The Future Foods virtual exhibition
Future Foods Opened as B2B Networking Event for African F&B Professionals
The Future Foods virtual exhibition opened to the trade on March 9th, 2022.
The Future Food Conference, the first in a series took place on March 23rd, 2022. The event was a free-to-attend virtual exhibition for professionals within and suppliers to the food and beverages industries across Africa.
In addition to the chance to meet companies and industry professionals in the virtual environment, attendees benefited from this live stream conference which featured speakers talking about the challenges faced by food and beverage professionals and entrepreneurs in Africa today.
The Future Foods event included exhibits from leading industry businesses and innovators, giving attendees a chance to connect with them via chat, video call, and offline messaging. Completely free to attend, Future Foods is an event for importers, F&B managers, retail category buyers, owner-operators, agents, and distributors from across Africa’s diverse and booming market.
Running in tandem with the exhibition, the conference included several key speakers and gave attendees the ability to add conference sessions to private calendars, receive email reminders, watch live or on-demand to suit any schedule and so much more.
As import costs for food in Africa are expected to hit $110 billion by 2025, self-sustainability is an essential strategy for Africa’s economic and humanitarian prosperity moving forward. Technology-led food development is crucial in this goal, and through Future Foods attendees were able to hear from industry experts about a range of topics which included Novel Foods challenges and other opportunities for the industries and African entrepreneurs moving forward.
This included input from entrepreneurs who are looking to transform the food industry, like Siviwe Ngcingwana, Founder, Signet Seal Group, who said “If the global community is serious about food security and eradicating hunger the world over, then this is where we ought to be having this exact conversation – around Africans, with Africans. There is no future foods conversation without Africa; not only as participants but with Africans leading this conversation and as its champion.”
As Stephen Oehley, Xtendevent CEO and co-organizer of Future Foods noted, “The United Nations has initiated the UN Food Systems Dialogue that addresses food sustainability and many other related themes. This has resulted in developing international conversations. We will strive to support this monumental initiative, in a humble way, where we plan to continue to introduce exhibitors and their solutions and facilitate ongoing conference programs that present new speakers and topics that reflect African communities and interests.”