One of the UK’s biggest shows for food-to-go trades, lunch! will be at the Business Design Centre, London on 21-22 September.The show attracts around 6,000 people a year and has experienced a significant year-on-year growth in attendance since it launched in 2008, while exhibitor numbers have reached over 350 companies showcasing a mix of food, drink, packaging, catering equipment and technology.lunch! will feature over 25 keynote sessions across two theatres with high-profile brands, including Starbucks, Pret A Manger, Costa Coffee and Welcome Break to share their expertise in the industry.Chris Brazier, events director for lunch! told British Baker: “The preparations are going really well, we’ve been speaking to our 340 exhibitors in the build-up to make sure they are happy and are as excited as we are. We have never had so many new products for the food-to-go sector being launched at a show and it’s great to see that the sector is in such good shape.“I really expect the best show we have ever had. With the amount of amazing new products, exciting new start-up companies, inspirational seminars and the quality of buyers that we have seen registering from across the food to go sector the signs are great. We’ve never had so many entries into the Innovation Challenge so we need the help of all the buyers to vote for their favourite innovation on day one of the show before revealing who wins the big prizes on day two.”Brazier felt that the baking industry has had a great impact on the food-to-go sector. He believes that baking companies who exhibit at the show see some of the very best results and research has shown that it is the number one product type that buyers are looking for.Earlier this month, Susan Yarnell, the manager of A Great Little Place, was shortlisted for her sandwich design skills at the Café Life Awards held at the lunch! exhibition.
Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who will be plying his trade with the new Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Lions this season, said the T20 format is not all about playing innovative shots.”In modern cricket, many batsmen play innovative strokes which I think are not enough to score runs in T20 format,” the 30-year-old batsman said here at the SCA stadium in Khandheri where Gujarat Lions players started practise. (Indian Premier League 2016: Complete team list) The Lions will play their first match on April 11 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “T20 format is not all about playing innovative shots, as batsman like Virat Kohli have been scoring lot of runs by playing only cricketing shots” he said.”In this format, the batsmen should stay calm and execute their shots selection properly to score runs,” the Chennai-born player said.Karthik, who had earlier represented Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils among other teams, said he was very happy to be associated with Gujarat Lions.”I am very happy and excited with the new team as most of things are new like coach, teammates and ground,” he added.Karthik, Pradeep Sangwan, head coach Brad Hodge, bowling coach Heath Streak arrived here yesterday, while rest of the players like captain Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja will join the team soon.(With inputs from PTI)