, this prestigious awards event offered role players who contribute to all aspects of exhibitions and events a platform to showcase their portfolio of work. Food & Hospitality Africa is proud to be associated with that ethos.

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