lunch! celebrated its tenth anniversary in style recently, with its biggest ever edition enjoying a record turnout for another successive year. Over 6,300 food-to-go operators, retailers and caterers packed the aisles at ExCeL London, to see and sample the next wave of new product development from 335 leading exhibitors. The 7% increase in total attendance included a significant 17% rise in the number of big spenders – buyers with over £5m of purchasing power – at the show.
Among them were key decision makers from well-known brands including Aramark, BaxterStorey, Bidfood, Booker, Costa, EAT, and Greggs. The visitor list also included over 1,800 independent cafés, coffee houses, sandwich shops, bakeries and delis, who travelled from across the UK and Ireland in order to attend.
“We’re delighted to have had our biggest, busiest and best lunch! yet,” said group event director Chris Brazier. “The comments we’ve received about the incredible atmosphere at our new venue have been overwhelmingly positive – there was such a fantastic buzz across the show floor throughout the two days.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to all the exhibitors, visitors and partners that supported us this year and over the 10 years. Here’s to an even bigger and better lunch! in 2018, and the next 10 years!”