2014 Testimonials

See what the industry thought of lunch! 2014

Exhibitor testimonials

“lunch! has evolved over the past 6 years as a focal point in the Pidy calendar attracting a good quality, specific target audience. The bijoux nature of the show along with its award winning accolades means we meet a range of quality visitors eager to learn more about our range of ready to fill patisseries. We didn’t win any innovation product this year but we live to fight another day! See you again next year!”
Robert Whittle, General Manager, Pidy

“A great success yet again! We struck GOLD the second year in a row in the innovation challenge and ran out of business cards by the end of day one. If we could only do one trade show a year, it would be lunch!”
Aylin Haas, ELLER foodPackaging GmbH

This year’s lunch! was a terrific event, as usual. We exhibit year after year, as it’s the perfect platform for us to showcase our latest packaging and labelling innovations to key buyers in the industry. Winning an Innovation Challenge Gold Award for Tri-Label Online was the cherry on the cake for us, it’s a real honour to receive such recognition from key buyers and a panel of industry experts at the UK’s top food-to-go show and a clear signal that we’re offering products that are genuinely innovative and make a real difference to food-to-go businesses’ everyday operations.”
Kevin Curran, Managing Director, Tri-Star Packaging

“We’re over the moon to have won the Innovation Challenge Gold Award. Two years ago when I handed in my notice to start Oppo I watched this competition and hoped that I would be up there one day! With our healthy ice cream launching in Waitrose and Ocado next month, lunch! and the innovation challenge have been a brilliant platform from which to get some feedback on the product and tell the industry about Oppo.”
Charlie Thuillier, Director, Oppo Ice cream

“We are absolutely delighted to have won such a prestigious award having only recently enhanced our range of Shots, which allows us to play our part in encouraging healthier eating without compromising their consumer appeal. We wanted to create a product that would make our food to go offering attractive and exciting, and couldn’t be happier with how well our Shots range has been received.”
Catherine Hicks, Marketing Manager, Whitworths

“One of the best decisions I made was to launch mini NOM NOMs to the trade at lunch! and to end the show with a GOLD award for innovation is truly the icing on the cake. What a fabulous start for our new brand!”
Lisa Sohanpal, mini NOM NOMS

“We made lots of new friends at lunch! and we know these relationships will be instrumental in helping us to build a solid distribution. Over the two day event we gave out over one thousand samples and received amazing feedback that JOOLS will offer a fun, healthy and convenient option to the market – a massive thank you to the organisers at lunch! and all those that voted for Jools as the winner of the Innovation Challenge Gold Award.”
Leonardo Laforgia, Founder, Jools

“The lunch! show is now a dedicated part of our annual marketing plan.“
Graeme Simpson, Managing Director, Butterware


Visitor testimonials

“lunch! 2014 was a terrific event, not only a great opportunity to catch up with current suppliers but meet some really exciting new suppliers, bringing great innovation to the industry “
Victoria Doherty, Category Procurement Manager, EAT.

“lunch! was a really worthwhile day out of the office. It was a great chance to discover new products as well as suppliers and is focused on the food to go sector. The ‘working lunch’ seminars are always interesting and it’s great to hear what else is happening in the market”
Paul Morgan, Buyer – Sandwiches, Sushi and Salad, Sainsbury’s

“Again, without fail lunch! has delivered in so many ways, across so many varied food-to-go categories. It still outshines the rest and remains the No.1 tradeshow any buyer could visit”
Martin Hambleton, Head of Procurement and Innovation, En Route International

“What a fantastic show! Yet again lunch! delivered innovation and exciting products for our market.”
Andrew Rose, Head of Purchasing, Caffѐ Nero

“lunch! has developed into one of the best shows of the year by concentrating on food and drink innovation, I hope it continues to excel in this direction”
Sandy Anderson, Senior Buyer (Food), Elior UK

“lunch! was a really great event. Very relevant and much more focussed on food than many others I attend. Will definitely put it in the diary for next year.”
Don Seller, Purchasing Director, Bartlett Mitchell

“With food-to-go going from strength to strength as a breakfast and lunch occasion, it is great to be able to come to a show with this at its core. I would recommend anyone involved in this sector to make a date with lunch! 2015”
Red Kitching, Category Buying Manager, Aramark

“lunch! is a thoroughly enjoyable and relevant show which enables me to keep up with industry trends and innovation as well as old friends!”
Paul Ettinger, Development Director, Caffe Nero

“Another great day spent at lunch! – in my view this is the best event of its kind, the venue is tremendous; not to big not to small; making the time spent within the site focussed and meaningful. This is the second year we have attended and as well as being able to catch up with suppliers I have known for a long time, each time we have left having found something innovative. Well worth while visiting!”
Mike Jackson, Director of Purchasing, Road Chef

“lunch! was a brilliant show, as a company Boots always want to be first for innovation, providing our customers with exciting new products. The show introduced us to innovation and new brands to market, as well as visiting quite a few of our current suppliers. I will definitely be back next year. “
Steph Matthews, Assistant Buying Manager, Boots

“lunch! is a fantastic show. So many trends and exciting products under one roof”
Duncan Bennett, Category Buying Manager, Aramark

“lunch! is a great show. It’s worthwhile taking time out of a busy working week to come to lunch! and see what’s happening and what’s new.”
Gillian Edwards, Catering Development Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University

“This was my first visit to lunch! and I can see why it is so popular. It gave me the chance to see existing suppliers and meet new ones along with seeing what innovation is coming up in the market.”
Theo Thomas, Director of Operations UK, Esquires Coffee

“I recommend lunch! to anyone in university catering. A fantastic chance to discover innovation and trends, a day well spent. lunch! is a concise, well managed and executed event with a good range of innovative potential suppliers in a number of our purchasing categories”
Jon Broadhurst, Head of Catering, Sheffield Hallam University

“An impressive attendance and plenty of innovation to explore.”
Alastair Eperon, Director, Pod Food Ltd.

“An excellent show that continues to improve. The IT providers this year were particularly good and complimented the new, innovative products. It was also good to catch up with some existing supplier too.”
Martyn Westcott-Wreford, Special Projects Manager, House of Commons

“I recommend lunch! to anyone in the food-to-go sector. A fantastic chance to discover innovation and trends in our industry”
Kate Skerritt, Business Development Director, POD

“A show overflowing with fresh ideas and interesting concepts – lunch! is always in my calendar.”
Richard Brownlie-Marshall, Head of Creative, Tossed

“lunch! has gone from strength to strength and this year had a very positive energy, successfully mixing both new and existing suppliers and with some interesting finds in the Innovation Zone”
Ben O’Brien, CEO, Sourced Market