LACA Exhibitor Spotlight

If you are going to the LACA Main Event and Exhibition, here are some of the companies who will be exhibiting. Make sure you check them out – but if you’re not attending, you can find their contact details and what they’re up to at the event below



Frozen food distributor Central Foods will be showcasing more tasty vegan options at the LACA Main Event this year.

Once again taking place from 6th to 8th July at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the event is the only national event dedicated to the school food sector.

As a leading supplier to the catering sector, Central Foods will be sampling a range of easy to serve and simple to prepare vegan products that are perfect for school caterers, including its KaterVeg! Meatballs and Bangers, as well as its KaterVeg! Vegetable Nuggets.

The event incorporates two key elements – the School Food Show and the Forum. It also includes the LACA School Chef of the Year Final and Awards for Excellence.

More than 160 exhibitors will be taking part in the LACA Main Event 2022, which is the ideal place for education caterers to find solutions to a wide range of food and drink and operational system requirements.

It is open to all school caterers, managers and contract caterers to attend free of charge.

Gordon Lauder, MD of Central Foods, said: “As a leading supplier to the school catering sector and LACA member, Central Foods is pleased to be returning to the LACA Main Event this year. The School Food Show is an excellent opportunity for us to network with school caterers and sample our products, which have been specially developed to help meet nutritional guidelines and provide quick and easy, appealing, meat-free menu swaps for youngsters of all ages.”

Visit Central Foods on stand P47 at the LACA Main Event from 6th to 8th July 2022.  Click here to find out more and to book your ticket.  Click here to find out more about the KaterVeg! range.

Stand: P47



Harfield are the UK’s leading manufacturer of tableware for the education sector. We have been manufacturing our products in the UK for over 60 years.  We have the knowledge and range of products to meet your needs. 

Sustainable, reusable and recyclable, Harfield products tick every box. Ideal for use by diners of all ages and in all settings.  If you are wanting reliability, high quality, great value for money and products that enhance your presentation and “green” credentials, then Harfield is your best choice.

Replacing disposables with reusables will help save the environment and could also trim £100s, if not £1000s, from your budget. Plus the fact Harfield polycarbonate tableware can be recycled into non-food contact products means nothing is wasted. Harfield products are inspired by your needs with sustainability at heart.

Our new free recycling service is now up and running. We will collect and recycle your old Harfield tableware for free, completing the product lifecycle.

New for 2022 is our brand new hi heat range of tableware that is safe up to 140oC. These items can be used to keep food warm in ovens, hot trolleys or in heated display units. We also have a hi heat ½ gastro pan for serveries.  From our EPIQ partners is our new range of displayware that will brighten up any servery. 

For full details of our wide range of products, including from our EPIQ partners, displayware, trays, labels, insulated boxes and on-the-go solutions visit us online.

All Harfield products are made in the UK and our EPIQ collection is made in the EU.  

Our award winning, friendly, and helpful team are on hand to help and guide you, visit us on stand M6 to discover more about our new free recycling service and latest products and see how we can help you improve your diner’s experience and save you money.

Stand: M6



Hobart UK is a market-leading manufacturer and supplier of catering equipment, with solutions tailored to meet the requirements of school caterers. We actively work with school and college caterers to find solutions to their day-to-day challenges, whether it’s lower energy consumption, reduced labour when dishwashing, or finding a way to reduce food wastage, we can make it happen.

Come and see us on stand M46 to find out how Hobart equipment can help in your kitchen, including:

  • The Bonnet Equajet combi oven that provides consistent results in your kitchen whilst offering benefits such as fast heat up times and short cleaning cycles. The oven is available in a range of sizes from 6 to 40 grid to suit any size operation.
  • The Bonnet High Speed Steamer dramatically cuts cook times and helps you reduce product wastage as you can cook items like vegetables in less than 60 seconds.
  • The power to do more with less, with the Bonnet Precipan multifunctional unit you have the ability to use 9 different cooking techniques with one piece of equipment, saving you space and giving you the flexibility to adapt to menu changes.
  • For warewash performance the Two-Level Washer provides a unique solution, with two wash chambers so you can double your wash capacity per cycle at peak times. The increased capacity improves the efficiency of your dishwashing so you can save time and resources.

This year we’re celebrating our 125th anniversary, join us on stand M46 to celebrate with us with games and prizes!

Have a question for us before the event? Contact our Regional Manager & Lead for Education Caterers Simon Gardiner, [email protected].

Instagram: HobartUKCooking | LinkedIn: Hobart UK | Twitter: @HobartUKWW & @HobartUKCooking | YouTube: Hobart Demo Kitchen

Stand: M46



At Major, our passion is flavour and our focus is to help you to deliver a stand out menu. We offer a range of gluten free, school-compliant bases created by chefs who understand the challenges you face in the kitchen.

We are passionate about stocks, sauces and gravies and we deliver a customer centric approach in everything we do. Using our extensive trends and insights we can deliver ongoing added value to your school menu. We go beyond great taste to create mouth-watering food experiences that do good and feel good for body, mind and the planet.

We believe now more than ever it’s important to talk to a team that can not only deliver fresh ideas to your menu but help you cater for a wide range of diets including no-allergen, vegetarian, vegan and halal. Our fusion of flavours have been created using inspiration from around the globe and deliver flexible and immediate on-trend flavours, adding exciting multiple layers to your dishes. School meal providers will also see a real benefit with our products’ multi-use application. For peace of mind many of our products use recipes containing no declarable allergens and all are clearly labelled.

At Major, we are always busy creating new and exciting recipes which complement our products and meet the demands of younger consumers who expect a wider variety of flavours within the meal experience. We are currently working to develop the flavour profile across our range using innovative new techniques and technologies which help to ensure our range is suitable for all without compromising on taste. 

Stand: P17



Meiko responds to rising costs by introducing a ‘value’ hood machine and has also launched its own chemicals, which save up to 40 percent detergent. 

Meiko’s new ACTIVE chemicals are highly concentrated, so you need smaller doses. Meiko engineers are right now REDUCING dosages on dishwashing machines…who else can say that? Over 10 years, a hood dishwasher using MEIKO ACTIVE can save up to 735 KG of chemicals!

NEW VALUE HOOD DISHWASHER: The UPster H 500 is available with space-saving AktivClean integrated water softening. It’s a great choice for tall washware such as large plates, serving dishes and trays. The BONUS is no steam discharge when you open the hood.

The H 500 offers exceptional hygiene and value but is still built to Meiko’s robust heavy-duty standard. Permanent temperature control ensures hygiene. And at only 2.6 l per wash cycle, water consumption is minimal for a machine of this size and power.

BOTTLE WASHING: Meiko has added productivity to its M-iClean undercounters with the new 16-at-a-time Bottle Wash System, which simply replaces the bottom wash arm.

ALSO CHECK OUT: The AUTOMATIC HOOD on Meiko’s single and double hood machines in the M-iClean range…they pay for themselves by saving 40 minutes labour per shift and they prevent staff getting back and shoulder pain. 

FAST RESPONSE TO BREAKDOWNS: Another reason schools choose Meiko is our response typically within 8 working hours and 94% first time fix.

FOOD WASTE: We ask that, before choosing any food waste system, you consider the merits of our BioMaster range. It works in small or large kitchens, saves labour, and turns waste and grease into biomass for collection; the governments preferred system for recycling.

NEW: Go to the Meiko website for ‘CUTTING CARBON IN THE COMMERCIAL KITCHEN’ a free online guide which helps achieve net zero targets.

Stand: M30



Panasonic will exhibit at the LACA School Food Show when it returns to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole in July.

On stand will be its range of microwave ovens, including the NE-C1275 and its Gastronorm models - both perfect for school caterers - with the SCV2 Speed Convection Oven taking centre stage.  Scott Kedwards will be on hand to demonstrate its many capabilities in cooking hot food to-go with a beautifully crisped and browned finish from a very small footprint.  With no need for extraction, it is perfect for the smallest of kitchens. 

To find out more about Panasonic’s range of commercial microwave ovens email [email protected] or go to

Stand: M63