Friday October 20th 2017 saw the first-ever vegan Trade show hosted in the UK at one of the nation’s top exhibition venues Olympia London, with around 130 exhibitors and 80 speakers showcasing the best of veganism to around 700 quality delegates from the Trade and Media sectors.
Exhibits on show include a wide array of items ranging from vegan “meat” and “cheese”, chocolate, cakes, superfoods, to bodycare, clothing, footwear, homeware, deodorants plus many more. One-off Trade special offers from 40 exhibitors were available for delegates looking for bulk orders.
There were parallel panel discussions spanning 6 different themes including a Vegan Business Support zone for small business owners, an Independent Retailers Lounge for shop owners, a Plant-Based Chefs Corner for those from the catering sector, a Vegan Bodycare Pavilion for bodycare and beauty professionals, a Vegan Health Clinic for health professionals, and a Vegan Celebrity Zone tailored to the Media sector.
Buyers attending the event include representatives from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and Unicorn Wholefoods, and Media professionals present include journalists from The Mirror, The Daily Mail, The Grocer and Hotel F&B Magazine, alongside well-known vegan bloggers such as Fat Gay Vegan and Earthling Ed, on top of vegan online resource Plant Based News, plus many more.
The organisers added, “It’s great to be staging this groundbreaking vegan Trade show for the first time at Olympia London. It is not only a privilege for us to be hosting this inaugural event, but also a sign of the growth of the vegan market, that we now need a dedicated Trade day for vegan products and information. Big thanks to all our exhibitors and speakers for helping create a wonderful occasion for our delegates.”
The organisers extend huge thanks to the event sponsors Bute Island Foods, So Free Chocolate and Yaoh.
Photo credit: JAH Photography (@DropEverythingAndTravel on Instagram)