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Leading the way

It’s described as the definitive event for the café, coffee shop and food to go sector. So, make sure 27-28 September is in your diary for lunch! Hosted across two days at ExCeL London, it also incorporates Casual Dining and Commercial Kitchen. They will offer insight, inspiration and the latest products and services for restaurants, food to go, pubs, bars caves, coffee shops supermarkets, contract caterers, hotels, delivery and so much more.

Group event director, Chris Brazier, said: “We’re excited to be planning another industry-leading event for 2023, that offers even more opportunities for trade buyers to connect, collaborate and innovate. This is THE place to learn about everything that’s happening in the industry and meet the trendsetting suppliers and brands that will elevate ambitious operators across the UK. With free registration now open, we can’t wait to welcome our visitors.”

Here is a selection of the record number of brands confirmed for 2023:

  • Lunch! – Biopak, Sproud, Fri-Jado, GRIND Coffee Roasters, Rollover UK, Biotiful Dairy, Milliways, Tony’s Chocoloney, Lavazza Coffee, Magrini, Nestle Professional, Radnor Hills, Raynor Foods, TRIP drinks, Bridge Coffee Roasters, Kelloggs, PG Tips, Pukka, Whole Earth, Clipper Teas, Kallo Foods, Simply Lunch, UCC Coffee and Huel.
  • Commercial Kitchen – Confirmed leading names: Smeg Foodservice UK, Adande Refrigeration, Lincat, Hobart UK and UNOX.
  • Casual Dining – Crops UK, Essential Cuisine, SquareUP, Beyond Meat, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Cadbury and Philadelphia, Peppadew, Tom Savano Cocktails, Siren Craft Brew, Funkin, Nestle, Zonal, General Mills and more.

Land of opportunity

The three shows will offer carefully curated content, with a range of high-profile presenters and panel discussions set to cover key industry issues. Speakers confirmed so far are Will Stratton-Morris, CEO Caffe Nero; Jo Hayward, VP of Convenience Europe, BP; Marta Pogroszewska, MD, Gail’s Bakery; Simon Stenning, strategic advisor and futurist, Future food service; Gavin Rothwell, founder, Food Future Insights; and Shereen Ritchie, COO, Buns From Home.

Last year, there were over 8,200 in attendance, including representatives from Itsu, Pret, LEON, Wahaca, JD Wetherspoon, Caravan and Dishoom. Also delivering their expertise were top chefs, including Tom Aikens, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL DBA and Cherish Finden. A full programme will be updated in the coming weeks.

“lunch! Is a great opportunity to see current suppliers and explore potential new ones. Nothing really beats having a full range laid out in front of you, alongside any NPD a supplier might be working on – you never what you might come across,” said Amanda Lowe, head of innovation, Soho Coffee.”

“Attending Commercial Kitchen is extremely important to discover industry innovations. It ensures my kitchen is more sustainable and helps me improve the way I run my kitchen,” said Todiwala, chef patron at Café Spice Namaste.

Meet the coffee shop innovators

An extensive list of exhibitors that are helping transform coffee shops across the UK will be at lunch!

Those to see include Grind, the sleek, specialty coffee brand. As well as compostable coffee pods, visitors can discover their latest range – ready-to-drink iced coffees crafted into five unique varieties. Find them on stand L1231.

Jimmy’s Ice Coffee will also join the line-up. This B-Corp brand has added Iced Coffee Caramel to its range and attracts customers with their bright, fun branding: stand L221.

Girls who Grind Coffee have also been confirmed. This exciting brand sources their coffee exclusively from change-making female producers and celebrates their work by ensuring representation, visibility, and a fair wage for women at all levels in the process. Discover their wholesale offering on stand L275.

Other confirmed exhibitors include, Magrini (stand L661), Norlo (stand L332), Bridge coffee roasters (stand L371), Lavazza (stand L447) and UCC Coffee (stand L621).

Acting event manager, Siobhan Thompson, said: “We’re thrilled to have an incredible range of coffee shop and café suppliers. lunch! is renowned for providing a perfect platform for ambitious coffee shop and café operators to grow their businesses. This year is no exception. As well as meeting the exhibitors, buyers can enjoy free-to-attend ‘Coffee Shop Keynotes’ from industry leaders. It’s one not to be missed!”

Previous years have featured speakers from Caffè Nero, Costa, Starbucks, LEON, GAIL’s, Greggs, The Gentleman Baristas, Tim Hortons, Harris & Hoole, 200 Degrees Coffee and many more.

Get in quick!

Registration now open for Casual Dining, Commercial Kitchen and lunch! 2023

Pre-registration is encouraged to help secure a free ticket ahead of the shows, while trade professionals must prove their trade status in order to visit.

The whole UK hospitality sector will be there. The three established events co-located for the first time in 2021, which provided a ‘one-stop shop’ for visitors to discover cutting-edge food and drink brands, plus the latest tech and kitchen equipment to help streamline business.

“Having the three events together is massively important and creates that harmony in the industry. It’s allowed me to think about how we innovate, not only from a food perspective, but from an equipment perspective, which is equally as important for us as a brand and an integral part of what we do,” said Hannah Casey-Burnett, head of category and wholesale, Greggs.