Last April on 5-8th 2017, Puri Pangan Utama collaborated with Blessing Fish (PT Prasetya Agung Cahaya Utama) in Food & Hotel Indonesia (FHI). As the country’s leading international food and hospitality event, Food & Hotel Indonesia attracted various key trade-only buyers from all sectors of the hospitality and retail industry. It is the perfect place to visit if you are on the hunt for food suppliers and distributors for your hotels and restaurants. In this article we will be sharing our best tips on what to expect from a Food Expo and how to best prepare as a visitor so that you are ready to meet your potential food suppliers!
Puri Pangan Utama and Blessing Fish Team
Knowing the ones to visit
Sounds obvious but sometimes overlooked. Before visiting it is helpful to summarize a list of distributors that you want to visit. A great way to organize it is by Hall, so that you can plan your way effectively. The 2017 edition was the largest in the shows history with 35,000 m2 exhibiting space, providing a platform for 1,600 suppliers and distributors to connect with over 30,000 qualified buyers. A good starting point is often the Expo website, where you can find the exhibitors list.
Blessing Fish Booth
Once you know the food suppliers and distributors that you want to visit, schedule an appointment! Send them an email stating the purpose of the meeting as well as the products that you are interested in. This way, the respective suppliers and distributors will be able to arrange you to meet with the right person during the Expo – no time will be wasted!
Blessing Fish salesperson explaining products
Food Expo is the time where food suppliers and distributors showcase their best products and you get a chance to taste them. This year we served smoked salmon, sushi roll and smoked salmon pita bread as part of our delicious tasting menu. A good tip is not to come to the Expo in a full stomach!
Blessing Fish smoked salmon sushi roll
Networking first, Shopping last
Some people may say that Food Expos are opportunities to shop directly with suppliers and distributors at a discounted price. Whilst this is true, remember the most important focus is to actually meet with the suppliers face-to-face and build network, especially during the first two days of the Expo. Most suppliers will not even sell the products during the first two days. Leave your shopping on the last day – this is when all food suppliers and distributors give generous discounts for most of their food products!
Blessing Fish products on display
If you miss out on Food Hotel Indonesia this year, and are still looking for Food Supplier for your hotel or restaurant, then do not worry because you have come to the right place. Established in 1985, PT. Puri Pangan Utama is a reputable food distributor in Bali – Indonesia. Widely known as the pioneer of frozen food supplier in Bali, we have now expanded our products to include various range of chilled and dry food products. Contact us today regarding your hotel or restaurant needs!
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