Trip to Thaifex 2018

This year, we decided to make a trip to Thaifex again.

We have always love visiting Thaifex, as the Food & Beverage industry in Thailand, is considered the most vibrant in South East Asia.

Koelnmesse Pte Ltd, the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), and the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) are the organiser of the 15th edition of Thaifex, which runs from 29 May to 02 June at IMPACT exhibition hall, Bangkok.


At the Entrance

This year, the exhibition is over five days, compared to only three days in 2017. It played host to more than 60,000 trade visitors from all over the world.

Registration Area

Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat, Director-General, Department of International Trade Promotion, mentioned how THAIFEX-World of Food Asia plays a big part in the food global market.  “Thailand is the largest food exporter in Southeast Asia, with the country’s food exports forecast to reach US$27.4b this year, according to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

2018 Thaifex edition saw it played host to more than 2,500 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, across all 11 mega halls – an increase from 9 halls previously – at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center. There were many Food & Beverage categories such as Fine Food, Meat, Food Service, Food Technology, Coffee & Tea, Drinks, Sweets & Confectionery, Frozen Food, Seafood, Rice, and Fruits & Vegetables.

The Tea Areas

One of the many colourful booths

This year saw a new section, ‘THAIFEXtaste Innovation Show’. This is where the insights, opportunities and challenges in the F&B industry are looked at.  Also, it showcased the consumer trends in technology, packing and flavours.

There was also a Barista challenge, where some of the world’s top baristas and brewers have a showcase. We look forward to the day where there will be tea showcase, to share about the difference in tea, tea brewing techniques and other tea education.

What was interesting was that we were able to see the trends in the tea/herbal infusion category, and to speak to owners of the respective companies. This was good opportunity for networking and sharing of knowledge in the industry.

We are looking forward to 2019 to new Rhymba Hills products and ideas in the exciting F&B landscape!



About Ciinndey Wong

Ciinndey Wong has been in the health and wellness industry ever since 2006. A series of health crisis led her to want to do something about her life, and make a complete change. She ventured into the industry, wanting to help people with better health. However, she still felt unfulfilled. She was frustrated with the lack of caffeine free and sugar free hot beverages in the market. This was when she decided to establish Rhymba Hills Tea in 2014. Rhymba Hills Tea is proudly JAKIM Halal certified, boasting only 100% Malaysian natural herbal infusions, which allows our Muslim friends to consume with confidence. To date, Rhymba Hills Tea has sold more than 1 million sachets, both locally and globally. Ciinndey has appeared in both local and overseas media, advocating that 100% Malaysian natural herbal infusion can be tasty and healthy. She is very passionate about the industry, having travelled globally to attend food and beverage conferences and exhibitions, to be updated with industry knowledge. In her former life, Ciinndey was a bean counter at one of the Big 4 auditing firms. Ciinndey is passionate about education, having donate part of the sales proceeds to charity every month. During her free time, she enjoys taking walks in parks.

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