From gourmet popcorn to superfood salads, from organic soups to Bombay mix chocolate buttons, this year’s lunch! trade show boasts hundreds of food-to-go innovations from 300 exhibiting companies.
An essential visit for thousands of trade buyers from across the UK’s retailing, hospitality, snacking, convenience, and catering sectors, the multi-award winning show returns to the Business Design Centre in London on 23-24 September. The following is just a taste of what’s new from ‘food’ exhibitors at lunch! 2014:
Recognised by the world’s top chefs, Cuisine Solutions Europe is the authority on sous-vide – the innovative slow-cooking technique that they pioneered, perfected and popularised (stand U115). Exhibiting for the first time at a UK show, they will be demonstrating how their ‘precise time and temperature technology’ can benefit lunchtime retailers with a new 58 hour cooked medium rare beef. They will also be holding a prize draw during the show.
New for this year, and unveiled for the first time at lunch!, visitors can enjoy the first look at new bakery brand Whisk & Pinny – exclusively from Freshfayre Chilled Food Specialist (stand M202). Handcrafted by family bakers, this premium range of indulgent treats has been specially created to tempt customers and drive sales. With all the favourite bakes – ranging from cakes, cookies, bars and muffins – to strong branding and POS solutions, operators will have everything they need for their grab and go bakery.
Consett Popcorn Company Limited (stand M349) is launching a brand new gourmet popcorn brand with instant 'shelf appeal' and an affordable price tag at lunch!. The five new flavours in the range are available in retail single serve packs that show their authentic kitchen cupboard ingredients. New own label options are now also available.
With on-the-go snacking becoming more and more popular, Whitworths – Healthier Snacking has created Shots – a collection of tasty and perfectly portable ‘skinny’ packs of dried fruit, nut and seed combinations, with less than 100 calories per shot (stand A507). The newly designed packaging for the Shot collection and new flavours (Fruity Biscuit 25g, and Orange & Chocolate Seed 25g) will be launched at lunch! 2014.
Visitors to the lunch! show will be amongst the first people to see and try the new single serve pouch of Eat Natural’s new Toasted Muesli with Buckwheat (stand U116). The pouch is an individual 65g serving of its wonderfully crisp, naturally gluten free muesli. It has been designed specifically with the ‘breakfast on the go’ market in mind (RRP 79p).
Launching at lunch!, Oppo Ice Cream (stand IZ-21) is made with natural extracts and virgin coconut oil, boosted with exotic superfoods. British made, it is free-from sucrose and low-fat (80 kcal) and only produced with healthy ingredients. The three ultra-premium flavours (available in 120ml and 500ml tubs) include Madagascan Vanilla with Baobab, Brazilian Acai, and Mint Choc Swirl with Spirulina.
New exhibitor Quibbles Limited (stand M441) is launching its new ‘free from’ range of sharer snacks, plus new single packs of nutritious snack mixes. Available in seven flavours, including Chilli Chilli Bang Bang! (Indian hot chilli cashews and peanuts), and Honey, Nut Me Out! (Belgian chocolate honeycomb, honey cashews & hazelnuts).
World leading, family owned pastry manufacturer Pidy (stand M418) has announced three new launches for lunch! 2014. Firstly a new gluten free pastry range, which includes an 8.5cm neutral and sweet pastry and a 4cm neutral canapé for sweet or savoury fillings. Secondly a sweet and neutral short pastry range, which includes mini cups and mini tartlettes and finally a commemorative Flower of Peace Canapés, which come in a tasty neutral beetroot flavour.
Launching this September is the new Impulse range of 26g bars from Willie’s Cacao (stand M432). This will make seven of Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s most popular flavours available for impulse purchase in places like cafés and coffee bars. As ever, all these chocolates are made ‘bean to bar’ from the world’s great single estate cacaos, in Willie’s chocolate factory in Devon. The range includes Venezuelan Gold, Peruvian Gold, Café Negro, Luscious Orange, Milk of the Gods, Sea Flakes, and El Blanco.
Eilles Tee UK (stand U303) is introducing BASIC textur (by herba cuisine). A versatile, neutral texturiser, made purely from the white inner layer of citrus fruits and water, it can be used to stabilise or thicken hot or cold dishes (from sorbets and mousses to sauces and emulsions). Other brands on show include Valonia, Crisbiss Waffle, and Balgo – a pure, natural honey carrier spoon that is ready to mix into hot drinks.
Posh Pasty Co (stand U205) is launching a new range of posh pies at lunch!. All pies are hand-crimped, filled to the crust, served in 285g individual wooden pie cases, and made with local Cornish ingredients. Plus, they also have a new range of pasties and sausage rolls – including vegetarian options and a range of different meats.
The Sweet Ideas Food Company (stand U108) is launching a new Healthyideas snacking range, which complements their philosophy of offering a healthy balance between popular confectionery lines, snacking products and healthier ranges. They will also be showcasing their 2014 Christmas products, including Turkish delight, Christmas biscuits, novelty candy canes and gold coins.
Tideford Organics (stand M231) is launching a new range of free from autumn soups. These gluten and sugar free organic soups are available in three delicious flavours – Winter Beetroot Soup with Curly Kale, Sweet Potato Soup with Chia Seed and Quinoa, and Red Lentil Soup with Apricots and Crushed Chillies. All of their products are gluten free, organic and low in fat and salt. They also produce vegan and vegetarian products.
Get Fruity (stand U218b) is a new healthy snack available in three flavours – Moist Mixed Berry, Scrumptious Strawberry, and Juicy Apricot, Orange & Ginger. All three are bursting with real juice infused fruit and natural fruit juices, giving the bars a 39% fruit content. The fruit is blended together with British wholegrain oats using virgin coconut oil, which stimulates the metabolism, and then lightly baked to lock in the flavour.
Already a big word-of-mouth success in Ireland, the Krüst-Cronut from Krüst Bakery (its take on New York chef Dominique Ansel’s famous croissant-doughnut fusion) will be launching in the UK at lunch! (stand U111). They’re currently one of the only European suppliers that can produce this ‘must have’ treat on a large-scale.
The Snack Ham Company Ltd (stand IZ-17) is launching a revolutionary new meat snack at lunch! this year. Made from 100% air dried pork ham, SNACK HAM is high in protein, under 70 calories and contains less than 5% fat (available in Original and Chorizo, 30g packs). To help maximise shelf space, SNACK HAM is packed on convenient clip strips of 10 units, which are easy to display.
Crown Foods – WAT KITCHEN (stand G5) will be unveiling WAT KITCHEN, a new range of ambient chicken rice and noodle Asian ready-meals for busy foodies. The range includes Chicken in Black Bean Sauce with rice, Chicken in Sweet and Sour Sauce with rice, Chicken in Chilli and Thai Basil Sauce with noodles, and Chicken in Teriyaki Sauce with noodles. Microwave in just 2½ minutes; no water, fridge or fuss.
lunch! 2014 will be the first presentation of Little & Cull’s new branding and the revealing of the Tom’s Pies rebrand and individual Pie packaging to existing and potential new customers (Tom's Pies and Little & Cull, stand M413). Little & Cull – a leading supplier of premium frozen sous vide and prepared meals in the UK, is offering tastings of its range of terrines (including new Smoked Ham Hock). Whilst Tom’s Pies is sampling new Beef Madras Pie and its range of mini pies in Chicken & Herb, Steak & Ale, and Chicken & Ham.
Scribbles’ new launch at lunch! is Artic Deli – a premium range of filled hot deli items that includes croque-monsieurs, paninis, wraps and burritos (stand A319). Distributed frozen with 6 months shelf life, retailers simply defrost and heat to serve. They can be heated in the oven, panini grill or a turbo chef.
Metcalfe’s skinny Topcorn has ‘popped’ out yet another taste-bud tantalising flavour to join their topcorn range – Metcalfe’s skinny Topcorn White Cheese. Available for all visitors to this year’s lunch! (stand M524), the new flavour takes its inspiration from the US where ‘White Cheese’ is hugely popular. This concept hasn’t yet graced the UK snacks market, until now. The new flavour variant has a creamy texture whilst being 114 calories per serving (with no artificial colours or flavourings).
Tanpopo Japanese Foods (stand A107) has added several new additions to its range, including grilled Salmon and Miso Ramen Noodle Soup and, a new vegetarian option, Bamboo & Shitake Mushroom Tom Yum.
Mornflake (stand M308) is showcasing its new and innovative Superfast Pots range. Offering the convenience of a dry, ambient product, made with skimmed milk powder, it turns to a ready-to-eat bowl of cereal and milk, by adding a splash of cold water. Complete with an integrated spoon, Mornflake Superfast Pots are available in four variants, including Granola, Oatbran Flakes, Fruit & Fibre and Muesli.
New exhibitor Duke of Delhi is a quirky Anglo Indian producer of innovative confectionery (stand IZ-26). Founded by a brother and sister, they are showcasing their unique Bombay Mix chocolate bars (the range of six flavoured bars contains 18-20% Bombay mix) and new Bombay Mix Buttons at lunch!.
Better Bakes (stand IZ-20) is launching its innovative ‘Gorgeous! Guilt Free Goodies’ range, which includes Oaty Flapjacks, Yummy Chocolate-Chip Flapjacks, Fudgy Brownies and Soft & Chewy Chocolate-Chunk Cookies in both singles and multi-packs in SRPs. They are 30% reduced in both fat and sugar and deliver all the taste and texture of an indulgent treat (free from artificial colours, flavours and hydrogenated fats).
Glebe Farm Foods (stand U222) has expanded into foodservice. Their gluten free offering includes 5kg bags of porridge oats, muesli, granolas, flours, homemade ‘loaf’ style cakes, ice cream cones, granola snack bars, cake and bread mixes, and beer and flavoured ciders.
URBAN eat, one of the UK’s leading chilled food-to-go brands, is showcasing its new monthly specials at lunch! (stand G13). Developed with exciting ingredients, the products have been designed to inspire the regular sandwich shopper and add something a little different to the chiller cabinet. The two varieties (which change every month) will be listed in the ‘Posh Nosh’ and ‘Core’ ranges, which adds to its portfolio of over 100 sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads, pastries, fruit, yoghurts and more.
New exhibitor Chiltern Foods (stand M548) specialises in the creation of classic, innovative and bespoke products. As well as a wide range of salads and sandwich fillings, they also manufacture scrambled egg and frittatas (in bulk and individual portions). Chiltern’s new purpose built production facility at Heathrow can produce anything in boxes, bags or pots – including porridges, soups, noodles and spaghetti in both airline and larger sized packaging.
mini NOM NOMS is looking to broaden kids palates, with its new, authentic world cuisine, ready meal range. Launching at lunch!, their simple, home cooked style recipes use the freshest and healthiest ingredients to nourish children in a fun and interactive way. Products include tiny tiffins, little laska, tiny thali and tiny tagine.
Karimix (stand M227) is promoting its new South-East Asian winter warmers range, which includes kaffir red and miso soups, lemon chipotle and orange dijon dressings and buriyani rice paste. Ideal for foodservice operators wanting to unlock the flavours of South-East Asia, whether creating recipes from scratch or when time challenged.
Of The Earth Superfoods (stand M323) is introducing its new breakfast made from 50% superfoods plus 50% ultra-thin gluten free organic oats. Every generous 65g serving pot comes complete with spoon for the ultimate free-from experience. Enriched with exciting superfoods, plus hemp and linseeds, it is free from gluten, GMO, wheat, dairy and nuts.
New start-up Bib and Spoon (stand IZ-16) is looking to promote its freshly made baby food to go to a wider audience at lunch! 2014. Ingredients are sourced locally and all food is hand-made in South East London. Dishes include Chicken & Leek Pie; Sweet Thai Curry; and Colcannon.
New exhibitor Meridian Foods, the UK’s leading producer of palm-oil free nut and seed butters, will be showcasing its nut butters and new nut bars at lunch! (stand U226). New Peanut and Almond Bars feature all the nutty taste that has made Meridian’s nut butters, which offer 100% nuts, popular with nut fans. Meridian will be sampling its peanut butter, cashew butter and almond butter (available in 1kg tubs) and its single serve 26g jars of peanut butter in crunchy and smooth variants at the show.
Sarrion's (stand IZ-14) is an upcoming brand of macarons in London, providing shops, events or weddings with exclusive macarons, including Strawberry & Champagne, Beetroot & Manjari, and Black Truffle, amongst others. Their flavours come from the mind of Alex Sarrion, an experienced chef working for some the biggest names in the industry.
CHOC + (stand IZ-08) is launching new Chocolate Raspberry Pie and Rocky Road Scrumble single serve 35g pouches at lunch!. CHOC+ have been invigorating the chocolate market with their innovative mixes of chocolate plus other tasty things, and these new products are perfect for the food-to-go market.
Award winning online cake company Sponge Cakes (stand M226) is launching its new Sponge Spuffle range and personalised packaging at the show. Available in six different flavours, the hand crafted Sponge Spuffles come with innovative displays to help them stand out above all other sweet treats.
With its brand new team of investors and their creative and marketing team, Exquisite Handmade Cakes (stand U106) is now able to offer bespoke marketing material to each and every one of its customers. Providing them with a uniquely tailored service from start to finish.
Square Pie, the UK’s original gourmet pie company, has launched a range of mini pie ‘Canapies’ (stand A204). Flavours include Steak & Ale, Chicken & Mushroom, and a highly addictive BBQ Bourbon beef. They will also be showcasing their wider range of award winning classic British pies.
New exhibitor PERKIER Foods Ltd (stand IZ-05) is showcasing its award winning range, including innovative Porridge pots (just add hot water for breakfast on the go). High in fibre, low in saturated fats, they are a good source of protein, which keeps customers fuller for longer. Also showing: low or no added sugar Tiffin and Rocky Road bars.
Dina Foods’ Paninette Ranch Style Breakfast Sandwich (stand G8) is available frozen for immediate consumption when defrosted. This fully cooked product is made with Paninette flatbread, and filled with egg, sausage, beans, and an American style sauce. This unique sandwich will add profit to quick service catering with or without limited cooking facilities.
Award winning Timmy's Pies (stand A417) is introducing its full range of Tiny Timmy's Pies, the perfect party pie for every occasion. They will also be showcasing a new service in personalised pies – a fantastic gift and the perfect opportunity to say it in shortcrust.
Danora – one of Europe’s most innovative food-to-go suppliers – is returning to lunch! this year to promote their award winning range of authentic Italian hot snacks (stand M307).
The Safer Food Group (stand M138) is the leading supplier of online based food hygiene and health and safety training courses. Their Level 2 Food Safety Course has over 135,000 learners to date, whilst their level 3 Food Supervisor Course is only £89.00 – encouraging large numbers to upgrade their qualification level.
G&G Food Supplies’ Essential Food will have its debut at this year's lunch! (stand A508). An organic blend of vegetarian/vegan ingredients that can be easily incorporated into a daily diet, it is packed full of nutrition and an excellent provider of slow release energy.
lunch! 2014 will feature 300 exhibiting companies showcasing food and drink products, packaging, equipment and technology solutions. Show features include the Working lunch! Keynote Theatre, Innovation Challenge Live, Innovation Challenge Showcase, and the British Smoothie Championships.
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lunch! won Best Trade Show at the Exhibition News Awards in February 2014.
It was shortlisted for ‘Best UK Tradeshow Exhibition over 2,000sq.m’ and ‘‘Best Marketing Campaign of the Year’ by the Association of Event Organisers in its annual AEO Excellence Awards in July 2014.
lunch! won Best Marketing Campaign of the Year in 2012 and was named Best UK Trade Show Exhibition under 2,000sqm for two years running in 2010 and 2011 at the AEO Excellence Awards.
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