Vitafoods Asia delivers on content & addresses business challenges

Vitafoods Asia, the only event dedicated to the nutraceutical, functional food and beverages, and dietary supplement industries in Asia, drew to a successful close...

Leon, Starbucks and EAT to host keynotes at lunch!

Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon and a founding director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Steve Flanagan, UK marketing and category director at Starbucks, and Sarah Doyle, brand director at EAT are just three of the big name Keynote speakers already confirmed to appear at this year’s lunch! show, which returns to the Business Design Centre in London on 23rd and 24th September.

Martin Hambleton, head of procurement & innovation at En Route International, will also be adding lunch! speaker duties to his impressive CV. He has held senior buying positions at Elior UK, EAT and DO&CO. As a buyer, Hambleton has been a keen supporter of lunch! for years, calling it “the best trade show a buyer can attend”. As a speaker, his ‘Buying Masterclass’ looks set to prove just as essential.

Running throughout the two day show, lunch!’s 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. Past speakers included representatives from Pret, YO! Sushi, Subway, M&S Foods, Caffè Nero, AMT Coffee and the Compass Group UK & Ireland.

The Working lunch! Theatre, sponsored by Magrini, will also include sessions by entrepreneur Tim Hall, creator of healthy fast-food brand Pod, and Richard Garcia, founder and owner of Cook & Garcia. Other new sessions include ‘Lunch as we knew it... A post-recession review of the lunch market,’ hosted by Emma Read, director of marketing and business development for foodservice analyst Horizons.

This essential market update will give an overview of established and upcoming trends in the vibrant food-to-go sector, and look ahead to what’s likely to happen to the market now that the UK is out of recession.

To register for a free trade pass, visit www.lunchshow.co.uk.

First ever Rum Experience Week less than seven days away

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Innovation is the focus at London’s biggest packaging show

International buyers and leading decision makers will be flocking to Packaging Innovations London 2015 to see the most innovative and original suppliers within the packaging industry. The exclusive two day ev...

Quality Drink Awards are back and thirsty for 2016 entries

Serving up another chance for success and industry acclaim, the Quality Drink Awards are back for 2016, calling all drink producers – from the...

Packaging Innovations London set to inspire the capital

Hosting the world’s most innovative packaging suppliers, Packaging Innovations London, the exclusive event for branded and inspirational packaging, co-located with Luxury Packaging 2014, returns to the Business Design Centre, London on 30th September and 1st October.

Over 160 companies have already signed up to exhibit, including first time exhibitor Airpack Systems who is set to wow the beer and wine industry with its new innovative 100% recyclable inflatable packaging. Croxons will be launching its extension to their ultra-premium range of spirit bottles at the show, and will be joined by a mix of food and beverage exhibitors including Firstan, J&J Pont Packaging, The Sherwood Press Group, Aegg and Royston Labels.

Showcasing its latest packaging creations will be international exhibitor Dapy Paris whose extensive packaging ranges have been used by many of the world’s most prestigious brands, such as Belvedere Vodka, Moet & Chandon, Johnnie Walker, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, G.H Mumm and Verve Clicquot. If you are looking to revamp your packaging MMR Research will be demonstrating its Impackt Lite, providing companies with a limited but scientifically robust, quantitative and accurate method for assessing the likely success of new or revised packs.

Innovia Films will be exhibiting its new compostable NatureFlex 55 HK1, a hermetically sealing film providing an effective barrier against mineral oil residues. Keeping it innovative, PEFC and SFI are collaborating at the show in order to promote responsible fibre sourcing from certified forests.

For all those chocoholics, James Cropper will be displaying its award winning bio recycling solution - cocoa paper. An innovation that could save the skins of many of the 3.5 million tonnes of cocoa beans produced each year, by turning them into wrapping. Reproflex3 will be showcasing its latest product, Packlinc, an app scanning digital gateway for packaging. It allows a user to scan hidden codes within graphics and be linked directly to the desired URL.

Keeping your finger on the pulse within the fast moving and highly competitive beauty industry is imperative. First time exhibitor, Richmond Containers will be launching its premium beauty packaging collection, including premium jars, bottles and dispensers with new foaming and airless shapes. Vetroplas Packaging will be displaying its new foam dispenser allowing consumers to quickly dispense a constant, high-quality stream of foam through a flip-top cap, when squeezing the bottle upside down with just one hand.

Toly will be showcasing its Infinity, Slice, Tubairless, Divine, Airless Jar and C’est Moi ranges, while Quadpack UK will be displaying its Q-Line range including its Ellipse tottle with premium finish and the Flash Pen Coloris stick for eye and lip colour. Also joining the beauty brigade will be Quadpack UK, Charpak, Benson Group, Clarke Rubicon and Continental Bottle Company.

The Luxury Packaging Conference will debut at Luxury Packaging 2014 co-located with Packaging Innovations London, boasting senior representatives from Karl Lagerfeld, Diageo, Elizabeth Arden, Harrods, Procter & Gamble (Prestige Brands) and Hotel Chocolat. They will be exploring the vital role packaging has to play in positioning and promoting luxury and prestige brands. Packaging Innovations will also host an array of show features including inspirational learnShops seminars, The Beauty Symposium, Lions’ Lair and show favourite, The BIG Packaging Debate, where panellists debate a controversial hot topic.

For further information visit www.easyFairs.com/PI-LONDON.

Convenience and future trends at Speciality & Fine Food Fair

The time-pressed nation is busy, fanning a growing trend for on-the-go food and drink and meal solutions. With premium quality a key part of what...

Gulfood Manufacturing catalyst for booming robotics market

Robots, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and artificial intelligence are set to shape the future of the food industry and shape the...

A Scottish programme aims to support food on the school curriculum

Springboard’s FutureChef is a novel interactive programme of resources matched directly to the food related curriculum in the UK.

FutureChef provides pupils aged between 12 – 16 with access to, and direct support from, chefs and other hospitability professionals. This brings the industry to life in a classroom setting, but also gets the classroom out into the industry.

The programme helps teachers provide inspiring and engaging lessons as well as helping pupils discover potential career opportunities by developing their culinary talent and getting them to meet professional skills. This is all on top of learning that most valuable life still – cooking.

Sally Baxter, a teacher, comments: “The best thing about the FutureChef programme is that we get to spend time with a group of pupils, improving skills that we don’t normally get to practice. The pupils involved are often really keen and their enthusiasm in infectious.”

Last year saw over 8,000 students from 550 schools take part in the programme. Each was offered the opportunity to go on talks and visit local businesses and take part in ‘have a go’ activities. Teachers also got involved in the action, accessing learning resources on topics such as nutrition and team work.

Erin Drummon, FutureChef alumni, comments: “After Futurechef I got the amazing opportunity to work with BaxterStorey for four weeks which allowed me to experience working with all the chefs in the RBS buildings in Edinburgh. The work experience made me realise that this is my chosen career path and made my passion even stronger than it already is. If it wasn’t for my school adding Futurechef to the curriculum I wouldn’t have been able to learn what it takes to be a Chef in the industry.”

FDF’s sustainability convention highlights collaborative efforts to tackle climate change

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) hosted its second annual Sustainability Convention on Tuesday 10 November to address the challenges and issues associated with...
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