05 December 2018
Potato focus for casual dining sector
An in-depth look at organic potatoes and other produce, as well as the launch of a new potato product concept are amongst highlights planned for next year’s Casual Dining 2019 show, which targets the casual dining sector and its suppliers.
The event, which takes place at London’s ExCel on February 27th and 28th, will feature more than 200 exhibitors and two theatres of free keynotes.
The Soil Association, the UK’s organic food and farming charity and certification body, will host a panel session taking an in-depth look at the growth of organic produce within casual dining. The association works with farmers, businesses and community initiatives, offering training, technical guidance and knowledge-sharing events to help all farmers share and develop practices that are better for the environment and their businesses and was recently appointed by AHDB to assist farmers in completing Farmbench, its web-based tool to highlight business strengths and weaknesses then share the data with on-farm business groups to help drive improvements.
Lamb Weston, a global supplier of frozen potato products, is amongst the recently-announced show exhibitors, and will launch a new fries concept, Hot2Home, at the show. While fries are one of the most popular additions to any casual dining menu, services such as Deliveroo and Just Eat are increasingly looking to improve consumer reviews. Outlets who offer home-delivery have come to accept that the temperature and crispiness of fries deteriorates rapidly after an order leaves the kitchen. The Hot2Home concept deals with the two main problems that make fries cold and soggy during delivery by introducing a new type of fry and specially-developed sustainable packaging.