Food Japan Signs MOU To Enhance Professionals’ Skills For Retail And F&B Industries

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 | 1104 Views


With the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) they signed with Singapore’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), both parties pledge to develop a framework together for continuous learning through masterclasses, refresher courses, site visits and talks.

The MOU was signed at the Food Japan’s media briefing on 4 October 2016 that took place at the ABC Cooking Studio at Takashimaya S.C in Singapore. Gilbert Tan, chief executive officer of e2i and Masanao Nishida, project director of Food Japan, represented both parties respectively at the signing.

The MOU was signed at the Food Japan’s media briefing on 4 October 2016 that took place at the ABC Cooking Studio at Takashimaya S.C in Singapore. Gilbert Tan, chief executive officer of e2i and Masanao Nishida, project director of Food Japan, represented both parties respectively at the signing.

Food Japan is an annual exhibition held in Singapore for Japanese F&B related products and services. In its fifth edition this year, it will be held from 27-29 October at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will focus on three key areas: health, innovation and productivity.

According to Jason Ng, executive director of MP Singapore, these three areas are the current trends of the food and beverage industry not only in the region, but around the world. Health and wellness is a big global trend; regional markets are becoming more competitive with unique products to meet consumer demand and attract their attention which thereby drives innovation; and with an increasing consumer class around the world, manufacturers are eager to boost their productivity to meet growing demand for products.

Over 300 exhibitors from over 40 prefectures will be present during Food Japan 2016, so visitors can look forward to a wide variety of signature Japanese F&B products, innovative products and services, and new-to-market brands.

The MOU signing deepens the relationship between Food Japan and e2i and reiterates the joint commitment to attract, develop and train trade professionals in these industries. At the 2015 edition, e2i had supported the trade workshops held during the exhibition. This year, e2i will support the Masterclass series, as the first initiative under the MOU agreement.

The Masterclass series will include eight curated sessions on 27 and 28 October, which are open only to trade visitors. Conducted by Japanese and local industry experts, the sessions range from food preparation, the use of seasonings to gaining the right techniques in using cooking equipment.

“The MOU signifies and affirms the e2i’s commitment to help raise capabilities and professionalism of working professionals in the Retail as well as Food and Beverages industries. The Masterclass Series partnership with Food Japan for the next three years aims to inspire and facilitate a cross-country exchange of best practices to further grow, deepen and strengthen the competencies of our Singaporean core workforce,” said Mr Tan.

“Food Japan aims to bridge and facilitate exchange, collaboration and ultimately, mutually beneficial growth among the F&B industry in Japan, as well as overseas. Singapore is where our exhibition has started and grown, and we are honoured to be able to do our part to support trade professionals in the local industries. Through this partnership, we will be working closely to share expertise and ideas with these core groups,” said Mr Nishida.

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