Catering equipment manufacturers around the world are uniting to discuss critical problems that will have a huge impact on the industry at the inaugural Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Global Leadership Summit.
The event will be held on Thursday 22 October in Milan, Italy prior to the opening of the nearby HOST Exhibition, running from 23-27 October.
The three associations leading the development of the event are EFCEM, the European Federation of Catering Equipment manufacturers, of which CESA is a member; NAFEM, the North American Federation of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers; and NAFES, the National Association of Food Equipment and Suppliers, which covers Australia and New Zealand.
“By sharing knowledge, experience, resources, expertise and learning, we can help each other, and our industry, to meet the common challenges we all face,” said Simon Frost, chair of CESA. “The knowledge database we will be able to generate will be valuable and relevant to the industry at large and our members locally. It is expected that there will be some hard edged outcomes that will benefit our industry internationally and at local level, this is an exciting new development for all concerned.”
The Global Summit will also cover areas such as water and installation standards, BIM, supply chain relationships and customer service. The meeting will be facilitated by Doug Fryett CFSP, a leading foodservice industry consultant and CFSP program trainer.
As well as leaders from the three international associations, it is expected that representatives from various national catering equipment trade associations, including CESA, will attend the summit.
Invitations have been sent to chairmen/presidents and general secretaries of: AMAIT – Mexico, APIRAC – Portugal, BFS – Sweden, CECED Italia – Italy, CESA – UK, EFCEM – Europe, FCSI Worldwide, America, EMEA and Asia Pacific, FELAC – Spain, HKI – Germany, HOTREMAI – India, IFSA – Ireland, JFEA – Japan, NAFEM – USA, NAFES – Australia, SYNEG – France, and TUSID – Turkey.
CESA members who wish to raise specific questions at the summit should contact the association. Confirmation of the venue and a detailed agenda will be available shortly.