2017 has got off to a great start in the food industry. Despite the shortages of vegetables in the supermarkets thanks to the bad weather in Spain, the UK is continuing its tradition of excellence in terms of exhibitions.
The first big show of the year, the Great Hospitality Show took place at the NEC from 23 to 25 January.
Packed with products and exhibitors, this is the UK’s largest event for the hospitality and foodservice industry in 2017. It has also been heralded as the only show focusing on the business of hospitality.
Trends and Innovations
The show provides a platform for networking and a showcase for cutting edge products across catering equipment, food and drink, interiors and technology. The event featured a wide range of fresh talent, future trends and innovations to help the industry. The three days saw numerous debates, seminars and demonstrations.
The Salon Culinaire at Great Hospitality Show encompassed a broad range of classes for competitors of all levels, from cocktail mixology to preparing a best end of lamb to filleting lemon sole. The Business Briefing Stage provided an invaluable selection of business seminars. These targeted the main current issues surrounding British hospitality, delivering industry insight, debate and discussion on the trends making the headlines.
The Staff Canteen Live allowed visitors to witness the culinary skills of some of the UK’s leading chefs in a highly interactive environment. Chefs were able to offer advice and take questions throughout their whole cooking demonstration and explain their cooking skills to visitors. Chefs included Glynn Purnell of Purnell’s with by head pastry chef, Luke Butcher, Dom Chapman from The Beehive, Shay Cooper from The Goring Hotel London and André Garrett, executive chef at Cliveden House.
Great Product Awards
The Great Product Awards were unveiled during the Great Hospitality Show and attracted a great deal of attention. The 12 shortlisted entrants were selected from the sectors of food and drink, catering equipment, technology and interiors and tableware.
The entrants included the SuperFast Thermapen 4 from Electronic Temperature Instruments Limited. This accurately measures the temperature of a product in just three seconds, saving chefs time in busy kitchens.
NAH Foods Ltd showcased its Konjac allergen free spaghetti. This only needs to be heated through rather than cooked thus making it a quick and easy product for chefs.
The GIZGO pod from iQi Charge Ltd is a portable charger with an integrated iPhone and android cable plus two USB ports. This product allows customers to charge their phones at the table, helping businesses increase footfall, dwell time and revenue.
The eventual winner was BGL Rieber’s Thermoport Midi-K, insulated food transport box.
The show returns in 2019. In the meantime, at AC Services (Southern) we will be watching the trends in hospitality industry closely to continue to provide the best service for our many clients.