'Innovative exhibitors, quality visitors and interest for all'
European Coffee Expo launched in May to huge acclaim. Don’t miss what visitors and exhibitors are saying about the show – and put next year’s date in the diary, May 21-22 at London’s Olympia.
John Laird, operations director and general manager, Franke: “The show was excellent and just what the coffee industry in the UK needs. Based on the visitors who came, it was brilliant - quality over quantity; people who were serious buyers, looking for something to enhance their business.”
Ross Clark, national account executive, Matthew Algie: “It’s been really good. We’ve been able to chat to people without the hussle and bustle and the DJs pumping music in the background. People are actually looking for stuff. They want to come up and talk to us and find out what’s going on in the industry and what we can provide for them.”
Simon Nicholson, managing director, Single Source: “We have seen a higher quality of lead coming in. New products, new ideas to take the industry forward. There seems to be innovation in terms of recipe and milks. It is a very corporate show rather than a public show, so you get quality people turning up.”
Laura Harper-Hinton, creative director, Caravan Restaurants & Caravan Coffee Roasters: “This event is nice because you’ve got space to talk to the suppliers and talk to the people who are exhibiting here and really get a sense of what the industry is doing. A fantastic way of networking and seeing new suppliers come onto the market and all the old guard as well. So a fantastic opportunity to really engage with all of that.”
Tim Sturk, director of coffee, Angel Hill Foods: “I get the chance to integrate with people I know, to meet up, catch up but also I’m just amazed by the quality of coffee being made available everywhere. I never cease to be amazed by how many different interesting things there are going on with coffee, and I think I’ve got my finger on the pulse and yet I don’t because there are all these companies here that I’ve never met and never seen. So I get to see new and exciting things at a show like this and for me that’s absolutely vital.”
Steven Driscoll, restaurant manager, The Berkeley: “I think it’s really interesting to see obviously all the different suppliers in one space. It’s really good to see what other people are doing, what else that could maybe be good for my guests and also to learn from the educational programme and just taking little bits of knowledge from other people to make ourselves better.”