Manufacturers, suppliers and dealers have lined up to praise this year’s Lunch exhibition, which began yesterday and concludes today at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.
The trade show is dedicated to the food to go sector and over 6,000 attendees were expected over the two days.
One exhibitor, Anthony Prestage, director of supplier Catering Equipment Ltd, commented: “Lunch is a dynamic event. A big feature is that we get to talk to the business owners and senior decision makers. We have taken orders off the stand as well as lots of follow-ups.”
William Clark, director of waste management system manufacturer, Aluline Group, said: “There is a lot of optimism at the show. We had four leads in just the first hour!”
Rational’s senior development chef for the north London area, Adrian Evans, was part of the team manning the combi-oven manufacturer’s stand. He told Catering Insight: “The exhibition has been hectic. We had over 30 leads by mid-afternoon on the first day and there have been visitors from all over the country and even internationally.”
At the Nuttall stand, Emma Deakin, marketing and communications manager, reported there had been a steady stream of visitors for the displays manufacturer. “It’s useful for us that the event is targeted at the food to go market. It gives us access to a variety of operators.”
Glen Dimplex’s marketing manager, Jon Usher, commented: “This type of show is great because you get direct end user feedback. Representatives from large chains have been coming round. The venue and mix of exhibitors is just right.”
Peter Antenen from consultant Cafe-Design.co.uk added: “It’s been a very busy show. We have had some good leads and there is a nice blend of start-ups and big chain attendees.”
Distributors were on hand at the event too, with Martin Porter, director of Rexmartins, saying it had been a good show, as well as Nelson Catering Equipment’s national account manager Allan Turpin remarking: “The exhibition organisers work hard to get the right end users to attend.”