Visitor registration has opened for lunch! 2019. Back at London ExCeL on 19-20 September, the UK’s biggest annual trade showcase for the café, coffee shop and food-to-go sector is preparing to host a record 400 exhibitors and welcome around 7,000 attendees.
This year’s compelling line-up includes two action-packed days of business and networking, product launches, demos and tastings, innovation and insights, and 35+ Keynotes, interviews and panels featuring some of the biggest names in the business speaking exclusively at their industry show.
The first wave of speakers to be announced today include Andrew Walker, chief executive of EAT.; Alex Young, CEO of pod food; Marta Pogroszewska, MD of GAIL’s Bakery; Hannah Squirrel, customer and marketing director at Greggs; Arnaud Kaziewicz, director of food & beverage at EAT.; Shereen Ritchie, operations director at LEON; Martyn Clover, head of food at Tortilla; James Kidman, head of food at Crussh; James Larkins, group executive chef at Oxford University for Compass Group UK & Ireland – who was recently named best Contract Catering Chef at the Craft Guild of Chef Awards 2019; Said Takhamt, CEO of Parisian brand Cojean; and Aggie Morrell, head of food at pod food, who describes lunch! as an “absolute must attend for anyone in the industry”.
“It’s inspiring, energetic and delicious,” she says, “I always come away from lunch! amazed at the level of creativity in NPD.”
2018 was a big year for lunch!. It’s second year at ExCeL (and eleventh edition overall) saw record attendance of 6,882 and led to a record number of exhibitors rebooking onsite for another helping of the show’s much talked of ‘buzz’. Now, looking ahead to September, it’s well on track to sell out of all its (already expanded) exhibition space.