There are plenty of first-time exhibitors at this year's Hotelympia, taking place at ExCeL London from 28 February to 4 March. Here's a selection of what they'll be showing.
FOOD AND DRINK
Citing research that 658 million Chinese meals were dished up at home in the last year, AAK Foodservice has added Groundnut Oil and Toasted Sesame Oil to its range of infused olive oils, which also includes Basil, Chilli, Garlic and Lemon varieties.
In the Prep Premium range are Prep Long Life Oils for deep frying, which enable caterers to keep oil changes to a minimum. Other products include Lion condiments, dressings and sauces, and Whirl, an alternative to butter.
This Japanese producer of natural seasoning bases opened two European factories in September 2007 to produce additive-free stock base and meat extracts. The products are available in frozen, ambient or powder formats, either based on the company's own recipes or made to order.
A portion-packed, chewable Omega-3 is a new launch in the UK from Norwegian Bjorge Ocean. The capsules are already a success in Scandinavia where hotels, restaurants, staff restaurants and airlines are serving them with meals. The product comes in two flavours, tutti frutti or mint, encased in a vegetable capsule.
BLACK MOUNTAIN MINERAL WATER
Hatterrall is a premium bottled water making a return a century after it was first bottled. Records show that during the early 1900s a bottling abstraction licence was applied for in the Longtown Valley on several occasions. The existing village hall was originally built as a bottling factory around 1912 and produced Hatterrall Water, which was packaged in glass bottles and distributed primarily in London.
Based on the English/Welsh border in the shadow of Hatterrall Ridge, Black Mountain Mineral Water is best known as the producer of the Celtic Vale mineral water.
CAVIAR 4 EVERYONE
Costing a fraction of the price of traditional fish-derived caviar, Royal Organic Vegetarian Caviar was developed for caviar lovers concerned about the endangered sturgeon. It's made from GM-free organic soy, is cholesterol-free and claims to combine the luxury and taste of traditional caviar with the health and environmental benefits of being entirely vegetarian.
UK distributor of the Enomatic wine dispensing and preservation system, Enotrade is launching its new Elite range featuring an advanced computerised management system to monitor all the key functions of the system. The range will be available in five standard colours - elegant black, pearl white, stone grey, retro cream, and India brown - in addition to traditional stainless steel.
After establishing the brand in the retail market, Anu Bhandari is launching Holy Cow! sauces into food service. The sauces are designed to be used as alternatives to traditional condiments and as marinades or cooking ingredients.
There are currently five varieties - Spicy Bombay Ketchup, Goan Extra Hot Lime, Madras Spicy Mint, Himalayan Hot Garlic (pictured) and Monsoon Mango BBQ - available in 290g bottles for the table and 2.3litre containers for use in the kitchen.
The company sources high-grade ingredients, uses no artificial colours or flavourings and ensures the whole range is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
A new range of waffle and popcorn-making equipment will be shown by J M Posner. Three waffle makers include traditional circular Belgian waffles, square waffles and the more unusual stick waffles, each featuring an adjustable temperature control, timer and non-stick surface while two new popcorn makers have a stainless steel finish and are available in 8oz and 16oz kettle sizes.
Also on the stand is the Kernal Season's range of shake-on popcorn toppings and specially grown Popcorn Kernels, which are available in six flavours - BBQ, Caramel, Chocolate and Marshmallow, Cajun, Nacho Cheese and Sour Cream and Onion.
NEW FOREST ICE-CREAM
Mango and Cream, Blueberry and all American Key Lime Pie are new flavours of dairy ice-creams from New Forest Ice Cream. The ice-creams contain no eggs, artificial colours or GM ingredients and all flavourings are from natural sources.
The company has also introduced a bespoke menu service to create personalised tabletop menus featuring ice-cream desserts. Customers can pick and mix from 53 ice-cream and sorbet presentations. The menus are available in a variety of formats and sizes, from contemporary through to more traditional designs.
PERTWOOD ORGANIC FARM
Pertwood Organic Farm has launched its four most popular cereals - Muesli Fruit & Seeds, Muesli Delicious Fruits, Granola Sultanas & Nuts and Farm Maple Flakes - in individual portion packs.
The products use the highest grade British-grown organic grains and are manufactured and packaged in the UK. The cereals are wheat-free, high in fibre and contain no added salt.
Premier Office and Premier Office Plus are atmospheric water generators, which produce fresh drinking water from the humidity in the air using an advanced carbon, reverse osmosis and UV filtration system.
Dispensing both hot and chilled water, the Premier Office provides up to 27 litres of drinking water per day while the Premier Office Plus, an advanced unit manufactured in stainless steel, provides up to 50 litres per day at a cost of 5p per litre.
Premier will also be showing its range of water purifiers, including a counter-top and vending machine option, and there will be a free prize draw to win a Premier filter RO, a counter-top six-stage water purifier worth more than £400.
ADVANCE CATERING EQUIPMENT
Advance Catering Equipment will show its recently-launched Thermodyne system, a versatile, low-temperature system developed in the USA for holding, slow cooking or reheating without overcooking or drying out.
The system eliminates uneven temperature control with Fluid-Shelf technology, which distributes heat uniformly throughout the cabinet by conduction from glycol liquid within the shelves. Thermodyne is available in a choice of sizes, from compact counter-top units to high-volume, dual cabinet models.
ANGLO CALEDONIAN ENTERPRISES
Anglo Caledonian Enterprises is the sole importer and distributor of Iseco Food Service Equipment to the UK. Iseco manufactures specialist food service equipment used primarily in the healthcare sector such as food service trolleys, bulk-food ward service trolleys, individual plated meal trolleys and single-tray meal systems.
The systems use Carbo-Fresh refrigeration technology which, without power, plug or cold-room, upon injection of C02 into the recipient cassette within the trolley instantaneously creates a uniform internal atmosphere [3˚C or -21˚C] regardless of the ambient air temperature.
CHEF LINE SOLUTIONS
Several new lines from Chef Line Solutions have their UK launch at the show including 700 and 900 series cooking ranges from Silko and nine models of holding and regeneration carts from Moduline such as the Moduline FS282E, a multi-use oven capable of bulk meat production and sous vide cooking.
CATERING & LEISURE SUPPLIES
Representatives of Fling International Bar Services, which runs training programmes in all aspects of bartending, will be present to demonstrate and explain the concept of molecular mixology using ingredients from the Cream Supplies range (our picture shows the group's raspberry pearls in Champagne).
Molecular mixology is one of the newest and most popular courses and aims to add a new dimension to cocktail making and open up countless ways of presenting drinks.
The Access Induction comprises four induction rings, two of 1.3kW and two of 1.8kW, all with timers and eight power settings. The key feature of the unit is that it is height-adjustable by means of an electronically controlled elevating system. The height adjustment is made by simply pressing the up or down arrow on the control pad.
IGLU COLD SYSTEMS
Manufacturer of bespoke wine display solutions designed to preserve aroma, colour, and flavour, Iglu also has a full range of standard modular refrigerated cabinets including uprights, counters, wall units, pizzeria, beverage and blast chillers.
HK Group offers kitchen and bar design and supply services and the company's stand will showcase the new Gallery bar range. A notable feature is the fact that the panels on the front can easily be changed to allow operators to change the colour for a specific function or event.
Tektroniks has more than 16 years' experience of building cutting edge equipment for monitoring and control within the food industry and recognises that operators want a system that is easy to install, easy to use, meets HACCP legislative requirements, is accessible for information and can cover a broad range of monitoring applications with a high degree of precision. Late in 2009 Tektroniks released its latest product, the Tektroniks Wireless DATAcentre, and this system will be on show.
UK EQUIPMENT DIRECT
UK Equipment Direct supplies pizza ovens from European manufacturer Moretti Forni, which has been at the forefront of pizza technology for 65 years. Its conveyor pizza ovens have five new patents and features include remote monitoring systems to offer the operator peace of mind and rapid response, and "cool round" technology ensuring minimal heat loss and significantly safer operation. Operators also receive training on how to get the most out of the oven and cook products such as chicken, baguettes, fish, pastry, naan bread and even chocolate chip cookies.
Jarapa is a family-run business with a flexible and fast turnaround of orders and will be showcasing new items in its clear and coloured ranges of 100% recycled glassware.
With one in four people in Britain suffering from long-sightedness, the founders of MenuMate developed a plastic credit card-sized magnifying lens so that diners can read any menu or small text easily even if they've left their glasses at home.
Doubling as an innovative marketing tool for restaurants and hotels, MenuMate can be printed with corporate colours and logo and used as a complimentary gift for customers. It comes with a clear plastic pocket that attaches to restaurant menus.
SASH CATER HIRE
Sash Cater Hire provides a range of services including catering equipment hire, marquees and toilet hire for both small and large events. The company offers a dirty return service and can also supply back-of-house staff to carry out all the portering duties to ensure the items hired are returned without any hassle.
Equipment available includes hot cupboards, jackstacks, ovens, fridges, coloured glassware, plates and table covers and no charges are made for breakages.
In the past three years, TableCraft has launched over 600 new items including baskets that adjust to various heights, sleek porcelain in unique shapes, high-end melamine and durable acrylic that looks like green glass. Other products include a NSF SaferFoods Squeeze Dispenser and a NSF SaferFoods silicone BBQ brush for dispensing and brushing at the same time.
DECOR AND DESIGN
ALEXANDER KRAUSZ 1000 X TISCHE + STÜHLE
This family-run furniture business is in its third generation and aims to combine tradition, professionalism and quality while always being ahead of trends. Among its clients are Hotel Sacher in Vienna and the Korston Hotel chain in Moscow.
Established in 1974, Bentley Europe offers a complete package of modern in-room facilities and counts among its innovations the trouser press with open bottom and wider surface and the in-room ironing board with integrated garment rail hanger and safe iron click system.
Latest products include the stainless steel 0.5litre Coral kettle with 800W power consumption, boil dry protection and a concealed element, suitable for use with the Xanthic wooden tray or the Magenta tray.
FURNITURE RE-USE NETWORK
With increasing costs for the disposal of used furniture and electrical items the Furniture Re-use Network will use the show to promote charitable and environmental solutions to this costly problem while contributing to its main cause, to alleviate poverty.
Four million children in the UK live in households that cannot afford to replace worn out or broken furniture and three million children live in households that cannot afford to replace broken electrical items. Meanwhile 10 million items of furniture are thrown away in the UK every year, yet three million of these items could be easily re-used and more could be repaired.
E-Table is claimed by its manufacturer, Compurants, to be the world's first interactive ordering system using overhead projection technology. Originally seen at Inamo restaurant in Soho, London, the E-Table allows customers to place orders from an illustrated menu projected onto their table via a touch-sensitive panel.
E-Table comprises a table made of Corian and a projector that is housed directly above. A Flash-based client PC above communicates with a wireless touch panel embedded in the table, thus enabling customers to navigate around the system.
BATHROOM AND HOTEL SPA
A swimming pool chemical controller, the TEC 3000, and a range of LED underwater lights will be the new offerings on display from Topline. The TEC 3000 features an intelligent learning control system and simple user interface operated by a single press of a button. The LED underwater lamps will save energy and maintenance costs and are available in fixed colours white or blue and colour-changing.
PREMISES AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
ABBOT FIRE GROUP
With increasing restrictions on the disposal of foam from standard extinguishers, Abbot Fire Group is introducing the Eco Foam fire extinguisher. It contains the fire fighting agent Neufoam Eco, which biodegrades almost completely and has an extremely low environmental impact.
Samples of Fresh Chef, a new collection from designer and supplier of corporate clothing, uniforms and workwear Incorporatewear, will be available to view and handle. The clothing features Incorporatewear's new fabric Cool Touch. The garments have cotton next to the skin and polyester on the exterior, which allows the fabric to draw moisture away from the body, keeping staff cool and dry in the kitchen.
VES manufactures a wide range of ventilation products for public, commercial and industrial buildings and has the ability to design and build non-standard equipment to suit customers' requirements in a reasonable timescale. Its new quiet running T-Line 90 is available for mounting horizontally, vertically, internally or outside, and a full weatherproof housing is available.
At a time when energy is increasingly expensive and businesses look to cut their carbon footprint, the ENER-G Group says advanced efficiency Liquid Desiccant-HVAC systems can provide massive efficiency improvements to both existing HVAC installations or as standalone solutions for hotels and restaurants, leisure and health establishments. The Liquid Desiccant-HVAC systems provide a greener way of de-humidifying and cooling buildings, with up to 80% energy savings.