This year’s show, which took place on 20-21 September, has been hailed a huge success, with 94% of visitors rating the show as Excellent/Good. Visitor numbers aside, which were slightly up on last year’s 4,310 (which was up 41% from 3115 in 2010), it was the much commented upon quality of the attendees that – once again – impressed countless exhibitors.
Renowned for attracting top buyers from across the food-to-go retailing and contract catering industry, the 2012 show’s aisles were packed with a “who’s who” of the sector – with 27% of buyers in attendance reporting a spending power of over £1million (15% of which reported over £5million). As a result, 90% of exhibitors have rated their quality of sales leads as Excellent/Good. Whilst the waiting list for non-exhibitors looking to participate in lunch! 2013 – when the show returns to Business Design Centre, on 26-27 September – already stands at over 130 companies.
Chris Brazier, event manager of lunch!, is delighted with the results: “We have just had our best lunch! ever. The overwhelming feedback we’ve received so far from many of our exhibitors and an amazing 98% of visitors is that they loved the look and location of lunch!’s new venue and they enjoyed a very productive show. The aisles were packed with a who’s who of the food industry doing genuine business with delighted exhibitors, who were showcasing the best in quality and innovation that this industry has to offer.”