The organisers of Commercial Kitchen have said they will deliver the show’s biggest edition yet in 2019 after the success of this year’s show led to a record number of exhibitors rebooking onsite.
More than 1,700 attendees visited the NEC last week for the two-day show, with leading equipment buyers and specifiers from multi-site operators and foodservice groups embracing the opportunity to check out the latest kitchen innovations in the market.
Some 11% of buyers at the show had a purchasing power of over £5m while nearly one in four said they are responsible for an annual corporate spend of over £1m. Over 60% of attendees identified as being end-user operators, while 30% were project/design houses or distributors.
A record number of suppliers have already committed to increasing their stand sizes for 2019, with 60% of exhibitors confirming their participation for the next edition before doors had even closed. This has led to show organisers, Diversified Communications, announcing a larger show floorplan for 2019.
“We’re absolutely delighted,” said event manager Katie Tyler. “A huge thanks to all our amazing exhibitors, visitors, media supporters and association partners. The wide support the show has received since its launch – is just incredible. The increased level of support from associations this year was unprecedented. The show has fast established itself as the two days a year where the industry meets, launches innovations and does business. It’s all about quality. And the quality of buyers, whether end-user, project house, distributor, or consultant, was exceptional.”
Visiting buyers from across the industry hailed Commercial Kitchen 2018 as the best yet, praising the quality of the innovative new products launched for key decision-makers at the show.
“The amount and variety of new product launches at the show made the visit really worthwhile,” commented Mark Teed, food strategy and implementation manager at Star Pubs & Bars.
Gavin Smith, operations director at Pizza Pilgrims, said he his visit was particularly productive. “This show is very useful. I found three great contacts in an hour and found the speakers to be informative, relevant and insightful,” he revealed.
Sean Edwards, training and development chef at YO! Sushi, added: “It was a breath of fresh air to be able to speak with so many different suppliers face-to-face. The quality of equipment on show was a testament to what is on offer out there for our kitchens.”
Adam Mason, director general at Ceda, the show’s lead partner, said it had achieved everything it set out to. “The event was extremely well attended, not just by Ceda members and partners, but by leading end users from across the whole of the foodservice and hospitality industry. This focused show is not to be missed. We’ll be returning as Lead Partner next year and are already discussing some exciting developments.”