Africa’s Big 7 offers so much more

Africa’s largest premier food and beverage event is forecast to welcome thousands of visitors to Johannesburg at the end of June as part of Africa Hospitality Week 2018.


Africa’s Big 7, now in its 16th year, runs from 24 to 26 June at The Gallagher Convention Centre presenting thousands of products and services, from new food and ingredients to packaging and processing solutions alongside a new centerpiece conference, The Food Leaders Forum.

The Food Leaders Forum offers presentations and panel discussions on key strategic opportunities and challenges shaping the F&B industry at a time of accelerated expansion and change in Africa. Boasting more than 30 top industry speakers, this is the platform to attend to ensure you are up to date with the latest industry trends, innovations and updates on legislation affecting the food service industry.

The forum will look at listeriosis deaths in South Africa this year alongside a session on understanding new health regulations in the food industry. Expert panelists include Prof Lise Korsten of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, co-hosted by the University of the Western Cape and University of Pretoria and Prof Elna Buys, head of food microbiology at Pretoria.

Food security is a leading concern for the region. A session on Day 1 is titled: Climate change and food security: can we survive and thrive? Speakers include Dr Jemina Moeng, South Africa’s DoAFF chief director: food security.

Another session tackles an issue that has made headlines in South Africa after the Cape faced its worst drought ever. The session explores the future under the title: Prepare to save water, and you will save your business. There’s also a masterclass to understand the new R364 regulation covering hygiene on food premises and transport of food.

There isn’t enough land on the planet to satisfy worldwide animal protein consumption. Billions of people have never eaten a steak meal – and never will. So, what are the protein alternatives? On Day 2 Bruce Cohen CEO of Absolute Organix looks at the future and how consumers can be convinced.

There’s a panel discussion on new products coming to a supermarket near you, which contains smarter, healthier and more nutritious ingredients as well as an examination of the alternatives to salt and the future of food labeling. Marco Monteiro, MD of Firmenich South & East Africa is part of a panel talking about the future of flavour – and what’s set to be 2019’s top flavour trend.

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