Hoshizaki’s hi-tech backing creates Catering Insight Awards full house

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Refrigeration specialist Hoshizaki has joined the Catering Insight Awards 2017 sponsor line-up to back the Digital Initiative of the Year distributor category.

This rounds out a full house of distributor category sponsorships for the first time in the history of the gala event, which this year will take place at 8 Northumberland Avenue in the heart of Central London on Thursday 23 November.

New for 2017, the Digital Initiative of the Year category will honour a distributor, either traditional or online, who has really embraced the digital medium, whether it is for sales, service, technology, showcasing their capabilities or an innovative social media campaign. This can encompass everything from BIM, virtual reality technology, website design and function or utilising the Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn tools at their disposal.

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Steve Loughton, director, UK and Ireland at Hoshizaki UK commented: “The Catering Insight Awards represent the pinnacle event in the catering equipment dealers’ calendar, and as such Hoshizaki is delighted to sponsor the Digital Initiative of the Year category for the first time in 2017.

“With technology playing such a key part in our industry, both in terms of equipment sold and online platforms used, many distributors have really embraced innovation when it comes to showcasing their capabilities. In an age where BIM technology is a requirement of public sector projects and increasingly being used in private sector builds, virtual reality is generating an all new way to view planned kitchen and restaurant designs prior to completion and the age of social media creates an entirely different way to interact with dealers and distributors, embracing the digital revolution is vital.”

He also praised the black tie event itself, saying: “The Catering Insight Awards, now in their third year, offer a great way to celebrate success and recognise truly great practice in a room full of some of the industry’s most reputable dealers, distributors, manufacturers and suppliers. The Hoshizaki team are looking forward to celebrating this success with over 200 of our industry counterparts.”


Nominations are now open for the Catering Insight Awards.

To make sure your sector stars are in the running for these prestigious accolades, all you need to do is fill in our online nomination form below or download the relevant nomination forms, one for the distributor categories and the other for the supplier categories, fill it in and send it back to by Monday 2 October.

To make sure your choice has the best chance of being shortlisted, you must fill in each of the three questions detailing that company’s achievements over the past 12 months.

Download the distributor category form HERE and download the supplier category form HERE. Companies can nominate themselves or others for as many categories as desired, as long as relevant reasons are given for each.

All nominations will remain anonymous and both distributors and suppliers are welcome to self-nominate.


The categories are as follows:


Service & Support
Light Equipment
Heavy Equipment, sponsored by Commercial Kitchen
Business Development
Training & Education, sponsored by CESA


Distributor of the Year – South of England, sponsored by Nayati
Distributor of the Year – North of England, sponsored by Blue Seal
Distributor of the Year – Rest of the UK, sponsored by DC Products
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

Once the nomination process has closed, the entries will be whittled down to a shortlist which will be announced in the November issue of Catering Insight. Industry executives will then be invited to vote for the winners, with distributors voting on the supplier categories, and suppliers choosing the victors in the distributor categories.

The Catering Insight Awards are supported by Cedabond.

Hobart is sponsoring the fun photobooth for the duration of the evening, while Atosa will be welcoming the industry to the official After-Party with a free drink and 2 for 1 cocktails and beers to party the night away.

Anyone interested in commercial opportunities surrounding the Catering Insight Awards should contact:

Mark Harris
0203 176 4226


Anne-Marie Judge
0203 176 5632

Tickets are now available for the Catering Insight Awards on our dedicated microsite HERE.

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Clare Nicholls

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