It was officiated by Sphere Exhibits chairman Chua Wee Phong and Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau chief executive officer Datuk Zulkefli Sharif.
The annual MIFB fair offers industry players the opportunity to network and seal business deals from different regions of the global F&B market.
Earlier in his speech, Chua said there were several new countries participated in the MIFB 2019 such as Bhutan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
"This annual F&B trade fair also provides an opportunity for the industry to showcase their agriculture and agricultural products for a bigger market penetration besides learning and interacting with successful players," he said.
Chua said this year edition also introduced a new programme, F&B Start-Up that served as the onsite business matching platform between the start-ups and investors who were keen to invest in the latest innovative F&B service solutions.
"To differentiate our start-up @ MIFB with the rest, we are bringing in 11 investors from Malaysia, India and Hong Kong to the start-up village.
"The potential investors would be visiting each of the start-up companies at their exhibit areas to hear their pitching and all participating start-ups will be given equal opportunity to meet one-on-one and present their business plans to the investors," he added.
Chua said the participating start-up companies were selected mainly from food technology, food and beverage, halal food or seafood and fishery segments with aspirations to contribute to the growth of the F&B industry.
"With the help of high-tech machinery and advanced technology, the F&B industry will bloom and secure Malaysia’s global hub position,” he said while calling for more small and medium enterprises to plan and revamp their businesses in accordance to the developed world’s standpoint.