Impulse | UK Food & Drink Convenience & Forecourt Shows Back This Month

UK Food & Drink Expo

The UK Food & Drink Shows are back and a whole host of fantastic new products are set to be on show when they return to the NEC, Birmingham later in April (25th – 27th). With expertise spanning 160 years, William Reed is the multi-award winning brand behind the UK Food & Drink Shows. Encompassing four key sectors across the industry, the shows are unrivalled in their ability to bring people together, build and foster better relationships, discover business-building insight and celebrate innovation.

“The number of new products, innovative thinking and original ideas set to be on show at the UK Food & Drink Shows later this month is staggering. Come with an open mind about what you might find because there’s bound to be something new, exciting and different around every corner," commented Andrew Reed, Managing Director of Events & Exhibitions.

National Convenience Show

America’s No.1 selling iced tea and juice brand AriZona Beverages (Stand M50) is unveiling a new flavour for the UK market at this year’s show. It is celebrating its 30th anniversary and launching an African Rooibos Red Tea – the brand’s first. This new Red Tea has been created with the help of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom Foundation.

Creating an interactive customer process in an intuitive way has been the focus for Pan Oston B.V (Stand K60) which will be exhibiting its highly customisable ESSENCE Self-service Solutions. With a modular and component-based design that can be tailored to align with customers’ needs, the ESSENCE is the most flexible self-service solution on the market, ready for checking out, self-order, registration and much more.

Chicago Town Pizza (Stand G51) has created a product with a vital role in unlocking more day parts and driving meal deals with their new self-serve quarter slice holder. With a perforated bag allowing the pizza to breathe while still retaining freshness, it can be displayed flat or upright and achieve up to three hours of hold in leading heating merchandisers.

Chicago Town Pizza single serve holder

With 100% recyclable packaging and carbon-neutral credentials, Candy Can (Stand M50) is debuting its sparkling candy flavoured drinks. Containing zero sugar, preservative-free, and available in a range of six fun flavours, the range includes Marshmallow, Bubble Gum, Sour Apple, Birthday Cake, Rocket Ice Lolly and Cotton Candy. Coming to 300 Sainsbury’s stores this May – stop by the stand to be the first to try these out!

HL Display will be showcasing its Sigma Shelving for Fresh Produce (Stand L110), a modular merchandising system tailored to create stunning visual displays and abundant presentations to showcase more variety of produce without the need for a large inventory that can be lost through shrink. Key for driving sales, it showed up to 30 percent sales increase in test stores.

Charlie’s Organics (Stand M50) is a carbon-neutral, healthy soft drinks brand that launched in 2021 in the Netherlands and will be making its debut in the UK at the National Convenience Show. By using aluminium cans, instead of plastic bottles, each container is endlessly recyclable, and Charlie’s Organics has partnered with the charity Trees for All which plants forests around the world to counter climate change and offset carbon emissions.

Epicurium (Stand G119) has added multiple innovative new brands to their range, adding to the 150 specialist brands already available for Independent Retailers. Nuud is a pioneering plant-based chewing gum that is 100% plastic-free. Using a sustainably harvested tree sap, only plant-based ingredients, containing no plastic wrapping and with its compostable and biodegradable wrapping, the gum looks to support retailers by offering a more sustainable range.

 After taking Denmark by storm, Food Union (UK) (Stand M98) is bringing its low-calorie ice cream – Underground – to the UK. With natural, high-quality ingredients and bold, full flavours, this tasty dessert allow consumers to satisfy their cravings without compromise.

Bounce Back (Stand A59) has created a little boost to help you bounce right back from the stresses of everyday life. Formulated by a leading British Life Sciences Company, and incorporating the latest advances in nutrition, Bounce Back is a range of scientifically formulated health and well-being drinks that work in harmony with your body’s restorative processes while you sleep. They’re all enriched with tailored nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Smart Soda UK Ltd (Stand D20) will be showcasing its On-the-Go Healthier Drinks Station, offering the world’s first in-store, on-the-go healthier drinks touch screen dispensers. Delivering vitamin-infused, flavoured sparkling alkaline waters and sodas made with reduced British beet sugar or no sugar at all. All drinks are vegan, antioxidant-rich, gluten-free and can be boosted with unique functional shots – energy, immunity, relaxation.


The Forecourt Show

RONPOS Inc (Stand M19) is showcasing its Backend Management and Fuel Ordering App. Backend Office Management assists in managing inventories with a comprehensive back-office system which allows for better control of stocks, promotions, royalties and accounts. The Fuel Ordering App will be the way to go in the future in purchasing fuel from the kiosk or even getting snacks, drinks, necessities, etc from C-stores in the convenience of your vehicle.

GripHero (Stand K40) has a hygiene front of mind with its GripHero R100 (100% Recycled plastic) gloves. Made from 100% recycled open-loop plastic, reducing their CO2 footprint by 94% compared to standard gloves, they are uniquely ATEX Certified anti-static, for safe use in the fuelling zone.

Catering for guest needs whilst opening marketing avenues is where Evolve ODM (Stand J21) leads. With its GDPR Compliant WiFi, offer guest WiFi networks and opens up opportunities; leading people to spend longer on-premise and showing professional landing pages. Granting access to a wide range of data that help retailers learn more about customers in real-time, drive your marketing strategy and push targeted and relevant marketing to customers to grow your brand.

Keen to show off its market-leading cash handling products, Volumatic (Stand E49) has a range of products – including its CountEasy Touchscreen Currency Scale and CounterCache Classic Secure Storage Device – to help retail owners discover solutions that will allow their business to count cash with ease, store cash securely, eliminate forgeries and errors and make end-of-day processes more efficient.

TSG (Stand G31) has the answer to changing business needs and consumer demands with its Self-Pay Checkout. The fast-paced nature of self-checkout solutions makes the retail experience quicker, giving customers the option of avoiding long queues elsewhere. It’s an ideal solution for retailers looking to modernise and optimise stores on their forecourt.

Dover Fueling Solutions UK Ltd (Stand H31) has created an industry-first cloud platform. DFS DX™ connected solutions platform differentiates businesses, optimising a site’s assets across the forecourt and enhancing customers’ experience by winning trust through a frictionless forecourt experience. Five core solutions empower fuel retailers to identify fuel loss in real-time, optimise dispenser uptime, increase sales through targeted advertising at the fuel dispenser, centrally manage point-of-sale solutions and control an entire fleet fuelling enterprise from a single cloud-based interface.

Keeping up with the latest trends, Petroassist UK Limited (Stand M40) has its new Hellonext - Efficient EV Chargers for multiple applications on stand at the show. Offering a great user experience and maximum charging quality and security, Hellonext EV chargers are the perfect fit for commercial charging. With power options ranging from 7kW to 180kW, they offer features such as smart charging and load balancing and enable simultaneous charging outputs for maximum efficiency.

Loyalty programs are always a winner for visitors. Gulf (Stand H40) is introducing its much-acclaimed award-winning forecourt loyalty platform Oomph, known for driving up dealer revenues and strengthening customer retention on forecourts across the UK. An easy-to-use platform that can be integrated with existing EPOS and provide dealers with the tools to delve deep into the shopping baskets of customers, its versatility extends to the point of purchase where customers are rewarded with points redeemable either in-store, to support local charities or enter a ‘big ticket’ monthly prize draw.

Electrajet (Stand M29) has the most complete Jet Wash solution on the market to offer with its Premium Jet Wash. The latest in wash technology, features include iron extract wheel cleaner lance, snow foam lance, reverse osmosis wash mode, LED advertisement screen and 7 wash modes in total.

Sturdy Products UK Ltd (Stand K09) is exhibiting its STURDY Tidystore Plus, an ideal storage system that can be used for many different applications within all areas of industry. Secure and lockable the unit is ideal for the storage and display of a wide range of products that can be made visible to the public, making it perfect for use in garage forecourts and shop fronts.