The Beverage Standard Association (BSA)’s recent PopUp Show opened up a wealth of networking and new business opportunities for exhibitors and visitors in the out of home industry. Held in the informal setting of Bury Lodge, Stanstead, exhibitors gave positive feedback on the event which enabled them to meet existing and potential customers and boost sales.
During the event, Bryan Stockley, the BSA’s accreditation manager, officially launched the Association’s accreditation process. The accreditation will demonstrate out of home catering businesses’ commitment to further improving the standards of hot beverage preparation and delivering a quality customer service.
Steve Slark, chairman of the BSA and MD of European Watercare said: “From the high street to the mobile unit, the accreditations are an opportunity for the mainstream coffee shops, tearooms and all OOH establishments to step forward and conduct a health check on the quality of the beverages they sell to their customers.”
For only £196, a barista trainer will attend your site and fully evaluate and rate the venue and award the coveted golden cups certificate to be proudly displayed. Recommendations and impromptu training will be given. All four and five cup award winners will be invited to participate in the ‘best of the business’ competition at one of the future BSA PopUp Shows with the chance to be crowned Barista of the Year.
A roundtable seminar hosted by Jon Skinner, who runs M*A*D Training, saw industry experts including Peter Backman of Peter Backman Food Service and Clare and Andrew Bowen of Cafesuccess answering wide-ranging questions on industry challenges. Topics included staff shortages, rent and rate raises, increasing food prices and issues including the effects of Brexit. The success of this format has encouraged the Association to deliver additional seminars in the future.
Slark added: “The Association wanted to offer suppliers a low-cost offering to meet a wide range of visitors in a venue that was easily accessible. From the feedback I have received, this has worked and we will be running the next PopUp Show in June 2020 in the Bristol or Manchester areas.”
Peter Atmore, head of global sales and marketing for Fracino, commented: “We were delighted to support the work of the Beverage Standards Association in its desire and passion to raise standards in the out of home market. The PopUp Show succeeded in these areas and Fracino will continue to support the Association and will definitely attend next year’s show.”
The event also saw the launch of the first UK Tea Brewer’s Championship with the top two contestants – Tomasz Wardecki from Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons in Oxfordshire and Mihail Bogdan Danielescu Chirlomez – producing all their drinks within the time limit to a very high standard. Participants were tasked with preparing three classic teas and a signature drink within a 20-minute time-frame.
Tim Sturk, director of coffee education of Cherry Coffee Training who compered the event, saidK “It was awe-inspiring to see two competitors who were steeped in tea knowledge and passion go head to head to produce eight fantastic drinks.”
If you want to join a growing and vibrant Association, contact Steve Slark at [email protected] or visit www.beveragestandardsassociation.co.uk.