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TDC will stage Food Expo and Twin Medicine and Health Care Fairs in August

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), the 17th Food Expo will be staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from August 17 - 21. Last year, the expo attracted over 300,000 visitors. A total of 325 food manufacturers and suppliers are joining the expo this year, an 8% increase over last year. Apart from Hong Kong, exhibitors from Australia, Canada, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, the U.S. and Vietnam will bring delicacies from all parts of the world to visitors.

While satisfying one's palate, the organiser also promotes the importance of health on the same occasion. The 1st "Hong Kong International Medical & Health Care Fair" and the 5th "International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products" (ICMCM) will be held concurrently with Food Expo.

Food Expo will be staged at Hall 1 and 2. At Hall 1, there will be 7 zones, making it easier for visitors to search for their targets:

1. Health and Organic Food
2. Bakery Products & Sauces
3. Beverages and Restaurants
4. Biscuits, Snacks & Dairy Products
5. Canned, Frozen and Convenience Food
6. Trade Associations and Others
7. Alcoholic Beverages

At Hall 2, there will be International Exhibitors including Group Pavilions of the Chinese mainland, Korea, Japan, Italy, Vietnam, Green Food, Candy Food and Procurement Square.

Apart from promoting international delicacies to the public, the TDC will set up a "trade hall" again at Food Expo (located at Hall 2), featuring all exhibitors from outside Hong Kong and some local exhibitors (about 140 in total). The trade hall will be open only to trade buyers on the first two days, giving them a one-stop sourcing opportunity. Exhibitors can promote their products to food distributors, importers and supermarkets and conduct business discussions with them to expand their distribution network and secure bulk orders.

The trade hall will be open to public from August 19 - 21. Exhibitors can then test consumers' response to their products directly.

Highlights of Food Expo:

  • The Chinese mainland Pavilion - About 30 exhibitors from Hebei, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Fujian will feature their respective specialty products including bean products, green food, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, natural health supplements, convenivence food, tea, beer, dairy products, seasonings and canned food.

  • Korean Pavilion - 36 exhibitors will display Korean specialty products including kimchee, citron tea, aloe tea, ginseng products, Korean sauces, beer, fresh fruits, instant noodles, seaweed and various kinds of beverages.

  • Japanese Pavilion - 4 exhibitors will showcase bean and corn food products, black sugar candy, wine from Okinawa, coral salt, seaweed, organic food and fish products.

  • Italian Pavilion - 6 exhibitors will feature Italian pasta, green food from Sicily, coffee and olive oil.

  • Vietnamese Pavilion (NEW) - 9 exhibitors will feature snacks from Vietnam, desserts, canned and convenience food, coffee, coconut drinks, noodles, Vietnamese sauces and seasonings.

  • Among exhibitors, 8 of them have received Q mark certification, a recognition for premium quality. They are Imperial Bird's Nest, Lee Kum Kee, Maxim's, Prince of Peace, Tung Chun, Wing Wah, Nin Jiom Medicine and Satay King.

  • Privilege for foreign visitors - Foreign visitors with valid travel documents can buy half-priced tickets at the special counters located at Harbour Road and Expo Drive Entrances of HKCEC and enter the Expo through a separate passageway, saving much queuing time.

  • Fabulous stage programmes and games are organised to add more fun and excitement to visitors. Programmes include cooking demonstrations by celebrities, famous chefs, winners of a cooking competition co-organised with Lisa Magazine, students of Caritas Adult and Higher Education Centre, fun games co-organised with Metro Broadcast and a talk on healthy diet in the campus by the Department of Health.

Organised by the TDC and China Promotion Ltd, the 1st "Hong Kong International Medical & Health Care Fair" has attracted over 110 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions. Exhibits include health care products and medical equipment, dental care products, equipment and accessories, laboratory equipment and a wide of range of health care services (such as consumer health, elderly care, dental care, hospital service, medical centre, physiotherapy, speech and hearing therapy, health insurance) will be introduced.

At the fair, a Hong Kong Virtual Hospital, sponsored by the Hong Kong Private Hospitals Association (HKPHA) will be set up to help visitors understand more about the latest medical technology. This section will feature 3 major themes including: Maternity Care, Show-window of Minimally Invasive Surgeries and The World of Medical Imaging. There will be a Trade Zone only opened for trade visitors' admission on August 17 & 18 for them to conduct sourcing and business discussion. The area will be open to public visitors on the following 3 days.

Organised by the TDC and Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd (MCMIA), the 5th "International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products" (ICMCM) will have around 200 exhibitors this year. A wide variety of Chinese medicine, health supplements, health care & therapy, medical research & development, raw materials, equipment & related services and trade associations will be featured.

During the first two days (August 17 & 18) of the ICMCM, a large-scale conference will be held in which top industry experts and scholars will share their insights about different industry issues such as: advances in Chinese medicine research on infectious diseases, strategies on the internationalisation of Chinese medicine, quality control and regulations of Chinese medicines, as well as the latest research and development on new Chinese medicinal products.

An educational display will also be set up at the ICMCM. With the support of Hong Kong Baptist University, the display will educate the public about the concept of Chinese medicine and its history.

Fair websites:

Food Expo: http://www.hkfoodexpo.com
ICMCM: http://www.icmcm.com
Hong Kong International Medical & Health Care Fair: http://www.hkmed-healthfair.com

For press enquiries, please contact Katherine Chan of the TDC's Corporate Communication Department at 2584 4537.

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