Thanks to a 23% increase in stand space for 2017, lunch! will host the biggest food-to-go showcase the UK has ever seen. 335 exhibitors have now booked all available stands for the much anticipated tenth anniversary show, which will take place at ExCeL London on September 21 and 22.
The show sold out over two months in advance of doors opening, with strong exhibitor uptake from across the entire food-to-go sector. The final stands to be snapped up last week all went to new companies: Nibble Group, Big Boss Palm, Thai Delicious, Shibui Tea, and Deli Lites Ireland. They’ll be making their lunch! debut alongside 12 of lunch!’s founding exhibitors.
Notably, The British Sandwich Association, Kavis, Teapigs, The Handmade Cake Company, and Tri-star Packaging, have graced every lunch! exhibitor list since its launch in 2008. Show regulars, who also exhibited that first year (and many since), include Salty Dog Brands, Biopac UK, James White Drinks, Natural Balance Foods, Nestlé UK, Plas Farm Frozen Desserts, and Chegworth Valley Juices.
Group event director, Chris Brazier, said: “Right from the start, we wanted lunch! to be different. To really stand out from the event crowd, and to be a real buying experience that visitors – from the biggest food to go multiples to local cafés and coffee shops – all actually enjoyed coming to. Now, every year, we hear about lunch!’s fantastic buzz and unique atmosphere. It’s such an integral part of the show – and it just gets better with each show.”
New exhibitors include Melitta Professional Coffee Solutions UK, Schur Star Systems, Caffia, The Protein Ice Cream Company, Zeo Drinks, The Real Olive Company, Tuk-Tuk Food & Drinks, Ninkee, Gunna Drinks, The Cool Confectionery Company, Spry Foods, Speciality Breads, The Mae Deli, Ugly Drinks, Battle Oats, Caffe Di Artisan, CanO Water, Zeus Packaging, and Pelican Rouge Coffee Solutions.