Injecting new energy into the dynamic food & beverage and natural & organic industries through cultivating cross-collaborations between sectors
HONG KONG, Sept. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Organised by Informa Markets, Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong X Gourmet Asia 2019 and Natural & Organic Asia unveiled yesterday and is open from 3-5 September 2019 in Halls 5E, F and G at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. For the first time the three tradeshows co-locate to create powerful synergies, cultivate cross-collaborations and offer an unprecedented industry meet up opportunity for the vibrant F&B and burgeoning organic industries.
The grand opening ceremony was officiated by guest of honour, Mr. Charles Ng, Acting Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong, as well as distinguished trade representatives including Mr. Jens Ring, Senior Consultant, Danish Agriculture & Food Council; Ms. Isabel Oliveria, Representative of PortugalFoods; Ms. Marina Glagoleva, Managing Partner, Innovative Business Group – supported by Russian Exporter Center of Novoskibirsk Region; Mr. Chris Li, Senior Agricultural Marketing Specialist, U.S. Agricultural Trade Office, Hong Kong; key representatives from the industries; and the show organiser, Ms. Margaret Ma Connolly, CEO of Asia, Informa Markets.
"People from all over the world are geared towards a more healthy and balanced lifestyle, there is great potential and demand for natural and organic products," said Mr. Charles Ng at the opening ceremony.
Ms. Margaret Ma Connolly added: "As one of the most established food & hospitality tradeshows in the region, Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong offers a wide diversity of products, equipment and solutions to industry professionals and constantly contributes to the evolving F&B scene in Hong Kong. This year, the show co-locates with Gourmet Asia, the real fine dining exhibition to further stimulate the expanding gourmet market in Asia; as well as Natural & Organic Asia, to spread the benefits of green dining and living to the F&B industry and inject new energy into the natural & organic market."
Featuring over 550 international brands, the shows are set to welcome 16,000 trade buyers from around the globe to participate in the 3-day show this year. Ms. Margaret Ma Connolly added that amid rising levels of global economic challenges, this highlights Hong Kong remains to be an important hub and a world-class destination for international trade and sourcing for the food & beverage and organic industries.
Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong meets Gourmet Asia – Bringing High Standards to the Dining Scene
With over 16 years’ track record, Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong (RBHK) is one of the most established food & hospitality exhibitions in the region, serving culinary experts, beverage masters and restaurant owners of the highest calibre. This year, for the first time, RBHK will join hands with Gourmet Asia – the real fine dining exhibition to showcase the most premium gourmet products to further stimulate the expanding gourmet market in Asia. Over 300 brands from 25 countries and regions will be presenting the most sought-out products, including food and drinks, wines, equipment and supplies, as well as innovative business solutions, to meet the steep and evolving standards of the dining scene.
RBHK 2019 features a series of inspiring and fun-filled events, including cooking demonstrations, seminars, wine tasting courses, competitions and awards. The events are designed to provide a professional platform for recognising outstanding achievements and nurturing long-lasting connections for the F&B industry. A major highlight in 2019 is the Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong 2019 Cocktail Challenge co-organised by Informa Markets and The Hong Kong Bartender’s Association, which was held on 3 September as part of RBHK 2019. The competition is set to stir up the regional bartending industry, bringing together bartenders and mixologists who are at the forefront of the industry to demonstrate their skills and creativity using Pisco as a core ingredient in cocktail-making. Other noteworthy industry events to be held during 3-5 September, such as the Hong Kong House Wine Awards, Coffee Power Championship and Chef Masterclass, have gained industry-wide attention and are not to be missed.
Natural & Organic Asia Evolves into Becoming Asia’s Leading Sourcing and Trading Platform
Entering its 6th edition, Natural & Organic Asia (NOA) continues to reinforce as the most established natural and organic products sourcing platform in Asia. With the demand for natural and organic products continues to skyrocket in the region, the show will elevate to its next level in 2019, setting higher standards for the natural and organic industry through introducing wider product selections, presenting an array of ‘New to Asia‘ products and empowering the health and wellness culture to sprout in the city.
According to a pre-show survey conducted with show registrants, over 30% of Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong and Gourmet Asia’s visitors have shown interest in organic products. NOA 2019, co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong X Gourmet Asia for the first time, aims to facilitate the industry to take advantage of this rapidly growing trend of green dining and organic living, through presenting over 250 international natural and organic brands – comprising organic food & beverages, beauty, personal care and health & wellness products – to the dynamic culinary and hospitality industry.
As a featured highlight of NOA 2019, the Natural & Organic Asia Awards will return this year to celebrate the achievements and excellence of development, marketing and launch of innovative and sustainable natural and organic products of integrity. The Awards will enter a brand-new phase in 2019 with an enhanced selection and certification process, coupled with industry-wide support, the Awards provides a unique platform for natural and organic businesses to gain credible recognition and exposure in the industry. The esteemed panel of judges of NOA Awards 2019 include:
- Mr. Gordon Farquhar – CEO, Mannings North Asia, The Dairy Farm Group
- Prof. Jonathan Wong Woon-chung – Director, Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre
- Ms. Sarah Fung – Publisher, Liv Media
- Ms. Sonalie Figueiras – Founder and Editor-in-chief, Green Queen
- Ms. Yvonne Chang – Publisher, Natural Beauty Buyer’s Guide
- Mr. Daniel Cheung – General Manager, Informa Markets
2019 NOA Award winners will be announced on 4 September at 5:30 p.m. in Hall 5E, HKCEC.
Freshly introduced to NOA in 2019, the inaugural NOA Academy brings together the leading minds in the natural & organic industry to deliver valuable insights and knowledge to help industry practitioners stay relevant and get ahead of competition. Natural and organic industry experts and specialists, such as Prof. Jonathan Wong Woon-Chung, Director, Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (Hong Kong); Mr. Don Zhao, Co-Founder, Azoya International (China) and Mr. Albert Leung, Hong Kong Society of Cosmetic Chemist, Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, England (Hong Kong), will be leading in-depth discussions, seminars and workshops throughout the 3-day programme.
Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong X Gourmet Asia 2019, Natural & Organic Asia 2019
Venue: Halls 5E, F and G, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Date & Time:
3/9/2019 (Tuesday) 11:00 – 18:30
4/9/2019 (Wednesday) 11:00 – 18:30
5/9/2019 (Thursday) 11:00 – 17:00
Download Show Photos (3 Sep): http://bit.ly/2lyQsjS
Download Show Logos:
- Natural & Organic Asia: https://naturalproducts.com.hk/event/press/#press
- Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong X Gourmet Asia: https://www.rbhk-ga.com/press/#Download
About Informa Markets
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world’s leading exhibitions organiser, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.
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