Malaysians show their love for coffee
Jan 23, 2019

19 January 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The fifth edition of the Café Malaysia series recorded another exhilarating success this year with 12,000 trade and public visitors who showed their love of the dark brew at the 3-day multi-sensorial show. The show was officially opened by guest-of-honour, Yang Berhormat Dr Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on January 17, 2019 at the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC).

The Café Malaysia series which was first launched in 2015 is the largest gathering of the tea and coffee industries in Malaysia and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. This dynamic B2B platform is sought by key decision makers of the coffee and tea industries as a sourcing destination for their café needs and to explore new collaborations and opportunities in a country where the number of specialty coffee drinkers has grown rapidly over recent years. This year marked the largest presentation of the Café Malaysia series since its inception. It hosted 180 international, regional and local exhibitors from 22 countries.

History was made at the show when it hosted ASEAN’s top coffee experts from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam who are members of the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF). At the show, they announced the development of ASEAN’s very own set of Coffee Standards which focuses on coffee beans cultivated in the ASEAN region. The set of Coffee Standards will be an excellent tool to boost the growth of the coffee industry in ASEAN which features key differentiations from existing standards originating from the west.

Another first at Café Malaysia 2019 was the inaugural Malaysia Food Truck Congress. The congress was presented as a business platform for key decision-makers and industry players to keep abreast of new technological improvements in the Food Truck F&B sectors, as well as to examine the latest developments and market trends. Delegates at the congress met to exchange ideas with one another, as well as to expand their professional and business networks. Topics covered at the congress included wholesale purchasing, marketing, licensing, food truck safety, and the fast-changing regulations of the industry.

Another concurrent event, the second edition of the Food Truck Show, was held at the same venue as a comprehensive educational platform for industry and business professionals to discuss essential key topics pertaining to the local food truck scene such as planning, permitting, truck fabrication, food safety, production and innovative ideas.

Three internationally-sanctioned coffee competitions were also a major draw among coffee enthusiasts at Café Malaysia 2019. Supporters of contestants thronged the exhibition hall throughout all three days to witness the country’s top baristas compete for the prestigious champion titles in the 2019 Malaysia Barista Championship, the 2019 Malaysia Brewers Cup, and the 2019 KL Coffee Club Malaysia Latte Art Championship. The first placed winners of each of the three championships will also be accorded the honour to represent Malaysia at the world stage later this year.

Cafe Malaysia 2019 was organised by CEMS Conference & Exhibition (M) Sdn Bhd, and was hosted by the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) and the Café Owners Alliance Malaysia. MSCA is a member of the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF). The show was also endorsed by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).


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Café Malaysia 2019 celebrates the country’s dynamic coffee culture and its world class achievements
Jan 18, 2019

17 January 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --( ASIA TODAY )-- The official opening of Café Malaysia 2019 this afternoon marks the 3-day celebration of Malaysia’s robust coffee culture and industry, including its recent sterling successes in the international coffee scene. The launch at the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) which was attended by industry leaders and key players of the coffee and tea industries, was officiated by Guest-of-Honour, Y.B. Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

The highly anticipated annual coffee show will chart history as it hosts ASEAN’s top coffee specialists hailing from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam from the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF). They are here to announce the development of ASEAN’s very own Coffee Standards. Focusing on coffee beans cultivated in the ASEAN region, the set of Standards will boost the growth of the regional coffee industry, featuring key differentiations from existing standards which originated from the west.

The recent string of successes in 2018 recorded by Malaysia’s very own baristas and latte artist at the World Latte Art Championship in Brazil (Irvine Quek, World Champion), the World Brewers Cup Championship in Brazil (Regine Wai, 1st Runner-Up) and the World Barista Championship in Amsterdam (Keith Koay, 10th ranking) are more reasons for celebration at Café Malaysia 2019. These successes are indicators of the growing interests in specialty coffee in Malaysia which is driven by young consumers’ appetite for the best brew. Malaysia’s achievements in the international coffee scene are also complemented with the steady rise in the number of talented young adults in Malaysia who hone their creativity and express their passion for coffee by becoming coffee artisans such as baristas, brewers, bean roasters and latte artists.

The annual event which is also the country’s largest gathering of industry players, professional baristas and latte artists, records the participation of 180 exhibitors from 22 countries. The event showcases the latest supplies and products, an array of coffee beans and tea leaves from around the globe, equipment, machinery, accessories and technology. The comprehensive one-stop platform will also be a focal point of business opportunities as industry players will network with another in the fast-growing regional and international coffee and tea businesses. The event is projected to welcome 10,000 coffee and tea trade professionals, congress delegates, café owners.

For visitors who are keen in acquiring knowledge on topics such as milk mixology, beverage creation, the sourcing of green coffee, herbal coffee, and how to maintain competitiveness in the business of running of a café, they will have the opportunity to attend the Café Malaysia 2019 Seminar which will take place on Friday, 18 January 2019.

Over three days, visitors will also be able to catch the never-ending buzz at the stage area where the country’s finest baristas and accomplished latte artists will compete to clinch the top national titles at three national coffee championships namely, the 2019 Malaysia Barista Championship (MBC), the 2019 Malaysia Brewers Cup (MBrC), and the 2019 KL Coffee Club Malaysia Latte Art Championship (MLAC). Crowned champions of the respective competitions will earn the honours to represent Malaysia at the world stage.

According to a February 2018 report on the coffee industry in Malaysia by Euromonitor International, the 2017 on-trade volume sales of coffee continued to increase. As urban and young consumers became more knowledgeable about speciality coffee, they are more willing to patronise on-trade channels such as chained cafés and specialist coffee shops to enjoy freshly-brewed coffee. Looking forward, coffee is set to record a higher volume compound annual growth rate (CAGR) than the performance seen in 2017. More players are anticipated to launch unique and premium flavours targeting different consumer segments, such as millennials and middle to high-income consumers, who demand better quality brews due to their increasing exposure to speciality coffee such as the double espresso.

Café Malaysia 2019 will concurrently take place with the inaugural Malaysia Food Truck Congress. It will be presented on Saturday, 19 January 2019 as a business platform for key decision-makers and industry players to keep abreast of new technological improvements in the Food Truck F&B sectors, as well as to examine the latest developments and market trends. Delegates at the congress will be presented with the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and to expand their professional and business networks. Topics covered at the congress will include wholesale purchasing, marketing, licensing, food truck safety, and the fast-changing regulations of the industry.

Another concurrent event, the second edition of the Food Truck Show, will serve as a comprehensive educational platform to discuss essential key topics pertaining to the local food truck scene such as planning, permitting, truck fabrication, food safety, production, and ideas. Industry and business professionals will also be present to exchange ideas and knowledge.

In the recent decades, modern-style food trucks have become the preference for most food lovers around the world. Hyped by the millennials and Gen Y, the fast-growing trend of food truck has become a phenomenon here in Malaysia and the Food Truck industry has grown in visibility over the past few years. In February 2018, the industry learnt that the Government had geared up to issue around 1,000 licences to operators by the end of that year. Today, there are more than 1,000 food trucks across the country serving the increasing appetite for the popular mobile food culture.

The Cafe Malaysia series is organised by CEMS Conference & Exhibition (M) Sdn Bhd, and is hosted by the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) and the Café Owners Alliance Malaysia. MSCA is a member of the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF). The show is also endorsed by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).


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Exhibition and business meeting event providing the latest information to supermarkets and the food distribution industry
Jan 18, 2019

The National Supermarket Association of Japan [Head Office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, President: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)] will hold the 53rd SUPERMARKET TRADE SHOW 2019 from February 13 (Wed) to 15 (Fri), 2019, in Makuhari Messe. The event provides a venue to disseminate the latest information on supermarkets and the distribution industry.

With the environment surrounding supermarkets in a state of constant change, a diverse range of issue has drawn attention. Reaching the 53rd time of the holding Supermarket Trade Show has continued to play a key role in finding solutions to such varied issues. Setting "SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan" as the main theme, we hope the tradeshow will contribute to the building of abundant regional communities in Japan through the efforts of the exhibitors and visitors from throughout the country.

With 2,134 companies and organizations exhibiting with 3,547 booths (as of November 1, 2018) the tradeshow is expected to surpass the previous year in scale. This year, 1,526 Japanese regional product manufacturers more than last year will exhibit thanks to the coordination of municipalities and local financial institutions from across Japan. A total of 74 overseas companies from 18 countries are participating with 155 booths introduces a wide selection of products from various countries.

As the organizer’s project, two new attractions will be introduced. In the movement of promoting an international standard- HACCP,“Food Safety and Sanitation”zone is established to aim at disseminating information on safety and safety of food supermarkets. At “Overseas foods to Japanese table”zone, several recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products will be suggested to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Continuing from last year, organizer’s project “Future Store “NOW” –Study of Continuing Future Supermarket”-will be held.

The results and solution of information gathering and research according to the theme of last year will be shown. At the theme zone “Handmade in Japan” displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan, local producers focusing on “Japan Quality” will exhibit in this zone. Japanese wines, whose display standard had been changed in October, 2018, are newly added to existing brewers- Japanese sake, shochu and craft beer. We look forward to your visit at Supermarket Trade Show 2019.

◆Name:The 53rd Supermarket Trade Show 2019
◆Date:February 13(Wed.), 14(Thu.), 15(Fri.), 2019
10:00a.m.–5:00p.m. Closes at 4:00p.m. on the last day
◆Venue:Makuhari Messe
◆Theme:"SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan"
◆Organizer:National Supermarket Association of Japan
◆Official website:
◆Official Support: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries / Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare / The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Agricultural Trade Office, The Embassy of the United States of America / Embassy of Italy Trade Promotion Section / Embassy of Canada / Economic and Commercial Office, Embassy of Spain / Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy / the Royal Danish Embassy / New Zealand Trade and Enterprise / French Embassy - Business France Japan Office / Embassy of Belgium / POLISM INVESTMENT & TRADE AGENCY TOKYO OFFICE / Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo / Economic Division, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa / Trade Commission of Mexico in Japan / Taiwan Trade Center, Tokyo / Food Marketing Institute Japan

Organizer’s Project
Food Safety and Sanitation (Hall 3)
This is a corner aimed at disseminating information on food safety of food supermarkets as food-related companies will introduce HACCP two years later.

Overseas foods to Japanese table (Hall 8)
There are many opportunities for overseas products especially which are still unfamiliar in Japan. We present several easy recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products in order to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Cooking demonstration and free food sampling will be available.

Handmade in Japan- Theme zone displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan (Hall 1)
We will introduce the "techniques" and "sentiments" of the creators who prioritize local regions and focus on quality that respect the traditions of Japan. We propose newly adding "Japanese wines and fruit wines" to existing brewers (craft beer, sake, shochu).

New product pickup exhibition (focused on Japanese Regional Product) (Hal 9-11, Esplanade)
We will exhibit new products that will be displayed in the "SMTS 2019 Japanese Regional Product Zone" for each product category rather than by region, and this will be used as a tool for visitors to efficiently explore the halls.

Future Store “NOW” - the continuous near future supermarket research (Hall 2)
The continuous near future supermarket research gives you ideas and possible solutions toward social environment changes such as aging population with declining birthdate, decrease in population and labor shortage. Supermarkets can be one of the essential elements for vitality life and urban development support in near future.


A press conference for Supermarket Trade Show 2019 was held in South East Asia (Vietnam and Taiwan). In order to promote the show and entice visitors, media related to food industry and local retailers were invited. Collected local retailer surveys will be utilized to broaden overseas sales channels for Japanese products in the future. (Outsourced to The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) )

This program broadens Japanese exhibitors’ possibilities to expand sales channels not only in Japan but also in overseas countries. Overseas buyers such as importers, retailers and restaurateurs from South East Asia are invited, and business matching meetings and consultation will be held based on pre-registration.

This is especially optimized for overseas buyers. It will surely help the buyers to find the desired producers and they will find exactly what they are looking for.

Business Matching @FTJ2019 [Hall 9]
Business matching meeting with distribution buyers will be held.
Feb.13 (Wed.) ~Feb. 15(Fri.) Pre-registration is required.
The organizer: National Supermarket Association of Japan and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Stage Programs [Hall 8 Seminar Stage]
Feb.13 (Wed.)
10:10a.m.~11:20a.m. <SMTS Speaks>
Title: Impermanence in the field of distribution
Speaker: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (Chairman of National Supermarket Association of Japan / CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)

* Other specialized lectures, panel-discussion and etc. will be organized during the 3 days.
* Free attendance
* Pre-registration is not necessary. Please come to the venue directly.
* Capacity: about 250

* Each seminar will be provided with real time subtitles in English by using speech recognition technology "UD Talk". UD Talk is a communication support and conversation visualization application.

By installing the free application UD Talk on your smartphone, you can view subtitles in nearly 30 languages other than English.

About Organizer
National Supermarket Association of Japan
Sakurai Bldg.4F, 3-19-8 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
Tel:+81-3-3255-4825  Fax:+81-3-3255-4826
Foundation: 1958 (Became an Incorporated Association in 1963. Renamed from Japan Self Service Association to New Supermarket Association of Japan in Sep. 2010. Renamed again to the present association name in Sep. 2018)
Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
Members: 313 regular members, 940 supporting members (as of Oct. 2018)
Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

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The Unexpected Future for Farming
Dec 27, 2018

Coal mines and inner-city tunnels could be transformed into farms to help feed the planet’s growing population.

Academics are exploring the use of abandoned mines and other subterranean facilities in the UK and China as alternatives to traditional agricultural land.

“There are millions of redundant coal mines and tunnels in the world which could be linked to new tunnels for crop production,” says Professor Saffa Riffat, Chair in Sustainable Energy at the University of Nottingham.

“In the UK there are over 1,500 redundant coal mines, and in China, there are over 12,000 abandoned coal mines (0.6 million m3), 7.2 billion m3 of tunnels and about one billion m3 of civic air defence tunnels.”

Farm Demand

The United Nations predicts the world’s population will grow by 1 billion to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, and 9.7 billion by 2050.

This increase – coupled with an expanding global middle class that is demanding higher-quality food – will require a near doubling of current food production levels, which today still leave 815 million people chronically undernourished.

Instead of simply doubling the amount of agricultural land and all of the economic and environmental implications that would come with that, farmers and scientists are exploring new techniques for growing our food.

Riffat and his University of Nottingham colleagues are embarking on a two-to-three-year study of underground facilities in the UK and China.

They claim that a variety of crops could be grown in the subterranean farms using hydroponic planters, where plant roots are fed with nutrient-rich water. This water could be sourced from groundwater used directly or water that is condensed from ambient air.

Coloured LED units would enable photosynthesis in the absence of sunlight, while plants could breathe CO2 that has been captured from industrial emissions and stored underground.

Dome Grown

Growing food inside in artificial conditions is nothing new: in Iceland, where winter can last for six months, crops have been produced in geothermal domes all year round for the past 20 years.

However, today hydroponics is being combined with digital technology to make indoor farming more efficient than ever before, leading some to call it the future of agriculture.

And in many cities – where the majority of the planet’s projected population growth will occur – vertical farms are appearing. These “skyscraper farms” are claimed to yield more than 32 times the level of crops per square metre as agricultural land.

However, Riffat warns that “vertical farming systems are expensive to manufacture and install, and require a large amount of water and energy for heating and cooling”.

“They are also vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, wars and terrorism,” he adds.

He argues that underground farms would be less exposed to many of these risks.

Such underground farms already exist: in London one company has converted old Second World War air raid shelters into a hydroponic farm that produces herbs and salads for London’s hotels, restaurants and supermarkets.

Edited by Tomas Lin

COEX FOOD WEEK KOREA 2018 Seoul's Biggest Food Festival at Coex
Dec 04, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 3, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- COEX FOOD WEEK KOREA 2018 celebrated its successful 13th edition from November 28th to December 1st at Coex Halls A, B, C and D. This year's show brought together more than 53,000 visitors and 900 companies from 19 countries, occupying 1,500 booths. The festival exceeded expectations as the ultimate trade show for food & beverage brands, professionals, and industry insiders.

Since 2006, Coex Food Week Korea has been the exhibition dedicated to present domestic and international trend and products under one roof. This year's Coex Food Week set precedent by dividing its theme under 'Basic' and 'Trend". 'Basic Hall' was designed for specialists to find all types of ingredients, machinery, and general food products, while 'Trend Hall' included desserts, food market and craft beer lounge, which added culinary experiences for the public. In addition, the Food Week offered various programs such as 'One Day Baking Class', 'Live Cooking Show' by famous chefs, 'Korea FoodTech Conference', 'Seoul Cold-Chain Forum' and 'ASEAN Culinary Festival' to attract both food experts and foodies to the show.

At Coex Hall C, the Global Food Fair consisted of more than 100 companies from 18 countries including Italy, Vietnam, Turkey, Spain, Japan, Germany, and for the first time, Croatia and Latvia. Here, visitors had the opportunity to taste local specialties ranging from Taiwanese beverages and Indian food additives to Philippine dried fruits and Shizuoka and Miyagi gourmet. The success of Coex Food Week was the result of continued collaboration between Coex and overseas associations. This year, the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry, Guangdong Imported Food Association, and the Associated Chambers and Commerce & Industry of India brought their members and food products. Additionally, Vietnam Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Association, Mindanao Banana Farmers & Exporters Association, Inc., China Chamber of international Commerce Shenzhen and Australian Korean Chef Association came to discuss future partnerships for the growth of the industry.

Lastly, the B2B program added additional value to the exhibition by hosting 1:1 Business Matching Sessions between exhibitors and buyers. 80 overseas buyers from Belgium, Japan, Singapore and Russia, and 100 domestic buyers from E-mart, Lotte Mart, GS25, CJ Freshway, and Shinsegae Food took part in the session, ending with a total of 170 pre-arranged meetings over the exhibition period.

Next year's Coex Food Week Korea will be held from November 20th to 23rd at Coex Halls A~D with more diverse events and programs. The key word representing Coex Food Week Korea 2019 will be 'H.E.A.T', representing HMR, Eco-friendly, ASEAN Food and Technology. The show will reflect the new changes within the food industry arising from the increase in the single-person households and development of food technology.

Source: Coex Co., Ltd.

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HKCEC’s stronger than ever team set to raise F&B service standard to new height
Dec 04, 2018

Hong Kong, 3 December 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) proudly announces that with new joins and new structure, the 330-strong Food and Beverage team is ready to raise culinary and service standards at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) to new heights. HML is the professional private management and operating company for the HKCEC, long recognised as Asia’s best. During the year ending 30 June 2018, a total of over 2.4 million F&B patrons were catered for. They included guests to restaurants, concession stands as well as 355 banqueting events, the largest of which served close to 4,000 guests.

After the appointment of Mr Paul Jeffrey Chandler as Director – Food & Beverage early 2017, HML added new positions and restructured the Division.

Mr Richie Li joined HML as Assistant Director – Food & Beverage in March 2018. He assists Paul in overseeing Event Management, Catering Services, Stewarding and Restaurant Operations. Under Richie’s leadership, Mr Dicky Lam was promoted to Senior Food & Beverage Manager – Restaurants in July 2018. A new dedicated function accountable for food safety and hygiene has been created under Richie’s supervision with Ms Vincci Ho as Manager – Food Safety & Hygiene in July 2018.

The Western Kitchen was strengthened with Chef Bo Ip Sorensen’s promotion to Executive Chef – Western Kitchen and appointment of Chef Christopher Wong as Executive Sous Chef – Western Kitchen. With increasing emphasis of desserts in banquet and restaurant menus, the pastry section head was upgraded to Executive Pastry Chef and Chef Ken Lee was appointed in May 2018.

“The creation of the new and upgraded positions and promotion of our high flyers reflects our commitment to delivering the best possible food and beverage services across all events, banquets and restaurants. With new inspiration and creativity and with long serving staff working together, the HML F&B Division are ready to advance further, set new benchmarks for the industry, and take HML’s customer dining experience to the next level,” said Paul Jeffrey Chandler, Director – Food & Beverage.

The new positions and appointments:

Richie Li, Assistant Director – Food & Beverage, has extensive experience in different types of food and beverage operations, and has impressive track records for building strong teams and achieving high goals. Prior to joining HML, he gained over 10 years of experience in both Disneyland Resorts in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Richie also worked for LSG Sky Chefs and Maxim’s Caterers Limited on senior management positions.

Dicky Lam, Senior Food & Beverage Manager – Restaurants, began his career in the food and beverage field in 1990 and has gained extensive experience in restaurant operation and management. Prior to joining HML in September 2014, Dicky carried the position of Restaurants Manager in Harbour Grand Kowloon Hotel where he oversaw the operation and staff training of 7 food & beverage outlets. He also served as the Restaurant Manager in Café Deco Bar previously.

Vincci Ko, Manager – Food Safety & Hygiene, has accumulated over 10 years of solid experience in implementing food safety and quality management systems to ensure the required food hygiene standards were complied with the regulations and procedures. Prior to joining HML, she established and oversaw the internal Food Safety Management System for Café de Coral Holdings Limited. She also served in other renowned organisations including Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, Sino Hotels, The Hong Kong Jockey Club and others.

Bo Sorensen, Executive Chef – Western Kitchen, has over 17 years of professional experience in mastering his culinary skills in contemporary and classic Western cuisine, also in Asian food preparations. Having worked for The Dorchester in London, Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai and Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, he extended his skills of leading the culinary team and offering a new and innovative culinary experience. Chef Bo was the winner of Australian Hotel Association (TAA) Chef of the Year Sydney and Australia 2013.

Christopher Wong, Executive Sous Chef – Western Kitchen, has over 25 years of sound experience in culinary field including Western, Asian and Banquet cuisines. He has served for several signature hotels in Hong Kong including Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency in TST and Sha Tin, The Langham and Langham Place Hotel and Hotel Furama. He received various international awards including “International Culinary World Wide” in Australia with Sliver Award in 2011 and others. 

Ken Lee, Executive Pastry Chef, has gained over 27 years of experience in pastry and bakery fields, and worked for several reputable hotels, such as JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and Harbour Grand Kowloon. Ken joint various international culinary competitions and returned with trophies, for example, silver in the 23rd annual IKA Culinary Olympics held in Erfurt, Germany in 2012 and gold in the Pattaya City Culinary Cup held in Thailand in 2013.

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Miss Gloria Fong
Senior Manager – Corporate & Marketing Communications
Tel:+852 2582 7918

Coex Food Week Korea 2018 to Showcase Local and Global F&B Trends Starting November 28
Nov 30, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 26, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 13th Food Week Korea will take place at Coex Halls A-D, Seoul, South Korea, from November 28 to December 1, 2018. With more than 840 companies and 19 countries participating in this annual international food and beverage exhibition, Coex Food Week Korea will support those looking to develop their businesses in Korea.

Business Oppertunities in Korea's Virbant Captial

The halls of this four-day UFI exhibition is divided into various categories such as Premium Agriculture & Livestock, HMR & Machinery, Dessert & Beverage, and Kitchen & Dinning. They are designed for professionals to discover global flavors and learn about major trends in today's F&B sector. It is a one-stop-destination for food and beverage industry stakeholders to network, observe the latest market trends, and uncover new business opportunities.

Committed to help domestic and international exhibitors and buyers meet their potential business partners, the Food Week Korea Secretariat has organized a 1:1 pre-arranged B2B Business Matching Program. An easy-to-use online platform has also been implemented to support participants to arrange meetings with new and/or existing clients.

At this year's Food Week Korea, major domestic retailers and distributors such as Hyundai Department Store, GS25, Lotte Mart, and NS Home Shopping will participate alongside with overseas buyers from 15 different countries. The official Business Matching Program will be held from November 28 to 30 at the Buyer's Lounges. Participants will be able to network with each other at the Coex Food Week Networking Dinner on the first exhibition day.

About Coex Food Week Korea


Coex Food Week Korea 2018 (The 13th Coex Food Week Korea)


November 28 (Wed) - December 1 (Sat), 4 Days


Coex  Halls A, B, C, D (36,007 sqm)


Coex Co. Ltd, the buyer

Supported by:

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Rural Development Administration, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea Agency of HACCP Accreditation and Services, Korea Food Research Institute

Concurrent Events:

The Hidden Champions in Agriculture Industry Exhibition 2018, KOR-ASEAN Culinary Fair, Bakery Fair, Kitchen & Dinning Show, Dessert Show, Ddinggul Market

Coex Food Week Korea Secretariat

T. +82-2-6000-8160 (ENG), 8155 (CHN)
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Source: Coex

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RAS Epicurean Star Award 2018 honours industry's best
Nov 29, 2018

Singapore --( ASIA TODAY )-- The RAS Epicurean Star Award celebrates the milestone achievements of both individuals and establishments in Singapore’s F&B industry, recognising visionaries who have introduced innovative ideas and concepts through the years and to distinguish talented chefs, restauranteurs and service staff who have inspired others towards achieving excellence.

The 23rd edition of the award held at Suntec City this evening, was graced by Guest of Honour, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry and Minister-in-charge of the Public Service and attended by more than 1,000 guests.

A key highlight of the gala dinner was the announcement of the winners of the RAS Epicurean Star Award. This year more than 100 F&B establishments were nominated across 19 categories. The annual awards recognise the best fine-dining, casual and chain Western, Asian, Chinese and Japanese restaurants, best café, best gastro-pub, best new F&B establishment, best seafood, vegetarian, Mediterranean restaurants, best buffet, best buffet caterer and new category – Best Vegetarian Restaurant.

This esteemed award is professionally evaluated and seeks to recognise the F&B establishments with cutting-edge concept, demonstrated continual excellence covering all essential areas and role models inspiring the industry to greater heights.

The highlights of the event this year included the announcement of the results of the 5S Excellence Award, the Star Chef Competition 2018, special recognition for EXSA 2018 and the inauguration of RAS 19th term Management Committee.

On the side line of the award ceremony, the Food Services Industry Digital Plan (IDP) which is jointly developed by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore was announced. The IDP is part of the ‘SMEs Go Digital’ programme that makes going digital simple for companies. It is an easy-to-use guide for food companies to assess their digital readiness and adopt a systematic approach to digitalisation. Companies can refer to the guide for digital consultancy services such as those provided by SME Centres and SME Digital Tech Hub, and for pre-approved productivity solutions which are eligible for up to 70% funding support. Such efforts help to point food companies in the right direction on their digital journey and lower the barriers of technology adoption.

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About Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS)
As the pioneer and largest F&B Association in Singapore, Restaurant Association of Singapore has more than 400 members, representing close to 700 brands that operate more than 3,600 outlets. Our members comprise a good mix of business models such as restaurants, caterers, fast foods and food courts, with various cuisine types, thus providing a wholesome view and opinion, with the common goal to propel the industry forward.

Since 1980, RAS has acted as a collective voice for the F&B industry and strives to advance the industry through various platforms such as bridging closer working relationships between businesses and government agencies, networking events for members, recognition and awards platforms and administering programmes to drive business success.

For further information, please contact:

Principal Publicist
Nalini Naidu
Mobile: 9633-3198

Dean Johari
Mobile: 9697-4464

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11th Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Fair Opens
Nov 08, 2018

8 November 2018 – The 11th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair opened today and will continue through 10 Nov (Saturday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair welcomed James Lau, Acting Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), as the guest of honour at the opening ceremony held this morning.

HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong introduced the fair’s highlights at the opening ceremony. “Gathering 1,075 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions, the 11th edition of the fair showcases an extraordinary variety of wines and spirits from around the world. We are particularly pleased to welcome new exhibitors and pavilions from New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Sweden and Switzerland,” Ms Fong said.

Group pavilions joining the fair for the first time include the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Sichuan Council, the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province, Ningxia’s General Office of Administrative Committee of Grape Industry Zong of Helan Mountain’s East Foothill Wine Region, the Czech Grape and Wine Producer Association, Gifu Prefecture and the Niigata Sake Brewers’ Association from Japan, and Peru.

Following the HKSAR Government’s decision to eliminate all duty-related customs and administrative controls on wine in 2008, wine imports have seen a seven-fold leap – from HK$1.6 billion in 2007 to HK$12 billion in 2017. During this period, Hong Kong developed rapidly as a wine trading and distribution centre, serving as a gateway for wines entering the Chinese mainland. Hong Kong has many advantages as a wine trading hub, with wine-related businesses – including auctions, retailing, warehousing, catering and logistics – developing alongside wine trading and distribution. Since 2009, Hong Kong has become one of the world’s largest wine auction centres, with sales topping US$98 million in 2017.

World of Olive Oil & Organic Wine and Spirits Corner Make Fair Debut
This year’s fair sees the launch of the World of Olive Oil at the Vinitaly Pavilion to promote various kinds of premium olive oils, where visitors can enrich their knowledge and sample a selection of olive oils. The Organic Wine and Spirits Corner features a range of organically produced beverages for visitors to try.

Global exhibitors are showcasing an array of wines and exhibits at the fair. Some of the highlights include:

  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley from the famous United States winery Castello di Amorosa, which resembles a medieval castle. The wine was awarded 93 points by renowned wine critic James Suckling;
  • Junmai Daiginjo “ZENITH Dewasansan” from the TATENOKAWA brewery in Japan’s Yamagata Prefecture, which is the world’s first and only brewery to accomplish a rice polishing ratio of 1%, demonstrating its excellence in sake-brewing procedures. Only 150 bottles of this sake have been produced;
  • Clos Du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Clos Du Val, the oldest winery in Napa Valley, which changed the world’s view on California’s Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 “Judgment of Paris” wine tasting;
  • Gustav Dill Vodka, made using aroma distillation at a 160-year-old distillery in Finland. It was awarded the International Wine and Spirits Competition Trophy for the best vodka and tonic as well as IWSC Gold in 2017;
  • Wheat Blanc from Sweden - an organic beer that uses champagne yeast during the brewing process to give a fruity tone and a unique taste.

    The fair also features Liquor & Beverage Products, Whisky and Spirits and Beer zones, together with zones that promote the industry’s all-round development, including Wine Education, Wine Investment, and Wine Accessories, Equipment and Services, at which Tmall, the well-known Chinese mainland online shopping platform, joins the fair for the first time. Food-pairing products are showcased at the Friends of Wine zone.

    Asia Wine Academy Returns
    Following a successful debut in 2017, the Asia Wine Academy, co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management, returns this year. On the theme of “Seeking Greatness: Decoding Wine Quality”, Masters of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee and Sarah Heller will share their insights on Italian and French wines, exploring how wine style, region and production method will affect wine quality and assessment methods. Participants who complete the courses will be awarded a certificate. Public visitors can also enrol in the Asia Wine Academy at a special price of HK$880 (original price: HK$990) at the fairground. The price includes a complimentary Wine & Spirits Fair admission ticket (valid for 10 Nov) and a Lucaris crystal wine glass (to be redeemed on 10 Nov only) on a first-come, first-served basis and while stocks last. The package has a total value of HK$1,300.

    The Wine Industry Conference was held today under the theme “Driving Growth: The Flourishing Asia Wine Market”. The 10th Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition Award Ceremony will be held during this evening’s cocktail reception. The Gala Wine Dinner, with the theme “Forest of Delights”, follows the cocktail reception. Guests will enjoy a menu crafted by Amerigo Tito Sesti, Head Chef at J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain, a one-Michelin-star French restaurant in Bangkok, paired with fine wines sponsored by the fair’s exhibitors. Seminars held tomorrow will discuss hot industry issues including “Go beyond 42 Customs Districts: Leap on the Wine Express to the Mainland Market” and “Think Like an Insider: Secrets of Wine Sourcing”.

    Public Day: Wine Tasting Experience
    The last day of the Wine & Spirits Fair (10 Nov) will be open to members of the public aged 18 and above. Regular tickets will be priced at HK$200* and each ticketholder will receive a Lucaris crystal wine glass on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

    Events on Public Day include “Discovery of Key French Wine Regions”, featuring Master of Wine Debra Meiburg; “An Introduction to Key Sake Styles”, where visitors will learn more about sakes; “West-meeting-East: Comparing Wine & Sake”; and whisky-tasting seminars featuring popular whisky brands such as “Highland Park Presents: ‘The Orkney Single Malt with Viking Soul’”. The fairground also features a wine-pairing station hosted by the International Culinary Institute to help the public learn more about enjoying wine with different delicacies.

    This year, the HKTDC is once again organising the Hong Kong Wine Journey citywide promotion, putting together around 90 wine-related activities in November. In addition to enjoying free corkage at selected restaurants, the public can take part in a series of wine tastings, themed tours and wine-pairing events, among others, to enjoy an amazing fine wine experience. For details, please refer to the Hong Kong Wine Journey map or the event website.

    * Ticket Details

    Public Day tickets are available at the fairground at HK$200. From now until 9 Nov, members of the public can purchase Public Day tickets at a special price of HK$99 through Clink Digital Media, Tap & Go wallet, HKTVmall, HOKOBUY, the Octopus App (Octopus card or O! ePay),, Ticketflap, and Yahoo. Participants will receive a Lucaris crystal wine glass on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last.

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    California wine on track for extraordinary 2018 vintage following picture perfect weather patterns and harvest timing
    Nov 08, 2018

    China trade dispute fails to dent confidence among U.S. participants at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair
    due to booming home demand and robust exports elsewhere in Asia

    Hong Kong --( ASIA TODAY )-- Wine makers in California’s Napa Valley are witnessing an almost picture-perfect growing season in 2018, with mild spring weather conditions delivering an extended bloom, grapes ripening steadily in the summer months and a long steady harvest continuing well into October. The net result is that the 2018 vintage is on track to be one of the best ever. Napa Valley accounts for a quarter of America’s wine produce and recorded US$119 million exports to Hong Kong and China last year.

    With abundant supply, wineries from California participating at this year’s Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, are confident on stronger sales to the city and Southeast Asia, despite the ongoing trade tensions with China. California wine exports to China were up 14 percent, for the first 6 months of 2018, compared to the same time last year.

    In fact, the ongoing trade dispute with China is proving highly beneficial to Hong Kong as supplies are routed elsewhere in Asia via the duty-free wine trading hub.

    “We are expecting a bumper harvest from North America’s premier wine growing region, with perfect weather patterns characterized by warm, dry days and cool evenings,” said Jeffrey Williamson, Director, California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) who is leading the Wines of California Pavilion.

    “Demand for top rated wines is also expected to remain strong on the back of a booming U.S. economy and robust exports overseas. Asia remains a promising market as the increasingly affluent urban middle class seek out new high-end products to try,” he said.

    According to the Wine Institute, an advocacy group based in San Francisco, US wine exports reached US$1.5 billion in winery revenues in 2017 – 90 percent came from California. Exports to Hong Kong were up by 15 percent at US$119 million while China rose by 6 percent to US$77 million, compared with 2016.

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rose and Zinfandel have always proven popular with Californian wine connoisseurs in Hong Kong. This year, 11 leading producers and distributors from well-known growing regions will be attending the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair at booth 3C-C14, Wines of California Pavilion this week.

    These producers include Grand Napa Vineyards, Silvia Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, Hestan Vineyards, New World Wine Club, and California Wines for You. California is also introducing Gracias Madre, a pure Puerto Rican rum bottled in California, and MDT Services, a distributor of Southern California craft beer.

    “The Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will see California exporters showcasing quality-assured wine and spirits products with tasting sessions throughout the show,” added Williamson.

    About California STEP

    The California State Trade Expansion Program (California STEP) project leverages a statewide network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations to facilitate export promotion, activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.

    Managed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBIz) the network of STEP Partners implement a range of export promotion programs serving multiple sectors, including Information & Telecommunications Technologies, Green Technologies, Food and Agricultural Products, California Lifestyle Products, Aerospace, Medical and Scientific Instrumentation, Transportation Equipment and Industrial Machinery.

    Issued on behalf of California State Trade Expansion Program by Newell Public Relations.

    For media enquiries, please contact:
    Jackson Chan (Newell PR)
    Tel:2117 5026 / 6153 1679

    Anderson Cheong (Newell PR)
    Tel: 2117 5017 / 5606 2026

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