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A record number of catering managers have now registered for lunch! 2014 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London

Posted by Hannah Oakman | August 27, 2014 | Catering & hospitality

Tuesday 23th September marks the return of the multi-award-winning lunch! show to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. With its focus on new innovations from across the food-to-go sector, this popular two-day trade event has garnered a loyal following among thousands of catering and food & beverage managers.

lunch! 2014 is already set to be the very biggest and best yet with its 300 stands already sold out to the industry’s most innovative suppliers, as well as record visitor registrations, on top of the 37% increase in visitors last year. Frequently cited by decision makers and buyers as their key annual event for discovering innovative new ideas and concepts, lunch! has won three best trade show awards along the way.

Who will be exhibiting?

From super-fresh ingredients, aromatic coffee, tasty cakes and pastries, nutritional meal solutions, to artisan breads, specialty cheeses, sauces, juices, and smoothies, plus specialist equipment, packaging, and the latest technology – lunch! is dedicated to presenting an all-inclusive range of the latest new products being launched into the market.

“lunch! just gets bigger and better each year. It has a great mix of suppliers covering a range of categories, enabling me to keep up with trends and innovation within the industry,” says Andrew Rose, head of purchasing at Caffѐ Nero, echoing the sentiments of many of lunch!’s repeat customers.

Working lunch! Theatre

The show’s Working lunch! Theatre (sponsored by Magrini) is renowned for attracting ‘inspirational’ big names from across the catering industry, and this year is no exception. Confirmed speakers include Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon and a founding director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Steve Flanagan, UK marketing and category director at Starbucks, Martyn Herriott, executive director, Beverage Standards Association, and Sarah Doyle, brand director at EAT (who oversaw EAT.’s recent brand revamp).

Martin Hambleton, head of procurement & innovation at En Route International, will also be adding lunch! speaker duties to his impressive resumé (he has held senior buying positions at Elior UK, EAT. and DO&CO). As a buyer, Hambleton has been an “avid supporter of lunch! since the conception”, calling it “the best trade show a buyer can attend”. As a speaker, his ‘Buying Masterclass’ looks set to prove just as essential (on Wednesday 24th September).

To register for your free ticket in advance, please click here (http://www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/Lunch.aspx?TrackingCode=UB71) and for more information visit www.lunchshow.co.uk

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