Expo riva hotel says goodbye to the 2019 edition dedicated to trends

The Fair dedicated to hospitality and catering ended today in Riva del Garda, the heart of the second largest tourist district of Italy. There is a desire to change, innovate and move forward into the future having the 43rd Expo Riva Hotel already reached  an important goal, which is 28.178 visitors (+ 3% compared to 2018).

“The identity of this hub of trends, experiences and innovations outlined for the 2019 edition has turned into a fair that far exceeds expectations” – reports the President of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Roberto Pellegrini – “The 525 companies involved in this four-days event have turned well-known and well-established areas such as Indoor & Outdoor Contract, Eco Wellness & Technology, Coffee & Beverage and Food & Equipment in active showcases where to generate, develop or compare ideas, suggestions and different lifestyles. “The significant increase in direct manufacturers registered at the Fair starting from 2017 and the accurate research, study and selection work carried out by the sales department of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi have been turned into an updated and high-quality offer, further enriched by intangible and experiential assests.

“As regards this edition’s remarkable proposal of training opportunities, the enrollment boom – 825 entries were recorded – witnesses the Fair’s ability to understand and interpret the modern operator’s need to keep up-to-date professionally” – says Giovanni Laezza, General Manager of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, – “Ever searching for comparison and exchange opportunities, the professional who chooses Expo Riva Hotel for his/her business proves increasingly competent, active and oriented towards the future. Furthermore, he/she highly values the formats provided within the thematic areas of the event and enjoys interacting with the big names of the HO.RE.CA world, acknowledging how great a privilege it is.

The speeches proposed by the president of Teamwork Rimini Mauro Santinato within the Hotel Management initiative, the entrepreneurial successes narrated by the two pioneers of the craft beer sector, Teo Musso and Agostino Arioli within Solobirra along with the mixology masterclasses presented for RPM – Riva Pianeta Mixology by Leonardo Veronesi, Flavio Angiolillo, Gianni Zottola, Claudio Peri and Samuele Ambrosi were, in fact, highly valued and attended by visitors.

Along with these scheduled meetings with hospitality and catering technicians, the 43rd Expo Riva Hotel also boasted the presence of other popolar characters from the HO.RE.CA. world such as that of the legendary Giovanni Rana, who arrived in Riva del Garda to witness the importance of this event at the national level for the second consecutive year.

In an ideal blend of show cooking, tastings and awards, this year’s 120-events program has encouraged the interaction between trade associations. In particular, the new partnerships with the B&B di Qualità in Trentino and Le Donne della Birra associations witnesses the urge to strengthen the hospitality network, fostering exchange opportunities between professional figures that are sometimes close, other distant, but however connected. Speaking of associations, the emergence of women in the Fair should be noted.  More creative than ever in the kitchen, the Lady Chefs have also developed an interest in brewing and can thus educate visitors to let hospitality and catering being driven by passion and sensitivity.

Trends, experiences, innovations, quality of the offer, training, network. Here’s just a few of the expressions that paraphrase Expo Riva Hotel which, true to the change-driven spirit shown by its public at the 43rd edition, sets a new appointment from 2 to 5 February 2020, again at the Riva del Garda Exhibition Center but this time with a futurist taste.

Unipro Srl

Based in the Vicenza’s neighbouring city of Montegalda, Unipro was born from the merger between Universal’s company mission and productive technology, and the expertise of Polin Group, renow-ned business in the Italian sector of bakery and pastry equipment. This fruitful partnership between the two leading companies in the field of baking system’s design and manufacturing was also enhan-ced by shared values and a common work philosophy.

Unipro was founded with the aim of fulfilling the requests of an ever-increasing and demanding clien-tele, by offering custom-made solutions out of a wide range of horizontal cooking equipments, with different structures and technical specifications.

Our main priorities are R&D, technological innovation, environmental sustainability and customer service: these are the core elements on which both companies strongly rely.

Unipro offers a wide range of products for the HO.RE.CA. sector, ranging from proofing chambers to bakery, pastry and industrial ovens. By focusing on the simplification and acceleration of cooking phases, our company can match the needs of mass catering and medium or large restaurant services, such as catering services, service station cafés, hospital and school canteens.

Today, Unipro’s strength in international markets lies in the capacity to provide a valid alternative to the classic manufacturing process of restaurant ovens. As a dynamic and technologically advances bu-siness, Unipro stands out for the top quality of its products: each single item is assembled through a strictly regulated process, ensuring high standards and making it suitable for the introduction in dome-stic and foreign markets.

Taking advantage on the expertise acquired throughout the years by Polin Group, Unipro is nowadays a benchmark in the sector of professional ovens.

Our company mission is to excel in the strategic markets of cooking systems by putting forward state-of-the-art technologies, in order to advise our customers with the one tailor-made solution that best suits their needs.

Top-quality, high performances and innovation are the elements that made Unipro’s products known and appreciated all over the world and that soon turned us into one of the leading companies in the sector of professional cooking.

As a consequence of our enterprising spirit, we are prodded into confronting with new challenges and targets on a daily basis. Our ideas are turned into projects, and projects are turned into products to be traded and purchased worldwide. All this with an Italian know-how that is the distinctive feature of our company.


Torveca Ltd.

Torveca Ltd. (Torrefazione Vendita Caffè) is a dynamic manufacturing firm alert to market trends and demands. Founded in 1930 in Vigevano in Lombardy it has stayed true to its artisanal nature down the years. Torveca is four generations of lovers of the beverage that more than any other encapsulates the concept of “Made in Italy” in the rest of the world.

Even today every step of production is still carried out with the same passion and dedication so as to guarantee genuine dry and slow roasted blends with an unvarying and instantly recognisable aroma.

Marcello Visconti, 37 years old, company chairman, introduces us to the Torveca world:
“For us the fragrance of coffee is in the blood. In our family we grow up sniffing and savouring the art of roasting, that fantastic process which, like a kind of magic, daily transforms the green coffee bean into the Torveca blend. The company has straddled two centuries and is now enthusiastically ready to face the new challenges of the global market, while retaining its core characteristics of craftsmanship and professionalism so as to keep its culture and history intact.”

Indeed, because while, on one hand, Torrefazione Torveca, by means of streamlined logistics, directly distributes its products to bars and restaurants in the nearby vicinity of its headquarters, on the other hand it has, in recent decades, developed a modern contract manufacturing service involving the production and distribution of pods and capsules:

“We make weekly deliveries to bars and restaurants located throughout 4 regions in the north of Italy,” continues Visconti, “ But we also have distributors in other regions, with warehouses. Beyond question coffee roasters have had to modify their approach to the job in recent times. My grandfather and my father worked exclusively with bars and restaurants but now, due to market demand, we have had to extend our focus to the mono-portion sector too. We produce and sell pods and capsules in various formats but we care deeply that all our blends are strictly roasted here in the company.”

Contract processing now accounts for a large part of our production. We began by offering our services to other sellers about ten years ago, providing one kilo bags of coffee granules only. Now our company produces coffee for dozens of different brands and the offer has expanded to comprise decaffeinated coffee for bars and pods and capsules as well as instant and freeze-dried coffee.”

This all requires a huge effort in terms of organisation.
“I feel strongly that the bottom line is respect for customers and quality. Those who contract us to produce on their behalf need to know that we guarantee the same obsessive attention to detail that we reserve for Torveca brand products. I am personally committed to customer satisfaction.”

Torveca is still a family business.
“We are artisans of taste! Our strength must be quality and service! Torveca brands are monitored closely from the initial stages of the production process: from the approval of samples of raw coffee delivered to the warehouse to packaging and delivery in compliance with health and safety laws. The warehouse is managed extremely efficiently. Our customers are unfailingly supplied with fresh, fragrant coffee ready to be pressed into the perfect espresso. The entire production chain complies with standards whose goal is to produce the quality that is typical of Torveca. The choice of selected raw materials combined with technologically avant-garde manufacturing plants make our blends polished and cherished products. I firmly believe that this is the only way to remain competitive in the market and to stand out from the crowd.”

But Torveca is not just coffee.
“Obviously we present ourselves to business owners as expert partners. By means of a modern off-truck system the customer can stock up with a huge amount of products dedicated to the ho.re.ca world: from sugar to soluble products such as barley and ginseng and from coffee beans coated in chocolate to products for the counter such as chocolate, honey and other products from the former colonies typical of our sector. Our customers receive all kinds of gadgets with the Torveca trademark so they can emphasise to their patrons that their establishment has opted for Torveca quality.”

You appear to have a fixation with quality: is the market really ready to pay more for a good espresso?
“Quality need not necessarily be synonymous with an expensive product! Quality should be seen as the care and attention invested in doing something well. This, combined with the use of selected and certified materials, automatically translates into deservedly prized products. The quest for a good espresso should be a mission for bar patrons!
The price of the cup being equal, it is customers’ consumer choices and appreciation that should influence the market towards quality.”

Torveca in Italy and in the world, how does the development process happen?
“Our policy is to seek out new markets and new opportunities. Through wholesalers/distributors we try to establish solid and lasting trading partnerships, bringing mutual satisfaction, in regions which are not directly served by us. We export to some European countries, such as France and Finland, as well as to countries in other parts of the world. We are constantly seeking new partners to develop our brand in free zones.”

Which is the furthest-away country?
“I can proudly say it is Chile… knowing that our coffee is drunk in the deep south of the American continent fills me with pride and gives me the energy to face new challenges.”

How do you see your company in the near future?
“I was handed a healthy company with a strong and glorious past. My goal and the goal of my partners is to develop our brand and expand it in Italy and overseas by means of careful investment. And then to hand it over to the fifth generation perhaps…