AreTheyHappy wins the Innovation Award at Horeca Expo 2017
Last week, AreTheyHappy was at the Horeca Expo in Ghent for five days. It is the largest comprehensive fair for the hospitality sector, attracting thousands of professionals from all over Belgium and the world every year. AreTheyHappy was on the Innovation Platform, a section of the fair devoted entirely to innovative companies. We were thrilled to go home with the Innovation Award for Services, Technology & Equipment.
A spot on the Innovation Platform
The Innovation platform provided space for various companies that are innovative in one way or another. The most promising start-ups of the moment got a stand there, and you could also follow some inspirational talks.
We followed a few sessions by the Foodservice Community. Some well-known names and experienced restaurant owners such as Wim Ballieu of Balls & Glory, Jan Buytaert from Njam and Thierry Canetta from Ellis Gourmet Burger, also came by to share their knowledge and inspiration.
We were accompanied on the Innovation Platform by other innovative companies like AskEmma, a platform where customers can order your food without you having to set up your own order platform.There were also companies focused on physical products, such as the vegan luxury chocolate brand Liv’in Choc, Bux Beer and Bossuwe Brewing Co.
From the more than 130 entries for the Innovation Awards, the following prizes were awarded:
- Category Food: Salt of Hearts, a natural flavor enhancer with only 15% salt
- Category Beverage:Brewmaster’s Selection, 3 new unique beers
- Category Interior & Decoration: Calido, stylish plates that keep the temperature longer
- Category Services, Technology & Equipment: AreTheyHappy
- Category Sustainability: CONSERV 75S: a water softener based on reverse osmosis
- Category Best startup: Invineo, an automatic sommelier service
In addition to the Innovation Awards, an audience prize was awarded. AreTheyHappy came second with just 2 votes short of Invineo.
Leaving a sweet aftertaste
It was a really great week for the AreTheyHappy-team. We talked to over 300 business managers and went home with lots of inspiration, possible partnerships and great feedback.
To keep the celebrations going, we’ve decided to extend our Horeca Expo promotion: if you opt for an annual subscription to AreTheyHappy before 30 November, you will receive three months for free. Awesome, right?