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Visitors give their verdict on Casual Dining 2014

Blog post   •   Jun 11, 2014 15:59 BST

Over the last few months, the Casual Dining team have been busy collecting feedback from visitors to the show. Here's what a few big names had to say about the launch:  

Steve Holmes, Managing Director, Ask Italian Restaurants: “It’s great to finally have a trade show dedicated to our industry. A really worthwhile visit.”

Richard Hedges, New Concepts Manager, YUM Restaurants: “Brilliant! Casual Dining had a wide range of suppliers in one place for food service, a really useful exhibition for next year’s calendar.”

Jenny Elliott, Food Development, JD Wetherspoon PLC: “Casual Dining is a great addition to the industry calendar. A fantastic opportunity to meet potential suppliers and strengthen working relations with existing ones. I will most definitely attend next year.”

Andrew Guy, CEO, Ed’s Easy Diner Group: 
“What a great show: met with new potential suppliers, as well as current, and plenty of networking.”

Trevor Reeves, Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager, T.G.I. Friday’s UK Ltd:
“The Casual Dining show brought small independent businesses and large chains together in a unique venue with lots of innovative companies showing us the future in casual dining.”

Ian Neill, Chairman, Las Iguanas:
“The inaugural Casual Dining was a well thought out event, which I believe will provide an annual catalyst for thought as to how the casual market develops in the UK.”

Becky Payton, Operations Director, Zizzi:
“Casual Dining is a welcomed addition to the industry calendar, a great mix of suppliers and speakers made for an enjoyable visit.”

Paul Pavli, Operations Director, Punch Taverns:
“The Casual Dining show was packed full of quality seminars and some great suppliers. A trade show that I’m sure will be a must do every year.”

Mark Bridge, Group Buying Director, Glendola Leisure Ltd:
“Casual Dining is where you can find suppliers you couldn’t find in the big food shows – very unique. It makes it very easy to find up to date innovative products just coming onto the market”

Chez Gawen, Head of Menu Development, Pizza Hut Restaurants:
“Casual Dining was a worthwhile day out – it was good to meet with current suppliers and to engage with potential new ones as well.”

Garry Duncan, Regional Director, Nando’s Restaurants:
“Casual Dining is a great addition to the industry calendar. I had a great visit!”

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