Diversified Communications UK, the organiser of Commercial Kitchen, has confirmed that the Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA), which has supported the show since its inception, is to continue in its role of ‘lead partner’.
Meanwhile, the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) will be a new association partner, further strengthening the show’s industry support for 2017, the company revealed.
Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 6-7 June, Commercial Kitchen will welcome thousands of senior equipment buyers and decision makers from restaurants, pubs, hotels, contract caterers, hospitals, schools, care homes, universities, attractions, distributors, and consultancies.
Last year’s launch event attracted over 1,700 attendees, with 36% of visitors responsible for an annual spend in excess of £500,000, and 10% over £5m.
Adam Mason, director general of CEDA, said: “Following a great first edition, CEDA is delighted to be involved at the highest level with Commercial Kitchen 2017 – the UK’s only show dedicated to the commercial kitchen industry. Commercial Kitchen is a great way for CEDA Partners to showcase their equipment to CEDA members and end-users, who are looking for the latest innovations in professional catering equipment in one place. The show offers excellent synergies and networking opportunities, and we encourage all our members to visit.”
CEDA Partners already confirmed to exhibit include Adande Refrigeration, Aqua Cure, Commercial Catering Spares, CED Fabrications, Electrolux Professional, Extechnology, Gamble Foodservice Solutions, Hoshizaki UK, Liebherr UK, MCS Technical Products, Rational UK, Regale Microwave Ovens, and Viessmann.
They are among over 100 leading equipment manufacturers, suppliers and distributors set to showcase the complete range of innovative equipment, devices and utensils required to run, refurbish or build a commercial kitchen.
Commercial Kitchen’s group event director, Chris Brazier, said: “We are delighted that CEDA shares our goals of supporting and celebrating the industry. They’ve been helping us to develop an even stronger event for 2017, to bring everyone – all their members and partners – together for two days of unrivalled product launches, innovation, free education and networking.”
Visitors to the show will have the chance to view all the shortlisted design entries from the CEDA Grand Prix Design Awards 2017 in the CEDA Design Gallery which will be located near the entrance.
The results of Grand Prix awards will be announced later this month. A selection of the winners are expected to appear in a series of exclusive panel sessions at the show.
Julian Edwards, chairman of the FCSI (UK &I), said: “The FCSI is delighted to be a Partner on Commercial Kitchen 2017. With such a wide choice of innovative equipment under one roof, and leading industry keynotes from across all sectors of the foodservice industry, it’s a must attend event for consultants and end-users looking to stay ahead of the latest innovations and trends in this dynamic industry.”
Other association supporters include The British Hospitality Association and The Hospital Catering Association (HCA).