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New Casual Dining show opens in just 3 weeks

Jenny 7 February 2014

Casual Dining is the exciting new trade show that could help boost your hotel restaurant and catering offering in 2014. Dedicated to the UK’s thriving casual dining sector, Casual Dining will give restaurants and hotel catering teams the exclusive opportunity to source new products, discover new trends and learn from key industry figures.

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Representatives from Intercontinental Hotels Group, Marriott Hotels, Hilton International, The Dorchester, Ramada Hotel & Suites, Hand Picked Hotels, Crown Plaza, Best Western, 3Sixty Restaurants, the Gondola Group, Côte Restaurants, Browns Restaurants, Compass Group, Elior UK, Sodexo, The Restaurant Group, and numerous independents, are among the ‘who’s who’ of big name buyers that have already pre-registered to attend. 

With exhibition space close to selling out and the free Keynote theatre programme now confirmed, Casual Dining is all set for a successful launch later this month on 26-27 February at the Business Design Centre in London.

Exhibiting brands

Having enjoyed strong industry and association endorsement from its inception, Casual Dining’s exciting two day line-up takes in a host of well-known brands.  Reflecting how seriously leading food and drink suppliers are taking the new show, founding exhibitors now include Fresh Direct, Reynolds, Disotto Foods, Nestle Professional, Whitakers Chocolates, Pidy, Kimbo UK, McCain Foodservice (GB), Southern Salads, Essential Cuisine, Estrella Damm, Taylors of Harrogate, and Luscombe Organic Drinks.

Whilst Purified Air, Fridge Rentals, FBH Associates, The Menu Shop, Spoonshine, Ecomaster, Imperial Catering Equipment, Vivreau, MoreMargin, and Unox will be presenting their latest equipment and services – encompassing everything from space-saving appliances and furniture to workwear, linen, and tabletop.

Beer and wine have long been a part of many casual dining menus, but with more restaurants competing for their customer’s loyalty, differentiation can be key to increasing sales.  And both Casual Dining’s Craft Beer & Cider Showcase and Artisan Spirit & Cocktail Lounge aim to help operators stand out from the crowd. Participating companies include Warner Edwards Distillery, Berryshka, Butler’s Gin,Haywood Drinks, Sipsmith, Winery Exchange, Cask Liquid Marketing, Thistly Cross Cider, and London Velvet. 

Keynote Theatre Highlights

Robin Rowland, chief executive of Yo! Sushi, Simon Kossoff, chief executive of Carluccio’s, Tim Bacon, co-founder of restaurant and bar group Living Ventures, and Ian Neill, chairman of Las Iguanas, are among the stellar list of names confirmed for the Casual Dining Keynote Theatre programme.

Drawing on their extensive management skills and entrepreneurial experience, they’ll be heading up the show’s highly-anticipated CGA Peach Panel; taking place at noon on the show’s opening day (Wednesday 26 February).  Chaired by industry analyst Peter Martin, the session will explore the challenges and opportunities ahead for the highly competitive casual dining market.

Other highlights include Keynotes by Pizza Hut Restaurants’ CEO Jens Hofma, Loungers’ MD Alex Reilley, Alan Kay, former CFO of The Fat Duck Group, Kate Nicholls, strategic affairs director at the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), and leading design commentator David Worthington.

Market updates will be provided by Peter Backman, managing director of Horizons, and Simon Stenning, foodservice strategy director at Allegra Strategies.

The UK casual dining sector is more vibrant than ever,” comments Hofma. “As a result, UK consumers now have access to a broader range of experiential eating-out occasions.  This creates worthwhile jobs, economic value and, ultimately, more fun and excitement in people’s everyday lives.  The Casual Dining trade show sends a strong signal that our sector is no longer in its infancy but is a positive force to be reckoned with in the UK economy.”

Casual Dining will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on 26-27 February 2014. 

To register for your free trade ticket click here.

For more information visit www.casualdiningshow.co.uk.