the F&B sector has become an essential part of every shopping destination. F&B boosts footfall and increases dwell time. Space previously dominated by fashion retailers is now occupied by innovative gastronomic restaurants. The pandemic has only reinforced this trend. Nonetheless, the F&B industry is struggling with major challenges. One of them is the enormous cost pressure, as Ian Hanlon, Director of Coverpoint, explains. Another is the labor shortage, which is partly self-inflicted. Will Odwarka, Owner of Heartatwork Hospitality Consulting, explains how the foodservice industry can find ways out of the workforce crisis. One of the most exciting and in demand concepts are food halls. Time Out Market is one of the most successful concepts worldwide. We spoke with Sandy Hayek, CEO of Time Out Market, and Ana Alcobia, VP of Iberia, about their USP and why it is crucial to be selective regarding location and concepts. Companies like Rioja, ECE Marketplaces, umdasch, and NEINVER show how the industry is discussing the topic and implementing F&B trends in an innovative and customer-oriented way.
Besides F&B, leisure is becoming increasingly important in the placemaking industry. Shopping Malls in the USA, Middle East, and Asia have already emerged as epicenters of social interaction, thrill, and recreation. Matthias Clostermann, Owner and General Manager at Clostermann Design, explains that European Malls are inching towards becoming entertainment hubs. But the European way is very different from the international trendsetters.
Also, MAPIC 2023 has placed F&B and leisure at the center of this year’s event with two dedicated areas and industry-leading insights from exclusive research and host speakers from major global brands. The Happetite by MAPIC, the international forum for restaurant chains, will present the latest and most innovative concepts in Cannes, while LeisurUp by MAPIC will highlight the industry’s leading leisure players. Another big MAPIC highlight will be the MAPIC Awards. Ana Guedes de Oliveira, executive Director of Asset Management at Sonae Sierra and this year’s Chair of the MAPIC Awards Jury, explains which projects are award-worthy and what the transformation of retail real estate looks like.
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