The Hospitality Show returns to the NEC Birmingham next year (21-23 January) with a brand-new look and fresh content. The three-day event will bring together more than 350 exhibitors from the UK and abroad to create a stage showcasing the latest innovations in food and drink, catering equipment, interiors, tableware and technology, alongside the world-class culinary competition Salon Culinaire. In the first of our features covering the show, Caterer and Hotelkeeper takes a snapshot of some of the products and equipment that will be at the show.
1. COMBIS THAT SAVE MONEY
Product BKI CombiKing Ovens
USP Savings in operational costs
Details The range includes gas and electric models, each available in five sizes, from six-grid to 20-grid. Innovative steam generation, humidity control, rapid heat-up and recovery times reduce cooking cycles, energy consumption and water usage for genuine savings in operational costs.
Supplier Standex Food Service Equipment (FSE)
0870 990 4242
Stand number 120
2. COLOURFUL UNIFORMS
Product Colour by ChefWorks
USP Contemporary uniform choice
Features Three-quarter-length sleeves, left breast and thermometer pockets and cloth-covered buttons.
Also at the show KitchenAid CA987; the Waring Margarita Madness Cocktail Blender and the Waring Double Panini Grill
0845 140 5555
Stand number 436
3. EASY-USE RADIOS
Product CLP two-way radio from Motorola
USP Discreet, quiet and small
Details Users clip the CLP to lapels, pockets or waistbands, so that they can serve guests or customers unencumbered. The antenna and tiny microphone within the earpiece wire make hands-free operation easy.
Also at the show DECT phone handset - multi-functional phone, radio pager and personal alarm and software package Genesis for linking communications together.
Supplier Call Systems Technology
0800 389 5642
Stand numbers 526 and 755
4. TV INTERNET PACKAGE
USP New smart TV
Details The AirMedia solution is powered by the unique SmartUp TV box that provides guests with full internet access, including web browsing, android internet apps, hotel services, local information including news, weather and journey planners.
Supplier Airwave Europe
0845 555 1212
Stand number 700
5. ENVIRONMENTAL WAREWASHER
USP First-time exhibit at UK trade show
Details Environmentally friendly warewashing equipment, including the WD-6 Duplus and the innovative WD-PRM6 pre-rinse machine. WexiÁ¶disk is introducing its patented, double-final rinse technology for hood dishwashers resulting in a dramatic reduction in the amount of fresh water used in the washing process.
Features Forward tilting hoods; HACCP monitors for optimum cycle every time; auto-start and auto opening hood at the end of the cycle.
Stand number 250
6. BOWL THEM OVER
Product Shabu Shabu bowls
USP Stone-lidded Japanese rock pots
Details Shabu Shabu is traditionally a beef dish served in a lidded bowl with shiitake mushrooms, green onions, cabbage, raw egg, and dipping sauces. The words Shabu Shabu describe the sounds of thinly sliced meat being swished or stirred in the hotpot by the diner. In modern-day Tokyo, pork, chicken, and seafood or vegetables and tofu are also popular.
How to Provide diners with a selection of sharing platters and thinly sliced meat or seafood - let them cook.
Supplier Black Rock Grill
Stand number 267
7. NUTELLA PORTIONS
USP 15g portions
Details Show visitors will have a chance to sample Nutella traditional breakfast applications as well as watching TV chef Malcolm Harradine running regular demonstration sessions to launch a range of innovative recipes.
For example Breakfast roll-ups, muffins, pancakes and Nutella porridge.
Give away Drop your business card on the stand for the chance to win an iPad.
020 7331 2319
Stand number 1030
8. ICE-CREAM FREEZER
Product GTI range of ice-cream chest freezers
USP LED interior lighting
Details The range has impressive energy-saving features and clear energy consumption data for each model. Customers can add their own impulse sales edge to each unit with customised branding.
0844 412 2655
Stand number 255
ALSO AT THE SHOW
GRAM, which will be celebrating 50 years in 2013, will bring its stand bang up to date with interactive points, complete with iPads, alongside its cabinets and a live energy race.
What can you see The full range, including newly launched ice-makers
Stand number 541
VILLEROY & BOCH will launch an exciting new tableware range named the Affinity collection. It has clear and defined shapes to accentuate any work place.
The claim Once you set eyes on this unique design, you will want to experience it everywhere you go.
Supplier Villeroy & Boch
Stand number 356
CESA is celebrating 75 years at the Hospitality Show - that's 75 years of informing, involving and influencing policy relative to the catering industry. The CESA Innovation Zone will build on its previous success to help visitors find out about the latest and most original ideas on the market.
Stand CESA Innovation Zone
MCCORMICK FLAVOUR SOLUTIONS is sponsoring the Schwartz Flavour Pairing Challenge at Hospitality. Chefs from across the industry will be competing for a highly coveted Salon Culinaire medal. Competitors must include two pairings from the latest McCormick Flavour Forecast.
TERINEX, the oven bag innovator, will sponsor both a live theatre session and a junior display class during the world-renowned cooking competition, Salon Culinaire.
Competitors will be tasked with creating a three-course meal, plus an amuse bouche for two people in 75 minutes, with the fish or main course having to be prepared in a Terinex oven bag.