AGENDA: The Big F&B Forum

by Mahak Mannan | Published 2 weeks ago

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BNC Publishing’s annual event, the Big F&B Forum is set to take place at Al Habtoor Palace on 14 November 2018 and is expected to bring together the biggest names in the food and beverage sector to debate and discuss the trends, challenges, and future of the industry.

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Panel 1: Discounts: The good, the bad, and the ugly of it.

This panel will discuss both the benefits and drawbacks of discounts, happy hours, and ladies night offers in the industry. From the ones who run it, we want to hear how it has benefitted them and why they continue to go into the market with discounts and from the ones who have done away with theme nights, we want to know their thoughts behind the decision.

Panel 2: Datanalysis: Are we making use of consumer data?

Data. Everybody wants it, but few know how to make the best use of it. Are restaurants in the Middle East doing enough to gather customer data and use it to their benefit? Is there room for personalised service with such information? We will also look at how the delivery services in the region make best use of such data and whether venues can benefit from their expertise in this field.

Panel 3: Farm to table: The challenges in sourcing.

It is not difficult to find supplies in this region, however, is the lack of regional produce taking a toll on costs in the industry? This panel will explore the topic of sustainable produce, and its presence in the Middle East. They will also look at what challenges do suppliers face when dealing with customers and the flip side of that conversation.

Panel 4: Finding the right balance: What more can be done to bring a correction in the food and beverage industry.

The current F&B market is far from having the right balance, with an oversupply heavily prevalent in the market. This panel will explore what businesses and the government can collectively do to bring that balance. Topics to touch on include the rising rental cost, ease of visa permit and part-time employment, and putting a cap on new venue openings among many more.


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