Africa’s Big Seven, the biggest and most comprehensive food and beverage trade exhibition in Africa, is just months away. It takes place from 15 to 17 July 2012 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.
FoodBiz Africa is just one of the seven component expos which make up Africa’s Big Seven (AB7). “FoodBiz Africa showcases food, services and equipment for the hospitality industry, and continues to grow in size and popularity,” says John Thomson, managing director of Exhibition Management Services, organisers of the massive show. “First brought into the Big Seven line-up in 2008, FoodBiz Africa has grown into an industry favourite; it’s the second most popular show in the AB7 portfolio.”
Aysha Raad, Sales Director of the Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA), says AB7 gets more insightful every year she attends. “Because Africa’s Big Seven is an international show, its offering is very diversified,” says Raad. “However, Foodbiz Africa in particular provides a fantastic networking opportunity for our members to find new suppliers and source new products focused for our industry. Our members benefit hugely from the show; they can find hundreds of new ideas and ways to provide better service to their customers.”
Viviana Serfontein from the Commercial Section of the Argentinean Embassy is a big fan of the AB7 exhibition; “Every year is better and bigger,” she says.
Francisco Matos e Silva, Media and Communications Manager of Angolan drinks company Refriango, is also full of praise for the show. “”The quality of the facilities and the variety of exhibitors is outstanding. We made many valuable contacts from exhibiting at AB7 last year.”
Pieter van Rooyen, General Manager of the Protea Hotel in Bloemfontein, was one of the 8 518 visitors who attended AB7 last year. “I went there to find out more about what new products are available for the hospitality industry, and I found plenty; the show was very good, with great variety.”
About FoodBiz Africa and Africa’s Big Seven
Africa’s Big Seven is a ‘seven-in-one’ exhibition covering the entire food and beverage industry from ‘crop to shop’. In 2011, exhibitors came from 32 countries, showcasing over 3 000 product items in more than 431 categories. AB7 2012 is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00 from 15 to 17 July.
AB7 is held annually together with the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX). To see more about AB7 and SAITEX, view the 2010 expo video on YouTube – simply go to www.youtube.com
and in the top search window type ‘Saitex and Africa’s Big Seven’.
Visitors to both exhibitions can pre-register at www.exhibitionsafrica.com
For more information about AB7, contact Lineke van der Brugghen at Exhibition Management Services.
+27 (11) 783 7250