I can summarize this year in few words, a year full of challenges and opportunities. But In the face of significant challenges, we made significant progress. I would like to thank all of Sheffield Africa’s customers, suppliers, employees and other stakeholders for your most valued support during the last 11 months. Although it has been a challenging year, we have also continued our commitment to supporting our customers by offering the best products and solutions for the food and beverage industry to make them competitive not only in the region but enhance their competitiveness globally.
In our busy year of growth and change, we have had several highlights this year but the one I celebrate the most is our recently concluded in house exhibition where we had over 20 international and local distributors, over 500 companies and entrepreneurs, over 1,000 visitors and the African launch of the Rational XS unit among other exciting activities. I am proud to share with all of you that we are the only food and beverage equipment organization in this part of the world with a showroom that is based on concepts rather than stand-alone products. I am also proud of the key milestones that we have achieved this year: we have been inducted as a Super Brand by Super Brand international and we were ranked 19th in the Top 100 Small and Medium Sized Enterprises category. These are key indicators that we are not only growing as an organization but our brand is also growing.
We have displayed some of the best concepts that are dominating the hospitality industry in the developing world and we know that in the next few years they will also dominate the hospitality industry not only in Kenya but in Africa. These concepts require less capital investments utilize less space and are easily transferable. The Mckinsey research for 2016 cited the food and beverage industry to be the leading industry in the next ten years. These concepts offer a unique opportunity to investors, both active and aspiring entrepreneurs to have their share in the lucrative food and beverage industry. I especially urge the youth to consider investing in the food and beverage industry with some of these concepts.
I take this opportunity to invite you to our showroom and our academy and see the many concepts and technological solutions we have in place. As we go into the festive season on behalf of the Sheffield Africa family I take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season.