The Country Range Group’s annual exhibition returned to the Telford International Centre on June 20th and saw over 100 foodservice brands showcase their products and run interactive demonstrations to over 500 attendees.
The exhibition extravaganza helped generate a record £3 million in orders for visiting suppliers from the buying group’s 12 members – Birchall Foodservice, Blakemore Foodservice, Caterite Foodservice, Creed Foodservice, Dunns Food and Drinks, EFG Foodservice, Harvest Fine Foods, Henderson Foodservice, Savona Foodservice, Thomas Ridley Foodservice, Trevors Foodservice and Turner Price.
Following the exhibition, a conference session took place for the delegates before a presentation from guest speaker Bonita Norris – the youngest person to stand at both tops of the world and one of the UK’s leading adventurers.
The hugely beneficial day was then completed with a 3-course Gala Dinner, which was hosted by writer, actor and creator Jonny Cochrane.
A 70’s theme ensured attendees were suitably adorned in an array of wigs, flares and colourful flower motifs plus a performance from the world-renowned Abba tribute act – Björn Again, livened things up and crowned the evening.
Martin Ward, Country Range Group’s Trading Director, commented: “Our annual exhibition forms an integral part of our sales and marketing plans and is a fantastic way to get suppliers and members all under the same roof to highlight, discuss and promote the latest products, techniques and innovation on show.
“The event grows year on year and provides great opportunities to food and drink producers of all sizes to generate UK-wide business, which is highlighted by the record amount of orders generated on the day. Roll on Manchester next year!”
With 25 years of heritage servicing the UK’s innovative foodservice sector, the Country Range Group is made up of 12 independent members:
- Birchall Foodservice
- Blakemore Foodservice
- Caterite Foodservice
- Creed Foodservice
- Dunns Food and Drinks
- EFG Foodservice
- Harvest Fine Foods
- Henderson Foodservice
- Savona Foodservice
- Thomas Ridley Foodservice
- Trevors Foodservice
- Turner Price
In addition to offering leading brands, the Group also provides over 800 products, all developed exclusively for professional caterers under the Country Range brand. Covering grocery, chilled, frozen and non-food, Country Range is widely recognised by caterers as a trusted and reliable brand delivering consistent quality and value for money without compromising on taste and flavour.