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lunch! show highlights more eco innovations

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lunch! 2019’s theme is sustainability.

The lunch! show has revealed more sustainable innovations on display at this year’s edition in London’s ExCeL on 19-20 September.

Among the 400 exhibitors, cooking and refrigeration equipment representatives include Welbilt UK, which will be showcasing its 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.

Plus Roller Grill will be highlighting its Vitro-Speed Grill, which 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.

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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.

Other eco packaging concepts to look out for include: Sabert Europe’s new BePulp Compostable Meal Box to Go; Coveris’ new Pack Positive range, which includes plastic-free sandwich and wrap packs; Enviroware’s new range of paper cutlery; BioPak UK’s plant-based sugarcane takeaway containers, bowls, plates and produce trays; 4 Aces’ Planet Range, including PLA paper and PLA plastic cups;  and Rapid Action Packaging (RAP)’s new Precious Planet foodtrays, made with board produced from agricultural waste (primarily the leaves and stems left behind after harvest), and cellulose film from wood pulp.

It’s a Wrap is also back at the show promoting custom-printed, natural greaseproof papers, which are biodegradable and compostable.

ButterflyCup’s ISLA Duo cups, launched earlier this year, are made with a newly developed waterproof paperboard and will be at the exhibition. 100% plastic free, they are fully recyclable along with cardboard and newspaper (with no need for segregation).

For reusable alternatives, there’s huskup, pokito, and Ecocoffee Cup. The latter is created with natural fibres made from bamboo waste material sourced from chopstick production, and is available in five sizes and over 100 designs.

Plus, new this year, is Berrington Spring Water’s Aluminium Refill Water Bottle. Initially launched exclusively with itsu in June, in the first few months it has reportedly tripled sales projections.

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