Equipped for success: a preview of this year’s Hotelympia

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Highlights of some of the speakers and exhibitors at this year’s Hotelympia show in London

With more than 1,000 exhibitors and four days of industry debates and seminars, Hotelympia can rightly lay claim to being the UK’s largest hospitality trade show. Held every two years, it returns from February 29 to March 3 at ExCel London, promising more innovation than ever before.
Its main stage will feature leading specialists on topics ranging from improving profits, crowdfunding and customer service to foraging and affordable interiors. Speakers will include Martin Williams of M Restaurants, Robert Nadler of Nadler Hotels, Ian Leigh of Thai Leisure Group, restaurateurs Richard and Oliver Gladwin, HIT Training chairman John Hyde, chef Adam Byatt of London’s Trinity restaurant, and Glasgow restaurateur James Rusk.

The success of The London Edition hotel, home to Berners Tavern and Punch Room, will be discussed by hotel manager Edwin Kramer, while crowdfunding will be covered by experts including Eric Partaker, co-founder of Chilango restaurants, and Frazer Thompson, CEO of wine and beer producer Chapel Down. Industry consultant Marcus Kilvington will present seminars on improving profitability. Interiors will be covered by leading designers such as Afroditi Krassa, Lori Pinkerton-Rolet and Ella Jade.

The Drinks Innovation Theatre will offer the latest thinking in areas such as craft beer, spirits, mixed drinks and wine from the likes of beer writer Pete Brown, spirits specialist Mark Ridgwell on gin, rum ambassador Ian Burrell on tiki, and Tomas Estes of Café Pacifico group and Ocho tequila on agave spirits. Tuesday features a day of sessions dedicated to innovation in soft and alcoholic drinks with speakers including Paul Isherwood of SHS Group and Michaela Miedl of SAB Miller Europe.

Hotelympia will also see the announcement of the winners of the Food Bev Awards, the Hotelympia Restaurant Design Award and the exhibitors’ Innovation Awards. Other show features will include chef demonstrations in The Staff Canteen Live Skillery and the Salon Culinaire competition.


Glassware, barware and tableware at Hotelympia will include new glassware collections from Luigi Bormioli, Libbey and Durobar from specialist supplier Artis as well as new tiki favourites. Artis will also present new tableware from Tafelstern and Bauscher.

A broad range of food will be on show, including snacks such as Ten Acre crisps and popcorn, with new flavours Pastrami in the Rye and When the Pepper Crack’d. Soft drinks will include Fever-Tree and Fentimans’ botanically brewed soft drinks. For operators looking to appeal to smokers, Niccocino is a tobacco-free nicotine strip that is placed under the lip and slowly dissolves.

Bermar International will unveil its new-look Le Verre de Vin – a “leaner, greener” range of wine-preservation systems with “significant” new additions. EcoPure Waters will add to its in-house filtration systems with a smaller, lighter 375ml bottle that, as with larger bottles, can be branded. Classeq will present the Eau de Vie sustainable filtered water and bottling systems as well as Ice-O-Matic ice machines and its own range of warewashers.

Winterhalter will showcase its warewashers including the new UF Series of utensil washers while Wexiödisk will debut the latest addition to its portfolio, the compact WD-45 undercounter warewasher, suitable for busy bar set-ups. Miele Professional will launch its new generation of undercounter tank dishwashers, suitable for behind the bar. Nelson will unveil a new range of dishwashers and glasswashers, with energy- and water-saving features, alongside its Advantage range. Meiko UK will launch its “designer” dishwasher, M-iClean, which includes integral GiO reverse osmosis water treatment, optional heat recovery and intelligent energy management.

New products will be unveiled by Hubbard Systems including the new MXG range of modular ice machines from Scotsman while Hoshizaki will exhibit its new Emerald Class range of hydrocarbon ice makers. Williams will present its range of refrigeration, from coldrooms to compact options and grab-and-go counters.

FRIMA will showcase the 211+ VarioCooking Center Multificiency, the multifunctional appliance that can replace kettles, large pots, bratt pans, fryers and griddles and cook four times faster than conventional appliances.

Technology on show will range from the latest epos systems, from the likes of pointOne, to the web-based queue-busting solution Wi-Q which allows customers to use their phones to pay but without needing to download an app.

For a full list of exhibitors and speakers and to register for free, visit www.hotelympia.com.

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