Thames X Bangkok 2018

Thames/ ESA, being one of the leading international colleges in the country, believes that “The World is Your Classroom.” True to this, a group of students went to the “Kitchen of the World”— Thailand for the Thames X Bangkok 2018 trip. The program focused mainly on learning about the latest in the food and beverage industry at the Thaifex, the world’s most influential exhibition on food technology, retail and franchise opportunities in F&B.

The group arrived in Bangkok last May 31 and stayed at a hotel near one of Bangkok Mass Transit System’s (BTS) stations found at the intersection of Silom and Sathorn. After settling down, the group immediately went out to try the local food – extra spicy which is a trademark of Thai cuisine.

Just before evening, the team was very fortunate to meet and dine with two CEOs. The first one is Mr. Dan Baron of Nu Agri Asia, whose business experience in the global dried fruit and nuts industry spans almost 30 years. Mr. Baron shared with the group how he has observed the emergence of food derivatives from common natural products such as coconuts and durian. He also stressed the importance of understanding the latest technological advances in the F&B industry.

These inputs were seconded by the next CEO, Mr. Alex Ng, who is a “serial entrepreneur” considering all the ventures and businesses he has put up. For this dinner meeting, he particularly shared about how he has successfully run his coffee and tea business across the ASEAN region, emphasizing the use of raw materials from the northern region of Thailand.

Day 2 of the trip marked the scheduled visit to Thaifex, which was held at Impact Arena Exhibition and Convention Center at Muong Thong Thani. This expo occupied a total of 11 halls that included more than 2000 exhibitors from over 40 countries and provincial groups. Overseas participation was over 50%.

On the evening of Day 3, the group was treated to a delectable treat at Sukhumvit, another tourist district in Bangkok.  The group enjoyed eating Pandan Chicken, Pad Thai, and many other spicy Thai dishes, perfect for the rainy weather that night.

On the last day in Bangkok, the team had breakfast together and talked about their experiences and learnings all throughout the trip. They shared key points on the latest innovations in the food industry and proper import and export processes within ASEAN. And true to the school’s vision of building the new order of young business professionals, the goal of helping the Philippines economically was also seriously discussed in this breakfast debrief.

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