The UK’s longest-running foodservice and hospitality exhibition returns under the moniker of Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC) when the doors of the ExCeL London open today.
More than 600 brands from all sectors of the supply chain will be exhibiting their wares at the three-day show, giving operators an opportunity to examine new innovations that can enhance their kitchens.
HRC features a new format, comprising four shows under one event. This includes The Professional Kitchen Show, The Foodservice Show, Interiors and Tabletop Show and Hospitality Tech Show.
Across the three days of the event, 20,000 visitors from the hotel, restaurant and catering sectors will have the chance to meet suppliers and demo products from big brands to innovative start-ups.
To cater to the industry’s thirst for knowledge, HRC will draw on key topics to help businesses improve and advance their current offering through more than 100 talks, demonstrations and tastings across The Vision Stage, TECH X, The staff Canteen Live, The Great British Drinks Movement, Salon Culinaire and The FEA Trend Trails.
FEA, the association for foodservice equipment suppliers, has organised its own trend trails that will lead visitors on a path around the event to meet the suppliers that are providing products that answer the industry’s sustainable needs.
From waste management to energy efficiency, HRC promises to serve as a one-stop-shop to making a difference and improving business.
To ensure HRC touches every aspect of the buying cycle, HRC has partnered with Cedabond to create the Cedabond village.
Whether a single-site business owner, or a manager responsible for kitchens and service across multiple sites, the Cedabond Village is an opportunity to have a dream kitchen or catering service area specified and designed by some of the best project houses in the UK.
One element attracting more high powered attendees is the HRC Buyers Club scheme. This is aimed at bringing together the UK’s most influential procurement and purchasing professionals from leading hotels, restaurants and catering businesses.
The Club provides one-night hotel accommodation near the venue with free parking, exclusive content, an invitation to the HRC Street Food Festival, and unlimited access to ‘The Terrace’, the event’s VIP Lounge.
In exchange, Buyers Club members will commit to conducting a minimum of eight pre-arranged appointments with hospitality and foodservice suppliers.
Show: HRC, incorporating The Professional Kitchen Show, The Foodservice Show, The Hospitality Tech Show and The Interiors & Tabletop Show
Date: 3-5 March
Venue: ExCel, London
Opening times: 10am-5pm (4pm on 5 March)