What’s new at lunch!

With a record 370 exhibitors now confirmed, September's lunch! show is going to be a hearty offering indeed for education catering buyers

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 being showcased at lunch! 2018 – that are helping to feed that growth.

“lunch! has proved itself year after year to be an essential visit for food-to-go buyers to see what’s new and compare the latest innovations from emerging start-ups and niche speciality producers alongside some of the best known brands,” says lunch!’s group event director Chris Brazier.

Who’s exhibiting?

With 370 exhibitors now confirmed, this is the UK’s biggest food-to-go showcase of the year. There’s a wealth of innovation down every aisle, to suit every taste and business need.

The following are just some of the suppliers planning to unveil their new launches at the show: Cocofina (organic hazelnut chocolate spread), Freaks Of Nature (dairy free yogurt alternatives and gluten free hot puddings), Wholesums (popped vegetable snacks), Crealine UK (Gazpacho to Go in 240ml), Paterson Arran (Paterson’s Jammy Shortbread), One Earth Organics (Jackfruit chips), Honey & Date (rawcake brownies), and St Pierre Bakery (a range of nine anytime snacks, including pain au chocolat, vanilla brioche swirl and belgian waffles).

Plus, there will be 28 new brands making their lunch! debut in the Start-up Zone. Among them are: JEKL steak On The Go! (gourmet meat snack), Other Foods (crunchy mixed mushroom chips, including Shiitake, Oyster and King Oyster), PHIT (protein high indulgent truffles), YAAR (Nordic quark bars), Green Sisters (vegan samosas), The Healthy Protein Co (vieve protein water), humble warrior (super plant elixirs), Roqberry (tea blends and infusions), and Land & Tide (ready to drink vegan cold brew iced coffees).

Other new exhibitors – there are 144 to choose from this year – include Alara, Biomel, Mother, Honesty Bakery & Kitchen, Wonder Drink / Pure Steeps, Diablo Sugar Free, Pollen + Grace, Upbeat Drinks, Luv Sum, Clam’s Handmade Cakes, Raw Bake Station, No1 Rosemary Water, Jude’s Ice Cream, Thirst Quenchers UK, Fine Cheese Company / Artisan Biscuits, Beanies Flavour Coffee, Cool Cold Brew, Grenade, and For Goodness Shakes.

For sustainable packaging, eco-friendly coffee cups and disposables, check out Papier-Mettler UK, Harfield Tableware, Pactiv, Pockito, Ecoffeecup, Huskup, Benders Paper Cups, ButterflyCup, Sabert Europe, and Biopac UK.

To register for a free ticket to lunch! 2018, please visit www.lunchshow.co.uk and quote priority code LU89.

 

Big name Keynote speakers
There are over 20 free business seminars – including exclusive Keynotes, interviews, research updates, and panel discussions to enjoy – in two dedicated theatres. Highlights include:
 – Julian Metcalfe OBE, founder of itsu and co-founder of Pret A Manger
 – Hannah McKay, head of food & beverage at Caffè Nero
 – David Ross, head of category at Greggs
 – Clare Clough, food & coffee director at Pret A Manger
 – Shereen Ritchie, operations director at LEON
 – Arnaud Kaziewicz, director of food and beverage at EAT
 – Angelina Harrisson, Food & Commercial Director, Tossed
 – Sam Roberts, CEO of Boston Tea Party
 – Ollie Rosevear, head of environment at Costa Coffee
 – John Upton, chairman of The Naked Deli and street food brand Mother Clucker (and former MD of LEON).
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