FEJ’S BIG SHOW GALLERY: Caught on camera at Hotelympia this weekBest Articles by Andrew Seymour on 9th March 2018 facebookTwitterLinkedIn Have you ever seen an orange cooking suite? You have now, thanks to Charvet. The French heavy duty cooking equipment manufacturer brought plenty of colour to the show. Weighing in at a ‘cool’ 11 stone: Hoshizaki’s tailor-made penguin ice sculpture. Metcalfe flew the Union flag with a food slicer that stood out from the crowd. Precision’s Kandie Harrison and chef Shaun Rankine address the camera for a special session on the company’s meat ageing units. There was plenty of pizza power on White’s Foodservice Equipment’s stand as its Marana Forni ovens took centre stage. QualityFry brought Spanish innovation to East London with its ventless fryer. Jolly green giant! Wexiodisk puts the focus on energy efficiency with its stand-out dishwasher. Retigo unveiled its new generation of Vision combi steamers. Convotherm proved that small is beautiful with its new line of mini ovens. There was gelato in abundance at Carpigiani’s stand. Visitors hit the aisles in search of innovative new equipment. Induced Energy showed there is plenty of life in British manufacturing. Meiko and European Water Care are donating £50 to Against Breast Cancer for every pink water softener sold between now and June. Rational put the efficiency of its cleaning programme to the test. Josper’s chefs were busy putting charcoal cooking on the map. Top tech: Samsung showcased its Bluetooth enabled microwaves. There was a meat feast at Synergy Grill’s stand where it spent the week cooking. Exclusive Ranges showcased the latest cooking suites from Menu System. Valentine did business from this replica Swiss alpine chalet to celebrate 60 years in business. Turkish brand Ozti revealed plans to expand its UK distribution. MKN brought the latest thermal applications to the market. Hobart talked customers through the new range of warewashing machines it is launching this year. Classeq and Eau de Vie sparkled during a busy week for the brands at Hotelympia. Jestic set up a mini kitchen on its stand and demonstrated the power and quality of its equipment. Rexmartins showcased a wide range of commercial catering appliances. Grande Cuisine brings the best in French cooking to British buyers. Rational occupied its usual spot at the entrance of the show, with its chefs cooking up a treat throughout the week. Ascentia’s Scott Park puts the Mibrasa charcoal oven through its paces. Dutch catering equipment supplier launched its UK business at Hotelympia. Sammic was on song with its new sous vide and food prep lines. Pro Foodservice Reps showed how heat lamps can bring style to a kitchen. Hatco turns the humble toaster into a classy piece of equipment fit for any operator. Advertisement Tags : Hotelympia previous article EXCLUSIVE: Duke Manufacturing reboots UK strategy for chain push next article Liebherr’s stock situation leaves operators pleasantly surprised The author Andrew Seymour you might also like Hotelympia name to be replaced by the time 2020 show comes around Hospitality and catering experts take to the stage to tackle the industry’s future Industry ready for ‘new look’ Hotelympia to open its doors Metcalfe makes presence known with array of kitchen kit MKN flexes muscle as it ramps up its portfolio of cooking equipment 5 Comments Very disappointed with the show this year – not even sure that the revitalised HRC in 2020 will be the answer (providing travel and accommodation to nominated buyers smacks of the “Catering Forum” days aboard the cruise ship; good for 2 events then tailed off as those not buyers were given the trip as a ‘perk’) The big boys (Foster, Counterline, Falcon weren’t there, and many of the suppliers I spoke to said they’d not be spending such a large amount for a 3 day show in 2 years time) As a doyen of the industry, yes I miss the Olympia days – but just don’t know what the solutions IS – anyone care to chip in with their ideas? Reply Cathy – sadly I believe the location of the event is a deterrent to many. Unless you are flying into City Airport its not easy to reach by road or rail and, it’s been said before by those wiser than me, that the “pull” of being in the West End is so much stronger than Docklands. I still found the chance to meet colleagues and suppliers probably made the event worthwhile for a day, but coupled with the changes in channels to market over recent years the days of the traditional trade show are maybe numbered. Reply I do think some points are being missed here and I would encourage all of us to engage with the show organisers individually if you don’t have all the details of the plans. I don’t believe the days of the traditional show are numbered at all. Customers want to see the equipment they are buying – not everything is internet biased. Ask anyone with a showroom. The Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) will fully open in Dec 2019 offering 10/15 minute journeys between ExCeL and the West End. When you say the big boys weren’t there you are missing out Hoshizaki, Meiko, Winterhalter, Classeq, Rational, Welbilt, Hobart, Jestic, Charvet, Exclusive Ranges, Athanor, Induced Energy, Retigo, Precision, First Choice, Samsung, Amazon, CaterQuotes, CESA, CEDA, FCSI, Cedabond and others I can’t immediately recall. A shorter show is in line with today’s faster moving events and as to the cost, there are discounts for multiple bookings (Birmingham and Scotland) as well as a more uniform, better looking and cost effective shell scheme offer. It’s about time someone had the convictions of their instincts and changed the name of our show. I thought there was more equipment on display than I have seen for quite a few years. There is nowhere else in the South to take an exhibition of this magnitude and importance to the industry. Hoshizaki UK has signed provisional contracts to exhibit at both Birmingham in 2019 and ExCeL in 2020. It’s up to us to support the efforts of Fresh Montgomery as they continue to invest for the benefit of us all but I would be the first to agree that if the investment is not right for the individual company, they should go elsewhere – perhaps to one of the smaller shows that attract dramatically smaller audiences and which, btw, will be moving to the same venue. I know that comments people make are mostly borne out of love for the Hospitality industry, as are mine. Reply I also missed Valentine, MKN, Liebherr, True etc. who exhibited. Feel free to chip in with any others as well Reply I feel that one key issue that can be used to measure the value of an exhibition, for both the visitor and the exhibitor relates to the content on show. CESA had 146 new products covered in its new equipment guide and many of these were on the floor of the show. 79 members exhibited which is the largest number to date. For consultants designers and distributors this new product ‘content’ will have helped them to understand the latest developments including; connectivity, labour saving, energy and water saving as well as new designs. All are very relevant in the current market. Exhibitors are becoming more adept at representing the key products that they want customers to focus on. They now use exhibition space in a more tactical manner than ever before. Budgets and the availability of more media channels mean that there is increasing competitiveness for their marketing pound and this puts the focus on effective use of stand space too. The re-brand to Hotel Restaurant and Catering (HRC) makes it clear what proposition is to the visitor – for a show that is broader than Hotels and not at Olympia. The further sub division of The Professional Kitchen Show, Interiors and Tableware, The Foodservice Show and Hospitality Tech Show gives strong signposting to support the content that the overall brand delivers. Our market will continue to change. Our industry exhibitions will be able to match that if they develop too. The developments unveiled by Fresh Montgomery last week mean that HRC exhibitions become more relevant to the visitor though its name, identity and the new products on the stands. This in turn will lead to the exhibitions adding more value and developing beyond previous iterations. Reply Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Save my name, e-mail, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.