March 4, 2020

Hostex 2020 delivers innovation and opportunity across two jam-packed floors

The much-anticipated hospitality and food and beverage expo, Hostex, opened at Sandton Convention on Sunday 1 March, continuing through to Tuesday 3 March, and with two jam-packed halls filled to the brim with visitors, it’s the place for industry to be in the next two days.

“The best place to be on this rainy Monday is at Hostex, for a huge dose of innovation and opportunity, with a wide range of leading exhibitors and a jam-packed schedule of curated content at IndustryLive! as well as a wealth of specials, demos, competition, and more – all designed for our savvy hospitality, food & drink industry,” says Nick Sarnadas, Hostex 2020 Event Director.

Hostex, which has been an industry highlight since 1984, is Africa’s top hospitality, food and drink trade show.

Monday’s theme is Women in Hospitality and the programme for the day includes:


IndustryLIVE! free-to-attend seminars in Hall 2 continue – with women leading the way:

11:00     Risk mitigation for finance of imported assets pertaining to the hospitality industry byAngelique Louw and Mark Poley, ABSA

11:30     Power women in hospitality–a panel discussion with industry trailblazers sharing their journeys, challenges, and advice.Karen Short, By Word of Mouth; Nadia Barnard, Capsicum Culinary Studio; Jackie Cameron, Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine; Candice Philip, Saxon Hotel; Rekha Bothma, Emperors Palace.

12:30     The Future is now and the robots are coming! Changing dynamics in fmcg, retail and hospitality by Dylan Piatti, Deloitte Africa

13:15     The conscientious diner: Revolutionising a sustainable restaurant landscapebyLexi Monzeglio, Lexi’s Healthy Eatery

14:00     The future of beverage is female: Cuth Bland (Bean There), Renate van Dyk (Nigiro Tea) and Belinda Flynn (Origin Coffee Roasters)

15:00     A global drive towards transparency in coffee, increasing sustainability in coffee farming communities by David Walstra, Founder of Thirdspace and Co-founder of SEAM Coffee

15:30     Barista Wage Calculator by Iain Evans, Publisher of The Coffee Mag


SA Chefs Association – Chefs Village & The Skillery (Hall 1)

SA Chefs’ full and interactive programme continues over three days. Visitors are invited to engage with SA Chefs members, experience the latest industry trends with trending products on display, enjoy interactive skills demonstrations, and be entertained by (and maybe even judge) chefs as they go head to head with some fun and exciting challenges. Fantastic prizes up for grabs.


SCASA National Coffee Competitions

10:00 – start of Barista Competition Semi-finals

16:30 – Finalist announcement


Live demonstrations on various stands, including:

  • Scotsman Ice Machines: Michalis Dimitrakopoulos from Greece, world-renowned barista and 2016 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion, will be on the Scotsman Ice Systems stand at 10:30 and 14:30, discussing cold brewing and preparing signature cold brews
  • Caffenu
  • Equipment Café
  • Filigrano Tart Shells
  • GPS Food Group
  • Sycro Equipment
  • Sycro Food
  • Vulcan


Hostex is where you network with like-minded professionals.

Don’t miss the SME Hub supported by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), giving SMEs the opportunity to grow by showcasing and selling their products and services on the leading industry platform, while also adding to the large range of products and services on show

Products and services

A wide range of exhibitors will deliver a host of innovative products and services to ensure one-stop sourcing of solutions for visitors. The selection of categories includes coffee, coffee equipment and accessories, cooking, catering, food service, bakery equipment, ice machines, chef wear, hospitality software, retail capital, beds, bedding and linen, labelling equipment, spices, ready-cooked meals, crockery, glassware, and melamine, sprinkles for food applications, lamps and lighting, fresh produce and juices, and many more solutions.

Among the top industry suppliers on show are Importalia, Caffenu, inventor of the world’s first cleaning capsule for coffee capsule machines, Vulcan Catering Equipment, BCE Foodservice Equipment, GPS Food Group, Core Catering, Frigrite, Continental, Tramontina, Koldserve, Adriatic, Scotsman Ice Systems (Official Ice Sponsor of Hostex 2020), and others.

See you at Hostex 2020

Thomas Overbeck, General Manager of SA Chefs Association, says, “Hostex is a critical milestone in the hospitality industry every second year. SA Chefs celebrate the partnership of 35 years and we are deeply grateful and honoured to have Specialised Exhibition Montgomery as a patron of SA Chefs, and the opportunity to share this platform.”

Sarnadas adds, “Hostex 2020 is a comprehensive platform where the industry can do business, learn, share knowledge, network, be impressed and inspired, and enjoy themselves. The feedback from visitors yesterday was overwhelmingly that Hostex is delivering something new and fresh across the floors.”

To register for Hostex 2020, visit