The World Seafood Congress has confirmed ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, as a guest speaker at the event.
The WSC is a bi-annual gathering of experts from across the global fishing industry, who come together to discuss sustainability, innovation and global export and trade. The last event, in 2013, was held in Newfoundland, Canada.
2015’s congress will be held at the state-of-the-art Grimsby Institute from 5th to 9th September, where Sir Ranulph will be joined by other high profile speakers from Defra, Seafish, the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, WorldFish and Meridian Prime. He will take to the stage at the congress’ gala dinner, sponsored by Alaska Seafood, to address delegates and share with them anecdotes from his remarkable career in the field of exploration.
Sir Ranulph says, “I’ve been lucky enough to spend a large proportion of my life experiencing some of the most beautiful locations on the planet and as a result I have a deep respect for the natural world. My project invests a large amount of time into scientific research that informs our understanding of the environment and contributes to the protection of marine and land species. For that reason, it’s a pleasure to play a part in this year’s WSC and support an event that places such a strong emphasis on developing and implementing sustainable fishing practices.”
Hosted by Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, the WSC will bring together hundreds of delegates and key industry figures from across the global fishing industry. The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Upskilling for the Future’, which will be analysed through a programme of expert panels, debates, workshops and formal presentations.
Tom Pickerell, technical director at Seafish, says, “As one of the most accomplished explorers in modern history, it's a privilege to have secured Sir Ranulph Fiennes as one of our keynote speakers. We are looking forward to welcoming him to Grimsby – the heartland of the British fishing industry – for what looks set to be the most successful congress yet.”
Registration for the congress is now open and interested parties can sign up at wsc2015.com/registration.
Top buyers from EAT, Tesco, Waitrose, Superdrug, British Airways, IKEA, Brakes, Elior, Baxterstorey, Sodexo and Gate Retail Onboard are among the who’s who of buyers that have already pre-registered to attend lunch! 2015, which returns to the Business Design Centre in London on 24th and 25th September.
Now in its eighth year and firmly established as the leading trade event for the UK’s £6.9 billion food-to-go market, lunch’s pivotal focus on innovation has made it a popular choice with buying teams from many of the country’s biggest food-to-go operators, including supermarkets, multiples, contract caterers, wholesalers, distributors, travel caterers, cafés, coffee shops, and sandwich shops.
Thanks to glowing testimonials and a significant 44% increase in attendees in the last two years, the 2015 edition will be the biggest lunch! yet. To accommodate growing demand from a raft of new food, drink, packaging, technology, and equipment suppliers looking to reach this important market, a 25% increase in stands has expanded the show into an additional new hall on the Upper Feature Level – taking the total to an unprecedented 350 exhibiting companies. Over 6500 key buyers and decision makers are set to join them, when doors open in just over three months’ time.
Group event director Chris Brazier says, “Once again, the high demand for stand space at the show reflects the ever growing popularity of the food-to-go sector. Rebooking for lunch! 2015 smashed all previous records, leading to the show’s ground floor selling out in December, followed by the Middle Level in January, and the Innovation Zone in February. Even with the addition of a new hall, the show is on track to be sold out within a matter of weeks. It’s a testament to the show’s continuing success – and demonstrates just how important and essential lunch! has become to suppliers and buyers looking to do business."
Given the breadth and number of exhibitors on offer at lunch!, it’s perhaps no surprise that innovation is frequently cited as the biggest selling point of the show. Since its launch in 2008, it’s been helping buyers to stay one step ahead of their competition with all the latest new trends and suppliers, and 2015 promises more of the same.
The show’s new hall on the Upper Feature Level will be home to the Innovation Challenge Showcase, VIP Lounge, new Artisan Ingredients Village and new Menu Innovation Theatre. It will host the popular live finals of the annual British Smoothie Championships, the Café Life Awards heats, and an exciting new series of coffee, smoothie, tea and juice master classes lead by industry experts.
The Working lunch! Theatre also boasts a new home for 2015. Although still on the Upper Feature Level, it’s new position enables it to cater for a significantly bigger audience. Running throughout the two day show, the free business seminars are renowned for attracting a host of high-profile brands and industry leaders from across the food-to-go retailing and contract catering industry. The first headline Keynote to be announced for this year is a Q&A with Roger Whiteside, CEO of bakery and food-to-go giant Greggs.
For further information and to book a free trade pass in advance, visit www.lunchshow.co.uk.
China Brew & China Beverage is moving from Beijing to a new home at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre on 11th to 14th October 2016.
The exhibition centre in Shanghai offers a better infrastructure, and most of the beverage industry companies are based in this southern Chinese metropolis. The change to the exhibition venue was agreed in cooperation with the VDMA, and the partners of drinktec.
Dr Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München International, and Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association, think this is a step in the right direction. Dr Pfeiffer says, "With this move to Shanghai, we want to make an already highly successful project even more successful. By being closer to the geographical heart of the beverages industry, we expect further synergy effects to be generated for the event." Richard Clemens says, "The response we have had so far from our exhibitors and from the industry has been positive across the board."
CBB 2014 has got off to a successful start. A total of 708 exhibitors from 25 countries – 5% more than last time - are putting on a presentation of their products and solutions at the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing. 248 of these exhibitors are from outside China. The space taken up by non-Chinese exhibitors is 9000 sq m, 13% higher than at the last event. As such, the international exhibitors account for around one quarter of the total exhibition space at this year's CBB. More than 50,000 visitors are expected to come along to CBB 2014 before it closes on 16th October.
Once again Norpak will be exhibiting at the PPMA Show, demonstrating their full range of labelling equipment with particular emphasis on Hang Tab application.
Norpak have recently been appointed as an authorised distributor by the Do-It Corporation, with particular emphasis on growing the automatic application of Hang Tabs. To this end, the company has produced a new version of their 1000 series label applicator enabling them to offer potential customers a fully integrated supply and apply solution.
It’s a particularly important year for Norpak as the company is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Norpak are proud of their fifty year track record, and they look forward to continuing to provide innovative, reliable, and affordable labelling and packaging solutions. They provide a wide spectrum of products to both food- and non-food -based businesses worldwide, including many packaging and labelling products specifically designed for use in the sector.
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