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Heading to SMX, the Hotel and Foodservice Suppliers Show promotes the farm-to-table the uprising

The Hotel and Foodservice Suppliers Show, formerly known as the Hotel Suppliers Show, will be held at the SMX Convention Center Manila in Pasay City on September 21–23 after a successful run of its Visayas and Mindanao editions last July in Cebu.

The main objective of the program is to act as a top venue for bringing together individuals and organizations from the hospitality and foodservice sectors. It will promote networking, provide a wide range of goods and services pertinent to various industries, and offer a venue for business executives in the field to learn about emerging trends, innovations, and possibilities. The ultimate objective is to encourage expansion, cooperation, and quality within the hotel and food service sectors.

Alongside its major rebrand is the expansion of its value architecture by partnering with Mayani, the country’s leading agri-fisheries platform working with farmers and fisherfolks, to underscore the event’s championing of the local agri-food sector and its large part in the supply chains of the hotel and foodservice industries.

“Partnering with Mayani and supporting the farm-to-table movement can yield several significant advantages for the event. It makes us more relevant to today’s industry trends and consumer preferences by showcasing products and services that cater to the growing demand for local, sustainable, and fresh food options,” says Patrick Lawrence Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Link MP, the event’s chief proponent and organizer.

Initially founded as an agri-ecommerce player with a supply base in Calabarzon focusing on lowland produce, Mayani now carries a multitude of agri-food categories linked to the broad supply chain requirements of hotel brands and restaurant chains: highland and lowland vegetables, grains, eggs, dairy, poultry, seasonal fruits, and sustainably-caught seafood.

It boosts crop and catch marketability of smallholder farmers and fisherfolks coming from different regions in Luzon, including communities in the fishing province of Palawan and highland crop growers of Northern Mindanao.

Tan points out that the involvement of Mayani can encourage networking and collaboration between suppliers, chefs, and restaurant owners – potentially leading to partnerships and new business opportunities within the farm-to-table ecosystem.

The tourist and hospitality industries are currently exhibiting remarkable recovery as a result of the removal of pandemic-related travel restrictions. The Philippine Statistics Authority estimates that the contribution of tourism direct gross value added to the nation’s gross domestic product will be 6.2%, or P1.38 trillion, in 2022, indicating the revival of the local economies in the vicinity of popular tourist destinations and the return of rising hotel occupancy rates.

According to Statista, the food service sector is seeing a growth trend, with revenues expected to reach $8.37 billion in 2021. These advances will be discussed in technical seminars and industry overview lectures at the Hotel and Foodservice Suppliers Show. Visitors can sign up without cost at

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