This year the annual lunch! show was bigger than ever. The UK’s leading food-to-go trade show took place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London in late September and included more than 350 exhibitors across the whole food and drink industry promoting concepts, packaging and equipment. Larger than last year with the addition of 100 new stands for 2016, the show revealed the latest innovations and trends across the industry.
One key trend recognised throughout lunch! show this year was the continued importance of the health trend and a well-balanced diet, with many stands presenting healthy, natural products. Some of our favourite healthy products that we saw included were Livia’s Kitchen vegan, gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free raw millionaire bites, Coolicious’ fat free frozen yogurt and Press’ 100% cold-pressed juices.
The Hubbies went along not only to explore the show but also to support two of our clients – Big Al’s Foodservice and Tetley. Big Al’s Foodservice was on hand to offer expertise on its range of simple to use, pre-cooked menu solutions and branded food concepts. Building on current ‘freedom eating’ and handheld snacking trends, Big Al’s also showcased its new authentic Italian stone-baked pizza twists.
Tetley was also in attendance and on Wednesday 21st September, judging took place for the Tetley Great British Brunch Challenge. Finalists were set the challenge of creating a brunch dish to accompany a Tetley blend. The winner was announced at the Café Life Awards later that day – many congratulations to winner David Worthington and his delicious brunch dish of Super Green Beans on Toast, served with Tetley’s Green Tea blend.
We had a great time at lunch! this year – make sure you save the date for next year when the show is moving venue to the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands between the 21st-22nd September 2017.