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Hospitality First Show 2017 The comprehensive venue for the HORECA, ALCOBEV & Architecture industry

The recently concluded Hospitality First Show 2017 was home to three important segments of the hospitality sector including the HORECA, ALCOBEV and Architecture. Akshay Nayak reports the excerpts from the seminars and competitions held parallel to the exhibition.

Monday, September 11, 2017, 11:20 Hrs  [IST]

The Hospitality First Show 2017 was held in Mumbai from August 21-23, 2017. It was a venue for the diverse audience to serve them with knowledge and information about products and services from the HORECA, ALCOBEV and Architecture industry.

The exhibition was lit with myriad stalls that showcased – hotel wares, hotel equipment, commercial kitchen and catering equipment, F&B service equipment, food products, restaurant software and technology, commercial refrigeration and air conditioning, and much more. Several competitions, seminars, forums and panel discussions were also organised to participate in, share thoughts and get questions answered about interesting topics related to the respective industries.

Speaking on the occasion, Shrenik Gada, CEO, Zanuff Food Service Products said, “The exhibition setup has improved over the years. The level of organising is getting better year-on-year along with an improvement in the infrastructure support from the exhibitors. It was spacious for the visitors to walk around and get themselves engaged in the products on display. We got a good response at the show since the number of prospective visitors kept ascending as expected from our previous experience in the show. They were genuinely interested in the show and showed eagerness towards the new additions of range of our products. The wide variety of visitors were – the caterers, retailers to single and chain restaurant owners, from which the caterers were the dominant visitors.”

The first day saw an industry-specific seminar by the Hotel & Restaurant Association (Western India) where varied questions linked to GST were answered by the industry experts. The Hotel and F&B Consultant Forum held on the following day was a juncture for the industry consultants who presented and discussed trends in the BOH, Kitchen Planning and F&B areas.

One of the many attractions was the THFS Gourmet Team Challenge that granted many inspired ‘to-be chefs’ to put their saucepans over the blaze! The culinary art, presentation and aroma packed in their creations elicited the visitors to watch the challenge, judged by the experts.

Talking about the event, Alyson Segawa, Manager, International Marketing Accounts from Bryant Christie said, “We are happy with the huge response that we have received at the RECA Show and would like to congratulate the winners for creating such innovative recipes using U.S. Premium Agricultural Products. The key objective of the campaign was to showcase versatility and utilisation techniques and the participants have exactly done that using their exceptional talent. They all went out with their creativity and took the competition to another level with their outstanding performance. We are positive that the show will give us an opportunity to directly reach out to our core audience and get feedback and suggestions for future innovations.”

The India Beer Wine & Spirits Business Conclave summoned on the concluding day of the exhibition. Presented by Shatbhi Basu, India’s first female bartender and renowned Mixologist in partnership with STIR – Academy of Bartending, the conclave commenced with a panel discussion on “Make in India – Growing Indian Brands” where representatives of various indigenous brands like Desmondji, Amrut, Paul John, etc. entered into a brainstorming session on the Alcobev industry; its importance under the banner of ‘Make in India’, and the challenges faced by the same. Here they discussed on the need of homemade brands in the industry crucial, to cater to the larger audience of the country who wish to sip on good-in-quality yet affordable spirits. Subsequently, the second discussion was on “Brewing success and challenges in India”, followed by the concluding session in which the panellists talked about the relations between the Aclobev and the hospitality industries in terms of challenges and opportunities. Each session concluded with a Q&A interaction between the panellists and the audience.

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