Casual Dining previews new innovations for 2016

Casual Dining – the multi-award winning trade event for the UK’s casual dining sector, has released its first preview of some of the new products being showcased this year. 

Returning to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on 24-25 February, the show has firmly established itself as an essential visit for casual dining operators (including multiple and independent pubs, bars, and restaurants) looking to keep up with the latest innovations, developments, and trends.  

The following is just a selection of some of the new launches that will be on show from 170 exhibitors showcasing a comprehensive choice of food and drink, equipment, interior design, furniture, technology, and table top.

AAK Foodservice is launching the Red Lion Pub range of menu cards to help chefs create gluten-free dishes with ease.  Also showing: its recently launched Prep Premium’s Flavour House, a collection of exotic oils inspired by the world’s cuisines, and Lion’s new BBQ sauce range developed to accompany pulled meats.  The AAKitchen will feature a range of cooking demos over the two days, conducted by Lion brand ambassador and celebrity chef Ben Bartlett.  Stand G21

Budweiser Budvar UK is launching Krausened (pronounced Kroy-zened) Lager 4% ABV at the show.  Brewed in the Czech Republic using a traditional bohemian method to produce an unfiltered and unpasteurised beer, it is allowed to gently mature in their cellars before they add a little extra fermenting yeast to give its natural haze and a fuller, crisper taste.  Stand U222

Premium alcoholic ice tea brand, Harry Brompton’s is launching its new Skinny Peach low calorie ice tea at the show.  Created in London and handmade in limited batches, it is made with ethically-sourced Kenyan black teas, crisp craft-distilled vodka, infused with natural flavours, and is lightly sparkling.  Stand GS5

Karimix UK is launching its new range of heritage Korean and Indo China products, which encapsulates traditional Korean and Thai flavours.  The range includes Kimchi paste for pickling and seasoning, Ottogi curry paste, Dak Galbi paste, Vietnamese Pho Soup Paste, Thai Tamarind sauce and Spicy Salad Dressing.  Stand M427

World Beers is launching the new Dammen IPA ale and its range of craft beers from the Italian Birradamare Brewery.  Situated on the outskirts of Rome, the brewery produces a number of Italian craft beers; including a range of seasonal specials.  Stand M510

McCain Foodservice’s development chefs, Jonathan Taylor and Adele Procter, will be creating a range of exciting, memorable and on-trend new chip topping inspiration for visitors to sample at the show. The recipes are top secret at the moment but are sure to get people talking.  Stand G5

The FoodFellas is showcasing a selection of new products from around the world, including slow cooked pulled meats with relishes, slow cooked beef ribs, Eli’s Chicago baked cheesecakes, chef-ready pure chunky avocado, gourmet burgers and hot dogs, and a range of authentic Belgian waffles.  Stand U205

JDM Food Group is promoting new additions to its Just Add Flavour range.  The seven specially-crafted concentrates include Smoky Chipotle, Slow Roasted Garlic, Traditional English Herbs, Sicilian Lemon, Original Blue Cheese, Marie Rose, and Real Wholegrain Mustard.  They are designed to flavour a range of classic restaurant ingredients, such as mayonnaise, crème fresh, buttermilk, soft cheeses, oils and potatoes.  Stand G1

Inapub is launching Next Generation, a networking club and series of events held around the country, designed for new licensees and managers with aspirations of taking on their own venue.  Research reveals 15% of pubs are owned by operators aged 25-34, representing a 25% increase in the last three years.  The face of the pub industry is changing and Inapub’s Next Generation is designed with that in mind.  Stand M243

Scotland's only organic brewery, Black Isle Brewery Co is launching its first certified gluten free organic beer – Goldfinch.  This 3.5% session I.P.A is suitable for coeliacs and beer lovers, and available in 330ml bottles.  Stand UB3

Innovate Foods is launching a selection of new food concepts exclusively at Casual Dining.  These include a mini nacho cheese bite, in-line with South American/Mexican trends; a range of savoury mini soufflés and beignets; and an apple rose dessert in a light puff pastry.   Stand G7

Southern Wine Roads, importers of artisan Greek wines and spirits in the UK, is introducing its Babatzim Monovarietal Distillates in Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat, Merlot, Xinomavro, Roditis, and Chardonnay variants.  The MASTIHA Liqueur, and the FI Unique Artisan Liqueur, in 200ml and 500ml size designer bottles, will also make their debut at the show.  Stand GS7

Moy Park Foodservice is introducing its new casual dining range at the show.  Inspired by key trends and developed by chefs, the range (which boasts almost a dozen new dishes) includes a British Chicken Ballotine, Tomato and Mozzarella Chicken Melt, Buttermilk Wings, Mexican Koftas and more. Stand G9

Mediterranean vegetable specialist, L’Aquila London is presenting a new selection of pickled vegetables at the show, which are ideal for adding colour and texture without adding fat.  Examples from the range include tiny pearl onions in white wine or balsamic vinegar, pepper strips, a colourful antipasti mix and bijou cornichons.  Stand M326

DiSotto Foods is launching a new dairy free ice cream at the show.  Ice cream versions of well-known classic desserts will also be on show, including Lemon Meringue Pie, Raspberry, Clotted Cream, Meringue & Shortbread, and New York Cheesecake.  Stand M222

Launching at Casual Dining is a new range of all-natural, premium still waters created by flavour matchmakers, the refinery.  The 500ml drinks are made in Wales and contain no added sugar or artificial ingredients.  Offering a taste of ‘hydro-gastronomy’, the three inaugural flavour pairings are Strawberry/Chilli, Raspberry/Rosemary and Cucumber/Lemongrass.  Their brand strategy has been developed with the London College of Fashion, and highlights of the students' work will also be on show.  Stand A417

Kerry’s new brand Chef’s Pass is launching its versatile dry marinades, available in 450g jars and four different flavours – Peri Peri Hot, Peri Peri Mild, Peri Peri Lemon & Herb, and Hot & Spicy.  Also new to the range is the innovative Onion Reduction, designed to caramelise onions in just eight minutes.  Stand M530

Henson Foods’ award-winning Salt Beef, loved by celebrity chefs and heritage foodies nationwide, is now available in an on-trend ‘pulled’ version.  Ready cooked and easy to portion, the pulled salt beef takes seconds to warm in a microwave for sandwiches, or can be used cold to dress salads, starters and mains.  Stand M313

Gourmet Island is launching its premium gourmet 6oz beef burgers at the show.  Its recently developed loose texture recipe delivers a homemade eating experience, along with reduced cooking time in the kitchen.  Stand U211

Launching at Casual Dining, the Platopus Retail app has gained an exciting new feature allowing operators to safely share documents, pictures and videos across their business.  Platopus keeps these files organised in the cloud and securely delivers them to the app in everyone’s pocket – the ultimate file storage solution for restauranteurs.  Stand U106

Tri-Star Packaging is unveiling a new labelling solution at the show.  Providing full ingredient, nutrition, allergen and use by information for customers, its designed to improve food safety and product identification for catering staff.  Also showing its range of travel-friendly packaging, designed to ensure takeaway food arrives looking and tasting as good as it did when it left the restaurant.  Stand U401

First-time exhibitor JJ Food Service & Lavazza is launching its new fish and chip range.  New products in the Frozen at Sea fish and seafood lines include cod, haddock, plaice, monkfish, dog fish, and more.  They are promoting packaging, condiments, soft drinks, oil, batter mix, and chipping potatoes at the show.  Stand G20

The Great British Hot Dog – made with only British farm assured meat with a firm and meaty texture – by Mom’s Fabulous Hot Dogs will be introduced at the show; along with its highly successful portfolio of premium gluten free hot dogs, offering a variety of tastes and textures.  Stand M134

New start-up Bimber Distillery is a producer of artisan spirits made with only natural ingredients, and hand crafted in a London distillery. Its range of classic London Dry Gin, Oak Aged Vodka and Infused Vodkas (in summer fruits, blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry variants) will be making their debut at the show.  Stand GS8

Martin Mathew & Co is showcasing its new Panko's crustless bread – coarsely ground into airy, large flakes that give fried foods a light, crunchy coating.  Available in 1kg and 10kg bags, they are also launching a 10kg bag in box chopped tomatoes.  Stand M523

Next day catering equipment supplier Nisbets has launched its new Olympia Kiln range at the show. Inspired by the beauty of hand-crafted crockery, the new range (including plates, bowls, mugs, saucers and espresso cups) is available in a choice of four rural-inspired colourways – moss, sandstone, ocean or bark.  Stand M110

Sansu Drinks has launched a sparkling Yuzu drinks range to complement its existing still Yuzu juice range.  The first beverage company in the world dedicated to using the Yuzu supercitrus as its core ingredient, Yuzu’s farm source ingredients are all natural, and made in England.  Stand G2

KFF is showcasing its newly relaunched Street Foods range.  Taking inspiration from international street vendors, products include ambient street food pastes, finger food and accompaniments, including Punjabi Samosas and Thai Shrimp Crackers.  Food paste variants include Mozambican Coconut Piri-Piri, Cuban Chimchurri, Sri Lankan Curry Paste, and Sweet Tamarind Sauce, helping chefs cook street food-style dishes with authentic flavour.  Stand U122

Destiny Foods is launching a new range of gourmet tarts, selection of gluten free products, artisan breads, and savoury ranges for 2016.  Inspired by European trends and increasing demand for quality, highlights will include Destiny Foods’ handcrafted tripled layered cakes, artisan tarts and Baklava. Stand U103

KoppercertCress B.V has launched the first fresh superfood BroccoCress®, which is ideal for decorating all kinds of dishes; including soups and sauces.  Fresh broccoli is known for its good features, such as strengthening the immune system. Broccoli is not only rich in vitamins and minerals, but especially in sulforaphane.  A 30 gram portion of BroccoCress contains 50 times more sulforaphane than a complete Broccoli heard.  Stand G8

teapigs is promoting its recently launched Matcha 500g pack at the show.  Made from 100% organic green tea leaves ground to a fine powder, it’s also available in new single serve sachet packs (14 sachets per pack); plus 30g and 80g tins.  Also showing: three super power Matcha green drinks – available in apple, elderflower and grapefruit.  Stand U125

UCC Coffee UK & Ireland is showcasing Eversys’ new telemetry system e’Connect™ – the latest in bean to cup technology.  Telemetry gives operators remote access to an estate of machines and control over key settings, ensuring high standard, and consistent quality coffees.  Stand G18

Recently-launched, Jägermeister Spice is a 25% ABV re-blend that marries the legendary 56 herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits found in the original Jägermeister – the world’s number one speciality spirit, with enhanced notes of cinnamon and vanilla.  Stand M438

New exhibitor Middleton Foods is promoting its new range of easy to use gluten free mixes, which complement its existing GF batter mix.  Also showing: batters/catering/bakery mixes and marinades, all made in a BRC accredited factory.  Stand G13

Gamble Foodservice Solutions is promoting its Ovention 360-12, a quick cooking oven without microwaves.  Ovention 360-12 uses precision impingement, allowing the change of time, temperature and blower speeds, and the auto unload feature prevents overcooking.  With touchpad controls, it can bake, grill, roast, and broil a wide range of products without the need for costly extraction.  Stand G17

Capreolus Fine Foods is sampling their 4-Meat Charcuterie Platter, which makes an ideal starter. The four meats from their range of Dorset-made charcuterie, include smoked mutton, coppa, air-dried beef and air-dried pork loin.  Each portion weighs 30g, and there are 10 portions per pack.  Stand U404

One of the leading producers of gluten free beers, Greens is promoting its new look following a major design makeover of the award-winning original gluten free beer.  They’ll have eight of their gluten free beers on show, offering discerning drinkers an extensive choice of varying styles, strengths, and flavours.  Stand UB10

Marshfield Farm Ice Cream is promoting its Gingerbread in Clotted Cream Ice Cream, which is carefully blended with Marshfield Bakery gingerbread pieces.  Marshfield Farm Ice Cream work closely with their neighbours at the bakery to find ingredients that give outstanding flavour and texture to complement its rich, luxurious ice cream.  Stand M105

The New York Bagel Company is promoting the latest addition to its new range of frozen bagels for the out of home market – the New York Style Bagel Sandwich Thin. The slim 45g bagel gives a lighter eat and contains just 130 calories per bagel.  Stand U203

Unox UK is promoting its recently launched Cheftop and Bakertop Mind.Maps™ – the latest in professional combi oven technology.  The Mind.Maps™ technology gives complete control of the cooking process, with reliable and energy efficient results.  Stand G16

Frobishers Juices has extended its range of not-from-concentrate juices and juice drinks with the launch of Frobishers Classics – grown-up, sparkling soft drinks made with pure fruit juice.  This premium proposition comes in four flavours: Sparkling Raspberry, St Clements Orange & Lemon, Apple, Pear & Elderflower, and Sparkling Ginger.  Stand M234

Pidy is showcasing its crumbly and buttery gluten free pastry range, its sweet and neutral short pastry range (which includes mini cups, mini tartelettes and larger cases), its Vol au Vent range and the Trendy range, which includes square, round, mini shortcrust and chocolate pastry canapés.  Stand M115

Aviko UK is sampling its new range of premium marinated potatoes at the show, offering a twist on the baby potato.  Available chilled in three flavours – Wild Garlic, Sweet Chilli & Roasted Shallots and Lemon Pepper – the range enables caterers to effortlessly liven up their offering.  Visitors to the Aviko Diner will also have the opportunity to win big with their ‘Cash in Your Chips’ on-stand competition.    Stand M146

New exhibitor Kafoodle is an award-winning allergen-compliant menu management software system that has been designed to make life easier in commercial kitchens.  It comes with a dedicated APP that communicates what’s in kitchens and on menus direct to the customer.  Stand U402

Major International is showcasing its popular, newly launched Pan-Asian Broths in Hickory and Applewood Liquid Seasoning, and Veal Jus Paste.  Major’s Pan-Asian range can be used in many different dishes, adding to stir-fries, fishcakes or meatballs for an extra kick, or combining with dressings to drizzle over salads; free from gluten and additives.  Stand M116

Charnwood Training Group operates nationally helping thousands of businesses raise the quality of hospitality standards through personal and professional development.  Their services are designed to help improve staff recruitment and retention, improve profitability, customer satisfaction and increase sales.   Stand U212

Eden Furniture recently unveiled its new Edition 9 brochure.  The new brochure has been over a year in the making, and is the result of travelling across Europe and Asia to source its new products. Also promoting the recent launch of its in-house spray shop and upholstery section.  Stand M240

MDC Foods Foodservice has joined forces with Brakes to promote its ‘Sides’ range. These are accompanying recipes for every main menu protein, in a convenient user friendly format. Designed to make menu planning and purchasing a lot simpler, the menu includes biryani kedgeree with smoked haddock, tabouleh with harissa lamb meat balls, conchiglioni pasta with fine beans, and more.  Stand M232

FRIMA UK is showcasing its new Dynamic option for its VarioCooking Center.  Dynamic works by carefully optimising power usage, and reducing connected load with only minimal impact on performance – extending its usage into commercial kitchens with restricted power supplies.  Stand M101

Twinings aims to reinvent the tea category with its 21 loose leaf and pyramid bag teas and infusions.  Reaching a new generation of tea-drinkers seeking greater variety and excitement from their beverages, the tea infusions build on the success of Twinings growth in premium tea.  Stand U102

Golden Foods Siam Europe is promoting its range of fully-cooked chicken products, including southern fried chicken mini fillets, battered chicken fillets, poppin chicken, battered chicken chunks, hot & spicy chicken fillets, and plain marinated kebabs, all made with pure chicken breast and presented in a newly developed packaging, to appeal to the casual dining caterer.  Stand U221

LOVO is showcasing Coconut LOVO, a blend of pure Thai coconut water and premium vodka, with less than 1% natural sugar.  Each 250ml bottle contains 128 calories, with no refined sugar, artificial colours or flavours.  Stand GS3

Eurilait is offering exclusive distribution in the UK of premium Italian alpine cheese brand Brimi. Supplying mozzarella, ricotta and mascarpone, Brimi milk is sourced daily from small traditional mountain dairy farms in the South Tyrol region in Northern Italy, guaranteeing absolute freshness and a unique pure and distinctive flavour.  Stand M536

Jascots Wine Merchants is showing its new ‘Street Wine’ concept at the show with four wines on-tap, including New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Argentinean Malbec, Southern French Rosé, as well as existing favourite VinoVispo Italian Sparkling.  Additional dispense methods, including mock barrel, multiple use bottle and carafe, will also be on show.  Stand U117

Gram UK is showing its award winning Superiorplus 72 – a forerunner in a new generation of energy efficient refrigeration, combining revolutionary design and technology. The new technology means it’s 44% more energy efficient than its ‘best in class’ predecessor, decreasing energy use and running costs from 509kWh per year to 285kWh.  Also showing: Hoshizaki’s new Emerald Class, the world’s widest range of hydrocarbon (naturally refrigerated) ice makers.  As well as being environmentally friendly, the machines are energy efficient with savings of up to 40% possible.  Emerald Class has been priced competitively to make this ground breaking technology available to all budgets.  Stand M422

New exhibitor NFS Technology Group is hosting live demonstrations of its latest generation NFS Aloha POS software and newest web portals, which are already proving to be a robust management solution for leading multi-site casual dining operators; including Ed’s Diner, Giraffe and Cabana.  Also showing: NFS’ latest Aloha Pulse solution designed for multi-site operators.  Using Aloha Pulse, managers can look at their mobile and instantly see customer feedback, get instant notifications, inventory information and view social media mentions.   Stand U223

Bear Brewery Co is showcasing its range of premium organic craft lager beers, including its Signature Low Sugar Blonde, which contains 0.3gr of sugar per 100ml (around 10 times less sugar than the average beer).  It’s produced using a 143 year old central European family recipe, employing high quality hops and malt aiming to preserve the traditional brewing methods.  Stand UB1

Propel Hospitality, publishers of Propel Morning Briefing and Propel Quarterly magazine host a portfolio of events.  Headed by Paul and Jo Charity, its readers are owners/founders, CEOs, MDs, FDs, operations directors, catering development directors and quality multi-site operators within the pub, bar, restaurant, late night, and foodservice arena, and offer a fully comprehensive, engaged audience.  Stand M235

Casual Dining returns to the Business Design Centre in London on 24-25 February 2016. For more information, and to register for a free trade ticket, please visit and quote priority code PR1 (


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Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
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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.  In 2015, it won the same award for the second consecutive year.  It was also named a finalist in the ‘Show Rising Star’ category at the Exhibition News Awards in 2015.

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