ADB Seminar Considers Challenge of Technological Change, Globalization, and Jobs in Asia
May 20, 2018

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As Asia and the Pacific seeks inclusive and sustainable economic growth, countries are adapting to the possibility that new technologies in fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence may lead to challenges for some industries and groups of workers, according to participants at a high-level Asian Development Bank (ADB) seminar.

“Advances in new technologies will raise incomes and increase demand from Asia’s rising consumer class,” ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao said at the Governors’ Seminar during ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting in Manila, Philippines. “Countries that maintain flexible policies, support improvements to education, and put in place a stronger social safety net will be well positioned to take advantage of change that new technologies will bring to the region.”

The seminar “Technological Change, Globalization, and Jobs in Asia” had as panelists Philippines Finance Secretary Mr. Carlos G. Dominguez, Indonesia Finance Minister Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Japan Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso, and Fiji Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service, and Communications Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. They shared experiences and issues from their countries’ perspectives.

According to the theme chapter of ADB’s Asian Development Outlook 2018, despite concerns that new technologies and automation could lead to widespread job losses, there are four reasons for optimism about developing Asia’s job prospects.

First, despite the growing use of industrial robots in the region, new technologies often automate some tasks of a job, not the whole job.

Second, automation takes place only where it is both technically and economically feasible, and it has so far been concentrated in the region’s capital-intensive manufacturing with relatively low employment levels.

Third, empirical evidence from developing Asia shows that jobs created by rising domestic demand more than compensate for job losses due to technological advances. This job creation will likely continue as a growing middle class consumes more and better goods and services.

Fourth, technological advances and rising incomes will lead to new occupations and industries, further offsetting labor displacement due to automation.

Nonetheless, new technologies will alter the composition of skills needed by the workforce, panelists said. They may lead to more frequent unemployment and lower wage growth for less skilled workers who engage in manual and routine tasks, widening income inequality.

Governments can respond by ensuring workers are protected from these negative effects. This will require policy actions on education and skills development, labor regulation, social protection, and income distribution. Also, government support for new technologies must benefit people and protect their rights and privacy, panelists agreed.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.

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Record 18,300+ Visitors Attend 10th Entrepreneur Day
May 18, 2018

18 May 2018 – A record turnout of more than 18,300 visitors attended the 10th Entrepreneur Day, which concluded its two-day run at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) today. The number represented a four per cent increase from last year. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the event hosted a record 276 exhibitors, showcasing a range of innovative products and technologies as well as support services for start-ups. A series of on-site activities were organised to help start-ups seek funding, expand their business, recruit talent and solve problems. These included seminars, pitching sessions, Start-up Clinic consultations, as well as Start-up Mixer “speed dating” meetings between start-ups and experts in various sectors.

Nurturing young entrepreneurs

A key highlight of Entrepreneur Day 2018 was today’s Start-up Express Pitching Final, the final contest of the HKTDC’s new “Start-up Express” incubation programme. Launched in March this year, Start-up Express aims to help start-ups expand globally by connecting them with investors, buyers and potential partners from different parts of the world, through exhibitions, overseas business missions and other activities. Participants are selected through a competition that culminates in the Start-up Express Pitching Final. In this year’s inaugural edition, 20 finalists were shortlisted from 100 entrants.

Today’s Start-up Express Pitching Final was preluded by a Teenage Entrepreneur Pitching session, during which Hilary Yip, the 13-year-old founder of start-up MinorMyna, pitched her business ideas to HKTDC Chairman Vincent HS Lo. She also shared her source of inspiration and story as an entrepreneur. “My business is an online educational platform that helps children of all ages pick up another language by chatting via live video calls with children their own age [in other countries]. My original intention was to help people to learn. But if it’s popular, I think it will make money, just like Facebook,” she said.

Mr Lo said: “Youth are the future of Hong Kong. It’s very important to nurture them and create opportunities for them, as they will be driving force of the city’s economic development.”

Start-up Express winners

The Start-up Express Pitching Final yielded 10 winners – Dragon Creative Enterprise Solution Limited, RainsOptics Limited, Film Players Limited, Koofy Development Limited, Walnut Technology Limited, Mamahelpers Limited, 3DK Tech Limited, Farseer Limited, Lecker Labs Limited, Hong Kong Wowwoo Catering Services Limited.

Each of them is entitled to participate, free of charge, in a series of major local and overseas activities, worth about HK$160,000, that will help them build their networks and expand their business. The activities include a business mission to the Guangdong Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area and visits to major trade fairs around the world. Business leaders, including Mr Lo; Victor Fung, Group Chairman of Fung Group; Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China; and Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group will share their experiences with the winners during a series of power meet-ups. NiCubator, a project set up by actor and entrepreneur Nicholas Tse, may also provide the winners with promotion opportunities.

The contest’s Head Judge Antony Leung, also Chairman and CEO of Nan Fung Group, said:
“The quality [of the contestants] is very good. I’m interested to invest many of them. It also shows that Hong Kong’s ecology and environment for start-ups is getting better and better.” Other judges included Jonathan Lee, Director of Karting Empire; Derek Yeung, co-founder of Chef Nic Holdings Ltd, Duncan Chiu, CEO and co-founder of Radiant Venture Capital; Erica Ma, co-founder and Community Advisor of Cocoon, Lap Man, co-founder and Managing Partner of Beyond Ventures; and Chen Guanhua, co-founder of the HKX.

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The 28th edition of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is about to open its doors!
May 18, 2018

TOKYO --( ASIA TODAY )-- Japan’s leading high-end interior and design fair, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, opens in just a few days’ time. The fair will run from 30 May – 1 June 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight West halls 1, 2, 3, 4 and the Atrium. The show maintains its reputation as one of the best B2B platforms for the autumn / winter and year-end sales seasons, in the fields of interior and design.

At the coming 28th edition, 811 exhibitors (Japan: 616, Overseas: 195) from 30 countries and regions will showcase a variety of interior design products across 13 zones: Atrium highlight ‘For Here or To Go’, ACCENT, EVERYDAY, FOODIST, GLOBAL, HOME, JAPAN STYLE, KITCHEN LIFE, MOVEMENT, NEXT, TALENTS, NORDIC LIFESTYLE and JEWELRY-selected by gallery deux poissons.

In the past few years, the product range at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo has extended from interior items to include apparel, jewellery, arts & crafts, and high-end home electronics and food. This is reflective of the current market trends taking place, whereby concept shops are becoming more and more widespread. The wider product portfolio exhibiting at the show also suggests that Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is recognised as an indispensable destination to expand business in various industries including interior products, art, fashion, food and home electronics.

Special zones including the popular Atrium highlight ‘For Here or To Go’ to feature a wide array of attractive products

Atrium highlight: ‘For Here or To Go’

The 2018 theme of the Atrium highlight will be ‘For Here or To Go’ – a familiar phrase heard at coffee shops and fast food shops. At the zone, buyers have the option of placing an order at the venue (For Here) or to take an offer away for further consideration and place an order later (To Go). Collaborating director Mr Yu Yamada is one of the well-known and experienced buyers in the design market in Japan. After working as a buyer for IDEE SHOP in Minami-Aoyama, he founded his own company ‘method’ in 2017, and began working as a freelance buyer shortly afterwards. Based on his buying experience, he designed the Atrium presentation including its booth layouts and fascia boards, which aim to facilitate communication between exhibitors and visitors. At the entrance, a special themed café and a pop-up office designed by method will serve as business meeting spots. Mr Yamada will also conduct a complementary live talk once a day on the stage at the Lifestyle Salon, located at West Hall 1. Buyers and creative directors from leading interior and concept shops in Tokyo can join the sessions to discuss their buying perspectives and sourcing criteria.


Products in the JAPAN STYLE zone will demonstrate the fusion of modern lifestyle and traditional craftsmanship. The area was originally presented at Ambiente to promote high-quality Japanese design and skillsets internationally, and has since been developed at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo and IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living. Among other highlights at the 2018 edition, KORAI / HULS Inc will present a new brand of tea sets designed by Ms Shizuka Tatsuno together with Japanese craft manufactures.


This zone is dedicated solely to Scandinavian design, which is loved by many people around the world, the Japanese being no exception. This year, LIVING MOTIF will exhibit for the first time at the fair and introduce the simple and stylish Swedish furniture brand, MASTERPRODUCTIONS. Meanwhile, Apex Co Ltd will showcase various brands including Menu, LOVI and LUMI from Finland.


Given that food is an integral part of life, specialty stores have been expanding their space for well-designed packaged food in recent years. Reflecting this and other related trends, the FOODIST zone will showcase an array of products that are perfect as gifts and displays. For example, renowned Susumuya teashop will be presenting its select tea varieties and blends and original teapots, to match modern lifestyles and interiors. This year, the zone is expanded to feature 23 companies with nearly half of the participants as long-term supporters.


Interior Lifestyle Tokyo prides itself on its international participants and brands. This year, exhibitors from countries and regions around the world will include: Austria, Bangladesh, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK and the US. Over 16 exhibitors will also gather at the ‘ITALIAN PAVILION – Italian Lifestyle in Japan’ to showcase a wide array of products including home accessories, kitchenware, gift items and furniture with rich design and craftsmanship.


TALENTS and NEXT are zones that support young talents. The concept was also brought from Ambiente in order to give new and upcoming talents a chance to present their ideas to trade show visitors. At TALENTS, visitors can expect to find a number of different prototype designs. At NEXT, new design ideas produced by young energetic companies will be presented.

JEWELRY-selected by gallery deux poisson A must-see is the unique jewelry selected by Tomohiko Mori of Gallery de Poisson, also the director of the "New Jewelry" event held at several place in Tokyo, focusing on design and handicraft and the sale of new and creative jewelry.

Interior Lifestyle Awards and talk show programme ‘Lifestyle Salon’ to complement the show as a trend-setting business platform The fringe programme events laid on during Interior Lifestyle Tokyo will include a number of talks, lectures and an award ceremony which will provide participants with the most relevant industry information.

The Interior Lifestyle Awards will consist of two prizes: the Young Designer Award and the Best Buyer’s Choice. Every year, the winner of the Young Designer Award is selected from the participants of TALENTS and will receive the chance to exhibit at the TALENTS zone in Ambiente, which gathered 135,000 international visitors in February 2018. Meanwhile, the Best Buyer’s Choice will be awarded to the must-buy item among all the products at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, and will be selected by prominent industry buyers. This will be presented by Mr Kenji Ono, Merchandise General Manager of THE CONRAN SHOP JAPAN, a leading high-end interior shop based in Tokyo. Both awards will be announced on the first day of the show on the stage in West Hall 1 on 30 May at 2:00 pm.

LIFESTYLE SALON is a series of talk shows presented by experts discussing the latest developments in the fields of interior and design.

Ambiente Trends 2018 will present the trends in consumer goods. The talks will be held by the trend bureau stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano.

Programme schedule
Ambiente Trends 2018
Wed 30 May /Thu 31 May 12:15 – 13:15
Fri 1 June 12:00 – 13:00
Speaker: Ms Annetta Palmisano, stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano
Language: English / Japanese

Design & Buying: Success stories across different retail forms Thu 31 May 10:30 –11:30
Speakers: Mr Emmanuel Plat, Director of Merchandising, MoMA Design Store, New York, USA
Ms Cecilia Chizzali, Product Director, Coincasa, Venice, Italy
Ms Monica Somaruga, Business Partner, Amleto Missaglia, Milan, Italy
Moderator: Ms Yasuko Natsume, Lepre

About Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
Interior Lifestyle Tokyo and its sister fair IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living are held every summer and autumn respectively at Tokyo Big Sight. The two fairs are based on two of Messe Frankfurt’s most prominent annual fairs in Frankfurt, Germany, Ambiente and Heimtextil. Ambiente is the world’s most important consumer goods fair held every February and Heimtextil is the world’s leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles held every January.

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4 Mega-trends You Should Know about the Future of Work
May 16, 2018

We are used to the erosion of low paid jobs.Yet new forms of technology and automation are also making more highly qualified professionals obsolete. What are the “mega-trends” in our evolving job market?

We’ve become accustomed to thinking that technological advances are eliminating jobs and tasks that require low-level professional qualifications. From automated toll booths to supermarket tills, we're used to the erosion of low paid jobs.

Yet new forms of technology and automation are also making more highly qualified professionals obsolete, like financial analysts, lawyers and tax experts. In 2000, Goldman Sachs employed more than 600 traders. In 2017 only two equity traders were left because algorithms handled by computer engineers could perform the same work. The same thing is happening in all the traditional investment banks on Wall Street. At the same time, everything from self-completing online tax returns to machine learning approaches to accountancy are disrupting jobs in financial services.

So what are the “megatrends” in this evolving job market?

1. Impermanence. Most of the jobs created in advanced economies don’t offer permanent contracts, but involve self-employed or freelance consultants. This means that these people have no social “safety nets” like insurance, medical coverage, social security, or paid vacation. In the US, 94% of the new jobs created from 2005 to 2015 fell into this category, giving these workers no protection at all. This gives rise to growing worker vulnerability on one hand and a challenge to the relevance of trade unions on the other.

2. Life expectancy. The good news: it rises by about two years for every decade that goes by. In Japan, Italy and Germany, life expectancy for women is nearer 90 than 80, while men have now topped 80. But let’s think about two consequences of this. First, can we reasonably expect to enjoy a nice pension for nearly 20 years of our lives? Recently, newspapers reported that in Italy there are more than 700,000 people who have been collecting a pension since 1982. In other words, they’ve been retired for at least 35 years; in most cases longer than they were employed.

Second, we’ve always thought of our lives as divided into three parts. We go to school till we’re around 22-24, work for about 35-40 years, and then comes retirement from age 60 onwards. But we have to rethink this mindset and realize we have a life of continuous learning ahead of us. In previous articles I’ve written that to “beat” machine learning, it’s up to us to become learning machines.

3. New professions. Technology creates more jobs than it destroys, but change is painful. A recent McKinsey study reveals that 56% of new jobs are in brand-new professions. If you take a look at the World Economic Forum's career page, you’ll see the kinds of professionals we’re looking for: experts in artificial intelligence, the internet of things, specialists in cyber-security, internet governance, social media, start-ups, machine learning, robotics, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, Blockchain and so on. Across the job market, salaries are skyrocketing for new professions and slowly shrinking for traditional ones.

4. Women. They make up 52% of the population, but they’re still underpaid and employed in roles that are below their level of skill and expertise. But I’m convinced that the future belongs to women. Why? Because they tend to possess the human characteristics that will give them the advantage in the new jobs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Like the capacity for collaboration (instead of competition), empathy, creativity, listening and learning.

Given the changes in the job market, we have to redesign organizations as well. We can no longer build and utilize “mechanical” organizations, offspring of the First Industrial Revolution, where the worker was simply considered a replaceable “spare part”. We can’t assume that the bureaucratic models of the public sector will still work either. We have to redesign organizations, keeping in mind that people have to be empowered, not controlled or forced to live with the recurring nightmare of losing their job and giving up a life of dignity.

We can’t pay new university graduates 500 euros a month, or worse, expect them to work for free. Science and psychology provide hundreds of studies and research showing that knowledge workers are motivated by purpose, autonomy, their capacity for self-improvement, and a sense of fairness and transparency. As long as we keep dealing with people using the carrot and the stick, it just won’t work.

The new reality of the Fourth Industrial Revolution forces us to think and act in a new way: we can’t solve new problems by applying old methodologies or outdated mindsets. To truly adapt to the future of work, we will need to be guided by a moral compass, a radar that helps us avoid dangers and allows us to discover opportunities for everybody.

By Paolo Gallo

HKTDC Entrepreneur Day helps Start-ups to Scale Up
May 11, 2018

11 May 2018 – As a one-stop platform for new businesses to gather market information, seek advice and funding, build connections and gain exposure, the 10th Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) will take place next week with informative forums, pitching sessions and networking events.

Taking place from 17-18 May (Thursday to Friday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), the event is one of the 30 some trade fairs in Hong Kong organised each year by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong’s businesses.

Showcasing Tech-capabilities

More than 270 exhibitors have signed up for the E-Day, the largest participation since its launch. Among the fair highlights is a dedicated exhibition zone, the Imaginarium, which brings together more than 140 start-ups, representing a 100 per cent increase over the last year. It features a wide range of innovative products and technologies in fields such as healthtech and biotech, fintech, green tech, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

Start-ups from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Cyberport, as well as start-ups recruited by Advantage Austria Hong Kong, brinc, and CoCoon will demonstrate their latest inventions and smart technologies in a series of demo sessions. Among them are the world’s first handheld affordable hybrid-spectrometer powered by AI, the world’s first mobile air conditioner, a single breath analyser to diagnose different diseases, and an online social platform for drone pilots to manage their profiles and portfolios. Featuring start-ups from Canada, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Portugal, the UK and the US, it also adds some international flavour to the show.

Enlightening Dialogues

The HKSAR government is planning to diversify the city’s economy, and new focuses include four key areas: biotechnology, artificial intelligence (AI), smart city and financial technologies. In response to the market needs, E-Day will feature a host of inspirational and informative talks as part of the “Start-up Runway”, including “What’s next for Fintech?”, “AI for the Future”, “Smart City – from IoT to IoE (Internet of Everything)”, “Embracing the Era of HealthTech” where successful start-ups will discuss upcoming trends in their respective industries.

Moreover, renowned industry leaders including Bonnie Cheung, Venture Partner of 500 Startups, one of the most active seed investors globally with over 2,000 portfolio companies; Lawrence Tzang, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Prenetics Limited, an internationally-acclaimed DNA company which raised over USD 50 million; and AI expert Miles Wen, CEO of Fano Labs Limited, which is backed by Horizons Ventures, the private investment arm of tycoon Li Ka-shing, will share their insights during the event.

Journey to Success

The HKTDC has launched a new incubation programme entitled “Start-up Express.” Collaborating with Our Hong Kong Foundation, it offers start-ups unique opportunities to learn, to grow and to connect. Twenty finalists will present proposals and pitch to a panel of judges, including Antony Leung, Group Chairman & CEO of Nan Fung Group at E-Day.

Ten winners will join an exciting programme of local and overseas trade fairs and missions to explore global markets and gain valuable exposure, and they will have the opportunity to get personal advice from business leaders such as Vincent HS Lo, Chairman of the HKTDC and Victor Fung, Group Chairman of Fung Group.

Making Connections

Connecting fledgling entrepreneurs with industry experts and investors is one of the key aims of E-Day. To cater the needs of start-ups who are trying to scale up, the HKTDC will launch “Start-up Clinic” at E-Day, offering one-on-one customised business advisory services for new businesses. It aims to help them avoid or solve problems in the areas of financial management, information technology application as well as branding and marketing.

Start-ups can also meet potential investors and mentors at the “Start-up Mixer”. Co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, this networking event takes a similar format to speed-dating, allowing new businesses to indulge in creative ideas and opportunities from a wide scope of industries. During the “Fund & Mentor Business Matching Session”, one-on-one matching will be arranged for start-ups to meet with potential investors and mentors to gain entrepreneurial advice and funding.

Recognising that sometimes start-ups struggle to raise fund, E-Day will feature government and statutory bodies with prominent funding schemes and start-up support programmes. These include Cyberport, which offers an Incubation Programme and Accelerator Support Programme; the Hong Kong Design Centre, which has a Design Incubation Programme; the Hong Kong Productivity Council, which offers InnoSpace; the Trade and Industry Department which offers an SME Loan Guarantee Scheme and SME Development Fund alongside other programmes.

Meeting Talents

Last year, the total number of start-ups in Hong Kong increased by 16 per cent to more than 2,200, employing more than 6,300 people. Considering the growing needs, “Start-ups Meet Talent” will be returning to E-Day. Co-organised by the HKTDC and WHub, the event aims to connect talented job seekers with the best Hong Kong-based start-ups. It will bring together undergraduates, graduate students, and seasoned professionals to one event, exclusively for start-ups.

Also new to E-Day is the “Start-up Battle: Working in a Start-up”, which is tailored for people who want to join a start-up. It will allow participants to learn more about the start-up scene and the qualities that start-ups are looking for when recruiting talents.

HKTDC Entrepreneur Day (Open to Public, Free Admission)

Dates and Opening Hours
17 May (Thursday) 11am-6:30pm
18 May (Friday) 11am-6pm

Hall 1D-1E, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai


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Explore the techniques and discover the secrets of the world's most talented chefs
May 10, 2018

Chicago --( ASIA TODAY )-- The industry's most celebrated chefs and thought-leaders share their culinary prowess and industry insights at the 2018 National Restaurant Association, Restaurant Hotel Motel Show® in Chicago, USA, from 19-22 May. From the latest trends to mastered skills and techniques to fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, participants will get a little of everything at the World Culinary Showcase.

World Culinary Showcase will feature internationally acclaimed chefs with a wide range of culinary specialties and runs all four days of the Restaurant Show.

The 2018 World Culinary Showcase lineup includes:

Masaharu Morimoto - @chef_morimoto - Japanese chef Morimoto stars in Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. He has opened more than 15 restaurants around the globe, earning critical praises that includes a James Beard award and a spot on Food & Wine's "Best U.S. Restaurant Openings."

Govind Armstrong - @govindarmstrong - For the past two decades, Armstrong has been instrumental in the evolution of California’s local-focused regional cuisine. His Post & Beam serves California-inspired soul food that consistently tops annual "Best of Los Angeles" lists.

Sarah Grueneberg - @chefsarahjayne - Grueneberg is currently chef/partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago’s West Loop. Since opening in 2015, Monteverde has won multiple accolades, including the 2018 "Restaurant of the Year" Jean Banchet Award.

Rick Bayless - @Rick_Bayless - Since 1987 Bayless has been changing the way America eats Mexican, with four award-winning restaurants in Chicago, two quick-service brands and a retail line of sauces, salsas and more. He has won six James Beard Awards and his contributions to the community have garnered awards both at home and in Mexico.

Anne Burrell - @chefanneburrell - Best known as the host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America well as other shows, Burrell has worked at some of New York's top restaurants, competed on The Next Iron Chef, and written a New York Times best-selling cookbook.

Michael Mina - @ChefMichaelMina - A 2013 inductee into the James Beard Foundation "Who’s Who of Food & Beverage," Mina has dazzled the culinary world with bold dining concepts and contributed to San Francisco’s reputation as a world-class epicurean destination for 20+ years.

Charles Phan - @charlesphansf - Phan pioneered modern Vietnamese cuisine in America as executive chef and owner of the Slanted Door family of restaurants. His current restaurants in San Francisco are The Slanted Door, Out the Door, OTD, Hard Water, and the newly opened Rice & Bones in Berkeley.

Barton Seaver - @bartonseaver - Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, land, and each other—through dinner. He has translated his illustrious career as a chef into his leadership in the area of sustainable seafood innovations.

Takashi Yagihashi - @ChefTakashi - Takashi’s signature fusion of French, Asian, and American cuisines has delighted diners and critics for more than 35 years. In addition to winning Michelin stars for Takashi, Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards for Slurping Turtle, and countless “best of” accolades, he is a fan favorite on televised chef competitions.

Antonia Lofaso - Lofaso's Scopa and Black Market Liquor Bar reflect her Italian-American heritage, creativity, and classic training. She has appeared on Iron Chefand Cutthroat Kitchen and is the author of The Busy Mom's Cookbook which offers recipes for quick home-cooked meals and shares her own story.

Joe Flamm - @FlammJoe - The executive chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia, Flamm just won season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef. Prior to joining Tony Mantuano at Spiaggia, Flamm worked alongside some of Chicago’s best-known chefs including Stephanie Izard, Art Smith, and Bill Kim.

Chris Cosentino - @ChefCosentino1 - Best known as co-owner of San Francisco’s celebrated Cockscomb, Portland’s Jackrabbit, and Acacia House in Napa Valley, Cosentino is influencing a generation of chefs with his creative, whole-animal cuisine. Cosentino has authored two cookbooks and won season four of Top Chef Masters. He is a passionate cyclist and philanthropist.

Successful foodservice professionals never stop learning. Join thousands as industry experts share their tricks of the trade. Besides getting up close with your favorite celebrity chef performing wonders on stage, experience hands-on classes, culinary sessions, and FABI Awardee Tasting events at Foodamental Studio. Foodamental Studio gives you direct access to the secrets behind the latest food trends. Throughout the four days of the Show, there will be more than 14 workshops. Detailed information about each session is already available online.

Don’t miss the Bellavita Italian Pavilion as it lays Italy at participants’ doorstep with artisan products and demos by Italian chefs for four days of amazing food, extraordinary wine, and superb dishes. Chefs include three-Michelin-star recipient Massimo Bottura (@massimobottura), Iron Chef America Judge Mario Rizzotti (@RizzottiMari) John Coletta (@ChefJohnColetta – Gibsons Restaurant), Adam Weisell (Osteria Aurelia), Heidi Hedeker (Slow Food Chicago, Kendall College) and Mark Grimes (Che Figata).

Emerging technologies. Trending products. Culinary inspiration. Industry education. Expert-led insights. ALL IN ONE PLACE. To learn more about the Restaurant Show and obtain information about exhibitors, education sessions and much more, please visit


About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 14 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest annual trade show (Restaurant Show, May 19-22, 2018, in Chicago); the leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); and a unique career-building high school program (NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit and find us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Marc Lapides
Vice President, Convention Marketing, Communications and Programming
National Restaurant Association
Phone: +1-312-853-2532

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2018 MEDICARE TAIWAN & SenCARE Three New Themes Synchronizing the Latest Medical Trends
May 09, 2018

The 2018 MEDICARE TAIWAN (Taiwan International Medical & Healthcare Exhibition) and SenCARE (Taiwan International Senior Lifestyle and Health Care Show) create an international platform for traders in medical industry in Taiwan.

To take place from June 21 to 24 at Taiwan World Trade Center, Hall 1(TWTC), these two trade shows will gather 400 key exhibitors in the medical industry to demonstrate their latest products in the categories of electro-medical equipment, diagnostic equipment, medical disposables, rehabilitation equipment, and mobility aids.

With Taiwan's mature ICT and high-tech industries, many key industrial players have been keen to explore the medical and healthcare markets. The trend encourages the development of medical services, as well as increases medical tourism in Taiwan.

Some new themes are set for 2018:

Medical Technology & IoT Applications

Taiwan's smart healthcare companies such as AVALUE, Manifold Health Tech, and SOMNICS will showcase intelligent systems, medical solutions and medical monitors.

Factory of Intelligent Additive Manufacturing Medical Devices (FoiAM)

Taiwan's first demonstration area focusing on 3D-printed implantable medical devices was established by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Taiwan Medical Specialty Alliance

Hospitals and clinics form partnerships to impress international visitors with high quality service and the first-class healthcare facilities, which attract overseas tourists to experience Taiwan's customized medical treatments.

Several events will run simultaneously at the venue, including professional seminars, procurement meetings, and new product launches. These events are arranged to help our buyers discover more about our exceptional exhibitors and provide them with the opportunity to access the latest of the medical industry.

Northeast China's exhibition growth potential reflected in EXPO's inaugural successes
May 07, 2018

Shenyang, 7 May 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Shenyang New World EXPO has begun its second operating year experiencing raving reviews by organizers, exhibitors and visitors alike.

Immediately following its first anniversary on 1 March, EXPO held four (4) back-to-back exhibitions averaging 21,116 sqm of rental space and 13,112 visitors per event day to begin its second year of operations. The four (4) exhibitions attracted 10,464 exhibiting companies.

EXPO General Manager Diane CHEN proudly responded saying, “We are so very encouraged and confident that the future is bright and that Shenyang will lead northeast China in becoming a more significant part of China’s growing exhibition industry.

The first four shows of EXPO’s second operating year were:

20th China Northeast International Dental Equipment & Affiliated Facilities Exhibition Symposium on Oral Health - March 16th to 19th, organized by Liaoning Northern Industrial and Commercial Exhibition Service Co. Ltd.

2018 Northeast China AD Exhibition & 25th Liaoning AD/Sign/LED Lighting Expo - March 23rd to 25th, organized by Shanghai Modern International Exhibition Co. Ltd. (an UFI Approved Event)

2018 the 24th China Northeast International Building & Decoration Exhibition - March 29th to 31st, organized by Liaoning Northern Industrial and Commercial Exhibition Service Co. Ltd.

20th Public Security Exposition Northeast China - April 19th to 21st, organized by Liaoning the Great Wall Exhibition Advertising Co. Ltd.

Cliff Wallace, chairman of EXPO’s professional and private management company echoed CHEN’s confidence and said, “I cannot say enough about the support of our initial organizers and their commitment to raising all standards relative to their exhibitions. The exhibitors are impressed with the success of attendance and the venue including facilities and amenities unmatched in northeast China. Our management team and staff are amazingly enthusiastic and responsive and that is a key factor in the potential.”

In the coming months, the venue will also host two national conferences anticipated to attract upwards of 5,000 delegates each which CHEN and Wallace again feel indicates confidence in the EXPO and Shenyang City.

For more information, please contact:

Diane CHEN - or

Photo Captions: Opening of the 20th Public Security Exposition of Northeast China held at Shenyang New World EXPO April 19-21. Pictured from left to right are Ms. Diane CHEN, EXPO General Manager, Mr. Cliff Wallace, Shenyang New World EXPO (Management) Ltd Chairman, Mr. Yanji WANG, Chairman of China Security & Protection Industry Association and Mr. Liqun ZHANG, President of Liaoning Public Security Products Association (event organizer).

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National Restaurant Association Releases Annual Chef Predictions on "What's Hot" for 2018 for the United States
May 07, 2018

Chicago --( ASIA TODAY )-- The National Restaurant Association released its annual survey of 700 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation – to predict food and beverage trends at restaurants in the coming year. The annual “What’s Hot” list gives a peak into which food, beverages and culinary concepts will be the new items on restaurant menus that everyone is talking about in 2018.

According to the survey, menu trends that will be heating up in 2018 include baked goods with non-traditional filling, ethnic-inspired kids’ dishes, farm/estate-branded items, and heritage-breed meats. Trends that are cooling down include artisan cheeses, heirloom fruits and vegetables, and house-made charcuterie.


  • New cuts of meat (e.g. shoulder tender, oyster steak, Vegas Strip Steak, Merlot cut)
  • House-made condiments
  • Street food-inspired dishes (e.g. tempura, kabobs, dumplings, pupusas)
  • Ethnic-inspired breakfast items (e.g. chorizo scrambled eggs, coconut milk pancakes)
  • Sustainable seafood
  • Healthful kids' meals
  • Vegetable carb substitutes (e.g. cauliflower rice, zucchini spaghetti)
  • Uncommon herbs (e.g. chervil, lovage, lemon balm, papalo)
  • Authentic ethnic cuisine
  • Ethnic spices (e.g. harissa, curry, peri peri, ras el hanout, shichimi)
  • Peruvian cuisine
  • House-made/artisan pickles
  • Heritage-breed meats
  • Thai-rolled ice cream
  • African flavors
  • Ethnic-inspired kids' dishes (e.g. tacos, teriyaki, sushi)
  • Donuts with non-traditional filling (e.g. liqueur, Earl Grey cream)
  • Gourmet items in kids' meals
  • Ethnic condiments (e.g. sriracha, sambal, chimichurri, gochujang, zhug)
  • Ancient grains (e.g. kamut, spelt, amaranth, lupin)


  • Hyper-local (e.g. restaurant gardens, onsite beer brewing, house-made items
  • Chef-driven fast casual concepts
  • Natural ingredients/clean menus
  • Food waste reduction
  • Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine (e.g. fresh produce is star of the dish)
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Locally sourced meat and seafood
  • Locally sourced produce
  • Simplicity/back to basics
  • Farm/estate-branded items

    “Guests are implementing these trends in their lifestyles and want to see them reflected on restaurant menus. In response, chefs are creating more items in-house and turning to global flavors,” said Hudson Riehle, Senior Vice President of Research at the National Restaurant Association.

    “Chefs strive to strike the right balance between offering consumers what they want to eat now and guiding them toward new and exciting culinary frontiers," said ACF National President Stafford T. DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC.

    For complete survey results, additional trends to watch, video and downloadable graphics, please visit In order to see live all these trends and all vendors and manufacturers involved in creating them, participate at NRA Show 2018, which will showcase what’s new and what’s next and which will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place from 19-22 May.

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    The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, the largest annual gathering of foodservice professionals in the United States, returns to McCormick Place in Chicago from May 19-22, 2018. Also back this year is BAR Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants, the only beverage-alcohol event exclusively focused on the restaurant and hospitality industries. BAR Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants 18 is co-located with NRA Show® and runs from May 20-21, 2018. Both events showcase the latest products, services, trends, innovation, education and best practices and combine to attract 67,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries. For more information, visit the NRA Show and BAR Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants websites at and Or check us out on Twitter @NRAShowIntl , Facebook @NationalRestaurantAssociationShow, @barshowchicago; and Instagram @NRA Show, @barshowchicago.

    Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the leading business association for the foodservice industry, which comprises more than one million outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million. Located in Washington, DC, the NRA operates the industry’s largest domestic tradeshow (NRA Show, May 19-22, 2018, Chicago); leading food-safety training and certification program (ServSafe); a unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program, which promotes healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit or find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

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    Five Tech-Driven Consumer Trends Reshaping Commerce
    Apr 30, 2018

    29 April 2018 – Rapid advances in mobile technology and Internet accessibility are revolutionising shoppers’ behaviour at a breathtaking pace, with digital-savvy consumers driving fundamental change in businesses and the market. Five key relevant trends and the need for commerce to keep up with them to stay relevant were underlined at a 27 April seminar themed “Top 5 Global Digital Consumer Trends in 2018”, held during the 33rd HKTDC Hong Gifts & Premium Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    The seminar was presented by Michelle Evans, Global Head of Digital Consumer Research, Euromonitor International, the world leader in global strategic research for consumer markets.

    As the overseer of Euromonitor’s research on today’s digital consumers, she noted there are now 3.6 billion global Internet users, or half of the world’s population, with 53 per cent saying they would be lost without the Internet – a clear indication of “the Internet getting more and more entwined in our daily lives.”

    Ms Evans defined three “Internet megatrends” that directly affect commerce: ‘Connected Consumers’, namely tech-savvy shoppers; ‘Shopping Reinvented’, the trend towards seamless shopping by smartphone; and ‘Experience More’, reflected by today’s consumers spending more on experiences than ‘things’.

    Technology serves as an enabler of all these megatrends, she said, with 28 per cent of Connected Consumers using a phone to compare prices in shops on a weekly basis.

    Ms Evan went on to identify five key trends on how technological advances are reshaping the way consumers shop and spend.

    Trend 1: Digital life converges in super apps

    The first of these trends is the so called ‘super apps’ – multi-functional, all-in-one apps such as China’s WeChat, combining almost every aspect of a consumer’s world from utilities, lifestyle and finances to shopping and communication into a single mobile platform.

    “WeChat is this revolution’s posterchild, giving the world a preview of where the Internet is going,” said Ms Evans.

    In the meantime, Western tech titans including Alphabet, Apple and Facebook are “tiptoeing into the area”, with Facebook the closest, she said.

    China’s leadership is understandable, she noted, given the world’s most populous nation dominates mobile Internet subscriptions with more than 1.1 billion, approximately three times the number in the United States. With China’s “mobile first mentality”, WeChat is also the top social platform globally, with more than a billion users.

    “Old habits die hard in the US, with an established way of doing things,” she said, “while Asia-Pacific consumers have embraced all-in-one super apps, because they offer a cohesive experience.” The implications for businesses is that a “new breed of competitors is emerging”, responsive to evolving consumer expectations.

    Trend 2: Data as the new currency

    There is a clear reason why tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook, along with Chinese counterparts such as Alibaba and Tencent, are valued highest in the world, said Ms Evans – because they possess the most data.

    This means they can craft individually tailored experiences for consumers, in high demand because today’s consumers all “want to be seen as distinct from one another, and desire unique experiences and individually-tailored stories”, said Ms Evans, adding this is the second digital-age consumer trend.

    Artificial Intelligence can greatly empower this personal touch, illustrated by Netflix recommending films or TV series based on what a viewer has recently watched; or Amazon recommending similar books, she explained.

    On the flip side, she said “data privacy issues continue to plague data uptake”, with Facebook hitting the headlines and 50 per cent of consumers considering target ads an invasion of privacy. Empowerment is now shifting to consumers, she noted, as the European Union’s “sweeping new privacy laws” threaten fines of four per cent of global revenue, or €20 million, for infringement. “Even companies exporting to Europe can be at risk,” she cautioned.

    Trend 3: Keeping the tab open

    The new digital era is also boosting the business model of subscription purchasing, said Ms Evans. While baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Z have been wary of subscriptions, 50 per cent of Millennials are now embracing it – most notably for entertainment, such as movie streaming and gaming. This is another new trend, noted Ms Evans.

    The boom in subscriptions like Netflix is now spreading to food and beauty. “Subscription is reinventing consumption,” she said. The day is coming when Artificial Intelligence in the forthcoming Internet of Things era will predict when we are running out of detergent, for example, based on past purchasing pattern, and know when we need to replenish.

    But again, there is a flip side. “Machine-led commerce will re-define what brand loyalty means,” she cautioned. “By signing-up to automated orders, such as detergent, subscription locks-out other players, now left on the outside looking in. So it’s a bit frightening.”

    Trend 4: Mobile wallets going global

    Another consumer trend is the use of the mobile wallet, said Ms Evans. Consumers are in motion, traveling more than ever before, with China a major driver of growth as the world’s fastest-growing travel market – predicted to take 225 million international trips by 2030. Since they expect the same payment convenience wherever they go, the playbook of card networks opens for “global expansion, strengthening the upward trend of digital payments”, said Ms Evans.

    Most prominently, Alipay, the mobile-based payment tool of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, is “moving west as Chinese spending power grows”, forging global partnerships to make spending easier on the go. Already supporting payments in 27 currencies across 30 countries, Alipay has even extended as far as Los Angeles taxis.

    As such, Euromonitor expects US$3 trillion in payments expected to be made via mobile device by 2022, with China reaching US$2.1 trillion and the US accounting for US$1.6 million, together contributing to 75 per cent of the market. “Mobile payments are a big space to watch,” she said.

    Trend 5: Outlets will get their tech injection

    Despite the growth in e-commerce, physical outlets – such as shops, stores, restaurants and entertainment venues – will always “remain a critical part of the consumer journey”, said Ms Evans. “But digital is changing a number of competitive realities,” she said, as the trend moves towards outlets utilising various technologies to “reimagine the experience”.

    Ms Evans predicted more and more near-field communication (NFC) tags, 3D imaging and virtual and augmented realities in retail outlets, noting that Britain’s Thomas Cook travel agency now enables customers a sneak preview of where they can book holidays with VR headsets. Tottenham Hotspur football club is this year opening a new state-of-the-art stadium promising the “ultimate game day experience”, complete with mobile entry and sales. Self-service pubs are pouring craft beer on tap via mobile, with waiting staff no longer present to serve, but mostly to provide IT tech support.

    “Technology is re-inventing the way commerce is unfolding,” Ms Evans added. “Outlets are getting a tech injection, leveraging a plethora of technology re-imagining new spaces. It’s important that business and commerce keeps up with these trends to stay relevant in the future.”

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