Lunch! 2016 opens this week

lunchThousands of food and drink buyers are expected to attend the multi-award winning show for the food-to-go trade. lunch! returns to the Business Design Centre in London from 21-22 September.

Over 6,000 attendees are expected to visit lunch! including key buyers and decision makers from many of the UK’s biggest food-to-go operators, food retailers, and contract caterers, plus thousands of independent and multiple cafés, coffee shops and sandwich shops.

High-profile brands will be sharing their expertise in the show’s two Keynote Theatres. Relevant seminars include:

  • The UK food to go market: get fresher, faster and hotter to get ahead – Simon Stenning, executive director, MCA
  • Key trends in the food to go sector– Emma Read, director of marketing and business development, Horizons
  • Fighting the intense competition at lunchtime – Cyril Levanant, executive director Foodservice UK, NPD Group
  • From self-service cafeteria to emporium of brands – Rod McKie, CEO, Welcome Break
  • The importance of getting coffee right in a takeaway environment – Barny Clevely, managing director, FCB Artisan Espresso Bars

Full timings and seminar summaries are available at


The show boasts over 350 exhibiting companies showcasing an eclectic mix of food, drink, packaging, catering equipment and technology.

New exhibitors for 2016 include: Nestle Waters UK, Pukka Herbs, Florette UK + Ireland, Blackthorn Foods, Coconut Merchant, Urban Fresh Foods, Pop Up Cookspace, Veg and City, Tribe Foods and Simpson Beverages. The full exhibitor list is available online at


Where: Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, 21-22 September 2016.

To register for a free trade pass, please visit and quote priority code LUN10. Free trade registration closes at 10am on 21 September, after which a £20 door charge may apply.