Ideas And Innovation To Be Served Up At CATEX 2019

By Dave Simpson
Ideas And Innovation To Be Served Up At CATEX 2019

Ireland’s largest foodservice trade event, CATEX, will return to the RDS, Dublin next February, providing thousands of visitors with products, services and solutions that meet today’s demands for those operating within the foodservice and hospitality sectors.

CATEX offers a unique opportunity where Ireland’s biggest players and membership organisations in foodservice and hospitality all come under one roof for an action-packed three days. Created by IFSA (Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance) and managed by EventHaus, CATEX 2019 is once again supported by industry stalwarts, Bunzl and Calor Gas.

Commenting on the importance of show support, IFSA Chairman and General Manager with Total Produce Foodservice John Cunningham said, “As Ireland’s largest foodservice and hospitality event, we aim to raise the bar in terms of features, solutions and competitions at every CATEX. We’ve exciting plans for 2019 and are ensuring that every aspect of the event is relevant for the challenges and opportunities presenting themselves to the Foodservice and Hospitality sectors today.

“It takes significant investment to deliver a show of the calibre of CATEX, and the ongoing support of Calor Gas and Bunzl is incredibly important, and central to the show. Many of the industry’s biggest names have already secured their space, and their on-going commitment underpins the return that CATEX delivers for exhibitors in terms of sales and new contacts.”

Taking place every two years, CATEX is the number one event for buyers to source new products and forge new supplier links. The 2019 event promises to be the best show yet and will provide visitors with a programme that identifies key trends that will drive the future of the industry.


Commenting on its support for CATEX 2019, Oliver Kenny, Sales Director with Calor Gas, added, “CATEX offers us the greatest platform to meet with many of our existing customers and potential new customers. It’s an instrumental part of our marketing plans and is a huge opportunity for Calor to introduce new products to the market.

“Calor have had a long-standing partnership with the Irish foodservice and hospitality sector and are very proud that the majority of Ireland’s chefs choose to cook with Calor Gas. At the CATEX 2019 event, we hope to continue to educate customers on BioLPG – our new 100% renewable energy solution for businesses that are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.”

Committed to serving up a great event is Sean Martin, Sales Director with Bunzl, who said, “CATEX is in our blood. Bunzl has long been associated with the show, and it’s the place for all of those in the industry to come together over three days. The ‘Who’s Who’ in hospitality attends, and for Bunzl, it’s the place where we can reach a national audience of over 12,000 visitors in just three days. We’ve high hopes for CATEX, and the business that it will generate in 2019.”

The future of food, drink and hospitality, and predicting new industry trends, are the key themes throughout the 2019 event, which will run from February 26 - 28. It’s the essential platform for exhibitors to promote their products and services directly to industry buyers, and for visitors, they come to CATEX to source new products, generate new business and learn about innovative trends set to shape the Irish food and drink industry over the coming years.

In 2017, 98% of exhibitors reported that the event was either ‘very worthwhile or worthwhile’ attending, and this is reflected in stand sales, which are already ahead of target.


Supported by Bunzl and Calor, confirmed exhibitors include Lynas Foodservice, Bewleys, Hugh Jordan, Henderson Foodservice and Marco Beverage Systems.

Over the last 50 years CATEX has established itself as a major force in the hospitality industry, it’s the ultimate diary date for anyone in the sector. By booking early, exhibitors can take advantage of securing prime positioning and being included in the promotional campaign in the run up to the show. To find out more about CATEX and to book your space, please contact EventHaus on (00353) 1 846 0020 or see

CATEX - Ireland’s definitive foodservice event, February 26 - 28, 2019, at the RDS, Simmonscourt.

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