Nearly 7,000 attendees were out in force at lunch! recently. The UK’s biggest food-to-go showcase of the year, the event enjoyed another successive record turnout, with total attendance up 9% on 2017’s figures and a significant 16% up since it moved to London ExCeL.
Tesco, McDonald’s, Subway, Sainsbury’s, Greggs, M&S Food, KFC, Boots, Costa and Waitrose – the top 10 food-to-go brands in the UK (according to MCA) – were all in attendance. The visitor list also included over 1,820 independent cafés, coffee shops, sandwich shops, tearooms, bakeries and delis, plus hundreds of contract and travel caterers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, attractions, and universities.
“It’s great to meet with new and old suppliers at lunch!,” said Cathy Port, head of category – sweet and impulse for Costa Coffee. “I visit every year and always get to see new and different innovations. It had a brilliant vibe at ExCeL too.”
“lunch! 2018 was simply our best yet,” added Chris Brazier, the event’s group event director. “We really couldn’t be happier. There was a fantastic buzz across the show floor from the moment doors opened, and it was a very busy, valuable and productive two days for everyone involved.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to all our exhibitors, visitors, speakers, associations, media partners and supporters. We look forward to seeing you all next year.”