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Turner Price has rebranded its annual foodservice exhibition to help attract record numbers and establish itself within the national catering calendar.

The newly named ‘Cater Expo’ will be one of the largest food exhibitions in the North, dedicated to caterers in hospitality, leisure, education and care. It takes place at the Bonus Arena, Hull, on 20 September. Supported by many leading food and drink brands, it’s an opportunity for chefs to sample hundreds of products, while networking with fellow professionals.

Key brand partners of the Cater Expo include Lamb Weston, Premier Foods, Essential Cuisine, Violife Professional, Northern Bloc and Vegware, as well as several service providers.

Tom English, event organiser and marketing manager at Turner Price, said: “Our annual exhibition has grown each year with bigger venues and more visitors, so we feel it is the right time to give the event a professional brand to encourage even more caterers to see what Turner Price can offer.

"We have launched a dedicated Cater Expo website and are building a mobile app to give an enhanced experience to attendees. Our aim is to showcase innovation for professional caterers, whether that’s through products, cost-saving solutions or insight into the latest trends.

"It wouldn’t be possible without the backing of so many great brands. And to once again have over 100 exhibitors means there will be something for everyone. We are also working on exciting plans for 2024 and beyond, which could see the Cater Expo held in different cities across the North.”

One exhibitor is leading global manufacturer Violife Professional, who will be showcasing their plant-based butter, cream and cheese. Head of Europe, Damian McLoughlin, said: "Violife Professional has been working closely with Turner Price for many years now, as part of our national support for independent wholesale. Through their regular food exhibitions, they play a vital role, providing suppliers with the opportunity for customers to taste and give direct feedback on products.

Registration is now open and free for all attendees. Any professionals within catering are welcome to attend, including business owners, chefs, catering managers, front of house, procurement and students, but it is not open to the public.

To find out more, visit caterexpo.com.

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