Seoul, South Korea, 3 December 2018 – COEX FOOD WEEK KOREA 2018 celebrated its successful 13th edition from November 28th to December 1st at Coex Halls A, B, C and D. This year's show brought together more than 53,000 visitors and 900 companies from 19 countries, occupying 1,500 booths. The festival exceeded expectations as the ultimate trade show for food & beverage brands, professionals, and industry insiders.
Since 2006, Coex Food Week Korea has been the exhibition dedicated to present domestic and international trend and products under one roof. This year's Coex Food Week set precedent by dividing its theme under 'Basic' and 'Trend". 'Basic Hall' was designed for specialists to find all types of ingredients, machinery, and general food products, while 'Trend Hall' included desserts, food market and craft beer lounge, which added culinary experiences for the public. In addition, the Food Week offered various programs such as 'One Day Baking Class','Live Cooking Show' by famous chefs, 'Korea FoodTech Conference', 'Seoul Cold-Chain Forum' and 'ASEAN Culinary Festival' to attract both food experts and foodies to the show.
At Coex Hall C, the Global Food Fair consisted of more than 100 companies from 18 countries including Italy, Vietnam, Turkey, Spain, Japan, Germany, and for the first time, Croatia and Latvia. Here, visitors had the opportunity to taste local specialties ranging from Taiwanese beverages and Indian food additives to Philippine dried fruits and Shizuoka and Miyagi gourmet. The success of Coex Food Week was the result of continued collaboration between Coex and overseas associations. This year, the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry, Guangdong Imported Food Association, and the Associated Chambers and Commerce & Industry of India brought their members and food products. Additionally, Vietnam Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Association, Mindanao Banana Farmers & Exporters Association, Inc., China Chamber of international Commerce Shenzhen and Australian Korean Chef Association came to discuss future partnerships for the growth of the industry.
Lastly, the B2B program added additional value to the exhibition by hosting 1:1 Business Matching Sessions between exhibitors and buyers. 80 overseas buyers from Belgium, Japan, Singapore and Russia, and 100 domestic buyers from E-mart, Lotte Mart, GS25, CJ Freshway, and Shinsegae Food took part in the session, ending with a total of 170 pre-arranged meetings over the exhibition period.
Next year's Coex Food Week Korea will be held from November 20th to 23rd at Coex Halls A~D with more diverse events and programs. The key word representing Coex Food Week Korea 2019 will be 'H.E.A.T', representing HMR, Eco-friendly, ASEAN Food and Technology. The show will reflect the new changes within the food industry arising from the increase in the single-person households and development of food technology.
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