400 exhibitors, 62 speakers, 36 keynote sessions in three theatres, and 6,733 attendees are the topline figures from the lunch! 2019 trade show.
The specialist food-to-go sector event was held over 19-20 September at ExCeL London, and the aisles were packed with buyers and buzzing with business being done.
Chris Brazier, lunch!’s group event director, said: “lunch! 2019 was simply our best show yet by a mile. Visitor quality was through the roof, with all the major operators, retailers and caterers – Costa, Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Greggs, M&S, Boots, Pret, Leon, SSP, Compass, Sodexo and so many more – out in force at their industry show.
“Whether they’re buying food, drink, packaging, technology or equipment – whether they’re from a well-known high street name or are the owner of a local coffee shop – this is the show they all actually enjoy coming to year after year. Because it just keeps getting better and even more essential. It’s their ‘go to’ for discovering new ideas and concepts that they don’t see anywhere else. This year, there were hundreds of newly launched products vying for their attention down every aisle. It was awe-inspiring.”
Thanks to a record rebook, many of this year’s exhibitors will be back at the show for lunch! 2020 including equipment providers UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, and VIP Lounge sponsor Magrini.
The latter got its Blender with App Control recognised with a gold award at the show’s Innovation Challenge, which was a considerable achievement seeing as a record 110 new products took part in the competition.
lunch! will be back at ExCeL London next year showcasing all the latest developments, trends, innovations and insights on 24-25 September 2020.