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The Leisure F&B Expo 2019: What You Missed


The Leisure F&B Expo 2019 was another huge success! Find out what you missed, and how you can get involved next year.

So, that’s a wrap - another fantastic show of business networking, innovation, and profit-boosting. We can’t wait to welcome many of our exhibitors and visitors back again next year, as well as many new faces who can add to the exciting products and services on offer.

With the Leisure F&B Expo being such a huge success, we want to share with you some of our favourite elements of the show. To see what you missed out on, and what you can expect from next year’s show, read on...

The Wholesums stand was packed with delicious-looking food

1. Informative Keynote Speakers and Seminars

Our keynote speakers and seminars really were a brilliant aspect of the show, providing advice and support for food and drink companies across the UK. Some of our talks received crowds pouring out the door, and we can’t wait to get more speakers on board next year! The 2019 seminars covered topics such as:

  • Making the transition from plastic to paper packaging.

  • Marketing your small business on a small budget.

  • How to become a disruptor food and drink brand.

  • Experimenting with food diversity.

With these fantastic talks, and so many more, we were able to excite business owners with innovative ideas for improving their food and drink offerings. The options to expand are endless and, with these talks, we opened the eyes of many companies to these possibilities.

2. Unmissable Networking Opportunities

Our show raked in over 18,000 visitors, and we were absolutely thrilled with the results. Due to this huge influx, our exhibitors were able to come face-to-face with thousands of potential buyers. In the end, many of our exhibitors ended up with a number of new leads, and are positive that these will lead to a return in the months to come!

This is our main aim for our shows; to provide businesses with new leads, and to help our visitors improve their businesses with new ideas, products, and services. This way, we can help everyone to boost profits along the way.

The LFB Award was rewarded to a brilliant company for innovating within the food and beverage sector

3. Awards Ceremony

Our awards, judged by a panel of expert judges, provide an insight into the companies who are leading the way in the food and beverage industry! Take a look...

Innovation Award

The food and beverage industry is known for its contribution to environmental issues, especially the packaging that accompanies it. That’s why sustainability has become a key element in every business plan, sector-specific or not.

B Smith Packaging are leading the way here, so it’s no wonder they won this award! With their environmentally-friendly packaging, across both the luxury and economy sectors, they provide something for everyone.

4. Popular Panel Debates

Our adjoining show, the Farm Business Innovation Show, hosted an array of panel debates, where some brilliant land diversification topics were discussed. A number of our expert exhibitors and visitors took to the stage, discussing their ideas with each other, and the audience were then called upon to ask any questions they had. We were given the low-down on a number of relevant diversification topics for new businesses, including:

  • Renewables and Energy Storage

  • Glamping

  • Planning Permission

  • Weddings and Outdoor Events

  • Business Advice

  • Finance

With glamping, weddings, and outdoor events becoming a really key choice for farm diversification, the food and beverage industry can really make use of this boom! After all, food and drink is always required on these occasions.

This Pasta King pot with people behind it shows off the Pasta King stand at the Leisure F&B Expo very well

Want to Get Involved in the Leisure F&B Expo Next Year?

Want to exhibit at next year’s show, at the NEC, Birmingham on 11th & 12th November? We’d love to welcome you into our community of exhibitors, so don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Leisure F&B Expo Event Director, Oliver Hayes:

Alternatively, if you want to visit, then stay tuned for our FREE tickets, which will be available to apply for very soon!

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