Returning for a second edition, The Big F&B Forum, hosted by Catering News promises a morning of informative expert sessions, networking opportunities and interactive tastings, with a strong line-up of F&B industry speakers leading some thought-provoking debates
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The second edition of The Big Food & Beverage Forum, hosted by Catering News Middle East, is expected to welcome more than 150 F&B professionals from across the region on 20 September to discuss and debate the key topics, trends and challenges impacting the industry in 2016 and beyond.
The event, taking place at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, will offer attendees, sponsors and speakers a morning of thought-provoking panel debates, expert speaker sessions and interactive workshops. Registration and networking will begin at 8am with a delicious breakfast provided by Dubai-based Al Rawdah, The Big F&B Forum Official Breakfast Sponsor.
Commenting on why the local poultry producer is supporting The Big F&B Forum for a second year running, Paul Farhat, head of foodservice said: “The Big F&B Forum is a great way for us – as a relatively new player in the foodservice sector – to broaden our prospects by showcasing Al Rawdah food services to our target market. It is also important for us to improve credibility by supporting events that our target market finds attractive, while leveraging the already strong brand Al Rawdah is enjoying in the retail sector.”
Dubai Tourism’s senior communications manager Aida Al Busaidy, will provide a keynote address on the value of the F&B industry as part of the wider tourism conversation, and this will be followed by an on-stage interview with Dr. Basem Abdul Moneim, public health specialist, National Tobacco Control Programme on what the UAE’s impending smoking ban will mean for the F&B industry.
Also confirmed are Damien Rizzi, Colliers MENA senior asset manager – hospitality, who will unveil an exclusive new report on maximising profitability in hotel restaurants; and Ali Sinaei, managing partner, Roundmenu, discussing consumer behavior trends and dining decisions.
Panel sessions include “Creating a more sophisticated F&B landscape”; “A rising talent pool: but at what cost?”; and “The trends shaping the UAE’s F&B landscape”, with a strong line-up of speakers combining a wealth of F&B industry knowledge and experience.
Following the panel discussions, we will welcome British chef, restaurateur and author Gary Rhodes OBE to the stage to discuss his views on the F&B landscape in the Middle East and his plans for the future in the region. A networking lunch with interactive workshops will follow, allowing attendees the opportunity to meet with peers and learn more about the best new products on the market.
Some of the most prominent, influential catering and hospitality suppliers in the region are sponsoring the event, with Coffee Planet confirmed as Exclusive Coffee Sponsor. Robert Jones, managing director said: “Supporting relevant industry events, such as BNC Publishing’s The Big F&B Forum is very important to us at Coffee Planet. Not only does it allow us to interact with industry professionals to discuss pressing topics surrounding F&B, but it is also a great platform to pioneer the benefits of locally roasted coffee and to share the ever-changing consumer trends.”
Other companies supporting the event include support sponsor African + Eastern, which will conduct an interactive craft hops tasting workshop during the networking lunch; foodservice equipment supplier, TSSC, which will exhibit at the event; and uniform and tableware supplier A. Ronai LLC, which along with TSSC, is supporting the event for a second year.
Explaining why Ronai is sponsoring the 2016 edition of The Big F&B Forum, Gavin Dodd, managing director commented: “As a loyal ambassador to BNC events, Ronai is extremely happy to participate in the forum once again this year. We very much believe in supporting the great industry that we are a part of, and events as professional as this are a great way of achieving our aim.
“With Dubai’s properties and visitor numbers set to increase in the coming years, it’s important for all related companies to stay ahead of the game, building and retaining crucial relationships with hospitality industry professionals.”
DATE & TIME: Tuesday 20 September, 8am – 2.30pm
VENUE: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
ATTENDANCE: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org