Buyers to decide Innovation Challenge finalists at Casual Dining 2015

Casual Dining is putting its visitors in the driving seat of the Innovation Challenge Awards this year, with the finalists to be determined by popular vote.

The award winning two day trade event for casual dining restaurants, pubs, bars and hotels, returns to the Business Design Centre in London next week on 25-26 February.

All products and services entered into the 2015 Innovation Challenge Showcase – including food, drink, packaging, equipment and technology – will have to win over the show’s visitors (including key buyers and decision makers from across the hospitality sector) before making it through to the exciting live final.

Voting opens from 10am on the first day of the show at the Innovation Challenge Showcase; located on the new upper feature level (stand U216).  Entrants securing the most votes before 4pm that day (one per visitor) will then be invited to ‘pitch’ their new innovations to a panel of industry judges in the Keynote Theatre the following day (at 1.45pm on Thursday 26 February, with the results to be announced at 3.30pm).

This year’s judges include leading pub and restaurant entrepreneur Peter Borg-Neal, chief executive at Oakman Inns & Restaurants; Brian Whiting, owner of award winning pub group Whiting & Hammond; and Keith Bird, commercial director at Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Casual Dining Innovation Challenge entries include:

  • Ambican Packaging: Premium Burger Box
  • Aryzta Food Solutions: Bun Appetit
  • Aulds Delicious Desserts: TRIO Berry Amore
  • Bermar (International) Ltd: Le Verre de Vin Portable Tower
  • Disotto Foods Ltd: Strawberry Clotted Cream Meringue Gelato
  • Disotto Foods Ltd: Mascarpone, Honey & Sea Salt Gelato
  • Disotto Foods Ltd: Creamy Coconut & Passion Fruit Gelato
  • Farm Frites: Let’s Go Mini Range
  • FD Hospitality: Saffron Allergen Web Portal
  • Gram UK: Superiorplus 72
  • GS Systems: Max Mobile
  • GS Systems: Max GP
  • It’s a Wrap: Custom printed greaseproof paper
  • Kimbo UK: Integrity Fairtrade & Organic
  • L’Aquila: Roasted Tomatoes ‘Au Natural’
  • Lutosa Foodservice: Krisspy Cut Fries
  • Manitowoc Foodservice UK: Convotherm 4
  • Millennium Foodservice: Individual Gluten-Free Pastry Cases
  • Purbeck Ice Cream: Dorset Wasabi Ice Cream
  • TM Electronics (UK): MM7100 ThermoBar Scan Thermometer
  • Winterhalter: PT ClimatePlus warewasher
  • Young’s Seafood: Young’s Batter to Perfection Fish Fillets

“As a way of showcasing London Velvet to our potential customers, Casual Dining delivered on every level.  We were able to engage with both independent free trade operators and large restaurant and pub groups alike – a perfect visitor mix," comments David Green, owner of London Velvet, which was commended at last year's Innovation Challenge Awards.

Featuring over 150 sector leading exhibitors, Casual Dining returns to the Business Design Centre, in Islington, London, on 25-26 February 2015.

To register for a free trade pass in advance, which includes entry to the Keynote Theatre, please visitwww.casualdiningshow.co.uk and quote priority code CDPR1 (direct link:www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/CasualDining.aspx?TrackingCode=CDPR1).

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Media enquiries & press pass requests to:
Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
Editorial representatives of relevant trade and consumer media (including freelancers) are invited to apply for press passes to Casual Dining via email to ejones@divcom.co.uk.  (Please note, additional details may be requested to verify journalistic activity and all press passes are issued at the management’s discretion.)

t: 44 (0)1273 645134  
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Exhibitor enquiries to:
Chris Brazier, Group Event Director
t: 44 (0)1273 645123  e: cbrazier@divcom.co.uk
Website: www.casualdiningshow.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CasDiningShow

Notes:

Casual Dining was the first launch show (UK and international) in over five years to win ‘Best Tradeshow Exhibition under 2,000sq.m’ at the Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards 2014.

High res images available upon request:

Show image: www.casualdiningshow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Casual-Dining-2014-1024x542.jpg

Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos. Diversified UK’s portfolio includes Casual Dining; lunch!; The Natural Food Show (part of Natural & Organic Products Europe); Nordic Organic Food Fair in Malmö, Sweden (co-located with Natural Products Scandinavia); camexpo; office*; SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show; Natural Products magazine; the Natural Beauty Yearbook; Geo Business; Ocean Business (including Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers); MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference in Philadelphia, USA; Euro Bus Expo; Coach and Bus Live; Best of Britain & Ireland; Route One; and Coach Monthly. For more information, visit: www.divcom.co.uk

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 800 staff, with divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit: www.divcom.com

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Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos. Its brand portfolio includes: • Casual Dining (24-25 February 2016, Business Design Centre, London) www.casualdiningshow.co.uk • British Tourism & Travel Show - Best of Britain & ireland (16-17 March 2016, NEC, Birmingham) www.tourismshow.co.uk • Ocean Business, Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers (April 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton) www.oceanbusiness.com • Natural & Organic Products Europe (17-18 April 2016, ExCeL, London) www.naturalproducts.co.uk • Geo Business (24-25 May 2016, Business Design Centre, London) www.geobusinessshow.com • SITS - The IT Service Management Show (8-9 June 2016, Olympia, London) www.servicedeskshow.com • MARELEC International Marine Electromagnetics conference www.marelec.co.uk • lunch! (24-25 September 2015, Business Design Centre, London) www.lunchshow.co.uk • camexpo (26-27 September 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) www.camexpo.co.uk • Coach & Bus Live (30 September - 1 October, 2015, NEC, Birmingham) www.coachandbuslive.com/ • office* (13-14 October 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) www.officeshow.co.uk • Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair (1-2 November 2015, MalmöMassan, Sweden) www.naturalproductsscandinavia.com & www.nordicorganicexpo.com • Euro Bus Expo (1-3 November 2016, NEC, Birmingham) www.eurobusxpo.com • Natural Products is Britain’s leading trade magazine for the natural and organic products industry (www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk) • The Natural Beauty Yearbook is the UK’s only dedicated trade guide to the natural and organic beauty and personal care market (www.naturalbeautyyearbook.co.uk) • Ocean Buzz is the weekly ocean technology eNewsletter providing the latest news and information from the industry (www.oceanbuzz.co.uk) • ServiceDesk360.com is a news, comment and discussion site dedicated to connecting, informing and learning within the ITSM community (www.servicedesk360.com) • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine (www.route-one.net) • Coach Monthly is the leading magazine for the coach tourism community, read by coach operators, tour planners and industry professionals (www.route-one.net) • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine (www.route-one.net) Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 800 staff, with divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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