A north-east based wholesaler has praised the region’s caterers for taking steps to offer customers a wider choice of food and drink products.
Tyneside Foodservice, which trades from Blaydon, Tyne & Wear, hosted its second trade show in as many years, with close to 500 caterers, chefs, and food professionals attending. The event was held at Gateshead International Stadium, and Tyneside Foodservice noticed a shift in purchasing patterns compared to last year’s show.
Sales director Peter Henderson said the 2016 event laid the foundations for its customers to experiment and explore new opportunities, while this year operators were keen to expand their offers.
“There was a very positive and vibrant atmosphere throughout the day and customers loved the inspirational ideas,” he said, adding: “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, a Fairway Foodservice member, was founded in 1979. It now offers more than 3,500 products across frozen, chilled, ambient, and non-food. The family-owned business 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, said Henderson.
He added: “We have more than 1,000 customers in the north east and our mission is to support them with their goals and aspirations. We strive to close the gap between manufacturers and end users, which means trying to get the latest products into restaurants and pubs as quickly as possible.
“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.”
Attendees were also treated to demonstrations from chef Sam Rain, who was on the winning team of the Crème de la crème bake off and is also a UK Sosa Ambassador and junior chocolate master.