A record 370 exhibitors – from the biggest to the newest names in food-to-go, are preparing to showcase 1000s of innovations at lunch! 2018, when it returns to London ExCeL on 20-21 September.
The premier trade event for the sector, lunch! has been serving the nation’s food-to-go operators and retailers for over a decade. Having sold out of all available space three months in advance, its 6,300+ attendees will be able to see and sample more new food and drink products, packaging, equipment and catering technology than ever before.
“The support from the industry as always has been phenomenal,” says group event director Chris Brazier. “Not only have we sold 10% more stand space this year – providing even more quality, innovation and differentiation to our visitors – but demand has been such that there’s already a waiting list for companies interested in exhibiting in 2019.”
Among the frozen food companies taking place at the event this year, there are: KFF (Kent Frozen Foods), Jude’s Ice Cream, Fraw (100% natural frozen smoothie kits), Trangs Group (frozen fish, seafood, dim sum & desserts), Yorvale Ice Cream, Joe Dellucci’s (over twenty flavors of Gelato), Voly’s Star (frozen Halal poultry products), Mackie’s (ice cream & confectionary), Pops Popsicles, MiiRO (dairy-free chocolate coated ice lollies), Gelatorino, Northern Bloc and Simply Ice Cream.
“It really does demonstrate just how important lunch! has become to suppliers looking to do business with coffee shops, cafés, food-to-go multiples, supermarkets, contract caterers, wholesalers and distributors. While for food-to-go buyers, 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. 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,” Brazier says.
While over in the Start-up Zone, 28 emerging brands will be introducing their launch innovations to the market. Among them are: Boundless (activated nuts and seeds), Green Sisters (vegan samosas), The Healthy Protein Co (vieve protein water), Modern Contradiction (Something & Nothing – low calorie, lightly carbonated seltzer), Push Chocolate (high protein, dairy free chocolate), Roqberry (tea blends and infusions), and Wallaroo Foods (children’s fruit snacks).