Innovation Meets Industry in Sandton Central: SAPHEX and Hostex 2024

Innovation Meets Industry in Sandton Central: SAPHEX and Hostex 2024

As we head towards the end of the first quarter of 2024, Sandton Convention Centre is proud to be hosting two landmark expos; Hostex (March 3-5) and SAPHEX (March 13-14) 2024. These premier expos are not merely events but pivotal gatherings where the future of pharmaceuticals and hospitality industries is shaped and showcased. With a rich agenda that features industry-leading speakers, cutting-edge exhibitors, and numerous networking opportunities, attendees are in for an enriching experience that spans across the realms of innovation, technology, and industry foresight.

Hostex 2024: A Convergence of Culinary and Hospitality Innovation

Scheduled from March 3-5, 2024, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Hostex is not just an expo; it’s an innovation showcase, a trendsetter, and a marketplace for the latest in food, drink, and hospitality. Hostex 2024 stands as Africa’s premier food, drink, and hospitality expo, featuring six dedicated districts: Equipment Africa, Food & Drink Africa, Tea & Coffee Africa, Contract Furnishings Africa, Technology Africa, and Sustainability Africa. This arrangement ensures a well-organised showcase that caters to every facet of the industry, from the latest equipment to sustainable practices, innovative technologies, and exquisite food and drink experiences. An occasion not to be missed!

Why Visit Hostex 2024?

Visiting Hostex offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the latest products, services, and trends shaping the future of the foodservice and hospitality sectors. Highlights include:

  • Premier Visitor Lounge: A space designed for networking and relaxation between sessions.
  • New Product Showcase: Discover the latest innovations before they hit the market.
  • The Wine Bar & The Coffee Market: Experience the finest selections of wines and artisanal coffees.
  • The Skillery: Witness live demonstrations by top chefs and industry professionals.
  • The Barista Competition: Hosted by SCASA, showcasing the talents of the country’s best baristas.
  • Industry Districts: Explore dedicated areas for equipment, food & drink, furnishings, and more.
  • Free Seminars and Panel Discussions: Gain insights from industry leaders on current trends and future directions.

Noteworthy Exhibitors

Hostex 2024 boasts an impressive lineup of exhibitors, each bringing something unique to the table:

  • Sir Fruit (Pty)Ltd: Known for its fresh, whole-fruit juices, Sir Fruit has been a favourite in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 25 years. Their commitment to quality and freshness is unmatched, making their stand a must-visit for anyone interested in the best juicing fruit Southern Africa has to offer.
  • RCL FOODS: As one of South Africa’s leading food manufacturers, RCL FOODS presents a broad basket of branded and private label products. Their stand is an excellent stop for attendees looking to source high-quality food products.
  • Pernigotti Maestri Gelatieri Italiani: This brand brings Italian excellence to the expo, showcasing semi-finished products for the ice cream parlour. Their history and innovation in cocoa-based products and pastes make their stand a highlight for confectionery and ice cream enthusiasts.
  • Kleine Zalze Wines: With a philosophy that success begins in the vineyards, Kleine Zalze Wines is a testament to the quality that comes from careful management of natural assets. Wine aficionados will not want to miss the chance to explore their offerings.
  • Hirsch’s: From humble beginnings to a leading force in the appliance and electronics industry, Hirsch’s stand is where technology meets hospitality. Their range of appliances and electronics is crucial for modernising and enhancing hospitality services.

Making the Most of Your Hostex 2024 Experience

With so much to see and do at Hostex 2024, planning your visit is essential. Take advantage of the free seminars and panel discussions to deepen your industry knowledge. Explore the six industry districts to uncover the latest trends and technologies. And don’t forget to network; Hostex provides a unique platform to connect with industry leaders, innovators, and peers. Is anyone else hungry all of a sudden?

Food, Drink and Hospitality  

Hostex 2024 promises to be a dynamic and inspiring event for professionals in the food, drink, and hospitality industries. By bringing together an impressive array of speakers, exhibitors, and attendees, it offers a rare opportunity to engage with the cutting-edge of industry innovation. Whether you’re looking to source new products, learn about the latest trends, or connect with industry peers, Hostex 2024 is the place to be.

Expanding the Horizon at SAPHEX 2024

SAPHEX 2024, scheduled for March 13-14, is a cornerstone event for the pharmaceutical industry in the SADC region and beyond. It’s a platform where professionals come together to share knowledge, explore new advancements, and forge connections that will shape the future of healthcare. This year, the event shines a spotlight on a diverse group of speakers who bring a wealth of experience and insight into the pharmaceutical landscape.

Distinguished Speakers

  • Rofhiwa Mulibana, a trailblazer in the pharmaceutical field, brings her extensive experience in health systems strengthening and policy support. Her work in coordinating and managing the COVID-19 vaccination program in South Africa highlights her pivotal role in public health.
  • Dr. Kim Faure stands out for her dedication to redefining healthcare services, with a specific focus on addressing Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and improving access to essential medicines, especially in LMICs. Her leadership in the SECURE initiative marks her as a key player in global health efforts.
  • Andy Gray, with his deep research interests in policy analysis and rational medicines use, contributes significantly to the dialogue on National Medicines Policies and the application of antiretroviral therapy in resource-constrained settings. His roles within the WHO and various pharmaceutical practice boards underscore his influence in shaping pharmaceutical policies globally.
  • Robert Patrick Ndzovela offers a unique perspective on pharmacovigilance, underlining the importance of monitoring drug safety and efficacy. His experience at SAHPRA and involvement in continental safety surveillance initiatives reflect his commitment to public health.

Highlight Exhibitors

The SAPHEX expo stands as a pivotal event in the pharmaceutical industry, showcasing a diverse array of exhibitors at the forefront of pharmaceutical innovation. Among these, a selection of standout exhibitors exemplifies the breadth and depth of advancements within the sector, spanning temperature-controlled logistics, water treatment solutions, high-quality raw materials, and more.

  • BIOTHERMAL SA, situated at stand B12, epitomises the critical importance of temperature-controlled logistics in the pharmaceutical, biological, medical, perishable, and healthcare sectors. Their partnerships with esteemed companies like Pelican Biothermal, Bio-Bottle, and Tempmate, enable them to offer verified products ensuring the safe, reliable, and temperature-controlled transportation of valuable cargo globally. Biothermal SA’s offerings reflect a deep commitment to supporting the health sectors by ensuring the integrity of sensitive products throughout their journey.
  • BWT Africa, located at stand D12, tackles the challenges of water quality head-on. Recognising water as a precious yet often limited resource, BWT Africa is dedicated to treating water on site to meet desired quality standards. Their innovative technologies and high-quality products are designed to supply optimum water quality across various sectors, ensuring safety, hygiene, and health in daily water use, and thus supporting the pharmaceutical industry’s need for pure water in manufacturing processes.

  • Kirsch Pharma South Africa (Pty) Ltd, at stand A2, specialises in the provision of high-quality raw materials for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, food, veterinary, cosmetic, and bio-tech industries. With its global presence and headquarters in Germany, Kirsch Pharma’s South African office services the southern African region, offering raw materials essential for the production of a wide range of health-related products.
  • The Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA), found at stand B3, represents the largest voluntary professional association for pharmacists and pharmacy support personnel in South Africa. The PSSA’s role extends beyond advocacy; it also focuses on promoting the profession, offering advice and support, and facilitating continuous professional development. Its exhibition at SAPHEX is a collaborative effort among its sectors, providing a platform for information exchange and networking among professionals in the field.
  • Starrate Healthcare, occupying stand A20, stands as a leading supplier of pharmaceutical packaging and biological media. Representing global industry leaders, Starrate has carved a niche in supplying innovative packaging and delivery systems for injectable and solid medicines, as well as biological raw materials. Their strategic partnerships emphasise the development of high-quality product solutions that meet the diverse needs of the pharmaceutical industry in Southern Africa and beyond.

Together, these exhibitors underscore SAPHEX’s role as a hub for industry-leading products and services, demonstrating the expo’s capacity to bring together key players and innovations that drive the pharmaceutical industry forward.

Where to Stay and What to Do in Sandton Central

For those planning to attend SAPHEX and Hostex 2024, Sandton Central offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from luxury hotels to comfortable guesthouses, catering to all preferences and budgets. Notable stays include the opulent Sandton Sun, offering direct access to the Sandton City Shopping Centre, and the contemporary Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, known for its excellent location and views.

Beyond the expos, Sandton Central is a hub of activity worth exploring. The area is renowned for its high-end shopping experiences at Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. For dining, visitors can enjoy a range of options from casual eateries to gourmet restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. Cultural attractions such as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Sandton Library provide insightful experiences into South Africa’s history and economic landscape.

For relaxation, the lush greenery of Mushroom Farm Park offers a serene escape with its outdoor gym, giant balloon ride, and children’s play areas. Meanwhile, the Morningside Mediclinic ensures visitors have access to top-tier medical services should the need arise.

See you There!

As SAPHEX and Hostex 2024 approach, the anticipation builds for what promises to be an unparalleled gathering of industry leaders, innovators, and professionals in Sandton Central. These expos are not just about witnessing the latest trends and technologies but about participating in the ongoing dialogue that drives the pharmaceutical and hospitality industries forward. With a plethora of speakers, exhibitors, and networking opportunities, attendees are guaranteed a comprehensive and enriching experience. Beyond the confines of the convention centre, Sandton Central offers a vibrant backdrop for exploration, dining, shopping, and relaxation, making it the ideal location for these premier business and hospitality expos. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the field, SAPHEX and Hostex 2024 are essential events for anyone looking to stay at the forefront of innovation and industry trends.