This full day session has been designed to showcase innovations from TUCO suppliers across their products, processes and sustainability initiatives.


Who is this for?

TUCO members who are interested in a variety of creative enterprises and resources from our suppliers.

Why should I take part?

This day intends to showcase interesting or new products and processes from across the catering and retail industry with the intention you'll be able to incorporate products in time for students returning in the new academic year.

How will it help me?

During this online Innovation Forum, you will…

  • View new products
  • Hear about new production processes
  • Be able to ask suppliers and subject matter experts questions prior to and on the day at the event 

This is an online session with a limited number of places available. The final agenda is still being confirmed but we have had so much that suppliers would like to show, so it will be taking place between 8am and 6pm on the 30th of June. Registration is essential and is now open, you will receive calendar invites to all the presentations nearer the date. 

Don’t worry about missing anything – sessions will be recorded and you’ll be able to revisit them after they’ve finished, in the previous events section, here in the Academy Events page.

N.B. please be aware the programme is subject to change.

08:00 Reynolds

08:30 The Soho Sandwich Company will be taking you on our Plant Based journey giving you the key insights & trends what's happening in the market. We will be showcasing and building 2 of our delicious products to show you all the ingredients we use. This will be a very interaction session so come ready with questions.  

09:00 Williams Refrigeration is a leading manufacturer and supplier of award winning professional refrigeration. During the event we will be exclusively showcasing our brand new Chilled Multidecks alongside our Scarlet Heated Multideck, while detailing the features and benefits of each model. We will also share an insight into our other recent innovations and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!

09:30 KFF will have a presentation of plant-based fillers and ingredients showing that not all plant-based dishes need to be green. Using our own manufactured range of superior fillers from Purple Pineapple we will present a variety of easy to serve grab and go and cook to order options suitable for a flexitarian diet.

10:00 Brodericks

10:30 Janes Beverages

11:00 Field and Forest Foods produce great tasting and innovative plant based products which can be enjoyed by everyone – whether they are vegan or not. Because they are soya free (and in some cases gluten free) and because one of the main component ingredients is mushroom based, they very much tick the sustainability box. When you then factor in that this main ingredient is actually a by-product of mushrooms and which might ordinarily not get used, then this further enhances our sustainability credentials. Join us for a live cooking session!

11:30 Harlech is taking you on a tour of their warehouse and the sustainable Brongain Farm, then following with a Brongain beef Welsh burrito, a Welsh Lamb kofta flatbread, a red tractor chicken sausage with mashed potato and onion gravy and a passion fruit and mango mousse recipe discussion, including the health and nutrition benefits.

12:30 Colpac / Nivec

13:00 Brakes Development Chef for Education, Colin Salmon, is delighted to share a short video showcasing 3 tasty dishes, all using a selection of Brakes meat. Brakes are proud to have industry leading integrity and assurance, backed up by our technical team for our meat and poultry. Colin and Jonny Rozelaar are both on hand to answer any questions you may have about our fantastic range.

13:30 Selecta are excited to share our premium Starbucks Coffee Solution and latest innovation, the ‘Smart Fridge Duo.’ The We Proudly Serve Starbucks® Coffee Programme offers an elevated beverage experience that consumers know and trust. Enjoy Starbucks self-serve beverages in your educational establishment and keep your students engaged and energised! The Selecta Smart fridge duo is a customisable spacious fridge with a great assortment of snacks and drinks. This machine can be placed in any location either public, semi-public or private. Using a card or app, you can securely select multiple products and will only be charged for what you take.

14:00 Dr Schär gluten free portfolio comprises of both ambient and frozen lines, which includes bakery, dry pasta, frozen pizza, as well as biscuits, snacks and breakfast cereals in portion packs, guaranteed to stay fresher for longer. We continue to be leading experts in creating innovative, tasty and nutritious gluten-free products, using only the best ingredients to produce the highest quality foods. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with special nutritional needs. We will be showing you a number of products in our range, including breakfast cereals, bread, pizza, panini rolls and lasagne. Schär Foodservice is the ideal partner with its varied product categories, focusing on product quality and safety, and providing customers with delicious gluten-free foods.

14:30 Bunzl

15:00 Vegetarian Express will be exploring the the holy grail of plant based food - "Zero Egg". An all-purpose egg, which bakes, scrambles, thickens, binds, spreads and fluffs just like the real thing. What’s better to have with your scrambled eggs Vegan Salmon! The new Vegan Zeastar best plant based fish alternative on the market by a long way! Join us for a live cooking session!

15:30 LWC will be showcasing 2 new products, a pink prosecco and a hot off the press a pineapple Old J Rum. This is a tasting session so there are samples available for the first few sign ups! (And also if you've registered before the posting deadline.) 

16:00 Bewleys

16:30 FSG Reusable takeout food and drink packaging has gone digital. FSG and Shrewsbury Cup talk to University of Chester / Winchester and RDS Global who are leading the way with digital exchange systems, EPOS integration and data intelligence.

17:00 Biohitech will be showcasing their biodigester with some special guests from our TUCO membership.

17:30 Dawn Foods Scoop & Bake: “3 simple steps to irresistible, freshly baked sweet treats – (1) Scoop; (2) Bake; (3) Decorate. See how quickly & easily a wide range of cakes can be created using Dawn Scoop & Bake frozen cake batters”                                                                                                                  Easy artisan donuts: “Donuts are very on trend just now – see how to create your own signature range without frying!" Starting with plain frozen donuts, you can put all your creativity into filling, topping & decorating your own bespoke donut range, to WOW your customers & increase your profit.”



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