HostMilano is to hold a series of webinars called Host4Future to debate the future of the premium out of home foodservice market.
Digitalisation and sustainability, design and change will all be topics under discussion, as well as anticipating trends through the words those on the frontline of hospitality.
Four online events are planned for this month, on the next four Mondays: 7, 14, 21 and 28 June, at 4pm CET (3pm BST).
The webinars will be held in English on Zoom, and will feature a panel of experts and professionals moderated by journalist Leiti Hsu, who has also been confirmed as Host Ambassador in the BeMyHost project.
On 7 June the focus will be ‘green is the new black’, covering the reduction of energy consumption to the reduced use of bulky and plastic packaging. Speakers will include Andrew Tucker, MD of coffee machine supplier Sanremo UK; Massimo Massarotto, founder of Apepak; Eugenio Sapora, country manager Italy, Too Good To Go; Bill Lee, CEO of Yonder; and Giuseppe De Martino, general manager, St Regis Rome.
One week later the subject will be ‘design your experience’, through the words of Giulio Ceppi, founder and creative director, Total Tool; Lorenzo Fassi, sound designer; Valerio Cometti, founder and creative director at +V12design; Ergian Alberg, architect at AquiliAlberg architects; and Franco Costa, president of Costa Group. The meeting will focus on the redefinition of spaces and on the solutions able to reconcile aesthetics and functionality in future premises.
‘Let’s get digital’ on 21 June will be entirely dedicated to the new frontiers of hospitality and facing digital challenges, explored by professionals such as Anna Polonsky of the New York studio Polonsky&Friends; John Lettieri, founder and president of Virtual kitchen & HERO; Patrizia Hofer, general manager of St Regis Venice; Dino Borri, Eataly global VP of brand partnerships; and David Kaye, brand director of the Vietnamese hotel chain Wink Hotels.
Closing the webinar agenda, ‘Change is Good’ on 28 June will involve Andrea Prevosti, general manager, Grand Hotel Parker’s Napoli; Paolo Colapietro, founder of Kuiri Cloud Kitchen; Michael Cheng, dean of the Chaplin School of Tourism and Hospitality; Aline Borghese, Host Ambassador and journalist; Michael Jones, editorial director, Progressive Content; and Edward Harvey, founder of Elevate. They will trace the paths of the ‘new normal’ – from consumer habits to space destinations – from the opportunities ‘hidden’ in the word change.
Host’s next exhibition will return physically to Fieramilano on 22-26 October.