The lunch! show has now begun at London’s ExCeL for the next 2 days.
An estimated 7,000 visitors are expected to head down to the conference centre to see the latest food-to-go innovations.
A record 400 exhibitors are showcasing everything from ingredients to kitchen equipment and counter displays, from food and drink to packaging, payment solutions and business services.
On the equipment side of things, stands of interest include Enterpack (F91), Magrini (F50), Roller Grill (C36) and Welbilt (G71).
The show’s theme this year is sustainability and this is reflected in the appliances on show, such as Welbilt UK’s Convotherm mini, which is said to have a 48% footprint reduction versus a tradition 6 1/1GN combi as well as 38% power reduction and 60% power consumption cold start up in steam mode.
Roller Grill’s Vitro-Speed Grill is claimed to cut heating times and power usage; while Scraegg UK Distribution is bringing the small-footprint Scraegg Pro unit, which should prepare a scrambled egg meal in just 15 seconds.
Elsewhere, Pastorfrigor GB is demonstrating its Genova Panorama MC and Genova ULF integral multidecks. The cabinets (one is glass door, the other open) should benefit from low energy LED and fans and run on the natural refrigerant R290, which has low global warming potential.
To manage food waste, there’s Enterpack’s new composting machine, which uses special microorganisms to break down the food and turn it into nutrient rich compost in 24 hours. The firm’s new Compostapack range also includes compostable trays made from wood pulp, with a lining made of potato and corn starch, and compostable, cellulose lidding film derived from trees.