Tyneside Foodservice, which has its depot in Blaydon, Tyne & Wear, hosted its second trade show with close to 500 caterers, chefs, and food professionals attending.
The event was held at Gateshead International Stadium, and Tyneside, which is a member of buying group Fairway Foodservice, noticed a shift in purchasing patterns compared to last year’s trade show.
Sales director Peter Henderson says the 2016 event laid the foundations for its customers to experiment and explore new opportunities.
“The feedback from our attendees 12 months ago centred on learning about new product ranges,” he said.
“This year, our suppliers have said our customers came back with a view to expanding their offering, either by further enhancing the range or doing something seasonal.
“There was a very positive and vibrant atmosphere throughout the day and customers loved the inspirational ideas. By taking the time and talking with suppliers they were able to truly understand the different approaches they could take with the products. And the suppliers were also able to discuss the latest trends and patterns in the industry, which will help keep them ahead of the curve.
“There is a real appetite amongst food service companies in the region to be innovative and offer people something different.”
Tyneside originally started life as a frozen foodservice operation but diversified 12 years ago by adding ambient and chilled products. This side of the business has grown by more than 30% in the last four years.
Henderson added: “Our trade shows allow us to easily showcase to our customers the benefits of constantly reviewing their product range, as well as illustrating the possibilities for upgrading and enhancing their menus etc. quickly.”