As China’s leading hotel supplies, fine food and catering trade fair, HOTELEX Shanghai 2017 will deliver a 15% growth in international pavilion size, including representation from new participating companies from Thailand, Taiwan, Korea and the US, who will introduce for the first time to the Chinese market exotic snack and dessert foods, coffee-related products, and much more.
More than 150 international companies will participate at HOTELEX Shanghai 2017 adding to the total number of 2,200 exhibiting companies covering the entire spectrum of hospitality catering, which takes place 28-31 March at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC).
"Our new international groups express a lot of optimism in exhibiting, which shows that HOTELEX Shanghai’s role as the preferred platform for international hospitality and catering suppliers is recognised by more countries," said Mark Lu, deputy general manager, Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo, the organisers of the four-day event.
The Thai group is characterised by food companies, with many introducing their products for the first time in China. T K K Chanthaburi Food will present their ‘Goody’ line of dried mango and dried durian.
"We decided to exhibit at HOTELEX Shanghai because we want to stage our high quality Thai fruit products at a world-famous platform," said Kanokwan Chansawtkit, organiser of the Thai pavilion.
From Taiwan, there will be more than ten exhibitors bringing a variety of new products. Some will feature coffee products, including coffee beans, coffee roasters, coffee makers and other related equipment.
The National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives is leading a group of Korean companies to HOTELEX Shanghai as well.
"Our organisation support over 90 Korean seafood businesses in promoting their fresh, frozen, processed and dried fishery products. We have learnt about the incredible opportunities offered by HOTELEX Shanghai and are excited that we will finally be exhibiting this year," said Kim Tae-hong, chief representative of the Federation.
Many international companies have already pledged to take up an exhibiting space at the show. Italy, for instance, has one of the largest groups of exhibitors featuring the finest ice-cream, bakery and coffee products, as well as catering equipment.
Exhibitors from Brazil and Colombia will present their reputed coffee products. CzechTrade, on the other hand, will gather Czech exporters of tableware, crystal glass, wine and a variety of food and beverage products.
HOTELEX Shanghai is one of the most international events of its kind in China and in Asia. With a larger space, the 2017 edition is expected to bring over 150 overseas exhibitors. Netherlands, France, Germany and Hong Kong are among the countries and regions that have a strong presence.
"Apart from our traditionally strong sectors such as coffee and tea, ice-cream and bakery, foodservice and hospitality supplies, international exhibitors are keen to add to our exhibit range, such as fishery and seafood products," said Mr Lu.
HOTELEX Shanghai will also launch an online business matchmaking program this year to facilitate pre-scheduling of meetings between exhibitors and buyers. A VIP program is also available for overseas buyers to enjoy the benefits of the matchmaking meetings, preferential hotel rates and other onsite privileges.
In addition, HOTELEX Shanghai hosts more than 30 world-class industry events and seminars, which are a mecca for hoteliers, caterers and other industry professionals.
HOTELEX Shanghai will be held on 28-31 March 2017.