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Niche Portfolio Director Miranda Martin Set To Receive the 2018 UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has announced a group of five recipients from all over the world for this year’s UFI Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant. An international jury, led by UFI President Corrado Peraboni, selected this group of future industry leaders for their exceptional initiative in driving change and innovation in their different areas within the exhibition industry.

The recipients of the 2018 UFI NGL Grant are:

  • Lilian Burgardt, Head of Digital Products for Brazil with Informa, Brazil
  • Glen Foulstone, Senior Project Manager with GES, UK
  • Kelly MacLellan, Customer Success Manager with Feathr, USA
  • Miranda Martin, Portfolio Director, Niche events with Fresh Montgomery, UK
  • Maria Tsedeviyn, Head of Advertising, Design and Internet Division Marketing, Advertising and PR Department at Expoforum International, Russia

“As I was reviewing the applications for this year’s grant, I became a bit concerned about fulfilling my role as jury president: I feared it would be difficult to select just five recipients from the large number of great applications. And indeed, the jury had to make some tough calls,” said UFI President Corrado Peraboni. “I want to encourage all those who we could not select this year to continue to work on their impressive projects, and to re-apply next year.”

For this year’s programme, there was a significant rise of over 70% in the number of applications received when compared to 2017. Applications were handed in from 15 different countries, representing all UFI regional chapters (Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; Africa). The UFI Next Generation Leaders will now engage in research concerning the future of the exhibition industry, working closely with the UFI team. Their first workshop will be organised in conjunction with the UFI European Conference ‘Future proof exhibitions’, which will be held in Verona (Italy) in early May 2018. After several months of research and collaboration, the grantees will present their conclusions at the 85th UFI Global Congress – the exhibition industry’s leading annual global event – which will take place in St. Petersburg (Russia) from 31 October to 3 November 2018. The NGL Grant programme concludes with a 6-month C-level mentorship for each recipient which will provide career support for these future leaders of the industry.

“The NGL Grant, which has now reached its third edition, reflects UFI’s commitment to recognising and supporting the best talents within the exhibition industry,” said UFI Managing Director/CEO, Kai Hattendorf. “We believe in the importance of rewarding a global group of strong personalities who will be able to drive the needed changes in the industry in the upcoming years. I would like to personally thank all those involved in the programme.”

About the jury

The 2018 NGL Grant jury was chaired by Mr. Corrado Peraboni, UFI President, and President of Cipa Fiera Milano Publicações e Eventos Ltda. He was joined by Joyce DiMascio, Chief Executive at EEAA, Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO at UFI, Eleonora Robuschi, Programmes & Projects Coordinator at UFI and Diana Salman, Head of HR & Organization Development at IFP Expo and former NGL grant winner.

Hotelympia Features 4 New Shows in 2018

Hotelympia, the exhibition for the hospitality, food and service industry, has announced the addition of four shows to run under one roof in 2018. The move is part of a strategy to give the trade exhibition for the hospitality industry a fresh new identity.

The events are run by a new organising team at Fresh Montgomery, who took upon a mission to reinvigorate the hospitality event in October this year. “In modernising its approach, a revitalised Hotelympia will reaffirm its position as the industry’s must-attend showcase event for every hospitality business,” the organiser said.

The four new shows in the Hotelympia portfolio are:

  • The Professional Kitchen Show
  • The Foodservice Show incorporating Café Commerce
  • Hospitality Tech Show
  • Interiors and Tableware Show

Scheduled on 5-8 March at ExCeL London, these events will be a specialist in their own fields promising the very latest innovations and benefitting from Hotelympia’s heritage; the hospitality exhibition attracts 25,000+ visitors.

The Professional Kitchen Show at Hotelympia is set to offer next year’s very first and most comprehensive view of everything new in catering equipment and kitchen design. The event is said to have over 150 dedicated exhibitors on the show floor.

Hotelympia has a proud tradition of giving buyers, chefs, distributors and consultants the most comprehensive overview of the latest innovations in catering equipment. In 2018, this offer is strengthened by giving the sector its own clear identity and space in which to do business,” the company said.

The Professional Kitchen Show is bolstered by the backing of The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA), The Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) distributor purchasing group, Cedabond and The Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI), each representing key manufacturing and wholesale groups within the industry.

The show will be further strengthened by the presence of over a dozen of the UK’s most exciting chefs, offering up interactive cooking demos on The Staff Canteen Live, an inspiring and interactive live chef stage, featuring the hospitality industry’s biggest names.

Mark Morris, MD of Staff Canteen Live, has confirmed the participation of Dan Doherty, executive chef at 24-hour restaurant Duck and Waffle and Michelin star chef Paul Ainsworth, of Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow. Hotelympia said the full line up will be announced soon.

“In past years we’ve treated Hotelympia visitors to up-close-and-personal encounters with some of the biggest names in cooking. This time around we’ll be introducing audiences to yet more chefs at the vanguard of the business, including Dan and Paul, whose reputations really do precede them. Come and see our full line up in action, get an insight into the day to day operations, learn, taste and be inspired,” Morris enthused.

Supply focus

The newly created Interiors and Tableware Show at Hotelympia will offer show visitors an array of innovative suppliers and experiential features backed by specially-commissioned insight.

Companies responsible for some of the globe’s most awe-inspiring hospitality spaces – pioneering design houses and interior specialists – are signed up to exhibit, showcasing exactly what it takes to make a site stand-out and elevate front-of-house operations to new levels.

What’s more, a series of unique design installations will make up an integral part of the show floor – giving visitors a tantalising first look at the latest, consumer-led design trends.

Hotelympia has partnered with SquareMeal, the independent restaurant guide, to bring a unique experiential installation to the show, helping to highlight 2018’s emerging consumer trends and influence key buying decisions.

The show team has been in conversation with the industry to launch a survey that delves into the minds of modern diners, helping to uncover what constitutes The Ultimate Dining Experience.

From lighting preferences, furniture and tableware, right through to music, menu style, uniforms and technology, the survey has left no stone unturned. Not only will show visitors be able to claim their free copy of the report at the show, Hotelympia is working with property-based design, project management and development company, LXA (Wagamama, BXR Gym, Grand Hyatt) to bring the results to life in a standalone feature.

Food and drink show

In recent years the UK has rightly earned its place at the top table of global food and drink, and The Foodservice Show will celebrate the dynamism, diversity and depth of innovation within this market.

Key suppliers will join artisan start-ups in what promises to be a festival of food and drink product launches.

The organiser explained: “Opportunity knocks for non-traditional players to take a share and The Foodservice Show will include a very special Café Commerce section, flooded with innovative coffee-focused suppliers with the keys to helping unlock this highly profitable market.”

Hotelympia has a long history of welcoming and nurturing the next generation and this will continue in earnest through Salon Culinaire, which returns to the fold as part of The Foodservice Show.

Cutting-edge tech

The Hospitality Tech Show will champion the brightest and best new products and solutions emerging from global hospitality tech players, alongside some exciting entrepreneurial smaller businesses.

In recognition of the growth in importance of technology, a very special Hospitality Tech Innovation Theatre will be at the heart of proceedings.

Through a number of insightful seminars, panel discussions and talks around key issues including marketing, social media, cybersecurity, payment and booking systems, apps and data-driven software. The Innovation Theatre will demonstrate Hotelympia 2018 as a thought leader around the most pressing technological issues and challenges.

Hotelympia Portfolio Director, Ross Carter, comments: “For the past 83 years Hotelympia has upheld a proud tradition of demonstrating the future of hospitality. In 2018, this promise is strengthened by giving each of our dedicated sectors its own clear identity and defined space in which to do business.

“The 2018 exhibitor list for each show already reads like a who’s who of innovators, but this time around we are delighted to be giving a platform to some of the UK’s most exciting start-ups – suppliers in every sector that will be setting the agenda for years to come. I urge visitors hungry for insight, innovation and everything new in hospitality to preregister for Hotelympia today.”


The UK’s leading food, drink and hospitality events company accelerates growth through strategic acquisitions and organic growth
Fresh Montgomery, the UK’s leading organiser of food, drink & hospitality events, has acquired Pub18, the only show entirely dedicated to the UK pub industry. The acquisition will strengthen Fresh Montgomery’s position as the most comprehensive events organisation in the market serving the food, drink and hospitality industries.

Previously owned and run by SME London, one of the world’s most innovative and experienced events companies, Pub18 showcases the latest trends and insight to provide publicans with support, ideas and inspiration to drive their businesses forward in a challenging business landscape. Fresh Montgomery will ensure Pub18 continues to be at the forefront of industry innovation, by bringing its experience from running the successful Independent Hotel Show to deliver the best, most relevant content and experience to professionals within the pub industry. Pub18 is fiercely in support of publicans from across the UK, and brings together the industry’s finest and most relevant suppliers, experts and service providers to facilitate connections and opportunities to strengthen the industry at large. Exhibitors include: Estrella Galicia & Maeloc, Fever Tree, Dialma Brown, European Shuffleboard and Cellar Trends

Fresh Montgomery is built on over 20 years’ experience running business events including: IFE, Hotelympia, Speciality & Fine Food Fair and is part of Montgomery, the oldest family-owned events business in the UK and listed in 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain (LSE) & Real Business HOT100 . The acquisition of Pub18 will open up new opportunities for Fresh Montgomery to use its expansive portfolio to drive innovation across the food, drink and hospitality industries.

Fresh Montgomery is planning a number of acquisitions and organic launches as part of an accelerated growth strategy in the UK and overseas over the next two years. This acquisition follows the announcement that Fresh Montgomery acquired the Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN) earlier this month, adding to their expertise in food & drink product trends & innovation.

Miranda Martin, Portfolio Director for Fresh Montgomery, who leads the company’s ‘Niche’ portfolio says “Fresh Montgomery is experiencing an incredible period of growth. We are passionate about supporting all areas of the hospitality sector and the acquisition of Pub18 will enable us to look closely at how we can meet the needs of the pub industry as its own niche, whilst enhancing our wider company offering to support the broader food, drink and hospitality industries.

Pub18 will take place 6 – 7 February at Olympia, London. For more information about Pub18 or Fresh Montgomery, please contact Miranda Martin on Miranda.Martin@freshmontgomery.co.uk call +44 (0)207 7886 3089 or visit www.thepubshow.co.uk.

Fresh Montgomery Acquires FDIN

Fresh Montgomery, the UK’s leading organiser of food, drink & hospitality events has embarked on an acquisition of the Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN). A huge development for the UK food & drink industry, this acquisition adds enormous value to food/drink/hospitality categories; creating a ‘vortex’ of industry innovation, through an enhanced FDIN offering.

FDIN was established over a decade ago and this change in ownership aims to double its high-level community over the next two years. Originally founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Hyman, – who established the first Prêt à Manger store – FDIN’s success was largely driven by Jeffrey’s reputation, his personal magnetism and encyclopedic industry knowledge. Building on his legacy, Fresh Montgomery is keen to ensure FDIN continues to be at the forefront of industry innovation and influence; ensuring a nurturing community remains at its core. A champion of food & drink industry insight and a main driver behind shaping industry opinion, FDIN is a ‘go-to’ resource for food & drink professionals worldwide including members from Nestle, Ryvita, Hovis, Product Chain, Brand Genetics and Thorntons.

Fresh Montgomery is built on 20+ years’ experience running events including: IFE, Hotelympia, Speciality & Fine Food Fair and is part of Montgomery, the oldest family-owned events business in the UK and listed in 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain (LSE) & Real Business HOT100.  This acquisition is the first of many to come for Fresh Montgomery in the next 12 months.

With a number of other acquisitions and organic launches in the pipeline, Fresh Montgomery has ambitious growth plans both in the UK and overseas over the next two years.  This acquisition will strengthen FDIN’s position as the no.1 channel for industry insight & influence and Fresh Montgomery expects this acquisition to increase the company’s reach within the food & drink industry. With an annual high-level calendar of food and drink events covering aspects of innovation: growing, sourcing, manufacturing, category management, packaging, retailing and product development, FDIN is the expert in industry innovation.

Jane Milton, food industry expert and one of Jeffrey Hyman’s close circle of contacts, will lead FDIN forward as Chief Inspiration Officer. Holding 30 years commercial experience and well-known in the industry, Jane Milton will ensure Jeffrey and FDIN’s renowned heritage and legacy continues; carefully curating a group of rotating industry influencers.  Jane Milton will provide the FDIN community with a unique perspective on food, from innovation to new product development through her strong global network industry-wide.

“FDIN is built on a generous attitude of sharing best practice, strong industry relationships and providing invaluable industry insight.  From working very closely with Jeffrey, we’re looking forward to continuing his legacy and ensuring insight continues to be made accessible to all industry levels”, says Jane Milton, “Fresh Montgomery and FDIN complement each other perfectly; built on similar beliefs and values and it’s so positive for us to have been personally selected to carry the torch forward”.

Soraya Gadelrab, Portfolio Director at Fresh Montgomery who will take on the role of Chief Experience Officer says: “Our mission is to enhance the food & drink industry and provide the high-level insight professionals are craving and require to develop and innovate.  This exciting acquisition means greater market leading content, quality news and networking to ensure the UK’s food & drink industry has access to the tools and contacts needed to stand-out and propel the industry forward”.

About Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN)

The Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN) is a champion of food & drink industry insight and an expert in quality news & high-level networking.  Founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Hyman – who established the first Prêt à Manger store – the success of FDIN was largely driven by Jeffrey’s reputation, his personal magnetism and encyclopedic industry knowledge.

Continuing Jeffrey’s legacy, in October 2017 Fresh Montgomery was chosen to carry the baton of FDIN’s success and embarked on its exciting acquisition.

Fresh Montgomery reveals new Managing Director

Fresh Montgomery has appointed Lori Hoinkes as managing director.

Hoinkes has experience in the food sector having worked at Maple Leaf Foods in both Canada and the UK. She has also worked for blue chip companies such as General Motors, Estee Lauder and more recently she has been involved in the UK’s largest regeneration project at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.

Along with extensive digital experience, Hoinkes launched a technology company and has a passion for food and hospitality; the industries which Fresh Montgomery specialises in.

2017 is set to be a record sales year for Fresh Montgomery. It also sees the launch of its first shows in Asia.

Commenting on the appointment group managing director, Damion Angus said: “Lori has a history of success in a number of business areas. We are looking forward to working with her to set the future direction of the business. Fresh has been growing rapidly and we want to maintain or accelerate that momentum without losing the principles of great customer service and integrity which we hold dear.”

Lori will start her new role on 18 April.

‘Fresh’ Success for IFEX

Fresh Montgomery Scoops AEO Award for IFEX

IFEX – one of Europe’s longest-established food, hospitality and retail events – has scooped the top prize for ‘Best Tradeshow Exhibition under 2,000sq.m’ at the recent AEO Excellence Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday past, 17th June.

Organised by Fresh Montgomery, IFEX, which took place from 8-10th March in Belfast, exceeded all expectation with an action-packed three-day event.

Taking place in a new show venue, the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, the event recorded one of its biggest-ever attendance numbers, increasing by an incredible 24% on the previous show – IFEX 2014.

Collecting the award from host Sir Lenny Henry, Toby Wand, Managing Director of Fresh Montgomery, commented: “We are thrilled to have won Best Trade Show for IFEX 2016! The IFEX team worked incredibly hard to firmly establish IFEX in its new home, delivering a sold out event, that welcomed thousands of visitors through the doors.

“Winning the award is a huge testament to our team’s commitment in making IFEX the very best it could be, and a massive thank you must go to everyone involved in IFEX’s success, including our exhibitors, visitors and association partners for their ongoing support.”

Running for 23 years, the AEO Excellence Awards represent the best that the events industry has to offer and showcase the amazing achievements from within the industry.

Commenting on why IFEX took home one of the top accolades, the AEO Excellence Awards’ judges said: Capable and professional as you would expect from Fresh Montgomery; good local publicity and great results.”

Working across the UK, Fresh Montgomery are a specialist exhibition organiser and have built up a reputation for delivering unparalleled business opportunities for the food and hospitality industries.  The company is a dominant force in the exhibition industry, organising market-leading events in the food, drink and hospitality sectors.

This AEO Excellence Award is the latest award win for the company, following national acknowledgement for its work, including being included in ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ in 2015.

IFEX returns in early 2018.  For further information, please see www.IFEXexhibition.co.uk. For further information on Fresh Montgomery, visit www.freshmontgomery.co.uk or follow the company via twitter – @FreshMontgomery.

Speciality & Fine Food Fair Goes East

Fresh Montgomery to launch the UK’s biggest gourmet trade show in Asia

It is set to be one of the most hotly anticipated new launches in the trade show calendar. London’s greatest gourmet trade-only event – Speciality & Fine Food Fair – is launching in Asia.  The eagerly-awaited show, which also incorporates Speciality Chocolate Fair, will debut in Singapore on July 18th-20th 2017.

Run by food and hospitality experts Fresh Montgomery for the last 17 years, the two UK speciality fairs are a huge success story. Showcasing innovation from the finest artisan food and drink producers from across the globe, the two fairs are vibrant – and pivotal in unveiling new brands, and inspiring exciting trends. By launching in Asia, Fresh Montgomery and its sister company Montgomery Asia,  are offering a unique opportunity for fine food and drink producers to reach new global markets.

Delivering Speciality

The inaugural events in Singapore will mirror the dynamic UK concept – which draws in more than 850 exhibitors, and 12,000 trade attendees each year. There will be artisan exhibitors in a wealth of food and drink categories from across the world.

Speciality & Fine Food Asia will host top attractions including Fine Food Live – an inspiring chefs’ demo theatre hosted by a top chef; a Small Business Forum – where SME experts are on hand to offer free one-to-one advice; and a Start Up Village – a zone devoted to 30 new artisan food producers. There will also be Speciality Chocolate Asia – Singapore’s only trade event dedicated to the premium chocolate.

Fresh thinking

With an unrivaled line-up, the show is a must-visit for trade buyers from retail, foodservice, travel, import, wholesale and distribution – drawn from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and The Philippines.

Fresh Montgomery is owned by exhibition giant Montgomery Exhibitions, which has established an enviable reputation running world-leading exhibitions since 1895. It runs 70 events, serving 12 sectors – in 18 countries around the globe, including the UK’s largest food and drink event – IFE.

Speciality & Fine Food Asia and Speciality Chocolate Asia will meet huge demand from exhibitors and buyers. The events will be held in Singapore’s Central Business District at Suntec Singapore – the world’s leading conference centre.

Christopher McCuin, for Fresh Montgomery and Montgomery Asia, said: “We are delighted to finally announce the exciting launch of Speciality & Fine Food Asia and Speciality Chocolate Asia.

This is an exciting new chapter for Fresh Montgomery – and a much anticipated addition to the trade show calendar. The culmination of months of planning, Speciality & Fine Food and Speciality Chocolate Asia have been designed to inspire food and beverage buyers from across South East Asia.

“These two new shows will bring the vibrancy, buzz and excitement buyers love about our much-heralded London event to Asia – creating a new centre for food innovation. These are exciting times, not just for Fresh Montgomery – but for the fine food industry as a whole. We can’t wait for the doors to open.”




The AEO Excellence Awards

AEO Awards Winner - IFEX and Best Moment

The annual AEO Awards saw Fresh Montgomery take home a couple of hard-earned awards on 17th June at the Grosvenor Hotel. Congratulations to all those who contributed and worked on earning the prizes for the Best Trade Show under 2000sqm and Best Event Moment of 2015. A great night was had by all!

                                   AEO 3              AEO              AEO 2

Take a look at some of the video’s from the awards below…


IFEX Delivers a Sizzling Show Belfast’s Titanic Exhibition Centre – Wins major award

24% increase in visitors to event

The culmination of 18 months’ work, helping to bring to fruition a new show venue, and taking place during Northern Ireland’s Year of Food & Drink, IFEX has exceeded all expectations with a sizzling three-day event.

The event, which took place from 8-10th March, has just recorded one of its biggest-ever event attendance numbers, which have increased by a huge 24% since the last event in 2014. This and other impressive factors meant IFEX won the prestigious AEO Exhibition of the year 2016. The oldest show ever to do so.