The biennial Food & Hotel Vietnam in HCM City later this month will see exhibitors from 31 countries and territories showcase their latest food and hospitality products and services.

Bui Thi Thuc Anh, director of the VCCI Exhibition Service Company told media on Sept. 13 that the exhibition aimed to help Vietnamese businesses discover the latest products, equipment, services, and solutions in the food and food services industry.

It would also be a good place for both Vietnamese and international businesses to seek business opportunities, she added.

Almost three-quarters of the 360 exhibitors will be from foreign countries, including Australia , Cambodia , the US , China , France , Germany , India , Japan , the Republic of Korea , Singapore , New Zealand , Thailand , Turkey and the Philippines .

Beverages, wine, spirits and beers, snacks and ice cream, dairy products, fresh food, sea food as well as many processed and convenience foods will be on display.

Hotel equipment such as bar and coffees tools, interior furnishings and decoration, refrigeration and storage and lighting systems will also be on show.

On the sidelines of the exhibition will be the 2nd Viet Nam Coffee Preparation Competition hosted by the Singapore Exhibition Service Company and Kerry Ingredients, the 4th Vietnamese Talented Chef Competition held by the Sai Gon Professional Chefs' Guild, and the best Vietnamese Wine Waiter Competition.

VINALAB will organise a series of conferences on Vietnam 's food and hospitality industry.

The number of visitors this year is expected to top 8,500.

The 6th Food & Vietnam Hotel 2011 will be held at the Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre on September 28-30 by the VCCI Exhibition Service Company and Singapore Exhibition Service Company. /.