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A Southeast Asian mecca for culinary excellence, Ho Chi Minh City once again hosts Food&HotelVietnam

Vietnam’s largest and most comprehensive biennial food & hospitality industry event returns for its 9th edition; gears up to meet strong demands from fast-growing country’s food, hospitality and tourism sectors.

Ho Chi Minh City, 23 February 2017 – Vietnam is projected to rank among the fastest-growing economies in Asia, with an impressive GDP growth rate of 6.21 per cent in 20161. 2017 is further expected to be a fruitful year for Vietnam’s economy as its GDP growth is estimated to hit 6.5 per cent2. These favorable economic conditions, backed by rising consumer spending, increasing tourism arrivals and a fast-expanding retail network have all served to raise growth targets for Vietnam’s food & beverage (F&B) markets.

Vietnam’s per capita expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages is expected to grow at seven per cent per annum from 2012 to 2016, reaching US$276 by 20163; its food industry is estimated to achieve compound annual growth rate of six per cent over 2013 to 20184. For beverages, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has forecasted Vietnam will produce 4.1 billion liters of beer, 350 million liters of wine, and 6.8 million liters of soft drink by 2020. Beverage export revenue is expected to edge up to US$ 450 million by 2020 and US$ 600 million by 20255.

The modern retail market is also witnessing a surge as the country continues to experience an influx of multinational retail giants, such as AEON Mall (Japan), Lotte (South Korea), Marks & Spencer (UK), Central Group (Thailand), Parkson (Malaysia), who already launched in Vietnam and are now looking to expand in a vibrant Vietnamese market.

Total international arrivals in 2016 is estimated to reach 10,012,735, a double-digit increase of 26 per cent over the same period last year6 - reinforcing Vietnam’s standing as a popular business and tourist destination in Southeast Asia, and underscores the critical need for hoteliers, food operators, retail businesses and other market leaders to quickly level up business operations and the quality of services so as to be able to meet and surpass industry and consumer demands.

Food&HotelVietnam2017 – A must attend event for F&B and hospitality professionals

The upcoming Food&HotelVietnam held from 25 to 27 April 2016 will span 10,000 square meters of exhibition space at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC). Positioned be its largest yet, the event will house more than 520 exhibitors from 31 countries and regions comprising a mix of international companies and major local distributors and resellers. This includes 20 international group pavilions from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and USA, and new group entrants Greece, Philippines and Ukraine.

From innovative food ingredients; fresh, processed and convenience foods; non-alcoholic drinks and beverages; alcoholic beverages such as wine, spirits and beer; specialty coffee equipment and accessories, bakery equipment, tableware and furnishing, to hospitality solutions for driving back-end foodservice and front-end guest experiences, Food&HotelVietnam2017 caters to every facet of Vietnam’s food and hospitality industry. Local buyers will get to meet with new and existing suppliers, forge new partnerships, as well as capitalize on the myriad of business and knowledge exchange opportunities available at the event.

Competitions at Food&HotelVietnam2017

Held in conjunction with Food&HotelVietnam2017, the Vietnam Culinary Challenge (VNCC) is the premier competition for promoting culinary standards in the country. Competitors can gain invaluable experience, share expertise and communicate with experts and peers in the regional and national culinary communities.

To meet the growing demands and expectations of the consumers, this upcoming VNCC has been extended into two different competition categories comprising an individual and a team competition respectively. Under the theme of “Spices of Indochina”, the team competition, sponsored by Nestle Professional and UBM SES, is open to teams of three chefs from hotels, restaurants, culinary institutions, airlines and catering organizations within Indochina. The teams will compete in different classes, from Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines, vegetarian dishes, to dessert making and fruit and vegetable carving.   

A panel of highly respected international chefs and culinary experts from within Vietnam and around the world will evaluate different aspects of the performance. Some of the renowned judges include, but not limited to:

  • Chef Otto Weibel – Chief Judge – Honorary Lifetime member of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS)
  • Chef Bui Thi Suong – Vice Chairman of the Saigon Professional Chefs Guild
  • Chef Marco Brueschweiler – Swiss Diploma Master Chef and WACS Global Master Chef
  • Chef Michael Strautmanis – WACS Approved Judges with more than 50 years of experience
  • Chef Tony Khoo, Executive Chef of Marina Mandarin Hotel

The Vietnam Barista Competition (VBC), a highly-regarded coffee competition, is another event in spotlight which has been widely supported by many exhibitors representing well known coffee equipment brands. This competition extravaganza offers Vietnamese baristas a rare opportunity to test their skills in an intense, action-packed series of barista foam art challenges.

The VBC competitor skills will be evaluated by a panel of one head judge, four sensory judges and one technical judge. Competitors will serve one beverage from all three categories of drinks (espresso, milk beverage, signature drink) for a total of twelve drinks, during a period of fifteen minutes. The champion will get to compete against other baristas at the Barista Super Duo Challenge held concurrently with Food&HotelAsia2018 in Singapore from 24 - 27 April 2018.

All the fringe activities are now open for enrollment. For details, please visit the event website at

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Additional Information:

Food&HotelVietnam2017 at a glance:

Exhibition:           Food&HotelVietnam2017

Venue:                  Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC)

Address:              799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Date:                    25 – 27 April, 2017 (Tues – Thu)

Time:                   0900hrs – 1700hrs


About Food&HotelVietnam:

Food&HotelVietnam is Vietnam’s most important and comprehensive industry trade show, providing a value-added platform that spotlights a variety of food and beverage, hospitality supplies, services and solutions designed for the food and hospitality industry. Since its inception in 2004, the event has gone from strength to strength with quality trade visitors and exhibitors increasing tremendously over the years, further solidifying its position as the event of choice for food and hospitality players from across the region.

Food&HotelVietnam is organised by UBM SES and locally supported by VCCI Exhibition Service Co Ltd. For more information about the events, please visit:

Media contacts:

Joey Tran (Ms.)                                                                                             

Public Relation & Conference Executive


Tel: (+84) 8 3930 7618 (Ext: 108)

Email: [email protected]


 11,100 Sqm / Exhibition Area 613  Exhibitors | From 38 countries / regions 20 International Group Pavilions