The 2020 Commercial Kitchen show will now shift to a slightly later date in the calendar in a move that has been backed by the industry.
The show was meant to take place in early June, but will now switch to 14-15 July to give exhibitors and visitors extra time to prepare in the wake of the coronavirus situation.
One benefit of the change is that it will take place on the same dates as sister exhibition Casual Dining, which is also held at the London ExCeL.
Chris Brazier, group event director at organiser Diversified UK, said: “Commercial Kitchen is firmly established as the two days a year where the industry meets, launches innovations and does business. It’s a vital event for the industry, and those working in, and supplying, foodservice, catering and hospitality will need it even more in the coming months.
“The success, as well as the safety of our exhibitors, speakers and visitors, have always been our priority and this continues to be the case. We are a strong community, we’re all in this together, and I know everyone will get behind this. We have spoken to many exhibitors, visitors and supporters already, and based on the situation and the feedback, the decision to run Commercial Kitchen in July for this year, alongside Casual Dining, is a logical and positive step in these difficult times.”
The move has been supported by the show’s key partners Ceda and the FCSI.
Adam Mason, director of Ceda, said: “Ceda fully support the move to the new dates and look forward to July at ExCeL where Ceda partners should now see even more end user buyers to do business with.”
Louise Willis, executive director at FCSI UK & Ireland, added: “The FCSI UK&I fully supports the Commercial Kitchen Show, and believes that by holding it alongside Casual Dining in 2020, it will be even more beneficial to members.”
Although the two shows will maintain separate identities and focus, visitors and exhibitors will benefit from a potential boost in seeing an even greater range of products and customers respectively.
Gary Nunn, managing director at Unox UK, said: “Unox UK is 100% in support of the decision to move Commercial Kitchen to the new July dates. It provides more time for us to prepare and ultimately having the show sitting alongside Casual Dining can only be a good thing, as it allows for a larger buying audience.”