The Casual Dining Show 2018

As the casual dining industry evolves, businesses need to be able to adapt to the changing consumer trends. The Casual Dining Show at the Business Design Centre, Islington, provides a perfect platform for the top leading hospitality professionals from all over the UK to showcase their innovative and exciting new concepts and trends, which can unlock new potential in the casual dining industry.

As soon as you enter the BDC, the atmosphere presents a real buzz and with so much to see and do, it’s easy to spend the whole day discovering new products and innovations. From tasty food and drink to the latest trends in technology, there is something for everyone and a healthy balance of emerging companies and established national businesses. As more consumers are enjoying the taste of Japanese cuisine, it was great to see our client Ajinomoto showcasing their extensive range, offering visitors the chance to try their twist on traditional Gyozas and Yakisoba. Free-from products were a leading trend this year among exhibitors, Pipers Crisps presented their gluten free products, and Major International demonstrated their tasty, gluten-free marinades, sauces and stock bases to name a few.

The Casual Dining Show provides a great opportunity to hear keynotes from industry experts that tackle topics such as the ever-evolving industry, and top tips for new start-ups and ideas on how to develop your business and become even more successful. The speeches offer real food for thought and are a great way to ask any burning questions that one has regarding the fast-paced casual dining industry. The founders and MD’s of KuPP Hubbox and Flat Iron took part in the ‘Large Multi-Site Brand of the Future’ Q&A hosted by Peter Martin, Vice President CGA which looked into the challenges and positives of growing businesses in 2018. All three brands offering different experiences, agreed that the current climate isn’t making it easy to roll out sites and expand, however, they acknowledge that staying ahead and listening to guests is imperative. They tackled issues such as staffing, site finding and delivery options, all of which are distinctive to their own brands, and gave insight to where they think they will be in the next five years.

As the event gets bigger and better, The Casual Dining Show is a fantastic opportunity for people in the industry to share ideas, develop relationships and keep pushing the sector forward.

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