Register to attend Africa’s Big Seven


Visitor registration has officially opened for the biggest food & beverage industry trade event on the continent; Africa’s Big Seven (AB7.) This event just gets bigger and better each year, offering visitors many exciting ‘firsts,’ in addition to the thousands of products and services on display every year. AB7 takes place from 21-23 June 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.

What’s new?

“This year, AB7 introduces our first-ever food and beverage technology workshops, convened by our Italian partners, organiers of Cibus Tec and Anuga FoodTec” says John Thomson of Exhibition Management Services, organisers of AB7.

The AB7 workshops will focus on the role of technologies in the growing consumption of juices worldwide; safety and sustainability in packaging technology and material compliance with expectations in the food industry; and new instruments to enhance safety, sustainability and efficiency in the dairy industry.

“Visitors will also see spectacular first-time national pavilions from Italy, Belgium, France, Poland and Eastern Europe, including exciting product displays of the latest processing equipment from Italy, beers from Belgium, pastries from Poland, ovens and machinery from France and wines from Eastern Europe,” adds Thomson.

China will once again present its expansive pavilion, bigger and better than ever and aptly named ‘The China Year in Africa’. Products on display include frozen catfish, thickeners, sweeteners and seasoned squid, Amongst other culinary offerings.

Online business matchmaking

AB7 will once again provide a convenient online business matchmaking facility, available on the web and via a new mobile app, enabling visitors and exhibitors to pre-arrange meetings online. This gives everyone more time for doing business on each day of the show. More information is available on the organisers’ website:

Food and beverage conferences

“The FoodTech Conference, titled ‘A Spotlight on Food Manufacturing and Marketing in Africa’ focuses on the development and growth of Africa’s food industry, and takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre on 22 June 2015,” says Jolanda van de Spreng of VDS Media, organisers of the FoodTech and DrinkTech Conferences.

Topics include:

  • The African Food Market: an Industry Perspective
  • The latest food and consumption trends: What’s in store for 2016?
  • Harmonising revenue growth and cost reduction strategies
  • Food Safety – The trust gap between food brands and consumers
  • Where is packaging headed? Challenges and opportunities facing FMCG
  • Food manufacturing for the future – African growth and innovation
  • Developments in food processing technology and innovation

“The beverage sector is volatile and operators need to stay up-to-date on competitors and trends,” says van de Spreng. “The DrinkTech conference focuses on developments in the beverage value chain such as raw materials, filling, flavouring, manufacturing, marketing, packaging, machinery and end-usage, and takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre on 23 June 2015.


For more information or to register for the conferences go to: or contact Jolanda van de Spreng. Email:  

For more information on AB7 contact Lineke van der Brugghen, Exhibition Management Services.

Tel: +27 11 783 7250. Fax: +27 11 783 7269.