Catering industry bound for Birmingham

An array of international catering equipment suppliers will take centre stage when the Hospitality Show 2015 kicks off at in Birmingham today.

Visitors to the event will be given a unique overview of industry trends, technical developments and product innovation when the doors to the NEC open this morning.

Toby Wand, managing director of Fresh Montgomery, which organises the event, said: “Catering equipment is very much at the heart of the show as it’s important that operators keep up-to-date with the ever-evolving world of catering equipment because it is such a key element of their business.

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“The Hospitality Show is a fantastic opportunity to see what equipment will be arriving in the year ahead, view everything under one roof, talk with suppliers about their ranges and see what the future holds in terms of equipment updates and new technology.

A host of major suppliers will be showcasing their ranges at the event and giving visitors the chance to view and discuss all types of equipment for the kitchen.

Several companies, including Smeg, Grant Sous Vide and Nayati UK, will be making their first appearance at the event while another company, Jestic, will use the show as a platform to launch a new piece of equipment.

In addition to displays by catering equipment suppliers, the CESA Innovation Zone will highlight significant new product launches and innovation from some of the trade body’s members.

Here’s our rundown of some of the brands at Hospitality 2015 and what you can expect to see from them at the show:

Adande
Launching new shallow depth drawers at the show in response to customer demand for refrigeration that will fit into tight spaces under the counter. Stand 339

BGL Rieber
Lifting the lid on the ACS 1600 O3, a new ‘front cooking station’ featuring three Varithek cooking modules — induction hob, warming hob and boiling hob — multifunctional ovens and the Aircleansystem O3. Stand 330

CEDA
At the show, CEDA will distribute and present new promotional material which sets out the benefits of being a member and joining the best of the UK’s catering equipment distributors. Stand 301

Charvet
Unveiling its most affordable equipment yet in the shape of the new compact Pro700 series, stripped down to provide only what chefs actually need. Stand 341

First Choice
The spare parts specialist will be outlining the breadth of its spares portfolio. Recent tie-ups have involved GDPA, Husky and Carel. It will also be talking about the EnviroPure waste solution that it exclusively offers in the UK. Stand 448

Gamble Foodservice Solutions
Launching the Ovention Shuttle, which is capable of switching between high capacity conveyor cooking and precise control for menu variety at the touch of a button. Stand 317

GEV Catering Spares
The spares firm will be highlighting its parts offering, which now encompasses 450 brands, including gas and electric appliances, refrigeration, microwaves and coffee machines. Stand 220

Grande Cuisine
Grande Cuisine will be emphasising the energy-efficiency and flexibility of its product range, including the Adventys and Capic lines. Stand 338

Gram
Gram’s full portfolio will be given a strong airing at the Hospitality Show, with the SuperiorPlus, EcoPlus, Snowflake sub-brand and ice machine ranges all available for distributors to view. Stand 540

Hobart
The company’s groundbreaking new PREMAX AUP hood-type warewasher — billed by Hobart as the most economically-efficient hood-type machine on the market — will be shown to visitors. Stand 440

Jestic
Will launch two new appliances from Atollspeed — the AS400T rapid cook oven and the Speed Solution stackable convection oven — as well as the Zumex Soul juicer. Stand 241

MKN
Set to debuts its new touchscreen SpaceCombi Magic Pilot and manual SpaceCombi Classic, both of which represent a hybrid version of the FlexiCombi Magic Pilot launched last year. Stand 359

Manitowoc
The Convotherm 4 will headline Manitowoc’s Hospitality presence, while it also intends to showcase equipment from its Merrychef and Garland brands. Stand 331

Rational
Will demonstrate how its SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses combi oven is designed to save kitchens energy and money. Stand 510

RH Hall
RH Hall will shine the spotlight on three unique products from its stable of exclusive brands, including the revolutionary iWave automated plated meals system, the 365 Soup-Server and the Maestrowave Combi Chef combination microwave oven. Stand 231

Signature
Plans to exhibit induction-focused buffet displays and wares from brands such as Venta, Gastros, Staub and Revol, as well as induction copper pans from De Buyer. Stand 461

Smeg
Will show a series of products for the first time in the UK, including a narrower 500x500mm basket hood machine and its SW262/SWT262 semi-professional dishwashers. Stand 410

Thor
Having seen success in Australia since its launch, cooking suite brand Thor will be at Hospitality to convince British buyers of its pedigree. The Thor portfolio, being marketed by Nisbets, includes a comprehensive range of grills, fryers and oven ranges. Stand 240

Valentine
Hospitality visitors will be able to see Valentine’s Evolution range of fryers and multicookers, as well as induction cooking options from Cuisinequip. Stand 548

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