Caterer Middle East

Panels revealed for 2020’s Caterer Middle East Food & Business Conference

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The panel discussion­s set to take place at this year’s Caterer Middle East Food & Business Conference will cover topics including Saudi Arabia and women in F&B.

To be held at Grosvenor House hotel in Dubai on March 18, the Food & Business Conference brings together over 150 industry profession­als to hear expert panellists and speakers discuss the big issues of the day.

Following on from the advisory panel hosted in January (attended by

Liz Stevenson, consultant chef, Jodie O’Meara, operations manager at Zabeel House at The Greens, Emma Banks, VP, F&B strategy & developmen­t, EMEA, Hilton, Samantha Wood, food writer, and Lindsay Trivers, founder of The Tasting Class) the topics for discussion have now been con rmed.

Up rst, a panel will discuss the rise of

Saudi Arabia and how the F&B landscape is changing in the country. How Saudi can capitalise on its recent opening up to the world and what we can expect from its burgeoning F&B scene are sure to be on the agenda.

Technology has slowly been changing the way people use the F&B industry and restaurant­s are having to adapt. Whether it’s through discount apps like The Entertaine­r, robotic innovation­s, or the massive amounts of data now generated through online bookings and reviews, this panel will examine how restaurant­s need to acclimatis­e to a brave new world.

Naturally, with an all-female advisory panel, the position of women in the

F&B workplace came up. At the Food & Business Conference our experts will look at the progress that has been made in gender equality and what still needs to be done.

Finally, the last panel will focus on alcohol in the UAE. With two companies holding a duopoly on alcohol supply in the country, what does that mean for restaurant­s and bars, and how can the current process be improved going forward will all be on the agenda?

A number of expert speakers including Aegis Hospitalit­y’s Samer Hamadeh, Taqado founder Nadine Benchaffai, and Gates Hospitalit­y’s Naim Maadad will be on the panels.

The conference is free for F&B industry profession­als to attend.

For sponsorshi­p opportunit­ies email emma.barnett@itp.com.

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