lunch! exhibitor show highlights 2014 – new food-to-go packaging, equipment & technology

The following is just a taste of some of the exciting new innovations – including food and drink packaging, foodservice equipment and technology solutions – being introduced at this year’s lunch! event.


Eco-friendly tableware supplies company Little Cherry (stand A200) is introducing its new biodegradable natural coconut shell bowls this year.  Durable, robust and reusable, they can be used in the oven, freezer and dishwasher.  The half shell bowl measures 5″ long by 3″ wide by 2″ deep and are sold in packs of 10 for £8.99.  Also showing: new pizza plates, platters for sushi and canapés, and new shapes and sizes of bowls from its Palm Leaf tableware range.

The Heated Line from ELLER foodPackaging GmbH (stand IZ-6) is a new packaging range approved for safe use in hot cabinets according to EU-standards.  Launching at lunch!, all products are made from recyclable materials and were specifically designed for the grab-and-go market.  Additional features, such as tear-off perforation and self-seal ability, provide customers with an added benefit.

Packnwood (stand M212) is showcasing its new range of street food packaging – kraft cardboard boats for fish & chips, hot dog trays, newspaper style deli containers for salads and soups, paper cones, wrap cups and more.

Eco packaging and labelling experts Planglow (stand G9) is demonstrating its fully Food Information Regulation (FIR) compliant labelling software: LabelLogic and NutriLogic.  Having received updates ahead of new food labelling laws that come into effect this December, the software – plus new label designs – ensure producing legislatively compliant labelling remains a simple and speedy process.  Planglow is also showcasing a wide range of new grab and go products developed specifically to support deli-style and street-food offerings.  This includes a brand new collection especially for hot foods.

Tri-Star Packaging (stand M101) will be wowing lunch! visitors with ground-breaking new concepts, including trendy deli pots range Tri-Pot™, that offers superb on-shelf presentation to help food-to-go retailers add more ‘zing’ to their takeaway offer, and clever one-fingered drinks carrier Handle-It, which enables customers to carry drinks when their hands are full.

Eco friendly packaging company Biopac UK (stand M543) is launching new Take Home Boxes, branded ‘Too Good To Waste’.  They are designed to help cafes and restaurants reduce their food waste by encouraging diners to take their leftovers home to enjoy later.  Functional and sustainable, they can be fully composted when they’ve reached their end of life, so very kind to the environment.

Celebrating 50 years in business, Reynards UK’s stand (M312) at lunch! will be filled with an array of food-to-go products.  These include salad containers, Tamper Evident containers, cellophane block bottom bags, disposable hot and cold cups, window bags, SOS bags, soup containers, as well as its range of completely compostable packaging.

RAP (stand M318) is showcasing two of its industry-leading products: AirRap™ and HandRap™.  AirRap™ takes hot food-to-go from manufacture, to oven, display, and finally to the consumer, using a single piece of packaging.  HandRap™ is a bespoke product for hot and cold food-to-go products, offering complete flexibility.  Both products save operators time, money and optimise food safety.

One of the world’s leading manufacturers of multi-format packaging solutions, Coveris (stand M410) is showcasing its first combined offering since the acquisition of St Neots Packaging this year, which includes paper board, rigid and semi rigid plastic packaging, labels and film.

Benders Paper Cups (stand M114) is showcasing its new Garda Embossed Insulated Cup at this year’s lunch!, alongside its complete range of market leading paper hot cups.  The UK’s only dedicated paper hot cups manufacturer, Benders will exhibit a full selection of iconic stock designs from its single wall and insulated ranges.

Tri-Label (stand M101) is gearing up to make a huge splash with Tri-Label Online, the award-winning, cloud-based labelling software solution that’s revolutionising the way food-to-go operators create and print labels.  Fully-compliant with the new food labelling regulations, Tri-Label Online is a ground-breaking system that enables caterers to print eye-catching labels with ease.


Equipment & Technology

CRÈME BRÛLÉE – an exciting new hot beverage concept from Fairtrade Beverage Systems is being launched at this year’s show (stand IZ-02).  Visitors can sample this new sensation of the classic dessert as a culinary hot drink.  It can also be served iced or as a frappé.

The Coffee Machine Company (stand M121) is demonstrating two new machines at lunch! this year.  The new Classe 11 Flag Ship Traditional Espresso Machine from world renowned Rancilio, and the new Egro Zero entry level Bean To Cup Machine, which is suitable for applications of 100 coffees per day.

Phat Pasty Co (stand A213) is launching Phat Soup, an innovative and unique concept for this year’s lunch!.  The Soup Server provides a self serve soup offer, with up to 12 hours hot holding.  Soups are nutritious and supplied in ambient pouches.  The operator has full HACCP read outs and a self-clean system.

Newly launched eXpresso PLUS (stand U103) offers a fresh alternative to the UK Coffee2Go market.  With a complete range of solutions on offer and partnerships with global leading brands (including LavAzza, Nescafé, PG tips, Clipper and more), eXpresso PLUS offers a customised hot drinks solution.

Unilever’s tea experts have developed Tea Fusion; a revolutionary way to serve a perfectly brewed cup of loose leaf tea.  Tea leaves ‘dance’ in the machine’s brewing chamber, guaranteeing the ideal balance between water temperature, brewing time and movement (stand A105).  The 12-strong range of teas and infusions are hand-picked and sealed in air-tight capsules, to complement the brewing process.  Outlets offering Tea Fusion have experienced double-digit growth on their volume and value tea sales.

Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances (stand M331) is demonstrating the latest in display refrigeration, with its new Lec Commercial bottle cooler range (available in single, double or triple door variants).  The powerful Titan Commercial 6-burner range cooker, and Burco’s popular range of innovative Auto-fill filtration boilers will also be on show.

Alan Nuttall is showcasing its range of patented flexible foodservice systems (stand G11).  The Flexeserve® Intelligent Chassis Counter System is a unique series of flexible link and lock modular counters, which can link a multiple number of modules from a single 32amp 3 phase supply, with an extensive range of heated, chilled or ambient Flexeserve® drop-in displays.

Manitowoc Foodservice (stand M336) is exhibiting the new eikon® e4s from Merrychef, which has been designed to meet the demanding needs of high throughput foodservice operators.  The eikon e4s targets operators who are looking to reduce cook times, cut operating costs, and enhance their store environment with a quicker, quieter, and more energy-efficient rapid-cooking oven.

Rational UK’s new SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses (stand M115) is going to be put through its paces at lunch!, as chefs show how the new combi-steamer can cook everything from pies to pizza to pasta, from burgers to chips, even a full English breakfast – all at the touch of a button, and all with perfect results.

EPOSability (stand A300) specialises in providing, delivering and supporting IT solutions and professional services for the hospitality industry.  They have partnered with the world’s leading hardware and software vendors, and together have delivered many large projects for SME’s through to large FTSE 250 companies.

orderbird AG (stand U112) is showcasing its multi-awarded iPad POS system.  orderbird saves caterers time, money, and stress – allowing them to focus on what is really important: their guests.  orderbird customers’ say that the EPOS saves them 1¾ hours a week and boosts profits by 10%, thanks to increased efficiency and operational improvements.

lunch! 2014, taking place on 23-24 September at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, 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 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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