Let’s do lunch!

lunch! - the food-to-go trade show - will host more exhibitors than ever when it returns on 20-21 September, at ExCeL London

With a record 370 exhibitors now confirmed, this year’s lunch! attendees will be able to see and sample more new food and drink products, packaging, equipment and catering technology than ever before.

Valued at £20.7bn, the British food-to-go market is big business. It is ever-evolving, highly competitive, and getting bigger by the year. And it is new innovations – like the ones set to be showcased at lunch! 2018 – that are helping feed that growth.

“lunch! has proved itself year after year to be an essential visit to see what’s new and compare the latest products from leading and emerging brands,” says lunch!’s group event director Chris Brazier.

“lunch! 2018 is not just our biggest event, it also boasts our most eclectic line-up yet. Every new product innovation that food-to-go buyers need to know about – from ingredients to kitchen equipment and counter displays, from food and drink to packaging, payment solutions and business services – will be on show this September.”

Who is exhibiting?

With 370 exhibitors – from emerging start-ups and niche, speciality producers to some of the industry’s best known brands – organisers claim the event will be the UK’s biggest food-to-go showcase of the year. Among those showcasing their wares will be:

Eat Natural, Wholegood Supply, The berry company, Impress Sandwiches, HIPPEAS, Bord Bia, Raynor Foods, Natural Balance Foods, Magrini, Around Noon, UFit Drinks, Pip & Nut, Europastry, Country Choice, Norseland, Karma Cola, Breckland Orchard, Teapigs, Doughlicious, Spare Fruit, POPS: Premium Popsicles, Bounce Energy Balls, Overhang Drinks, Propercorn, Indie Bay Snacks, Clam’s Handmade Cakes, Freaks Of Nature, RAP, Tom Chandley Ovens, Roller Grill UK, Spikomat, Welbilt UK, Schur Star Systems, Sabert Europe, Kepak, and Brands Unlimited. Check out the show’s online exhibitor list for more details.

New names – of which there are 144 – include Panasonic UK, Mother, LBP Bakeries, The Cake Crew, Hilltop Honey, Brazilian coconut water brand Obrigado, Yoyo Wallet, Simply Lunch, Fresh Marketing, Bravura Foods, Creeds Direct, Daelmans Group, Honesty Group, Upbeat Drinks, No1 Rosemary Water, Pots & Co, Popcorn Shed, BEPPS Snacks, Huel, Luv Sum, Infinity Foods, and Jude’s Ice Cream.

There will also be 28 emerging brands making their lunch! debut in the Start-up Zone.

Buyers looking to refresh their coffee menus will find names from specialist cold brew companies – Sandows, Farside Coffee, Cool Cold Brew, Fitch Brew, Point Blank, Califia Farms, and Land & Tide – to big name artisan roasters and equipment suppliers, such as UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, Rombouts Coffee, Douwe Egberts, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, CoffeeBAY, Modern Standard Coffee, Tudor Tea & Coffee, Beanies Flavour Coffee, Single Source, Wessenan UK, My Coffee Station and Melitta UK.

For eco-friendly coffee cups, check out Pockito, Ecoffeecup, Huskup, Benders Paper Cups, ButterflyCup, and Biopac UK.

Big name keynotes

Besides seeing the latest product development, visitors can also expect to benefit from expert insights, strategies and ideas from a host of senior industry figures, talking about everything from marketing and profitability to innovation, trends and procurement.

Confirmed speakers (there are over 20 sessions in two dedicated keynote theatres) include Julian Metcalfe OBE, founder of Asian-inspired, healthy food outlet itsu and co-founder of high street stalwart Pret A Manger; Clare Clough, food & coffee director at Pret A Manger; Shereen Ritchie, operations director at LEON; MasterChef finalist Arnaud Kaziewicz, head of food at EAT; Richard Morris, MD of Tortilla; and Angelina Harrisson, food & commercial director at Tossed, who calls lunch! her “favourite show of the year”.

Metcalfe, one of Britain’s most successful food-to-go entrepreneurs, will be appearing in an opening day headline Keynote interview, the better to share specialist knowledge and insights drawn from over 30 years at the forefront of the industry – from the launch of Pret in 1986 to the continued expansion of the itsu brand.

“I feel passionately about delicious, fresh, fast food, so I’m delighted to be speaking at the only trade show devoted to the food-to-go sector. See you at ExCeL for lunch!” he says.

As in previous years, there will also be food-to-go market updates from MCA, The NPD Group and IGD, plus panel discussions featuring a raft of award-winning smaller independent operators sharing their strategies on how to compete and thrive in towns/cities filled with global brands.

“Valued at £20.7bn, the British food-to-go market is big business. It is ever-evolving, highly competitive, and getting bigger by the year.”

Free registration

Catering and procurement managers from universities across the UK – including Aberystwyth, Birmingham, Brunel, Cambridge, Greenwich, Hertfordshire, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Oxford Brookes, St Mary’s University, Regent’s University London, Royal Holloway University of London, and London School of Economics, among others – are already pre-registered to visit. So, too, are key buyers from leading contract caterers: Compass Group UK & Ireland, Chartwells, Aramark, ISS, Sodexo, BaxterStorey, Vacherin, and Elior UK.

To register for a free ticket to lunch! 2018, please visit www.lunchshow.co.uk and quote priority code LU69.

Essential info:

Opening times – 10am to 5pm both days (last entry 4pm)

Dates – Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September

Venue – ExCeL London

Website – www.lunchshow.co.uk