What a day! European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo opens to huge acclaim.
Exhibitors and visitors sang the praises of the European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo.
What the exhibitors said:
Brian Watt at Sloane’s Hot Chocolate:
“We have seen a lot of coffee shops today from all over the country. They were interested in our hot chocolate menus as they have seen the success of these with coffee. They are thinking about how to give customers something in the afternoons. We also had a guy from China visit the stand looking for premium gifting products to take to the Chinese market."
- Sloane's Hot Chocolate is exhibiting on stand D34
Megan Gittings of Tea and The Gang:
“The visitors we are seeing are really relevant to our brand. We hadn’t realised what a busy show it would be – we’re very pleased to be here.”
- Tea and The Gang is exhibiting on stand TT3
Kate Ailey, marketing manager at Italian Beverage Company:
“We have had a good flow of people and been impressed with our first year at the show. We have seen some independent operators and larger groups. The whole Expo has been great.”
- Italian Beverage Company is exhibiting on stand F28
Andy Byron at Teapigs:
“We exhibited last year and were very pleased with the high quality leads. This year, we’ve had interest from a range of potential customers, from contract caterers, destination outlets to small independent businesses, as well as from tea fans across the board.
“We’re very pleased to be getting lot of interest and questions about our ethical stance on sustainability, with lots of questions about packaging and our ‘plastic window’, which is actually Natureflex, a by-product of wood-pulp.
“We have a lot more space for our stand this year, which means we’ve been able to display many more products across the range, allowing greater sampling and educational opportunities.”
- Teapigs is exhibiting on stand G43
Jon Reed, brand director at Paddy & Scott’s:
“We have seen a lot of people from the coffee industry and people from all over the world. We have been asked if we can supply to Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and India.”
- Paddy & Scott's is exhibiting on stand R20
What the visitors said:
Eve Wilkin, manager of juice company Queen, came to the show to view equipment.
“It’s a great show, very interesting; lots of companies with various solutions.”
Edward Anderson-Brown, Ally Coffee.
“It’s a show with great diversity. The talks are really good too, taking on three different areas for discussion. The standard of the speakers and the content is really good and very enjoyable.”
Angela Roa Ortiz, Starbucks:
“It’s an amazing show. It’s so very well organised and easy to navigate with great facilities too. The Masterclasses have been really good, very engaging.”
Russell Kerr, Doctor Espresso:
“I’m loving the tea element of the show this year, it really adds to both the size and the offer. Great to see cannabis tea here too. We’re stocking it in all our shops and it’s selling really well."
Will Battle, managing director of Fine Tea Merchants:
“I think this is such a great event with the type of attendees and the volume of people. Increasingly buyers are purchasing coffee, tea and soft drinks. It doesn’t make sense to separate the three.”
John Porter, PR and marketing consultant:
“This is a really interesting market. Operators need to raise their game in the areas of coffee, tea and soft drinks. It is great to see so much innovation in the sector.”