lunch!, a trade show which brings various food-to-go industries together, has announced its new show opening Thursday 19 September at ExCeL.
The line-up includes 62 speakers appearing in 36 keynote theatre sessions, plus 400 exhibitors – showcasing ingredients, kitchen equipment, counter displays, food and drink, packaging, payment solutions and business services.
With an estimated 7,000 attendees expected over two days, there will be a third of pre-registered visitors citing a corporate spend in excess of £1m (16% report £10m-plus budgets).
The show’s pre-registered visitor list includes Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S Food, Costa Coffee, Waitrose, Pret A Manger, Aldi, Lidl, John Lewis and more.
There will be 3 keynote theatres across Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September covering various speakers and topics including: Will Stratton-Morris, UK CEO of Caffè Nero (exclusive interview with Mark Stretton MD of Fleet Street Communications), Hannah McKay, head of food and beverages UK at Caffè Nero (Caffè Nero: Food as good as our coffee) and Anya Marco, consultant and UK coffee market expert (Five top social media tips for coffee shops).
Clare Clough, chief food and coffee officer at Pret A Manger, said: “lunch! is the only show dedicated to our sector. It gets better every year and deserves the support of the whole industry.”
Jims Wealands, group food development director at CH&CO Group, said: “With food on the move growing all the time, it’s important to see what’s new and on offer. lunch! is a great event to do that and meet industry leaders, start-ups, disruptors and those bringing new and exciting products to the market.”
Paul Hopper, founder and co-MD of HOP Vietnamese said: “It’s got a lot of stuff all happening under one roof so there’s something for everyone – lunch! is a hubbub of activity and inspiration.”