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. Everything that catering managers need to run their garden centre’s café or restaurant will be all under one roof on on 20-21 September at to ExCeL, London.
The premier 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.
James Dempsey, Procurement Manager at Wyevale Garden Centres says “lunch! Is a great opportunity to meet new and existing manufacturers and suppliers, a showcase of innovation and trends all under one roof.”
The full exhibitor list for this year – featuring the 370 companies that will be helping to shape the future of the food-to-go sector over the next twelve months – is now available online, and features 144 brand new show names for 2018. While over in the Start-up Zone, 28 emerging brands will be introducing their launch innovations to the market, and the exciting Innovation Challenge returns with the most creative new product launches from the last twelve months.
“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.
“It really does demonstrate just how important lunch! has become to suppliers looking to do business with coffee shops, cafés, food-to-go multiples, 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,” he says.
Free visitor registration
“lunch! is the only show dedicated to the best sector in food and moving to ExCeL makes it even better. Don’t miss it!,” says Guy Meakin, head of buying at Pret A Manger.
“ExCeL it is the perfect space for this on trend, innovative and brilliant event. lunch! is definitely not one to miss,” says Sandy Anderson, senior buyer at Elior.
For further information and to register for a free trade ticket, please visit www.lunchshow.co.uk and quote priority code LU61.
- Opening times: 10am to 5pm both days (last entry 4pm)
- Dates: Thursday 20 September & Friday 21 September
- Venue: ExCeL, London
- Website: www.lunchshow.co.uk