The CESA Light Equipment and Tableware Forum,
Whittlebury Hall Hotel, Towcester, Wednesday 22nd January 2014
By common consent the 2014 CESA Light Equipment and Tableware (LET) Forum was the best yet, with a record number of delegates and a host of innovative product launches.
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Wood: what a comeback. Back in the ‘90s it was in danger of disappearing altogether, partly due to the attitudes of EHOs. These days it’s getting ever bigger, and the Forum saw a host of products, concepts and ideas on show. “It is really, really current,” said Peter Wakelin of SJH Row & Sons, while Nick Buttle of TG Woodware described the trend as “an explosion.”
Innovation: suppliers had gone to town with new ideas and the 2014 Forum underlined this trend with ‘feature tables’ to spotlight the most exciting products. “There are more innovations than ever,” said Rob Barnes of Brakes, who has been coming to the event for seven years. However, it’s not innovation for innovation’s sake: “I’m looking for what’s new,” said Richard Matthews of Bunzl Lockhart, “because that’s what my customers ask for. They say ‘show me something different.’ The Forum gives me the answers.”
Buffet display: a huge number of new ideas and concepts were on show, designed to enhance front of house foodservice, using both contemporary and traditional materials, from ceramics to melamine to metal to wood, and in a rainbow of colours.
Rustic grunge: front of house fashions for the pastoral and the industrial look set to continue, as exemplified by products such as rustic wooden (more…)