SIAL Middle East 2017 record 28% increase in visitors, AED3.3 billion worth of deals
Dec 14, 2017

ADFCA affirms role as auditing body for safe food practices
Jenaan pen deal to set up infrastructure to rear organic chickens in the UAE

Abu Dhabi, 14 December, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 8th edition of SIAL Middle East has seen a growth of 28% year-on-year for visitor numbers, with the event organisers revealing that exhibitors have netted deals worth AED3.3 billion.

Joanne Cook, Managing Director for SIAL Middle East said: “With 20,000 registered visitors through our doors in the first two days of the exhibition, we take this as an encouraging sign that local and international government bodies, companies and investors have increased interests in the future of the food, beverage and hospitality in the UAE.”

At the Middle East Food Forum, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) delivered a key session on the importance of their role as the auditing body for the safety, security and quality of food for outlets taking part in their Weqaya programme.

Thamer Al Qasimi, Chairman of the SIAL Middle East Organising Committee said: “The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) supervises food establishments to ensure compliance with health requirements and safe food practices, ensuring public access to safe food and avoiding foodborne diseases.

“We monitor food safety while verifying the conformity of food products to standard specifications which are related to food safety or food quality. The more we partner with governmental organizations to work on this project the stronger it will be.

“Changing the concepts of foods and the customer’s preferences will drive the industry to work towards change by providing healthier food options.”

In line with the initiative launched by ADFCA during the exhibition and under the framework of the ‘Year of Giving’, Jenaan provided close to one million palm trees to the UAE Red Crescent and signed an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre which will see agricultural investment company set up the infrastructure for raising, rearing and packaging organic free-range chickens within the UAE.

Louis Smit, CEO – Business Planning & Development Sector for Jenaan said: “The poultry project that we set up is something unique for the UAE and will see farmers grow free-range chickens that they can sell year-round.

“What we will do from Jenaan’s perspective is supply farmers with day-old chickens, the feed and technical and professional services. The farmers will then produce and grow the chickens and once they are ready for the market, we will buy them back from the farmer at a margin. This means Jenaan will effectively finance the project giving farmers a great incentive to get involved.

“The infrastructure will ensure the quality of the reared free-range chickens, and will include a production house with a large area where they can free-roam, which is a more humane way of raising poultry compared to your normal broilers.

“The chickens reared in these farms will provide quality meat and a premium product for the farmers to sell, and means less product for the UAE to import, greatly decreasing logistical costs and helping provide sustainable farming solutions for the country.”

Celebrating innovation as part of the DNA of SIAL events worldwide, the SIAL Innovation Area showcased and awarded some of the world’s most innovative products, guaranteeing an experience for attendees to learn about upcoming trends in the food and beverage sector.

Out of the 150 entries and 12 finalists for the awards, John Woods LTD took home the gold honours for their organic Sprouted Flaxseed products. John Woods, Director for John Woods LTD said: “We have been a family business for years now and we moved into healthy foods about 10 years ago now selling a range of nuts and fruits and berries.

For the Bronze award, UAE’s Al Rabiah Trading Company nabbed the prize for its almond milk, walnut milk and pistachio milk products.

“However, we decided there was one step further we could go and that was to sprout seeds: flax seeds. There’s no doubt that it is a much more nourishing product and beneficial for the digestive system and we believed this was something that needed to be on the market.”

Judged by XTC World Innovation, SIAL Innovation provided exhibitors with the opportunity to showcase new innovative products to thousands of attendees. Part of the global programme, the award is only for newly introduced food and beverage products, and the winning product will be displayed at all SIAL events worldwide.

SIAL Middle East ran with support from Host Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Chamber, Diamond Sponsor: Jenaan Investments, Silver Sponsors: Al Rawafed and Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, Bronze Sponsor: Mai Dubai and The Deep Seafood Company, and Halal Certification Sponsor: Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology, and will return from 10-12 December 2018.

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SIAL Middle East to host over 12,000 meetings for world food experts
Dec 11, 2017

Region’s fastest growing food & drink trade exhibition opens tomorrow

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11 December 2017: The 8th edition of SIAL Middle East, the region’s fastest growing business trade event for the food, drink and hospitality industries, opens tomorrow (Tuesday 12 December) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), and in strategic partnership with the government body, over 24,000 food experts are expected to take part during the three-day show.

His Excellency Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, Director-General of ADFCA, stressed that the 8th edition of SIAL Middle East will create real opportunities to meet the influencers in food and date palm industries, as well as to build new and promising partnerships ensuring the sustainability of food supplies and providing privileged investment opportunities that drive economic growth.

Taking place at ADNEC until 14 December, SIAL Middle East is part of SIAL Group, the world’s largest network of B2B food exhibitions which include SIAL Paris, SIAL Canada in Toronto and Montreal, SIAL China, SIAL InterFOOD Jakarta, and FOOD India inspired by SIAL.

Al Ameri also praised the efforts of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) in supporting the event by urging companies to cooperate with the world's food manufacturing facilities to establish industrial partnerships

“ADCCI's efforts will help improve the food and agricultural sectors by motivating businesses and organisations in the emirate to invest in their development. It’s a great effort from all participants in organising this exhibition, as it plays an important role in continuing the great successes of last year's edition.”

His Excellency Mohamed Hilal Al Muhairi, Director General at ADCCI said: “We support companies operating in the food and agricultural sectors in Abu Dhabi and help to promote the emirates’ food industries so our involvement in SIAL Middle East makes a lot of sense.

“This year we will continue to spread awareness of the quality and features of local food manufacturers and producers and their ability to compete in international markets. We will strive to open negotiations for local food producers and help them sign new contracts. It is also important to us that we exchange experiences and best practises with traders in order to increase the export of Emirati food products internationally.”

Part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival and in coordination with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the 8th edition of SIAL Middle East has expanded its range of features to accommodate increased levels of interest from local, regional, and international food-related organisations.

Recognising excellence for in-service catering worldwide, the first day of the event will see the winners of the Mercury Awards announced. Under the supervision of a panel of independent experts, contestants will be judged in five categories ranging from best ‘Airline Meal’ to best ‘Equipment’.

With more than 1,000 competing chefs in 19 different categories, the exhibition will also host the Arabian Buffet competition The competition will task teams of two chefs and one helper to prepare and present a five-star hotel style traditional Arabian wedding feast suitable to feed 20 people.

Features such as the Healthy & Organic Pavilion, La Cuisine, the Hosted Buyer Programme, Food Security Round Table discussions and the Middle East Food Forum have attracted a lot of attention on the opening day.

The new Digitalise platform, hosted by Dining & Nightlife Abu Dhabi magazine, offers a communications hub with insights into social media, PR and marketing and influencer engagement, ideally suited to budding restaurateurs.

SIAL Middle East returns with support from Host Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Chamber, Diamond Sponsor: Jenaan Investments, Silver Sponsors: Al Rawafed and Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, Bronze Sponsor: Mai Dubai and The Deep Seafood Company, and Halal Certification Sponsor: Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology.

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Alimentaria 2018 Will Enhance the Participation of Asian Visitors and Exhibitors
Dec 08, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alimentaria Barcelona one of the main food, drink and foodservice trade shows worldwide is readying its biggest edition in years to offer the food industry a major platform for internationalisation and business and a high level of innovation, making gastronomy its differentiating factor. The event, that will take place from 16 to 19 April next year at Fira de Barcelona (Spain) expects to attract an increasing number of exhibiting companies from Asian countries.

With a net exhibition space of over 100,000 sq. m, the joint organisation of the show with Hostelco, the International Exhibition of Equipment for Restaurants, Hotels and Mass Catering, offers both the retail and HoReCa sectors the most comprehensive offering to date. Some 4,500 exhibiting firms - some 300 coming from Asia- and more than 150,000 professional visitors are expected.

Performing a strong growth, China is the most dynamic external market for Spanish products, with EUR 1,1 billion in 2016, with an increase of 49% of the purchases, according to the Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB). Pork meat, wine and live oil are the most exported goods. On the other hand, Thailand -with EUR 72 million spent in Spanish food products- is becoming an attractive market as it experienced a growth of 36% in its purchases from Spain, especially frozen fish, fish flours and olive oil. Japan, India, South Korea and Indonesia are other Asian key markets for Alimentaria.

Gastronomic and innovative Excellence
Boosting innovation and gastronomic quality remain two major hallmarks of Alimentaria. Consequently, as well as promoting business opportunities the show's activities are geared towards identifying the main trends and enhancing the connections between the food, gastronomic and tourist industries. Thus, in the area The Alimentaria Experience over 200 workshops, tastings and cooking shows will take place, with a selected group of chefs that own close to 40 Michelin stars (Carme Ruscalleda or Andoni Luis Aduriz, among others), while top international wine experts such as Jancis Robinson and Nick Lander will participate in the Vinorum Think event. On the other hand, the area The Alimentaria Hub will become a knowledge, trends, innovation and business centre, in which some 11,200 meetings between international buyers and exhibiting companies from more than 70 countries will be developed.

Source: Fira de Barcelona

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Organic, health-orientated food companies to carve out share of UAE market worth AED 154 million
Nov 27, 2017

Local and international exhibitors seek to expand their reach at SIAL Middle East 2017

Abu Dhabi, 25 November, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- With an increasing importance being placed on health and lifestyle, especially in the UAE, organically sourced and healthy foods are becoming part of a staple diet.

According to numbers published by the Organic Trade Association, the estimate size for total organic market consumer sales for organic products in the UAE totals AED154Mil per year, making it the 38th largest market in the world.

On top of this, an increase in consumption of health and wellness products (6.6% CAGR), organic packaged food and beverages (9.8% CAGR), and organic packaged food consumption (9.8% CAGR) was predicted from the years 2015-2018, signalling a shift in consumer behaviour towards health-orientated foods.

Aiming to provide an ideal platform for local and international food manufacturers looking to expand into the lucrative industry of organic food products, SIAL Middle East will run from 12-14 December at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and held in a strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), as part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival and organized by the department of Culture and Tourism.

Recognising SIAL ME’s status as an expanding hub for industry professionals, Mawasim Organic, are set to showcase their full range of organic products.

Abdulnasser Alshamsi, CEO for Mawasim Organic said, “SIAL Middle East has provided a strong platform for the growing food, beverage and hospitality event in the MENA region, and we are looking forward to showcasing our organic fresh local farm produce from fruits, vegetables and herbs such as: sweet corn, cucumber, potato and mint.

Additionally, Mawasim Organic has a wide section of certified organic products such as cheese and dairy, butchery, bakery, grocery to health & beauty products.

“Mawasim has rapidly grown into a trusted local Emirati brand, carrying locally grown organic produce, harvested at Al Rawafed Organic Agricultural farm,” added Alshamsi.

For New Zealand based Blossom Hill Farm, halal products and superfoods will take centre-stage.

Mark Allport Founder of Blossom Hill Farm said, “Blossom Hill farm is inspired by four generations of New Zealand family farming, and we represent a range of beautiful artisan farm produce and Halal certified products. Also, we will have an exciting new range of beverages from New Zealand as well as some new combinations of Superfood NutSpreads.”

With more than 40 million date palms in the UAE, and with the fruit largely considered a superfood due to its high sources of energy, fibre and vitamins, many suppliers are keen to show-off their products at Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition, the only event in the world dedicated for the date palm industry, which will be co-located with SIAL Middle East. This year’s edition will be the first to allow on-site sales.

Capitalising on the popularity and high consumption of the medjool date in the Middle East, USA firm Double Date Packing is taking part in SIAL Middle East for the first time. “The event is known to have a high concentration of procurement professionals,” said Hope Barbee from Double Date.

“This will be our first ever trade show outside of the USA and we hope to raise the bar on the quality of the majdool date currently in the market. We offer the highest quality of whole majdool dates in a variety of consumer packages and we remain committed to delivering our customers the very best.”

Jenaan Investment, an agricultural investment company, are also looking to enter the healthy and free range market. Based in the country's capital, Abu Dhabi, SIAL Middle East will provide the perfect platform to showcase Jenaan’s new projects, partnerships as well as announcing new initiatives.

Additionally, Jenaan plans to sign new agreements and expand their international network, and will work closely with the Abu Dhabi government to support the emirate's food security programme agenda, and has recently implemented a large date palm plantation in Egypt. They also plan to launch a new animal services business for local farmers at SIAL Middle East.

The eighth edition of SIAL Middle East, co-located with the Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition, will host more than 22,000 industry professionals and 900 exhibitors this year.

SIAL Middle East returns with support from Host Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Chamber, Diamond Sponsor: Jenaan Investments, Silver Sponsors: Al Rawafed and Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, Bronze Sponsor: Mai Dubai and The Deep Seafood Company, and Halal Certification Sponsor: Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology.

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Chilean cherries, blueberries and avocados showcased at FHC China 2017
Nov 19, 2017

Chile’s ASOEX took part in foodservice-focused trade show, which was staged from 14-16 November in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, CHINA, 16 November, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) united with Chilean chef Ricardo Gonzalez to stage a special event showcasing the best in the country’s cherries, blueberries and avocados during the Food and Hotel China (FHC China) 2017 trade exhibition, which took place in Shanghai from 14-16 November.

ASOEX Director of Marketing for Europe and Asia, Charif Christian Carvajal, explained that Chilean fresh fruits were being promoted during the event through cooking shows, product tastings and gastronomy competitions.

“This is the first time that our sector, via the Blueberry, Cherry and Avocado Committees, has developed a cross-sector promotion in collaboration with Patagonia Mussels, Wines of Chile and ProChile,” said Carvajal. “Food and Hotel China is an important event focused
on the HoReCa sector, that is to say hotels, restaurants and caterers in China, which allows us to showcase the versatility and quality of our fruits to professionals in this sector.”

Carvajal continued: “We have developed several cookery shows under the leadership of Chilean chef Ricardo Gonzalez who has created a number of original recipes especially for the event, including duck salad with cherries, blueberry and feta cheese salad, mussels
in green salsa and avocado salad. This year, chef Gonzalez is also participating in a culinary competition which has been held as part of the exhibition.”

Carvajal added that Chile gained first place at the previous edition of FHC China thanks to originality and versatility of dishes created using Chilean avocados and blueberries. “By taking part in this fair, we are able to reach a captive audience in this sector such as importers
and distributors, as well as young chefs, and are able to demonstrate that there is a world of possibilities when it comes to dishes that can be created using our fruits,” he said.

According to Carvajal, FHC China has become a key platform for reaching an under-explored segment for fresh fruits in China in the form of hotels, restaurants and caterers, especially as regards Chinese restaurant chains, which have some of greatest penetration
at a global level within the country.

ASOEX’s participation at FHC China is part of a series of diverse initiatives that the Chilean fresh fruit sector is undertaking to consolidate both its position as the leading supplier of fruits to China, and to encourage greater consumption of Chilean produce and greater awards of its availability.
César Suárez, ProChile’s Director in Shanghai, added: “This is an important event for promoting Chilean products and it is the second time we have helped the private sector to be present at the show. We hope to be able to add new Chilean foods and drinks for the 2018 edition.”

As well as ASOEX’s Charif Christian Carvajal and ProChile’s César Suárez, the opening of the Chilean FHC China stand was attended by Chile’s Consul General in China, Ignacio Concha, Juan Enrique Lazo, Director of the Chilean Hass Avocado Committee, and Felipe Arriso from Patagonia Mussels.

Charif Christian Carvajal
Marketing Director, Europe & Asia, ASOEX
+34 915247437

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Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Fair Draws to Successful Close
Nov 13, 2017

12 November 2017 – The 10th edition of the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair concluded yesterday (11 November). The fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), was held from 9 to 11 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. A total of 1,070 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions presented exquisite wines from around the world.

Nearly 20,000 trade buyers from 70 countries and regions attended the three-day Wine & Spirits Fair, up 2.3 per cent from last year. Attendance from individual countries recorded encouraging growth, including the Chinese mainland, Malaysia, Vietnam, France, the United States, Australia and Chile. Over 25,000 public visitors attended the fair on Saturday when it was open to ticketed public visitors aged 18 and above. The blend of trade and public participants created a vibrant platform for business.

New mainland customs facilitation scheme to bolster Hong Kong’s wine hub status
Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, was the guest of honour at the Wine & Spirits Fair’s opening ceremony. He used the occasion to announce that wine re-exported from Hong Kong would enjoy instant customs clearance in all 42 mainland customs districts with immediate effect. The measures were previously applicable to only five mainland customs districts, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Under the customs facilitation scheme, pre-registered Hong Kong wine traders can submit advance wine consignment information online and enjoy instant customs clearance when the consignments arrive at mainland ports. The measures apply only to wines re-exported to the mainland through Hong Kong.

Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC, welcomed the new measures. “Since the Government of the HKSAR eliminated all duty-related customs on wine and implemented special clearance measures under CEPA (Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement) in 2008, Hong Kong has developed into a wine trading and distribution centre for the region. In particular, Hong Kong has become a platform for trading wine with the mainland, which has long been the largest market for wines re-exported from the city. As the facilitation measures have now been extended to all customs districts, our wine traders will enjoy faster customs clearance and greater certainty when re-exporting wines through Hong Kong,” said Mr Chau.

“Adding to our advantages such as advanced infrastructure, transportation networks and experienced industry professionals, the new measures will further bolster Hong Kong’s standing as a wine trading hub by attracting more global wine traders to access the mainland market through the city.”

Asia Wine Academy debuts

To provide the industry with a comprehensive trading and exchange platform, the HKTDC organised more than 70 events during the Wine & Spirits Fair. Marking its 10th edition, the Council joined hands with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management to co-organise the Asia Wine Academy. Masters of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee and Steve Charters hosted two intensive courses entitled “Contemporary Trends in Wine Consumption” and “Mastering Tasting & Rising Wine Trends.” At the Wine Industry Conference held on the first day of the fair, Debra Meiburg, another Master of Wine, conducted the session “Trends to Watch in 2018: The Business of Bubbles and Beyond”, where speakers shared their insights on the market outlook for various wines, with a special focus on sparkling wines.

New Champagne Avenue uncorks Asian opportunities
This year’s Wine & Spirits Fair featured a new pavilion organised by the Syndicat Général des Vignerons de la Champagne of France, which showcased seven champagne makers from four wine regions in Champagne, France. Wine tastings were held at the new Champagne Avenue to promote the champagnes from small and medium-sized wine producers.

During the three-day fair, a total of more than 20 champagnes were showcased and 14 wine tastings were held at the Champagne Avenue. ”The atmosphere at the Wine & Spirits Fair was good. We have met a lot of buyers, especially those from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Japan who have expressed strong interest in our champagnes. We see strong potential for growth for the champagne market in Asia,” said Clotilde Chauvet, Winemaker of French champagne supplier Marc Chauvet, an exhibitor at the fair.

Asian buyers thirsty for international wines
Johnson Chang, Purchasing Director of 1919 Wines & Spirits Platform Technology Co Ltd, a renowned mainland-based wine e-retailer and services provider, said: “At the fair, we have placed an order for 150,000 bottles of wine with a French exhibitor and another for 25 container loads of wine with an Australian exhibitor. The HKTDC’s business matching service has helped us reach different exhibitors and enhanced our sourcing efficiency.”

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SIAL Middle East to host 22,000 food industry experts
Nov 12, 2017

Four new features enrich 8th edition of exhibition; Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition to host 80 date producers, suppliers from 12 countries

Abu Dhabi, 11 November, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, the eighth edition of SIAL Middle East will host more than 22,000 industry professionals and 900 exhibitors this year.

Running from 12-14 December at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and held in a strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), as part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival and in coordination with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, SIAL Middle East is expanding its range of show features to accommodate increased levels of interest from local, regional, and international food-related organisations.

Date palm sales
Held under the patronage of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition is the only B2B event in the world dedicated solely to dates, and will be co-located with SIAL Middle East, providing the perfect platform for suppliers to meet with leading names in the hospitality industry.

Highlighting a fruit embedded in Emirati culture, the exhibition will allow onsite sales for the first time, opening up new business opportunities for buyers and suppliers.

The Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition will host 80 date producers and suppliers from 12 countries including pavilions from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Jordan.

This year's edition of SIAL Middle East will witness a great presence for digital communication with a platform hosted by Dining & Nightlife Abu Dhabi magazine. This new addition to the show will offer a communications hub with a number of benefits for budding restaurateurs. It will include three distinct elements:

1. Social Media Hub: free social media ‘health checks’ for all attendees and receive guidance on how hotels, restaurants and cafes can improve their social media presence and drive benefits for their business.

2. Communications Hub: free PR and marketing template that HoReCa companies can utilise to promote themselves to the right audience.

3. Meet the Influencers: influencer and blogger meet and greet with visitors where they can learn from industry reviewers and critics, and take part in a speed networking session with top influencers offering F&B outlets help to increase brand awareness and exposure.

Arabian Buffet Competition
With more than 1,000 competing chefs in 19 different categories, the eighth edition of the exhibition will also host the Arabian Buffet competition, hosted by the Emirates Culinary Guild, the organiser of La Cuisine and the culinary partner of the exhibition.

The competition will task teams of two chefs and one helper to prepare and present a five-star hotel style traditional Arabian wedding feast suitable to feed 20 people. A selection of main dishes, kebabs and desserts will be cooked and served by the competitors, and assessed by a panel of judges.

The latest in industry trends
Co-located with SIAL Middle East this year, the Middle East Food Forum (MEFF), has expanded its features. Positioned as the voice of the local restaurant industry, MEFF will add various initiatives to the line-up such as a forum with panel discussions, a networking evening, and a CEO roundtable.

SIAL Middle East returns with support from Host Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Chamber, Diamond Sponsor: Jenaan Investments, Silver Sponsors: Al Rawafed and Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, Bronze Sponsor: Mai Dubai and The Deep Seafood Company, and Halal Certification Sponsor: Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology.

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Delicatessen Trade Show 2018: Introduction of Latest & Featured Japanese Bento and Prepared Meal
Nov 08, 2017

TOKYO --( ASIA TODAY )-- At “Delicatessen •Trade Show 2018 (DTS2018)”, the concurrent show of “Supermarket Trade Show 2018”, “Bento and Prepared Meal Awards” is held every year as a special project. “Bento” is a home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.

The award is to honor outstanding products among entered bento and prepared meals from all over Japan, and the award-winning products and their information will be displayed during DTS2018. Also, a food court where visitors can actually taste some award-winning products is provided.

The award, which will be held for the seventh time this year, started accepting entries from June 1st, 2017 and received more than 50,000 entries (entries are closed on September 30th, 2017). The document screening was completed by October 18th and the final screening will be held (taste-screening) on November 14th and 15th.


  • Supermarket Trade Show 2018 (SMTS2018)
  • Duration: February 14th (Wednesday) to 16th (Friday), 2018 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    *The last day will close at 4:00pm.

  • Venue: Makuhari Messe (Using all facilities 72,000 sqm with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Organizer: New Supermarket Association of Japan
  • Admission: JPY5,000 *Only charged to visitors without an invitation ticket. Only Industry participant and those over 18 years old are permitted.
  • Visitors: About 86,768 ( The year of 2017 with other 3 exhibitions)
  • Other events during the show: SMTS2018 Special Project ; “Future Store ‘NOW’ - Continuous study of near future supermarket” (visit to for more details) /  Reception party / Stages / Professional seminars
  • Concurrent Show :
    -The 13th Kodawari Food Fair 2018 (An exhibition highlighting unique specialties from all over Japan)
    -The Delicatessen Trade Show 2018 (An exhibition providing the latest information on ready meals industry)
    -The 3rd GAISYOKU FOOD TABLE 2018 (An exhibition for the food service industry)

    About Organizer
    New 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 in Sep. 2010.)
    Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
    Members: About 330 regular members (about 6,000 stores), about 880 supporting members (as of Apr., 2017)
    Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

    For inquiries:
    New Supermarket Association of Japan (NSAJ) for Foreign Media
    (rJp Marketing Communications)
    Telephone: +81-3-5830-7213

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    Chile places focus on fruit exports at Indonesia event
    Nov 02, 2017

    Against the backdrop of a prospective Chile-Indonesia Free Trade Agreement, Indonesian fruit importers took part in a one-day event examining opportunities for growth

    JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 02 November, 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Embassy of Chile in Indonesia, the Trade and Commercial Office of Chile in Indonesia and the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) have organised a workshop for Indonesian fresh fruit importers aimed at further boosting exports to the Southeast Asian country ahead of an expected Chile-Indonesia Free Trade Agreement.

    The one-day activity, which was held on 1 November, focused on providing importers and retailers with an overview of the 2016-17 Chilean fresh produce export campaign and a preview of the upcoming season.

    Staged at the Chilean Embassy in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, the event was hosted by the Chilean Ambassador, Gonzalo Mendoza Negri, and Chile’s Agricultural and Commercial Attaché to Indonesia, Juan Enrique Moya.

    ASOEX’s Marketing Director for Europe and Asia, Charif Christian Carvajal, described Indonesia as a very important export market for Chile, particularly for table grapes.

    Although Indonesia currently only accounts for around 2% of Chile’s total fruit exports to Asia, Carvajal said it was a growing market for the South American nation.

    “Chile exports some 8,649 tonnes of fruit to Indonesia every year, so it’s an important market for us,” he said. “With a population of close to 265 million, it is clearly also a market with a great deal of export potential for Chilean fresh fruits.”

    As a country with a well-established culture of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the daily diet, Carvajal said Indonesia presented Chile with significant opportunities for export growth.

    At the current time, table grapes – principally Red Globe – account for an estimated 93% of Chilean fruit exports to Indonesia, followed by smaller volumes of kiwifruit and pears.

    According to Juan Enrique Moya, Agricultural and Commercial Attaché for Chile in Indonesia, the activity “comes at a significant time for Chilean-Indonesian relations, with the two countries currently finalising details of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Chile and Indonesia”.

    Once the CEPA is finalised, Chile will become the first South American country to have a Free Trade Agreement with Indonesia, following similar deals between Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, and the Andean nation.

    About ASOEX
    The Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) is a non-profit private entity
    representing Chile’s fresh fruit growers and exporters. ASOEX’s membership base consists of exporters who have their own fruit, as well as traders of fruit from third parties. Together, they represent 96% of all fresh fruit exported from Chile. To learn more about ASOEX, please

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    Ashland solves again, launches new Serenityl™ biofunctional for health and wellness at in-cosmetics Asia 2017
    Oct 31, 2017

    Bangkok, October 31 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- In Asia, the health and wellness trend covers a broad range of aspects from healthy lifestyles to personal care. Increasing focus on these areas has in turn raised consumer demand for products that offer health and wellness benefits. Today at the in-cosmetics Asia exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand, Ashland launched Serenityl™ biofunctional to help protect the skin from airborne toxins.

    “Consumers today struggle to find ways to get everything done and they also want to have time for the things that matter the most to them, including health and wellness,” said Nelson Corda, general manager, consumer specialties, Asia Pacific excluding China, Ashland. “This trend advances the development of products for anti-pollution cosmetics. Serenityl™ enables manufacturers to address consumers' desire to protect their skin against exposure to environmental stress factors such as pollution.”

    Serenityl™ biofunctional is an effective solution that helps increase skin detoxination, oxygenation, and wellness. Skin detoxination refers to the capacity of the skin to sense environmental toxins and eliminate internal toxins. Recent studies have revealed the presence of taste receptors in the skin that primarily function to sense toxins in the environment and trigger the skin’s barrier function and immune defenses, which then prevents toxins from reaching living cells. Due to its skin detoxination and oxygenation properties, Serenityl™ is suited for a variety of applications, such as beauty oils, day and night care products, facial care formulations for professional beauty salons and spas, facial care products for men, and natural cosmetics.

    In addition to Serenityl™ Ashland also featured award winning FiberHance™ bm solution during the exhibition.

    FiberHance™ bm solution received a gold innovation award at in-cosmetics global 2017, held in London, England. This unique product helps strengthen hair from the inside. FiberHance™ bm solution is a new patent pending chemistry to be included in the arsenal of ingredients for hair strengthening, evolving from glucose-based chemistry and has a unique multifaceted mode of action that penetrates deep into the cortex to create new hydrogen and ionic bonds which support the damaged internal keratin structure and strengthen and provide manageability back to the hair.

    Vito Consiglio, vice president, personal and home care, Ashland, said, “Ashland’s solvers understand that products must seamlessly fit into people’s busy and complex lives. In response, we have introduced Serenityl™ biofunctional, to help the skin achieve an alluring, healthier look and feel. We are also featuring FiberHance™ bm solution, a patent pending chemistry to strengthen and repair damaged hair. These products offer formulators a solution that is effective and also boost manufacturers’ competitiveness in designing products with a focus on health and wellness.”

    Serenityl™ biofunctional and FiberHance™ bm solution will be featured in the Innovation Zone at in-cosmetics Asia as well as in the Ashland booth.

    Ashland is conducting a Formulation Lab Session on Thursday, November 2, at 11.00 a.m. by Hermant Deshmukh, senior scientist, hair care, Ashland. Deshmukh will lead participants in creating a clear, high-performance shampoo that is sulfate-, polyethylene glycol-, silicone-, and polyquaternium-free. In addition, the company’s representatives are speaking at the Innovation Seminar about internal hair strengthening and bond building as well as skin detoxination, on October 31 at 12.00 p.m. and November 1 at 10.30 a.m. respectively.

    To learn more about Ashland’s ingredients that support market-specific solutions in Asia, visit Ashland at the in-cosmetics Asia exhibition, stand E10, from October 31 to November 2. Additional information can be found at


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