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The UK’s appetite for food-to-go has never been bigger and it’s still growing. That’s the message from lunch! 2016, which welcomed 6,204 key buyers and decision makers from across the food-to-go sector to its 9th annual edition last week, on 21-22 September.
The multi-award winning show bid farewell to its Business Design Centre venue in style, with its biggest event yet securing another record turnout. Many of the UK’s biggest food-to-go operators, food retailers, and contract caterers, plus thousands of independent and multiple cafés, coffee shops and sandwich shops were in attendance.
Among them were well-known brands such as Abokado, AMT Coffee, Aramark, Asda, BaxterStorey, Boots, BP, Compass Group, Co-op, Costa Coffee, Debenhams, EAT, Elior UK, FCB – Artisan Espresso Bars, Gate Gourmet, Gate Retail Onboard, Greggs, Hilton, IKEA, ISS UK, itsu, KFC, Krispy Kreme, LEON, LSG Sky Chefs, Marks & Spencer, Merlin Entertainments, Morrisons, Norwegian Airlines, P&O Ferries, Patisserie Valerie, POD, Pret a Manger, Rail Gourmet, Sainsbury’s, SPAR, SSP, Starbucks, Subway, Superdrug, Tesco, Tortilla, Tossed, Virgin Trains, Waitrose, Wasabi, and WH Smith.
“I find every visit to lunch! hugely valuable, as it really is the key event for our industry. The special 10th anniversary lunch! at ExCeL London will be particularly exciting for buyers in the sector,” says Caroline Cromar, director of food at Pret a Manger. Read More »
If you weren’t able to attend the show yesterday, there’s still plenty of great content to enjoy at the second day of lunch! 2016. Read More »
Branded operators are increasing their lunch share
But growing popularity of breakfast out threatens to cannibalise lunch trade
London, September 21 2016 – The competition to attract consumers for lunch out-of-home (OOH) has become more intense than ever. There is competition between branded operators and independents as well as added pressure for all players from the growing trend to spend money on OOH breakfasts, with this day part growing much faster than lunch.
Brands doing better than independents for lunch
With high-street restaurant chains having invested vigorously in their lunch products since the 2008/2009 downturn, the well-known branded foodservice chains are successfully building business at the expense of independent operators. Figures released by global information company The NPD Group show that as of YE June 2008, there were 13 chains with a 1%+ share of the OOH lunch market. By YE June 2016 this had grown to 17 chains. Read More »
lunch!, opens for business at 10am today at Business Design Centre in London. Over 6,000 attendees are expected to pack the aisles over two days (Wednesday and Thursday, 21-22 September). Read More »
The following is just a taste of the new food products on show at this year’s lunch!
To read the full exhibitor show highlights, please visit: www.lunchshow.co.uk/record-number-of-new-food-to-go-innovations-at-lunch-2016/