The Hospitality Show returned to the NEC in Birmingham for three days last month (21-23 January 2013). Here is a showcase of some of the 350-plus exhibitors who gathered for the event.
1. ANOTHER LEVEL
Product Smeg ALFA43UK
USP Four levels of cooking
Details The Alfa43UK oven is the latest addition from R H Hall. The larger internal cooking chamber allows four levels of cooking, with a bigger space between the cooking trays. The clear glass section of the door is bigger and made up of two pieces of glass, keeping the outside cool to the touch while maintaining the perfect temperature in the cooking chamber.
Supplier R H Hallwww.rhhall.com
2. READY TO BAKE
Product Roberts Speciality Range
Supplier Roberts Bakery
3. TRACKING DEVICE
Product HME Wireless
USP Exclusive distribution
Details HME Wireless is the market leader in products such as staff and guest paging systems, on-site food tracking technology and integrated communications solutions. CST will distribute HME Wireless products in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Range includes the TrackSmart Table intelligent tracking solution for food delivery, indicating which table a customer is sitting at.
Supplier Call Systems Technology
0800 389 5642 or call 020 8381 1338www.call-systems.com
4. GRILLING INNOVATION
Product New Synergy 900 Grill
USP Faster, safer and energy efficient
Details The British developed Synergy 900 claims to be a major advance in grilling. The winner of a Hotelympia 2012 innovation award, the Synergy 900's burner features a patented burner that mixes gas with air to increase heat. The heat is forced across the ceramic base, speeding up cooking and atomising the juices that normally drip from the meat. As a result the juices stay with the meat, enhancing flavour and succulence and, at the same time, no waste juices mean there is no need for a fat tray.
Supplier Active Food Systems
0844 800 8891www.synergygrill.com
5. PAIRING UP
USP Alyn Williams and Jestic
Details Vitamix made two announcements at the show: the signing of a new distribution deal with food services equipment provider Jestic Foodservice Equipment and a new partnership with the company's first chef ambassador in the UK, Alyn Williams.
0845 504 8060www.jestic.co.uk
6. SHOW DEBUT
USP First time at UK trade show
Details Marrone is an expert in induction cooking. Combine this with traditional cooking methods and Marrone offers the perfect solution for today's kitchen. Backed up by Jestic's after sales service and expert advice, chefs and consultants will be able to specify and work with a first-class range manufacturer.
0845 504 8060www.jestic.co.uk
Product Fagor combi-oven
USP Advance generation
Details Fagor's Advance Generation ovens come in five sizes and three levels of performance - Advance Concept, a simple, economic and robust oven with power; Advance, an affordable oven with advanced features and Advance Plus, made for professionals with the highest performance.
0845 270 4321
8. GREEN PORCELAIN Product Evolution ceramic tableware
USP New design
Details A new design for Evolution, which can be used on its own, or mixed with Dudson Sand to create a unique tabletop effect. With 79% less carbon emissions than an equivalent porcelain product, Evolution has great green credentials.
9. GLUTEN-FREE SNACKS
Product Minis Range and Sconeybun
USP Gluten-free treats
Details The new extended range of Minis now stocked by Virgin, BMI and Thomas Cook are made to the same specification as the Honeybun regular cake slices, but are half the size. The gluten-free specialist wraps all of its products in biodegradable film and the cakeboards are printed with vegetable-based inks.
10. LOCKED SECURELY
Product Greenline packaging range
USP Locking tabs
Details London Bio Packaging presented its new Greenline range for salad boxes and sandwich packs. The fully PLA-lined packs have a locking tab to keep the packs sealed without the need for a label. The packs are made from sustainable forestry resources and are 100% compostable.
Supplier London Bio Packaging
020 7471 3700www.londonbiopackaging.com
During the show the National Apprenticeship Service announced moves to help more employers recruit apprentices.
The government confirmed an extension of the Apprenticeship Grant for employers of 16-24 year olds to March 2014 and the £1,500 grant is available to help businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees take on an apprentice.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: "I know it can be a big decision for busy, small companies to take on an apprentice.
"Employers may be concerned about the time recruitment and training will take, and anxious about how it will work. So the £1,500 grant is a token to acknowledge this and thank employers. I hope many more people will take us up on our cash incentive to grow their business, and train up the workforce of the future."
To find out more about apprenticeships and to try the Return on Investment Tool or to search for a vacancy, visit http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">apprenticeships.org.uk