SFFF preview

02/08/2010 - 00:00
Speciality & Fine Food Fair (SFFF), which is kicking off on 5-7 September at London's Olympia, has expanded its floor space to make it the largest event in its eleven year history.

Over a third of exhibitors are attending the show this year for the first time. The show will be open Sunday 5th to Tuesday 7th September giving visitors the opportunity to sample the wares of over 550 producers from around the UK, Europe and further afield. The Fine Food Forum This year's Fine Food Forum will focus on delivering business benefits to the audience. A selection of chefs from different areas of the industry will be giving cooking demonstrations using the very latest industry trends as inspiration, giving an insight into how best and most cost-effectively café owners can go about replicating the recipe in their own business. The Small Business Forum is returning once again, aiming to provide practical advice which will help small and medium sized businesses run more efficiently and profitably. This year, however, there will be a greater number of one-to-one sessions with seasoned business experts, giving helpful and confidential advice on how companies can improve different areas of their business strategy from marketing and web campaigns to finance, supplier relationships and logistics. As in previous years, the winners of the Great Taste Awards will be unveiled at the fair. Taking centre stage at the event itself will be products including speciality teas, fine chocolates, different preserves and luxury condiments. Exhibitors: One company making its debut at the show this year will be Nisi's [stand 141]. Nisi's is an artisan bakery producing a range of handmade Italian biscuits in Hampshire using local ingredients wherever possible: biscotti, amaretti, limonetti and chocoletti (all available in gluten-free). The products are stocked in delis and fine food stores as well as being used by food service establishments up and down the country. Also a first-timer at the show this year will be Villanova Food [stand 229]. The company imports and distributes a selection of Italian foods from classics such as 100% buffalo milk mozzarella to Prosciutto di Desulo – cured ham from a rare free-range Sardinian pig breed. Mantinga Ltd [stand 903] provides a portfolio of over 260 quality speciality breads, continental patisserie, snacks and cakes, produced using authentic traditional methods in craft bakeries across Europe. Troots [stand 1127] produces blended herbs developed by the company's own Greek herb specialist. The products are aimed at helping consumers create homemade meals in the quickest possible time. A particular focus for the company at Speciality & Fine Food Fair will be the Tzatziki Dip Blend – a combination of garlic, salt, pepper and dill amongst other ingredients. Handcrafted cake and artisan confectionery specialists Sugargrain, is making an appearance for the first time with its range of products. These are handmade with care, using quality ingredients and seasonal produce, which are, where possible, ethically or locally sourced from local markets or reputable suppliers. Neither the cakes nor the confectionery contain artificial colours, preservatives or flavours and most of the baked items are gluten free, with some also dairy free, fat free and / or contain low amounts of sugar. Brother Tom's produces a range of savoury pies and pastries developed by a team including a six-times national champion baker and a winner of Britain's Best Butcher Award. Farmhouse Products [stand 809] is a family-run business offering a range of products including curds, marmalades, chutneys, jellies, mustards, sweets, biscuits and cakes amongst others. A first-time exhibitor at Speciality & Fine Food Fair, the company will be highlighting products from the above product ranges and more. Inka Snacks [stand 143] is another first-timer keen to share its products with visitors this year. The company specialises in traditional South-American plantain chips which benefit from all the healthy attributes associated with corn. Specialising in the Mediterranean market, Olives Direct [stand 783] is an award-winning company which cre

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