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Philip Dennis South West catering exhibition in Barnstaple was ‘best ever’ says exhibitor

By NDJFran  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

  • Exhibitors at the Philip Dennis catering exhibition yesterday.

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A CATERING exhibition in North Devon has been hailed as the company’s best yet.

Philip Dennis Foodservice held its largest South West catering exhibition on Monday which saw businesses flock from far and wide to sample treats from various suppliers.

Cakes, clotted cream, biscuits, pasties, pies, pizza, sausages and burgers were just some of the foods on offer at the event held at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple.

More than 120 exhibitors were at the event to showcase their products, from national brands such as Heinz and McCain to Devon-based companies such as Vanier.

Philip Dennis also took the opportunity to show off its own produce from its Dennis Family Butchers and Dennis Family Fishmongers range.

Ken Sharman, who has worked for the company for 27 years, was on hand, rustling up burgers for customers, despite the fact he has retired.

“The event has been very good and very busy,” he said. “It is the first time we have had it here. The venue is bigger and better and we have been able to fit in more than 100 suppliers.”

The venue was certainly one of the highlights of the event, with Gilly Barber, business developer at Sidoli dessert company, calling the event Philip Dennis’ best exhibition yet.

“I cannot get over it,” she said. “This is a really good venue, although they always do a really popular show.”

Sidoli has been working with Philip Dennis for 16 years. “They have got a lot of suppliers who have dealt with them for a long time,” Gilly added. “This has got to be their best show yet.”

Ann Marshall, consultant at Innovate Foods, agreed the venue gave exhibitors the right amount of space and was in a good location.

Cliff Grange, business development manager at CDM bakery supplier, said the exhibition was quiet to begin with but agreed the venue was spot on. “It seems to work very well,” he said. “I have had a lot of interest in a lot of our new products.”

Lindsay Marsh and Jo Evans of Movenpick ice cream said they had a quiet morning but were expecting more interest in the afternoon. Lindsay said: “It is well organised and everyone has been really helpful.”

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