A dedicated trade show for the UK catering equipment industry is set to be launched in 2016 by the exhibition company behind the Casual Dining and Lunch! shows.
Diversified Communications confirmed this morning that it will run a two-day show called ‘Commercial Kitchen’ at the Birmingham NEC on 7-8 June next year. It has already won the support of leading manufacturers including Electrolux, Rational, Gram, Adande, Manitowoc and Gamble Foodservice Solutions.
The show is due to take place just three months after Hotelympia , widely seen by many in the industry as the main UK show for catering equipment suppliers and new kitchen products.
Diversified Communication’s Chris Brazier insists the event will connect suppliers with customers expressly looking for new equipment. He said the company had embarked on an “extensive consultation” process with leading industry suppliers, distributors and operators, who have helped develop the concept.
“Like the best things in life, it’s a simple yet very compelling idea. For the first time, Commercial Kitchen will bring together senior decision makers and buyers from all the relevant sectors to do business with the most innovative catering equipment exhibitors in a focused business environment.”
With the tag line ‘Equipment for kitchens that work’, the event will combine a trade exhibition of 100 hand-picked companies with a high profile seminar and keynote programme.
It will aim to accommodate all of the many vertical sectors served by the commercial kitchen industry, including restaurants and pubs, casual dining chains, fine dining and Michelin star restaurants, hotels, schools, universities, hospitals, prisons, food-to-go, supermarkets, leisure attractions and venues, and install companies.
The Commercial Kitchen website will be launched later this week, on Wednesday 1 July, at www.CommercialKitchenshow.co.uk. Booking for exhibitors opens at 9am on the same day.