Six catering equipment firms stake claim for casual dining glory

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A number of catering equipment suppliers are among the companies battling it out this week to win the ‘Innovation Challenge’ prize at the Casual Dining Show.

The event, which takes place on 22-23 February at the Business Design Centre in London, has received a record 40 entries.

Suppliers from the food, drink, equipment and technology sectors are eligible to enter, as long as their product has been launched to the casual dining sector in the past 12 months.

Six companies from the catering equipment sector are chasing the coveted ‘Gold Award’ prize. These include Adande Refrigeration (Adande A+ Fridge), Advance Catering Equipment (Smart Kitchens), Ascentia FSE (F1 High Speed Oven), Pizza Equipment (Next Phase Delivery Bags), Rational UK: (SelfCookingCenter XS); and Robot-Coupe UK (Robot Cook).

Voting opens at the Innovation Challenge Gallery (on the Upper Feature Level) from 10am on the show’s opening day and will run until 4pm.

The 15 exhibitors to have secured the most votes will then be invited to ‘pitch’ their new innovations to a panel of industry judges the following day.

The 10-strong panel includes big name buyers from Casual Dining Group, Jamie’s Italian, TGI Friday’s, Fuller’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Young’s and Geronimo Pubs, The Restaurant Group, Nando’s, Côte Restaurants and Anglian Country Inns.

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