Hoshizaki reaffirms support for forward-thinking dealers


For the second year running, Hoshizaki UK has signed up to back the distributor Digital Initiative of the Year honour at the Catering Insight Awards, in association with Atosa.

The refrigerator and ice maker manufacturer is helping to reward those dealers who have really embraced the digital medium, whether it is for sales, service, showcasing their capabilities or an innovative social media campaign.

Steve Loughton, director, UK and Ireland at Hoshizaki UK commented: “The dealer channel is vital to our current and future sales strategy at Hoshizaki UK, especially with the launch of our dealer policy at the end of 2017. We want to demonstrate our commitment to our partners across this sector and feel that supporting the industry’s only event dedicated to celebrating success in the dealer and distributor channel was the ideal way to do this.

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“With the 2018 event set to take place at the stunning Bloomsbury Ballroom in central London, we’re looking forward to another night of glitz and glamour at what is sure to once again be one of the highlights of the foodservice calendar.”

This year’s awards will be held on Thursday 29 November, and should once again attract over 200 senior catering equipment executives, both from distributors and suppliers.

Loughton believes that the event will have to go a long way to beating last year’s ceremony though, recalling: “The Catering Insight Awards 2017 was a fantastic evening, celebrating success across the dealer, distributor and manufacturer sector. A great location, combined with the exceptional food and somewhat spirited after party ensured this event was an excellent way to round off what had been a largely positive year for our industry.

“For Hoshizaki, the success of the evening was compounded by Hoshizaki UK winning the ‘Supplier of the Year: Sustainability’ category, for which we are most grateful.”

He and Hoshizaki are continuing to support the initiative, detailing: “What sets the Catering Insight Awards out from other high profile events is those being celebrated. The dealer and distributor channel is an essential sales and support network for our industry, but one that often goes unnoticed when it comes to recognising the hard work and continued achievement. Now in their fourth year, the Catering Insight Awards continue to go from strength to strength and are something that is eagerly anticipated by many.”

The Catering Insight Awards 2018, in association with Atosa, will see the following accolades presented:


Service & Support
Light Equipment
Heavy Equipment
Business Development
Training & Education


Distributor of the Year – South of England, sponsored by Hobart
Distributor of the Year – North of England, sponsored by Blue Seal
Distributor of the Year – Rest of the UK
Distributor of the Year – Project Management, sponsored by Welbilt
Emerging Distributor of the Year, sponsored by Jestic Foodservice Equipment
Digital Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Hoshizaki
Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year, sponsored by First Choice Group

Headline honours

Distributor of the Year – Nationwide, sponsored by Rational
Lifetime Achievement Award

The Catering Insight Awards are supported by Cedabond. Pre-dinner drinks are sponsored by Pentland Wholesale.

Tickets for the exclusive event are now available HERE.

The now-legendary After-Party will commence following the main event, to continue the celebrations into the early hours, with details to follow soon.

To discuss the unique opportunities this event offers, contact:

Mark Harris
0203 176 4226


Anne-Marie Judge
0203 176 5632

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