We’ve got over 180 exhibitors waiting to meet you in a couple of weeks time. Behind the scenes, they’re busy getting ready, and so are we…we’ve launched this brand new website for starters! However, it’s not just now that we’re all busy, our exhibitors seem to have been busy all year. There’s a lot to tell you about, so read on to see what they’ve been up to!
As you may know by now, our aim for all our shows is to go single-use plastic free. To that end, we’ve developed an innovative new badging system for exhibitors and visitors that removes the need for any plastic wallets, which you’ll see for yourself at the show. Last year we teamed up with Final Straw Cornwall, the campaign to rid Cornwall of single use plastic straws and raise awareness of the damage single use plastics are causing to our environment. We’re trying to do our bit, and it looks like we’re not alone:
Just Water (Stand E37) have introduced ‘Water in a Box’ which they have been given the distribution of for this local area. The box is made from paperboard made from carbon-neutral wood, which is a 100% renewable and sustainable material. The wood processing by-products also provide renewable bio-energy for the paper mills and local heating, reducing fossil fuel consumption. The lightweight box only uses water-based inks and has been granted an OPRL licence for its recyclability. The caps are resealable and recyclable and don’t contain any PET. The water itself originates from a deep-seated underground source in the Mendip Hills of Somerset, is boxed at source and has an excellent mineral balance. It comes in Natural Spring Water, and 3 different flavours – Strawberry, Lemon & Lime, Orange and Peach. With this new product they hope to offer their customers the opportunity to switch to a more sustainable and less environmentally damaging product, and reduce their carbon footprint.
Celebrating 70 years of manufacturing quality cleaning chemicals, Cleenol (Stand J9) will be showing their X2 Spray System at the show, which is fantastic for those customers who want to reduce the amount of plastic waste they currently produce. It’s an easy to use, lightweight system which instantly mixes water and a specially formulated concentrate without the need to measure. There is no need to revisit a box on the wall – simply add water when needed. It is particularly suitable for use in locations where a high level of hygiene is required. The X2 Spray System uses patented technology to ensure the dilution of concentrated product remains accurate. Specially designed seals built into every cartridge prevent contact with the concentrate. As an added security measure, the X2 Spray System will only operate when both cartridges are locked into the system. Each 325ml cartridge produces the equivalent to more than 12 standard 750ml ready to use trigger sprays. This means no throw away triggers, just one cartridge to be recycled instead of 12 empty flasks to dispose of. It also saves on storage space, and has a low carbon footprint for distribution.
Ethical, sustainable and carefully sourced products have always been fundamental to TQuality (Stand G27) and they will be promoting their eco-friendly range of packaging at the show. Reduce your carbon footprint and care for the environment with packaging that’s 100% biodegradable or compostable and recyclable They even have new retro red and white paper straws, which provide an environmentally friendly alternative to the conventional plastic straw. If you’re looking for a bargain, then they have put together a special show promotions brochure with various multi-buys and offers on 60+ products! If you’re interested in testing out their products at the show, they will be sampling IQF cod & pollock with their batter partners Middleton Foods and promoting their new range of coley, hake and pollock fish products. T.Quality are the market leading wholesale provider to the fish & chip and fast food sector in the UK. As a foodservice wholesaler they serve fish & chip shops and outlets from 10 nationwide locations, and are perfectly placed to offer fantastic customer service, quality products, and strong national brands. They provide a local, efficient, friendly and reliable service.
Aimia Foods (Stand L17) will be showcasing Shmoo – their new thick milkshake concept. It’s the perfect choice for caterers looking to provide delicious, thick shakes with ease. Blended with milk or ice, Shmoo creates deliciously thick, ice cream textured milkshakes or iced cappuccinos consistently and with ease. Presented in a contemporary cup with fantastic branding and domed lids, it gets you noticed on the street. In a bid to help reduce waste created by single-use plastics, Aimia Foods recently announced that they have parted ways with plastic straws, and made the switch to paper ones from a local company instead. Now their customers will continue to enjoy the same drinking experience but in a much more environmentally friendly way! They’re working hard to minimise their environmental impact in other ways too; with 50% of the plastic used in the manufacturing process of Shmoo cups and lids coming from recycled plastic (RPET). As well as this, Shmoo cups and lids are 100% recyclable and can be recycled by all local authorities through plastic waste stream bins. Shmoo is your greener grab-and-go milkshake option!
Whilst some our exhibitors have been growing greener, some of them have just been plain growing!
Bartlett (Stand E34) have exhibited with us for several years, and they are now one of the biggest providers of refrigeration and catering in the southwest of England. They can provide one off reactive repairs, servicing of equipment, installation and maintenance contracts. They have four branches covering the southwest and some 40 skilled engineers. It has been an exceptional year for Bartlett in Cornwall working within the education sector. They have been fortunate to obtain over 100 contracts with schools and colleges ensuring these establishments are compliant, efficient and safe. In the last year they have grown significantly to 10 engineers in Cornwall. This is due to the excellent service by their back office team and their fully skilled engineers creating repeat business and additional work through recommendations. Air conditioning is another service that Bartlett can provide. They have contracts with major retail outlets, surgeries, office blocks and domestic houses. Currently they are working all over the UK installing air conditioning in a major clothing retailer’s shops. All this from their branch in Redruth!
Catering Equipment (Stand K28), will be exhibiting with us for the first time and they’re looking forward to promoting their superior catering equipment, which is all manufactured either by themselves in the UK or we directly imported from Italy, France and Germany. Their customers, many of which are high street names, demand quality and immediate delivery. Catering Equipment are a family firm that has been trading for over 20 years. They are now looking for distributors in the South West for their range of fine products, which include stainless steel containers and sinks, Kanga insulated food transport boxes, and domestic on and off grid powered refrigeration. They are located right in the heart of the country, with massive stocks, and offer next day delivery via DPD transport. Supporting their customers by offering a range of quality products that meet their needs, sharing their expertise, and helping resolve their client’s catering problems is key to them having become one of the busiest catering equipment suppliers in the UK.
Many of our exhibitors, both large and small, have brand new products and services for you to discover at the show. Many of them have also been winning awards, and we’d like to congratulate them all!
New this year, Cornwall’s leading manufacturer of fudge boxes & biscuit tubes The Candy Company (Stand H37) are offering a bespoke service for private/personalised fudge boxes and biscuit tubes, with free artwork & set up costs. Their designers work with your images and logo to produce a comprehensive range of bespoke confectionery unique to you. They can create full colour digital artwork that can be mounted on to a selection of products. They can even make sticks of rock with your town name on! This is a great way to promote your establishment with either a guest enhancement gift or business promotion. Did you know that year on year, they sell enough fudge boxes that if laid end to end, would stretch over 9 miles and contain over 14 million pieces of fudge?! Whether it’s fudge, biscuits, chocolate, or rock, there’s bound to be something in their product range to tempt your tastebuds. Sweet perfection in sugar confection!
The award-winning Skinner’s Brewing Company (Stand G35) have a new 300ml “Cornish Session IPA” ale for 2019, named after the beautiful Sennen Cove. Sennen’s crystal clear waters and inviting Atlantic swell make it popular with tourists, surfers and locals alike. Its charming harbour, dotted with fishing boats, and the long stretch of golden sand of Sennen Cove make it a prime spot for alfresco feasts. All you need is the perfect cool crisp drink to while the hours away with…and Sennen is a session strength pale ale with refreshing zesty notes of lime enhanced with the bittersweet kick of pink grapefruit. An ideal companion to fresh crab, proper pork pies and barbecue chicken. Why not pop by their stand for more information and a free sample?
Discover Hospitality Table Cornwall (HTC), an ESF-funded project led solely by like-minded employers from the Cornish Hospitality sector. The project aims to create initiatives that increase recruitment, raise aspirations for quality careers and develop industry-relevant learning pathways to improve skills, productivity and quality. Delivered by the Ofsted Outstanding Truro and Penwith College Business (Stand F39), HTC uses their strong existing relationships with local employers to promote and enhance learning and career opportunities, whilst engaging with young people to inspire and inform the next generation about the different opportunities within the industry and help to change the overall image of hospitality. To find out how they can help your business with recruitment, skills gaps and raising aspiration in the industry, make sure to come and say hi!
Thatchers Cider (Stand K42) have launched Thatchers Rosé (4% ABV)! Rosé is a deliciously sweet sparkling pink Somerset cider made with a blend of naturally sweet, rosy-red dessert apples, including Pink Lady, Fuji and Gala. Rosé is a sweeter, lower ABV cider that’s bursting with fruity apple flavours. It’s best served chilled, and perfect for laid back, relaxed and sociable drinking occasions. Now available in 440ml cans and 500ml bottles. For those with special dietary requirements, it’s gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. Thatchers Rosé sits alongside Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Haze in their Family Favourites collection, and ensures that Thatchers has a broad range of premium and super premium ciders through all taste profiles to suit consumers.
Hugo’s Breakfast (Stand F18) will be launching a brand-new cereal at the show, which is going to be their best yet: Hugo’s Cornish Summer Muesli. The product and its packaging are under wraps until the show! Hugo’s Cornish Summer Muesli will join their award-winning artisan range of breakfast cereals. Hugo’s Breakfast is proud to have been awarded Taste of the West Gold Awards for Hugo’s Cornish Granola, Hugo’s Cornish Granola – Quinoa & Fruit, Hugo’s Cornish Muesli and Hugo’s Cornish Bircher Müesli and a Taste of the West Highly Commended for Hugo’s Apple & Blueberry Porridge. Their breakfast cereals and porridge are produced for taste and just happen to be good for you as well! Hand-crafted, slow baked granolas for lasting crunchiness and creamy mueslis full of fruit, nuts, seeds and flavour, their cereals are produced with care at their brand new purpose built kitchen in deepest Cornwall.
Taking the stress out of online booking, freetobook (Stand H29) provides free online booking capabilities and optional paid services like channel management and online payments. This is simple, elegant technology that doesn’t cost the earth, and they have over 9000 customers worldwide. It’s deal for all independent accommodation, making online booking possible for B&B’s, Guest houses, hotels, cottages, hostels etc. They won the ‘business to business’ award at The Scottish Herald Digital Business Awards 2018, and were finalists in the ‘Customer Service’ category at The Scottish Herald Family Business Awards 2018. They also have a new product: Google Hotel Ads – at only 7%! Get more direct bookings with your freetobook rates and availability on Google, right next to the OTAs.
Cornish Orchards (Stand J35) had a very busy 2018! First of all their Dry Cider won the ‘Gold Award’ for the Open Dry Class at the first cider championships held by the Royal Cornwall Show in 200 years, where they were also selected as one of the stalls to receive a Royal Visit from their Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Then they invested in a new canning line that was shipped across from the USA and installed on site. This new canning line enables them to can their products and they now have Blush and Gold cans available in 330ml in newly designed cans. And now they’ve released a new fruity cider; Hedgerow Cider, inspired by the dark fruits of the Cornish Hedgerows. This cider is blended using freshly pressed juicy dessert apples, sweet blackberries and refreshing sloe berries, and is 4% ABV. It’s currently available in 500ml bottles, and will be launching into keg in the new year.
Rock Gin (Stand L46)launched in May 2018 and in July 2018 they also had a visit from royalty, HRH Prince Charles, who loved their Rock Gin. They presented him with their very first bottle 1/001. Cornish Rock Gin is made near Rock, where hours spent relaxing on the beach provided them with their inspiration. They are a small batch distillery, and their gin is distilled by hand in small batches using pure spring water from their own deep water source combined with fragrant botanicals and fresh citrus fruits. At the heart of their craft gin is their still “Bonanza Boy”, named after their favourite racehorse, and a team of artisans who meticulously test each and every batch before hand bottling, stamping and inspecting it. Then, and only then, is it released for sale.
Trimford/WCS (Stand H20) will be showing their new LPG range – the Super Travelchef. The Super Travelchef has a different technology burner to the standard Travelchef (which is still available). This means a quicker heat up time, faster recovery, heat lamps in the top box, and improved efficiency. It also has a very attractive price range. Both Travelchefs provide quality and economy with latest safety features. WCS are Europe’s leading specialist manufacturer of donut machines, LPG mobile catering equipment, and hand cooked crisp carts. They are also suppliers of slush machines, milkshake mix and whisk, mixes and syrups.
If you are ever in need of amazing competition prizes, staff incentives or corporate gifts, look no further. The Dash Group (Stand K10) have launched their hamper and gift business, The Cornish Hamper Store, which will be showcased alongside their vehicle hire, vehicle sales, business storage solutions and distribution services at the show. The Dash Group’s solid logistics expertise has helped them achieve an impeccable reputation throughout Cornwall for high standards of service at competitive prices. The Cornish Hamper Store offers an exciting selection of sumptuous hampers full of delicious Cornish food and beverages for any occasion and budget. Of special note is an innovative range of letterbox hampers which fit through any standard size letterbox, eliminating the need for the recipient to wait in. Pop by their stand, and enter their competition for your chance to win a delicious hamper full of Cornish goodies, presented in a classic wicker basket. Good luck!
Devon Distillery (Stand H6) are exhibiting with us for the first time, and are looking forward to meeting trades people and making some new connections. Devon Distillery is the UK’s first and only micro distillery creating grape-marc-spirit, Dappa. Like it’s Italian counterpart ‘Grappa’, it’s a smooth after-dinner tipple with a beautifully warming effect. They will be showcasing their new Vintage Dappa, alongside their Devoncello, SloeD Gin and their white label gin. Devoncello, Devon’s answer to limoncello, was launched on Good Friday last year, and is a smooth lemony liqueur made with a triple distilled Dappa base steeped with organic lemons. It’s the perfect tipple both pre & post dinner! This boutique, artisan enterprise has won numerous awards over the last 5 years and will be bringing some of their award winning produce so come along and try something a bit different.
Cornish Hot Tubs (Stand E26) are new to the show, and in 2018 were named UK Spa Retailer of the Year at the UK Pool & Spa Awards. They also achieved GOLD standard awards for UK Team of the Year and Best Marketing Initiative of the Year, thanks to the Cornwall Channel and the power of online video. (You can see them at the show too, on Stand L23!). Cornish Hot Tubs are a local family run business who in the past 14 years have grown the business to become the largest and most experienced supplier in the South West. They offer a broad range of hot tubs and swim spas from carefully selected quality manufacturers to holiday parks, holiday lets and residential customers. They have a experienced sales and service team who provide a professional, high quality service and have many happy customers from all over Cornwall & Devon.
We’d like to finish off saying Happy Birthday to Callestick Farm (Stand E13), one of our regular exhibitors, who are celebrating their 30th birthday this year. Nestled in a beautiful valley, Callestick Farm is just moments away from the dramatic North Cornwall coastline, and has been lovingly farmed by the Parker family since 1953. Their Champion Cornish ice cream has been made for generations to the original family recipe, with free range milk from the 300 strong grass fed herd that graze naturally on their farm. Their award winning ice cream is expertly made with the finest confectionery and fruits – all wholesome, natural ingredients. Just like your Grandma used to make it! To mark this special birthday they have a new flavour of icecream – Birthday Cake Ice Cream of course! Well, what’s a birthday without cake?!
With all this to discover at the show, we hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are. It’s only a couple of weeks away, and that time will fly by. Why not register for your free trade entry badge now, and we’ll see you in March.