Hospitality show bumps up offering with new retail edge for operators

Hotel, Catering & Retail Show

The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show will add an extra ‘retail’ element to its event this year in the hope of improving the offering for businesses in the foodservice sector.

The show, which takes place on 14-15 March at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), will include retail buyers looking for speciality food and drink as well as the usual hospitality buyers.

There will be more products displayed than any previous show, with producers from Taste of the West, Dorset Food & Drink, and Hampshire Fare, all spotlighting their products for buyers.

The Hotel, Catering & Retail Show is one of the UK’s longest running hospitality and food service events, with more than 60 years’ history. It features new and innovative products and services and hundreds of premium food and drink product tastings.

The show is designed to provide a unique opportunity to get hands-on and face to face – to see inspiring demonstrations, taste touch and smell different products, and make meaningful comparisons between competing offers. Visitors can get invaluable insights into how the market is evolving, and make fresh contacts whilst mixing with colleagues, suppliers and customers.

This well-established hospitality event attracts some of the best exhibitors, who market their products and services to the vibrant year-round hospitality and retail sector in Bournemouth, Dorset, Hampshire and surrounding areas. The mix of retail and hospitality suppliers aims to create a vibrant and fertile trading environment.

Hoteliers, restaurateurs, chefs, catering professionals, deli and farm shop owners, and retail buyers large and small will be able to preview exciting local produce, innovative business services, quality catering equipment and fresh ideas across the drinks and speciality food sectors.

Show features include Liquid, which offers the on-trade and off-trade the opportunity to discover new products, techniques, services and trends, as well as the chance to network.

Located in Liquid is the Mixology Bar; the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink zone organised in partnership with the UK Bartenders Guild in collaboration with Bottled Consulting Ltd.  This Zone has been a successful UKBTG feature for three years running now.

Each day at the show a range of activities will be taking place at the large central oval bar. Visitors can watch the UKBG Market Challenge 2017 for Barman Apprentices and Bartending Legends, enjoy brand demonstrations and tastings, listen to talks from Bottled Consulting, and watch demonstrations by Brockenhurst and Bournemouth Hospitality College.

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