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A taste of things to come - lunch! 2017 unveils its food and drink exhibitor show highlights
Record number of new food-to-go innovations at lunch! 2017

lunch! - the UK's favourite food-to-go trade show, is back next month, on 21-22 September, at the new venue of ExCeL London. This 10th anniversary edition will also be its biggest yet, with a record 335 exhibitors promoting their latest NPD for the eating out-of-home market (including retail, convenience, contract and travel catering, and foodservice).

2017 is not just a milestone year for lunch! but also the industry it serves.  Food-to-go has never been more popular.  According to MCA Insight, convenience is now a 'mega trend'.  MCA recently valued the food-to-go market at a hugely competitive £20.2bn (across all day parts).  To put that in some context, in 2009 (just after the launch of lunch!) it was worth £14.9bn - that's a 40% growth in the past decade.

lunch! has certainly reflected that rising demand - becoming firmly established as the 'go to' show for discovering innovative new ideas and concepts.  It annually attracts the biggest food and drink buyers in the UK - from Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Starbucks, Pret, Compass, Costa, Greggs, WHSmith, Lidl, Nisa, BP, RoadChef, SSP, Tesco, SPAR, Bidfood, Caffè Nero, Waitrose, and many more - all looking to satisfy the nation's growing appetite for a high quality, and good value, food-to-go experience.

"Previously, food-to-go has been seen as purely a convenience occasion, one that is more about fuelling the body, rather than enjoying the food occasion," explains regular lunch! speaker Simon Stenning, executive director at MCA.

"However consumers are increasingly demanding better quality, more interesting and wider choices, and will not accept cheap and boring," he says.

lunch!'s 335 exhibitors - from emerging start-ups and niche, speciality producers to some of the industry's best known brands - certainly have a dazzling array of 'choices' on offer for 2017.  The following is just a taste of what's new to the market, including food and drink products launching exclusively at the show:

iraw Healthy Habits (stand SU-24) is previewing its new range of healthy snacks, desserts and meals on-the-go.  Its Best Friends Raw Strawberry and Banana Bread is gluten, dairy, soy and GM free, and is made with activated buckwheat.  Also sampling: raw quiche, children's crackers, and apple pie, which are all expected to roll out in the next couple of months.

The Soho Sandwich Company (stand H77) is previewing its Autumn Winter retail range, including a Beetroot Chutney & Feta Panini, Spiced Chickpea & Falafel Flatbread, and Apple & Pear Bircher.  Also on show will be details of an 'own brand' solution for retail grab and go.

MightyBee (stand K66) is previewing its 'Bananito' solar-dried banana bar (launching this December).  Flavours include: Original & Chewy, Dark Chocolate Dipped, and Dark Chocolate & Almond Crush.  These vegan treats are all natural, gluten-free, high in fibre, and classified as one of your five-a-day.

Gato & Co (stand SU-11) is previewing its new range of creative, guilt-free puds, including its Chocolate & Aubergine Fondant.  Made from 29% of aubergine, raw cacao, silky almonds, spirulina, and the purest dark chocolate, this fondant contains less than 200 calories, and is free from refined sugar, gluten and dairy.

Northern Bloc (stand L73) is previewing its new ice-cream for kids - Little Bloc.  The range (launching in November), is available in a Crazy Chocolate and Super Strawberry twin pack (120ml per tub).  It is free from additives and artificial ingredients, and just 49 calories per scoop.

Serious Food (stand C61) is launching the UK's first branded foodservice doughnut concept.  No trans fats are added to the product, which is a positive contribution to the lowering of cholesterol levels, and the doughnuts are produced using sustainable palm oil.  Also introducing: an authentic Italian Piadina Wrap from the region of Emilia-Romagna.

Aqua Esse (stand G88) is launching its new range of botanical waters in 330ml bottles.  Fennel + Mint and Damask Rose Petal are both part of the pure activated, naturally alkaline spring water range, which contains no sugar, no artificial flavours or colours - just the essentials.

Ninkee (stand SU-2) is launching its steamed bread bun, filled with a range of savoury fillings including:  Chilli, Fruity Chicken Curry, Bolognaise, Veggie, and Cheesy.  The use of steamed bread instead of pastry results in a lower fat content.  The Ninkee is supplied frozen to point of sale and comes in a steam valve wrapper package.  Just microwave and serve.

POPS: Premium Popsicles (stand L33) is promoting the world's first Pimms Pops.  Made in Britain with real strawberries, cucumber, minblot, lemonade and the classic Pimm's No.1 serve.   The popsicle represents a glass of Pimm's in frozen form, and contains only 32 calories.

Country Choice (stand C49) is introducing its new Ja' Patties at the show.  Baked straight from frozen and available in three varieties - Sweet Potato & Coconut, Curried Lamb, and Jerk Chicken, they're made in crisp, golden 'Caribbean Crust' pastry.

Europastry (stand L51) is launching its clean-label, sourdough range, made with extra virgin olive oil and high hydration.  The soft sub rolls, round buns, baguettes and large ciabatta style loaves are available sliced or unsliced, and bespoke development is also available.

Ajinomoto Foods Europe (stand K32) is launching two new Gyozas in Vegetable and Duck.  The Vegetable Gyoza consists of five different vegetables, where spinach is added to the pastry to add a green touch.  The Duck Gyoza, inspired by the popular 'Crispy Aromatic Duck', offers a different twist to the typical shredded duck and pancakes.

Phrooti Fruit Water & Innate (stand A26) is launching its new range of Fruit Waters at lunch!  Made with real fruit and spring water, Phrooti has no added sugar or sweeteners and is naturally low in sugars.  Available in: Apricots & Mangoes, Blackcurrants & Blueberries, and Raspberries & Strawberries - each 330ml PET bottle has an RRP of £1.75.

Indie Bay Snacks (stand B47) is reinventing a classic, with its new pretzel bites.  Launching with three flavours in two formats (26g single serve and 160g sharing), most 26g bags are under 100 calories, suitable for vegetarians, GMO free, along with being a source of protein and fibre. Flavours include: Spelt Pretzel Bites with Rock Salt, Quinoa Pretzel Bites with Cracked Pepper, and Sunflower Pretzel Bites with Superseeds.

The Real Soup Co (stand B10) is introducing two new flavours to its range of fresh 380g on-the-go pots - Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato, and Indonesian Chickpea and Coconut.  Now available in a new, refreshed single serve format.

NutriPot (stand J51) is launching Numai noodles (Japanese Ramen) and gluten-free Vietnamese Pho. Inspired by the fusion and flavours found in the street markets of Asia, they are low in salt, sugar, and fat, and made with natural ingredients.  Presented in a convenient pot with steam lid.

Healthy Baker (stand A43) is launching its brownie, tiffin, rocky road, and granola bakes for coffee shops and food service.  The range is gluten free and made at its purpose-built solar powered bakery in Wellingborough.  Delivery included.

Kumar's Curries and Bumbu's (stand D12) is launching its range of pastes at the show.  Based on herbs and spices, the sauces boast a complex blend of aromas.  Rich in plant based nutrition, flavours include Bali, Vietnam, Szechuan, and Sweet & Sour.

Tea Rex (stand A37) is launching its new foodservice packs for 20 servings.  With redesigned packing, Tea Rex's first fresh fruit and root infusions, uses cold-pressing, not pasteurisation, to naturally cram all the flavours, vitamins and nutrients into a raw blend.  Tea Rex recently won two Great Taste Awards for its Wakey and Berry Time blends.

Florette UK & Ireland (stand H85) is introducing its new slaw range, made from a mix of freshly prepared vegetables with a sachet of dressing. The Yogurt & Mint Slaw is ideal with Chicken Tikka or lamb dishes, or the Thai Sweet Chilli Slaw can complement seafood.

Kepak (Rustlers) (stand L38) is introducing Rustlers Gourmet Burgers at the show.  Made with 100% beef, the range complements the growing high street gourmet food trend.  The burgers, in brioche buns, combine a flame-grilled taste and have quick-to-cook convenience.

Jake & Nayns (stand F25) is launching at the show.  Named after the company's two founding brothers, the new brand will be introducing its filled Naan breads in a range of fillings including: Beef Madras, Chicken Balti, Chicken Curry, and Chickpea Curry (which can now be eaten cold).

Vive Foods (stand A72) is launching its natural energy snack bars in Cacoe Organic, Lemon Burst Almond & Coconut, and Peanut Butter Jelly. Made using only a few natural ingredients and enriched with more than 10g of plant protein, they're vegan friendly, soya/dairy free and low-calorie.

Urban eat (stand H31) is launching the full breadth of its food-to-go portfolio, whilst unveiling a new look for its range.  The latest sandwich range includes: The Beet Goes On, Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese, Chicken Mayonnaise, All Day Breakfast, and more.  Also showcasing: the new URBAN (b)eats promotion, and an on-stand interactive music quiz, which will offer visitors the chance to win music vouchers and exclusive merchandise.

The Little Treats Bakery (stand B75) is introducing Little Chums - premium iced biscuits for kids.  Crafted by its family bakers, Little Chums are available in two flavours: chocolate, and vanilla shortcake, and come in ten icing designs.

Foodist (stand A44) is introducing its free-from Protein Bites and Snack Balls.  Flavours include Peanut Butter Jelly and Cookie Dough, paired with the nutritional benefits of superfoods and plant-based protein.

Traybakes (stand H92) has developed its Granola Range.  Handmade and packed with toasted clusters of granola, cranberries, apricots, toasted sunflower, and pumpkin seeds. Available in-service trays, sharing slices, and individually wrapped bars.

C'go Drinks (stand SU-9) is introducing C'go, an entire bowl of wholegrain cereal, milk, and essential vitamins in just one 250ml bottled drink. Providing a fast-healthy start or anytime snack, it's made with British wholegrain wheat, barley and oats and comes in vanilla, banana, and chocolate.

Wat Kitchen (stand K21) is launching its new Chicken Tikka with Rice to its street food snack box collection.  Boasting authenticity with fragrant notes, it contains less than 290 calories, is low in fat and can be heated in two minutes.

Doughlicious Cookie Dough (stand SU-16) is introducing a chilled version of its gourmet cookie dough, which can make up to six cookies. These smaller packs give the consumer an easy and fun way to mix flavours.  The dough balls are ready to bake and will be on the table in ten minutes.

Big Al's Foodservice (stand K39) is launching the Chuck & Brisket Prime Burger, made with 100% grass-fed beef.  Full of flavour, delivering a premium taste experience, it can be cooked from frozen in six minutes.  Available in a pre-packaged foil wrapping for serving on-the-go.

Great British Biscotti Co (stand A83) is introducing five new additions to the 'twice baked' biscuit range, including Belgian Chocolate Orange, and White Chocolate with Cranberries & Pistachios.  Plus three savoury variants: Sundried Tomato & Olive, Wild Garlic & Rosemary, and a Jalapeno with Cheddar.  All available in retail, and catering packs.

Ape Snacks (stand E88) is sweetening their collection of coconut snacks with the launch of new Crunchy Coconut Bites Chocolate.  The bites have the added health benefits of coconut's anti-microbial and anti-viral properties.

Holy Moly Dips (stand E45) is launching its B2B offering at lunch!.  The London start-up's new range includes all-natural avocado dips, including two guacamoles, and the UK's first pure 'smashed' avocado.  All of Holy Moly's dips are vegan, free from gluten, dairy, and preservatives.

Galliance (stand A71) is launching its new roast and flavoured chicken slices at the show.  The spicy recipes include Lemon Chilli, Chipotle, and Asian Teriyaki, to complement sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and pastas etc.

Honeybuns Bakery (stand D43) is launching its Oaty Coconut Bar with Dark Chocolate and its Oaty Raspberry Bar. Both taste like cake not health bars, and are gluten, dairy, refined sugar-free, and vegan.  Date syrup is used in both instead of golden syrup.

Ugly Brands (stand K25) is launching its new range of fruit-flavoured sparkling waters with a whole new look.  Ugly contains no sugar, no sweetener, no calories, nothing artificial and comes in four new flavours: Lemon & Lime, Orange, Tropical, and Triple Berry.

ManíLife (stand B34) is officially launching Deep Roast peanut butter at the show.  Born out of a miraculous mistake in the factory, by burning the nuts, they realised they may be onto something.  The deep flavoured peanut butter is made with no nasties and was recently voted the UK's tastiest peanut butter by a panel at the London Metro.

Pop Notch (stand A35) is launching Pop Notch Kids to the UK market.  With packaging designed specifically for children, this popcorn range comes in strawberry, banana and apple fruit flavours (in 20g bags).  A healthy alternative snack, which is low in salt, high in fibre, gluten free, nut free, and made with natural flavourings.

Paterson Arran (stand J39) is launching a new range of Scottish Cream Shortbread Fingers in mini packs.  Featuring Paterson's authentic and treasured recipe, with the addition of Scottish double cream, the mini packs present a solution for hotels, B&Bs and cafés looking to treat guests.

Gusto Organic (stand K84) is showcasing its new Organic Real Cola and Naturally Slim Cola.  Packed in 275ml glass and blending Fairtrade Madagascan vanilla, organic spices, essential oils and African cola nut, both colas are bottled in the UK with Devon spring water and are sweetened with organic Fairtrade agave.

Jimmy's UK B.V (stand D61) is showcasing Pure Popcorn, a new healthy popcorn, which contains less sugar, salt and fat than regular popcorn. 100% natural, it is allergens free, high in fibre and contains no artificial aromatic substances, colourings or flavourings.   Available in Subtly Sea Salted, Sublimely Sweet, and Subtly Sweet & Salty.

Pulsin (stand F30) is launching its new Porridge Oat Bars, made with 100% natural ingredients, gluten-free oats, whole seeds, and real fruit. Containing 30% less sugar, and double the fibre of other oat bars, it's ideal for on the go breakfast or a snack for sustained energy.

Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company (stand H21) is showcasing Fruella Hydrate.  This new option offers hydration with a combination of 60% fruit juice and 40% natural spring water.  It is available in 250ml prisma carton format, with no preservatives, no added sugar, and contains one of your recommended five-a-day.

Born Tasty (stand A46) is showcasing its new Snackamole Dip & Chip.  Using a new pressure technology, the naturally grown whole fruit is mashed with nothing but a handful of ingredients.  The dips - available in avocado and guacamole - comes with Pop Chips made from chickpea, which is low in saturated fat and paprika flavoured.

Rebel Kitchen (stand D80) is showcasing its new milk alternative, Mylk, which tastes and looks just like dairy milk but is made from simple plant based ingredients.  Mylk is available in whole, semi skimmed, and skimmed variants, allowing consumers the freedom to choose their preferred fat content, making it an easy switch for dairy drinkers.

Snact (stand B36) is showcasing its new range of sustainable banana bars in Apple & Cinnamon Kick, Beetroot & Cacao Blast, and Carrot & Spice Boost.  Each bar saves one banana from going to waste, and is packed with fruit, veg, oats, and superfoods.  It also comes with home compostable packaging.

MatchaNow (stand L75) is a health drink with 2.5g organic matcha, stored dry in patented cap technology.  Simply twist'n'shake to release into the water, for a clean burst of energy while on-the-go.

Wessanen UK (stand H84) is showcasing its new Whole Earth Powerballs.  Made with Whole Earth peanut butter, they are a natural source of protein and fibre.  Available in four flavours: Classic Peanut, Goji & Red Berries, Pumpkin, Chia & Flax Seeds, and Coconut.

Fulfil (stand B37) is exhibiting three new flavour additions to its existing range of bars with benefits.   Available in Chocolate Orange, Triple Chocolate Deluxe, and Lemon Zinger, each bar is packed with protein, low sugar and has a full RDA of nine vitamins.

Tiggs - Saucy Dressings (stand SU-8) is showcasing its Tiny Tigg's - 25g tear and squeeze 'tiny bottles'.  Made with all of the same qualities of Tigg's award-winning dressings range - just smaller in size and more convenient.   Flavours include Sweet Original, Bold Beetroot, Subtle Pepper & Mustard, Cool Basil & Pea, and Smokin' Tomato.

Caffè di Artisan Luxe Coffee (stand H90) is showcasing Nilgris Organique, liquid single shot coffee pods.  Made from an ancient plantation nestled in the Blue Mountains of South India, Nilgiris Organique is freshly roasted, ground, and slow-extracted in an artisanal micro filtery.  Make artisanal espressos, americanos and lattes in 60 seconds, without machines.  Ideal for homes, offices, airlines, hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés.

Savsé (stand H47) has launched Europe's first cold-pressed baby food, My First Savsé.  This new product offers parents a fresh, chilled, baby food that is as good as homemade.  Also new to the core range are Protein Blast and Protein Smash, two protein pick-me-ups, joining Protein Punch to form the first ever HPP protein smoothie range.

Revolicious (stand E89) has created a trio of nutrient-packed, plant-based, smoothie bowls for the food-to-go market.  Inspired by Instagram's love affair with decorated smoothie bowls, each bowl comes with a handy enclosed spoon and a topper of coconut flakes, goji berries, and pumpkin seeds.

Impress Sandwiches (stand H36) has launched its new fresh salads, including the beets, squash, feta and grain salad, and superfood salad. Also showcasing: new hospitality platters in new packaging.

MOJU (stand L29) is showcasing its recently launched Booster Shot, in antioxidant-rich acerola.  The Boosters focus on the growing trend for functional plant-based products, and are the UK's first cold-pressed and HPP shot range.  The full range also includes award-winning Ginger-Booster and Turmeric-Booster.

The Tofurky Company (stand D85) is introducing four vegan sandwiches made from organic plant based proteins. The tempeh, lettuce and tomato sandwich heads the line up with strips of fried smoky maple bacon tempeh, fresh lettuce and tomato on malted bread slathered with vegan mayo.  This 'TLT' can replace the popular 'BLT' for meat avoiders.

DJM Food Solutions (stand B48) is showcasing its Manoucher Kado and Manoucher Turmeric Bread, new hand rolled spirals filled with nooks of cheese and fresh all-natural ingredients.  This new on-the-go snack turns the concept of pizza inside out, literally.

Virtue Drinks (stand L32) is showcasing Virtue Energy Water, which contains the same amount of natural caffeine as a cup of coffee (80mg). Energy comes from natural sources including yerba mate, guarana and ginseng.  The key energy source in yerba mate contains more antioxidants than green tea.  For every can sold, 500L of clean drinking water is donated to India and Africa through its charity drop4drop.

Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn (stand J38) has launched the newest addition to Joe & Seph's impulse range - Coconut & Chia Seed Gourmet Popcorn.  Winner of two Great Taste Award Gold Stars, it's now available in a handy 23g foil pack, making it ideal for on-the-go snacking, a lunchbox treat, or a coffee break addition.

Tuk Tuk Chai (stand SU-1) is exhibiting its ready-to-drink real Indian street tea, also known as chai.  Following traditional recipes and brewing techniques used in India, it mixes earthy black tea, whole milk, and a combination of spices.  Tuk Tuk Chai comes in three distinct flavours: Aromatic Cardamom, Intense Ginger, and Fiery Masala.

Bam (stand K85) creates milk drinks using all natural, real ingredients including whole milk (92%), honey (5%), and natural flavourings.  Free from refined sugars, additives and preservatives, it's currently available in banana and chocolate.

Tanpopo Japanese Food (stand J76) has launched 12 new lines.  Taking inspiration from high street trends, their new sushi boxes, including the new Black Rice Small Sushi, will refresh any grab-and-go fridge.  Whilst their new fresh Udon noodle bowls, including chicken curry and grilled salmon and miso, bring authentic Asian flavours to a convenience classic.

Rombouts Coffee (stand B51) is promoting its new Organic Expresso coffee beans.  Sourced from farms in Laos, Honduras and Congo, it blends 100% Arabica, organic and Fairtrade beans.  Expect a well-rounded cup with a rich aftertaste and notes of dark chocolate, nuts and stone fruit.  It also has the depth to work well in cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites and other milk drinks.

Little Moons Mochi (stand D47) has launched the first black espresso mochi ice cream, made with activated charcoal.  Mochi is a Japanese soft sweet dough made from rice flour.  By combining ice-cream with mochi, a new traditional Japanese recipe is made.

Mr Lee's Noodles (stand E42) has completely overhauled their cup noodles, with six new flavours and a complete rebrand.  Two new vegan options, which are also gluten free, include:  Zen Garden Vegetables and Dragon Fire Vegetables.  Other gluten free flavours include: Hong Kong Street Beef, Warrior Fighting Shrimp, Tai Chi Chicken, and Coconut Chicken Laksa.

Karma Cola (stand C10) is promoting its Sugar Free Karma Cola.  The cola uses organic and ethical ingredients and instead of sugar, is made with the organically grown plant stevia, which is sweet without the calories.

Whitworths (stand L76) is exhibiting its Shots Nuts, the newest edition to their Shots range.  Shots Nuts are 25g, single serve combinations of natural nuts (cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds), which come in Salted Caramel, Chilli, Salsa, and Smoke variants.

Silvina's Nature (stand A36) is showcasing its reduced sugar Crown meringue selection.   Handmade in London, its unique recipe keeps calories and sugar levels low, and they are also a source of fibre and protein.  Available in Salted Caramel.

Street Monkey Indian Tiffin (stand F41) is showcasing a range of meals for two that are free from dairy, wheat, gluten and artificial ingredients. Divided into three recyclable pots, each tiffin contains a main course, side dish and rice, the meals can be heated on the hob or in the microwave.  They are divided into two ranges: a Classic range of beef, chicken and lamb curry tiffins and a Healthy Vegan range of Sri Lankan butternut squash, three bean, and Golden Temple daal.

Well&Truly (stand B39) is showcasing its Crunchy Sticks Range in Crunchy Cheese and Sour Cream & Onion.  Made from corn flour, corn oil, linseed oil, and natural flavours.  The crunchy corn sticks are gluten free and are baked, so contains lower fat - 93 calories per serving.

True Nopal Cactus Water (stand B45) is showcasing the UK's first cactus water.  Made with the purée of the prickly pear fruit, which grows on the nopal cactus, true nopal has a fruity taste with no added sugar and half the calories of coconut water.

Mackie's Crisps (stand C81) has added to their range with a new offering - fully toffee coated popcorn.  It's made using corn and is gently popped before being coated with a toffee shell.   Suitable for vegetarians and free from gluten.

Virginia Health Food (stand L61) is showcasing Squbes - a new range of bite sized savoury seed cubes.  They contain dozens of nutritious seeds in every bite, no refined sugar, and are made without wheat.  Squbes are a no mess and a healthy alternative to loose seeds and crisps.

Ombar chocolate (stand H89) has recently launched its new look.  Keeping its signature O design, which has become synonymous with Ombar, the packaging has brightened colours and updated creative designs.  Available in bars and buttons, the organic chocolate is made with raw cacao and comes in 11 flavours.

Clearspring (stand K71) is exhibiting its Japanese organic matcha shots, now in individual single-serve format.  The 1g shots are a convenient way for consumers to access the many nutritional benefits of Matcha.  The 30 single shots presented in a SRP display box can be used for counters or tills, for impulse consumers to grab and go.

More or Less Drinks (stand B78), the independent company behind award-winning sugar-free 'Get More Vitamin Drinks', are also exhibiting their new sugar-free vitamin chewing gum at lunch!.  Each piece of Get More Multivitamin Gum provides 25% of the daily dose of ten vitamins, and comes in Peppermint and Spearmint.

Frill the Frozen Smoothie (stand L83) is showcasing its signature flavoured frozen smoothie, Refreshing Green Frill - made from spinach, avocado, basil, celery, pineapple, mango and lemon.  Its unique blend of whole fruits, vegetables and natural ingredients, is full of nutrients, dairy free, gluten free, high in fibre, and with no added sugar or sweeteners.

Big Boss Palm (stand SU-14) is a new Coconut & Vanilla fizzy pop, made from young Thai coconut water, zero refined sugar and all-natural ingredients.  It has a citrus bite, followed by warm toasted coconut and vanilla.

New York Bakery (stand E35) is exhibiting Croll, an award-winning hybrid pastry addition to the sandwich carrier category.  Combining the best features of a croissant and a roll, it has a light pastry texture that doesn't flake or fall apart, making it ideal for filling with hot or cold ingredients.

JF Rabbit's (stand L79) has launched a range of waters, infused with the power of vegetables.  Their Cucumber, Ginger & Lime, and Carrot & Orange Blossom waters are 100% natural, under 10kcal, and contain 100% of the daily vitamin c and zinc.

Woodall's British Charcuterie (stand E48) is showcasing its Gin snacking bites, peppered with juniper berries, a selection of botanicals, and a splash of gin.  Also showcasing: Original and Spicy sticks, made with British pork.   All three snacking salamis are gluten and lactose free.

The Fruitypot Family (stand K40) is showcasing its recently launched Apple and Blackcurrant Jelly Squeeze, a new flavour of ready-to-eat jelly in a pouch range.   The School Compliant range is perfect for snacking on-the-go.

Opimus Co (stand SU-4) is exhibiting its Sriracha BananaJoe chips.  Made using hom thong bananas, known for its creamy texture and one of the oldest banana varieties, they are handpicked while still green, to maintain a lower sugar content and its natural source of prebiotic.  The sriracha and pickled garlic is seasoned to create an authentic Thai flavour.

LoveRaw (stand B80) is promoting its range of three 330ml Almond Drinks - in Cacao & Cardamom, Turmeric Chai Latte, and Cold Brew Caffe Latte.  It boasts five times more almonds than most other almond drinks, and is made with nothing but natural ingredients.

lunch! will be releasing further exhibitor show highlights - covering new food-to-go packaging, equipment and technology - next week.

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