New Thomas Ridley event to showcase regional foodservice

Suffolk-based wholesaler Thomas Ridley Foodservice is to hold its first Eat with Thomas Ridley trade show on 19 September

The one-day event at Ipswich Town Football Club is planned to showcase foodservice in East Anglia, bringing together more than 80 different food and drink suppliers and hundreds of customers to celebrate foodservice, suppliers and producers in the region.

The brand-new event will offer opportunities to get to know more about working with Thomas Ridley, the 200-year-old Suffolk company which was acquired by the Caterfood Group earlier this year, as well as to try new products, network with industry peers and experts – and take advantage of exclusive offers, only available on the day.

Supported by 13 headline sponsors, the Eat trade show will have a fantastic mix of local, independent producers and national brands, all of which work with Thomas Ridley to supply schools, hospitals, care homes, pubs, hotels and cafes.

Jon Matthews, Sales Director of Thomas Ridley Foodservice, said: “We’ve wanted to host an event like this for a while, not only bringing our suppliers together for a dedicated trade show but creating something new that really champions the region’s amazing food and drink scene, and everyone working behind the scenes in the industry.

“The last few years have been tough on the food and drink sector, so this is a great way to bring customers, potential customers, students and suppliers together to really celebrate working in foodservice – and help to support the range of fantastic East Anglian food and drink producers that we work with alongside national brands.

“It’s going to be a jam-packed trade show over three floors at the Ipswich Town Football Club (with lots of great food and drink to sample as you go round!) and is free for foodservice professionals and catering students to attend. We just ask that you register online on our website first.

“Whether you want to research new products for your menus, network and meet with suppliers or find out more about working in the industry, make sure you visit us on Tuesday 19th September between 9am and 5pm. We’re putting a lot into this to make it a fantastic showcase for everyone working in foodservice across East Anglia and can’t wait to see it come together next week.”

The trade show is free to attend and open to all foodservice businesses and catering professionals, as well as culinary arts students wanting to learn more about the industry.

Find out more and register for your place at the Eat trade show here.

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