Organisers of the inaugural Commercial Kitchen show insist exhibition space is filling up fast after releasing the initial exhibitor list for the June 7-8 event.
Diversified Communications UK, which also organises lunch! and Casual Dining, exhibitions, says it is delighted with the industry-wide support that the concept is receiving.
“It really is fantastic to see the way that everyone is responding to the launch of this major, dedicated event,” said group event director Chris Brazier. “When you consider that Britain’s out-of-home foodservice market is forecast to grow to £54.7 billion by the end of 2017, there are huge opportunities for commercial catering equipment manufacturers and suppliers ahead. More operators in towns and cities across the UK are looking to invest in new sites, rebrand and expand their existing outlets so Commercial Kitchen really couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Equipment purchasers and specifiers from across the foodservice sector are lending their support to the show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham.
Among them are representatives from Pret A Manger, Azzurri Group, YO! Sushi, Bill’s, Whitbread, Morrisons, Pizza Hut Restaurants, Waterstones, Marston’s, Punch Taverns, Mitchells & Butlers, Elior, Bidvest Foodservice, WSH, Sainsbury’s, Pod, Luxury Family Hotels and Hand Picked Hotels.
“We carefully research the market for kitchen equipment to ensure the quality of product meets the needs of our business,” said Matt Ashton, group executive head chef at Hand Picked Hotels. “Having a dedicated show enables us to see equipment first hand and meet potential suppliers.”
Matt Goodman from GKMS Consultancy and former head of kitchen projects and maintenance at Jamie’s Italian, said: “For someone who is dedicated to making sure the kitchens I help are the best in their sector, I believe there is an urgent need for a dedicated trade show that celebrates new innovation, energy efficiency and quality, and showcases launches of the most cutting edge kit and ideas for commercial kitchens.”
The launch edition will feature 100 founding exhibitors showcasing the complete range of innovative equipment, devices and utensils required to run a commercial kitchen, including cooking equipment, refrigeration, storage, warewashing, fit out and design.
The latest companies to confirm their presence are PKL Group, Concept, Testo and Britannia Kitchen Ventilation. Instanta, Fire and Ice Catering and Regale Microwave Ovens are some of the existing exhibitors that have increased the size of their stand in the past week, according to Diversified.
The full list of confirmed catering equipment suppliers and distributors so far are:
- ACME Facilities
- ACO Technologies
- Active Food Systems
- Adande Refrigeration
- Aqua Cure
- Aqua Mundus
- Bournville Catering Equipment
- Britannia Kitchen Ventilation
- Catering Equipment
- Catersave Europe
- China Manufacturing Solutions
- Clifton Food Range
- Commercial Catering Spares
- Die – Pat
- Electrolux Professional
- Electronic Temperature Instruments
- Fire and Ice
- Frima International
- Gamble Food Service Equipment
- Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances
- Gram UK / Hoshizaki UK
- Henkelman UK
- Manitowoc Foodservice UK
- MCS Technical Products
- Oxford Hardware
- Panasonic UK
- Pentland Wholesale
- PKL Group
- Purified Air
- R H Hall Foodservice Solutions
- Rational UK
- Regale Microwaves
- Robot Coupe (UK)
- Space Catering
- Synergy Grill
- The Cutlery Polisher Company
- Unox UK
- Valentine Equipment