lunch! has opened visitor registration for its 2018 edition, set to be held at London’s ExCeL on 20-21 September.
With only 10 stands left to sell, the central exhibition will feature a record 370 companies (up from 335 last year) – showcasing the latest innovations in food, drink, packaging, equipment and catering technology.
Among the confirmed exhibitors are brands like UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, Magrini, Glen Dimplex, Melitta UK, and Biopac UK.
The show will once again feature two keynote theatres, attracting speakers from major lunchtime operators such as Pret a Manger, Leon, Eat, Tortilla and Tossed. Visitors will also discover the latest food-to-go research updates from MCA, The NPD Group, and IGD.
Group event director Chris Brazier said: “Britain loves food-to-go. As a nation, we made an estimated five billion food-to-go visits last year, and we’re likely to make even more in the years ahead.
“Our growing appetite for high quality, good value, food-to-go meals, drinks and snacks has created huge opportunities for food-to-go operators and retailers. And they’ll find plenty of inspiration, new ideas and world-class innovations at lunch! 2018.
“Everything that food-to-go operators need to run their businesses successfully is catered for. From their kitchen equipment to counter displays, from the food and drink they serve to how it’s packaged and how it’s paid for – it’s all here.”
Annually attracting over 6,300 attendees, lunch! is frequently cited as the key annual event for discovering innovative new ideas and concepts. Since its launch in 2008, it’s enjoyed significant year-on-year growth in attendance and floor space.
lunch! has also won a three best trade show awards along the way. It’s hoping to secure its fourth in just a few weeks’ time, having recently been shortlisted for ‘Best UK Trade Show (2,000-8,000sqm)’ in the Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards, following its victory in the ‘under 2,000sqm’ category in both 2011 and 2012, and being named Best Trade Show at the Exhibition News Awards in 2014.