vNext pod directory: all the key stands to visit on 30 September

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Specifi’s vNext virtual trade show is set to take the industry by storm on 30 September, when attendees can log on between 10am and 2pm.

Many of the UK catering equipment industry’s leading brands have signed up to demonstrate their cutting edge products and services in pods as part of the event.

Here, Catering Insight gives a run down of the key exhibitors of the day:

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EFCEM – European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers

Product category: Trade federation

Profile: EFCEM is made up of eight member organisations/associations from across Europe, with the FEA (Foodservice Equipment Association) representing the UK’s interests. As the voice of the foodservice equipment industry within Europe, EFCEM’s aim is to ensure fairness and understanding of European Parliament regulations affecting our industry sector. The common interests of EFCEM members are represented through a framework of co-operation of all parties involved in the commercial kitchen equipment industry. This enables technological progress, qualitative growth and promotion of the industry both at a European and global level.


Foodservice Consultants Society International (UK & Ireland)

Product category: Trade association

Profile: FCSI is the respected professional organisation for independent, impartial consultants specialising in offering design and management consulting services for the foodservice and hospitality industry across the world. Consultants help specifying catering equipment; designing kitchens and catering management including foodservice strategy; benchmarking; project management or tendering to find the right contractor.


Foodservice Equipment Reports

Product category: Media

Profile: Foodservice Equipment Reports (FER) is the largest digital and print publication in the US. It delivers 31,000 of your biggest and best customers – through multiple media channels – when they are deciding which brand of equipment or supplies to buy or specify.

FER also publishes six different newsletters that range in frequency from weekly to quarterly. The quarterly Worldwide Report newsletter reaches 15,000+ of your top prospects. That’s why you invest in advertising and marketing!

FER is known for our true product comparisons, dedicating 8-12 pages minimum each issue to teach buyers about your equipment. Nobody else comes anywhere close.

FER, along with sister company Specifi, have teamed up in creating the vNext platform, a virtual events platform with regular events scheduled in both the US and Europe on a regular basis.


Ignitor Labs

Product category: Digital consultancy

Profile: Ignitor Labs develops custom digital solutions for every stage and channel of the catering industry. Partnering with manufacturers, master distributors and operators, its content helps communicate how to use and manage catering equipment profitably in restaurant, retail and contract catering.

Ignitor Labs creates bespoke, expertly-crafted, complex technical videos and remote learning modules. It employs audience-specific design principles to maximise lead generation and learning solutions. Its team understands your technical content, and utilises 3D graphics, animation, real-world video simulations, and gamified interactions to engage commercial kitchen partners.

Its advantage lies in its catering equipment experience delivering innovative and immersive learning solutions for master distributors and operators. Its team of instructional designers and media specialists help you rapidly implement performance and productivity tools integrated with your internal catering management software. Its clients depend on the company to ensure bespoke programmes make a difference; providing real value and positive impact on their businesses.


Marco Beverage Systems

Product category: Water and coffee systems

Profile: Marco Beverage Systems designs, manufactures, sells and supports water systems and coffee brewers.

For 40 years it has supported the global speciality, commercial coffee and HORECA industries with its precise, energy-efficient and innovative hot and cold water systems and coffee brewers.

Its systems are used in a variety of locations such as offices, speciality coffee shops, service stations and hospitality/catering sites. Recognising its customers’ needs for design, quality and consistency it has developed a range of countertop and undercounter water systems and coffee brewers that give users precise control and consistent, high-quality beverages.

As an industry leader Marco is driven by its passion for knowledge and innovation. Above all, it strives to enable all its customers to deliver excellence in beverage experience, whatever their business.




Meiko UK

Product category: Warewashing and food waste handling equipment

Profile: Meiko pursues a policy of working closely with its clients, understanding their warewashing needs and designing the most practical and professional clean solutions.

Meiko provides a full turnkey solution for everyone’s individual needs. Consideration of critical areas such as ergonomic working practice, energy and water management, water treatment, the handling and treatment of food waste and the reduction of detergent consumption, ensures that its clients have the optimum warewashing solution that fits within their budget.

The Meiko UK team is involved in projects from the initial meeting and submission of project-specific designs, through to system manufacture, installation and ongoing service back up. This ensures that its equipment performs efficiently, minimising the risk of breakdown or poor washing performance.





Product category: Demand control ventilation

Profile: At Quintex we are constantly striving to develop innovative products and solutions that help our clients achieve their energy and sustainability goals. We currently have over 8,000 of our bespoke systems installed in the UK and this will continue to grow as we strengthen our relationship with our numerous blue chip customers, many who we have worked with for over 15 years.

Our client list is not only testament to the quality our products but to our commitment to excellent service and the high standards we achieve. As businesses continually strive to become greener and more energy efficient, we’ll be there to help all our clients reach their environmental goals. Whether that’s through reducing carbon footprint, negating costly manual duct clean and drain pump outs or through being efficient with the energy used in the kitchen, we will continue to push boundaries on where commercial kitchens can become more efficient.




Rational UK

Product category: Cooking equipment

Profile: Rational cooking systems deliver a commercial kitchen’s complete thermal cooking solutions. They replace a large range of cooking appliances and replicate a range of cooking processes while saving space and reducing cooking times and energy consumption. The new iCombi Pro combi-steamer and the new iVario Pro multifunctional cooking system contribute significant advances in productivity, efficiency and ease of use on their predecessors.

With the new iCombi Pro, Rational redesigned the combi steamer from the ground up, incorporating a range of innovations that deliver up to 50% higher productivity while reducing cooking times and energy consumption by up to 10% compared to its predecessor.

Similarly, the new iVario Pro refines the original VarioCookingCenter to deliver up to 20% additional searing capacity and maintenance-free pressure cooking that is up to 35% faster than cooking without pressure, while reducing connected load compared to the previous version.

Rational Live online events are an easy way to discover the quality, range of applications, economic efficiency and ease of operations that Rational cooking systems can offer. A Rational expert host will be on hand to answer questions live in a chat room.

Website: Register here for Live online.




Product category: Induction catering equipment and mobile kitchens

Profile: The energy-saving benefits of induction equipment are well-known and used in countless commercial kitchens throughout the world. You can now benefit from induction technology in a range of exclusive and cost-effective rexmartins catering equipment, including fryers, griddles, pasta cookers, bratt pans and much, much more! Not all induction equipment is made to the very high manufactured standards, but rexmrtins’ ranges have numerous exclusive patented parts and built to last many years, even in the most hostile and demanding conditions.

Its mobilchef brand is new to the market and offers many interesting configurations in many different formats from small retail kiosks, food trailers and large pop-up restaurants all which can be set up within an hour and ready to trade in many varied locations. The company specialises in customised outlets suitable for all applications which can be manufactured to any requested specifications. rexmartins does not convert shipping containers but they are built from scratch which gives them longevity and a fantastic working environment. Any sizes are available for a unique project which will make your offering stand out!



Product category: Design/specification

Profile: Specifi is a global equipment specification platform connecting dealers, designers and manufacturers.

For 25 years, Specifi has been recognised as the leading platform for content creation, design, quoting and project management for foodservice equipment and supply professionals in more than 80 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Specifi’s updated global data repository contains CAD symbols, BIM/Revit families, catalogues, price lists and much more for over 500,000 products from more than 300 manufacturers.

Specifi’s Design plugin for CAD and Revit makes it possible to design a commercial kitchen in half the time and synchronise instantly to a quote. Specifi’s quotation system makes it easy for dealers and specifiers to quickly create flexible, customised quotes. Specifi’s Share system allows open access to approved users to configure and download product symbols and catalogues.

And Specifi’s Studio service allows manufacturers to future-proof their content by creating, updating and distributing equipment symbols to the users who need them.



Victor MFG

Product category: Hot holding and retail display

Profile: Victor has over 80 years manufacturing experience, specialising in the supply of UK made foodservice products into venues such as hotels, restaurants, hospitals, retail outlets, sporting arenas and educational establishments.

Based over three sites in West Yorkshire, its manufacturing capabilities include standard hot hold and refrigeration products, as well as the design, manufacture, and installation of bespoke front of house servery and display counters.

The company has recently undergone a major corporate rebrand and extended its existing offering to include additional retail focused products and services.

Victor is excited to use this opportunity with SP V-Next to showcase a range of products that customers may not have previously associated with the firm.


Williams Refrigeration

Product category: Refrigeration

Profile: Williams Refrigeration is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of award winning professional refrigeration and has built a global reputation over the past 40 years for performance, quality and value for money. Its vast product range includes high performance, energy efficient and sustainable refrigerated cabinets and counters, blast chillers, coldrooms, back bar, front of house display and specialist bakery equipment.

It aima to help customers meet the demands of complex legislation for food safety and energy efficiency, together with competitive pricing, professional advice and innovative design. Williams’ focus on service and support has led it to attract some of the world’s leading companies as customers.

Driven from its global headquarters in the UK, it has established manufacturing facilities in China and Australia and sales facilities around the world.

All products are built for performance, reliability and durability, even in the toughest and most arduous of conditions.


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