Leading equipment manufacturers have committed to the second Casual Dining show which returns to the Business Design Centre in London next year on 25-26 February.
With nearly a thousand visitors already pre-registered and 85% of its three-floor exhibition space sold, the event has attracted the likes of Electrolux Professional, Adande, Magrini, Unox UK, Nisbets, UCC Coffee UK, Vivreau, Ambach UK, Catering Design Group and Gram UK.
It is billed as the UK’s first dedicated trade event for the Casual Dining sector (including multiple and independent pubs, bars, and restaurants), Casual Dining has enjoyed strong industry support from the outset.
Its launch event, just nine months ago, attracted 3,655 industry professionals and went on to win a best trade show award at the Association of Event Organisers’ hotly contested Excellence Awards (it was the first launch show in over five years to triumph in the ‘Best Tradeshow Exhibition under 2,000sq.m’ category).
For 2015, Casual Dining aims to raise the bar again, with a 45% increase in exhibiting space taking the show up to the venue’s upper feature level for the first time.
Karl Hodgson, UK sales director at Adande Refrigeration, says: “The Casual Dining show is a breath of fresh air.
"People say shows are not the thing to do, but how can you show off new products without people seeing, touching and feeling, only at shows… Casual Dining was a winner for Adande!”
“It’s great to finally have a trade show dedicated to our industry,” says Steve Holmes, managing director of Ask Italian Restaurants. “[It’s] a really worthwhile visit.”
“Casual Dining brings independent businesses and large chains together in a unique venue, with lots of innovative companies showing us the future in casual dining,” agrees Trevor Reeves, purchasing and supply chain manager, T.G.I. Friday’s UK.