A record number of exhibitors have increased their stands sizes at the Commercial Kitchen show for 2019, with 60% confirming their participation for the next edition before doors had closed on this year’s edition, on 5-6 June at the Birmingham NEC.
This has led to show organiser, Diversified Communications, announcing a bigger show floorplan for the 2019 exhibition.
This year’s Commercial Kitchen attracted over 1,700 visitors, with exhibitors praising the quality of attendees as ‘outstanding’.
Notably, 11% of buyers at the show had a purchasing power of over £5m; while nearly one in four said they are responsible for an annual corporate spend of over £1m. Over 60% of attendees identified as being end user operators, while 30% were project/design houses or distributors.
Event manager Katie Tyler said: “We’re absolutely delighted. A huge thanks to all our amazing exhibitors, visitors, media supporters and association partners. The wide support the show has received since its launch is just incredible. The increased level of support from associations this year was unprecedented.
“The show has fast established itself as the 2 days a year where the industry meets, launches innovations and does business. It’s all about quality. And the quality of buyers, whether end user, project house, distributor, or consultant, was exceptional. No wonder so many of our exhibitors have already signed up for Commercial Kitchen 2019.”
The turnout of all the key project houses, distributors and installers included Airedale Group, Brakes Catering Equipment, C&C Catering Equipment, Catering Design Group, Catering Equipment Solutions (Peterborough), CHR Equipment, Court Catering Equipment, Gratte Brothers, Inox Equip, KCM Catering Equipment, Kitchen & Restaurant Projects, Nisbets, Sprint Group, TAG Catering Equipment, YCE Catering Equipment alongside many other CEDA members.
Mark Kendall, chairman of CEDA and director at Inox Equip said: “Commercial Kitchen is really what our industry needs, it brings together all parts of the supply chain in a focused and convivial environment. One not to be missed.”
Vision Commercial Kitchens’ MD Jack Sharkey added: “The amount of new and innovative products on display was the best I have seen for a while.”
While Adam Mason, director general at CEDA, the show’s lead partner, commented: “This year’s Commercial Kitchen show has been a huge success. We achieved everything we needed to and much more. The event was extremely well attended, not just by CEDA members and partners, but by leading end users from across the whole of the foodservice and hospitality industry. This focused show is not to be missed. We’ll be returning as lead partner next year and are already discussing some exciting developments.”
Summing up his exhibiting experience, Patrick Bray, MD of Regale Microwave Ovens, believes: “Commercial Kitchen 2016 was brilliant, 2017 was excellent, and 2018 was outstanding. Definite leads from the UK but also businesses overseas, including the USA and Korea, all added to our best trade show ever!”
According to Mark Cooke, commercial sales manager at Liebherr-Great Britain: “With great speakers and innovative new releases, the Commercial Kitchen show is a must and we were only too happy to exhibit. We left thoroughly satisfied with the number of visitors we engaged with. See you next year.”
Carpigiani UK sales director Scott Duncan added: “The Commercial Kitchen show is one of the highlights of the year for Carpigiani UK. We believe this show is very targeted and you know before you go there will be serious visitors who will be interested in learning about your products. This year seemed to deliver even better than last year and there was an amazing energy and buzz around both exhibitors and visitors.”
And Steve Hemsil, sales director at Welbilt, UK and Ireland, feels: “The focus of the show in aiming to get decision makers to see our equipment, is one that fits with our strategy and we met some great prospective customers on the stand.”
The associated events programme included panel-led discussions on solid fuel, pub kitchens, kitchen design, and the important role of kitchen project and design houses. The show’s second day saw panels dedicated to efficiency in kitchens, connected kitchens, hospital catering and the role of foodservice consultants; plus, the announcement of this year’s Innovation Challenge Awards winners.
Tyler detailed: “We’re already planning how to make your industry event even bigger and better for 4-5 June 2019 at the NEC Birmingham. We look forward to seeing everyone there next year.”