Next year’s Food & Drink Trade Show may not be until May, but we’ve already had some great people book into the show. Here’s the latest five to join us, to give you a taste of what you can expect:
Bini Ludlow set up Sweet Cumin Indian Cookery School to pass on her knowledge of traditional Indian cuisine to budding cooks, young and old, who want to understand the importance of using spices, trying new flavour combinations and how to create and develop their own dishes. She now produces a range of ready-meals, prepared in her kitchen using fresh locally sourced ingredients and suitable for anyone who enjoys spicy food. The dishes are made in small batches and come ready frozen; they will keep in your freezer for twelve months and are ideal for those days when you fancy a homemade supper without the fuss. Winner of Taste of the West, Best Local food to Go 2015 & 5 Great Taste Awards in 2014, 2015 & 2016. (Stand G8).
The award-winning Old Mill are one of the leading regional accountants and advisors with a passion for looking after food and farming clients. They offer a personal but comprehensive range of professional service and advice where you as a client are at the centre of their attention. They have a specialist team devoted to looking after their food clients, and feel there are real benefits for clients in having sector focused accountants and financial planners. Old Mill have 250 highly trained and qualified staff offering service at the highest level, and nearly 100 food and drink businesses of all shapes and sizes choose to have Old Mill as their accountant and advisers. (Stand C13).
Hygge Teas are a vibrant, independent team based in Brighton. But what exactly is Hygge? Well, it’s pronounced ‘Hoo-ga’ and is a Danish word that’s both a verb and a noun. Hygge is cosiness, and intimacy and taking pleasure from the soothing, ordinary and inexpensive things in life. The team’s mission is to spread the simple joy of Danish Hygge through their indulgent, comforting luxury real teas. So next time you feel the stress of everyday life clawing at you or see a grey sky and the next time you want to experience a glorious moment of calm, by yourself or with others, then try one of their 16 luxurious new Hygge tea blends, and live a little Danishly. (Stand A8).
FareShare West Midlands
FareShare save good food destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. The food they redistribute is fresh, quality and in date surplus from the food industry. Last year they redistributed enough food for 18.3 million meals. FareShare West Midlands redistributes surplus food to over 100 organisations across West Midlands that work with people in need, from families on low income and older people at risk of isolation to those affected by homelessness and mental health issues. The charities FareShare works with provide crucial support services alongside freshly cooked nutritious meals. The West Midlands regional centre is managed directly by FareShare National. (Stand H12).
Boddington’s was established in the 1940s, and is now run by the third generation of the family. Their home produced conserves are lovingly made on the farm, and bursting with flavour. All their products are packed with fruit and natural ingredients, which is what makes them stand out from the crowd. Boddington’s serve discerning customers in the retail and catering trade, and also offer their full range of products to both local and national wholesalers and distributors. In addition they have the facilities for ‘own label’ runs, in both small and large quantities, and can also create bespoke products for customers, such as the Kea Plum Jam that they make for Tregothnan, using their own plums. (Stand B2).
New exhibitors are booking in every week, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in person in May. It’s shaping up to be a great show. If there was one exhibitor you’d like to see there, who would it be? If you leave their name in the comments, we’ll see if our team can get them on a stand.