LACA 2024 Spotlight

If you plan to attend the LACA Main Event and Exhibition, be sure to visit these exhibiting companies. If you’re unable to attend, you can still access their contact details and learn about their activities.


RATIONAL combi-steamers included on the UK government approved energy efficient list

Rational, the leading provider of professional foodservice thermal equipment, is pleased to announce a significant achievement in the inclusion of their iCombi Pro 6-1/1 and 20-1/1 electric models to the Energy Technology List (ETL) under the Professional Foodservice Equipment (PFSE) category, their appliances are the first to be listed within the category. These models join the previously listed iCombi Pro 10-1/1 electric and the iCombi Pro gas models, further expanding Rational's commitment to energy-efficient solutions.

The Energy Technology List (ETL) is a government-managed list in the United Kingdom that promotes energy-saving products and encourages businesses to invest in energy-efficient equipment. By adding the iCombi Pro electric models to the ETL, Rational demonstrates its dedication to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of the foodservice industry.

RATIONAL's commitment to sustainability extends beyond the development of energy-efficient equipment. The company continuously invests in research and development to ensure their products meet the highest standards of performance, quality, and environmental responsibility. By offering a comprehensive range of energy-efficient solutions, RATIONAL empowers foodservice professionals to optimise their operations while minimising their ecological footprint.

"We are delighted to have the additional iCombi Pro electric models added to the Energy Technology List," said Graham Kille, Director Product Management, Rational UK. "This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to providing sustainable solutions that not only benefit our customers but also contribute to a greener future for the foodservice industry."

With the addition of the iCombi Pro 6-1/1 and 20-1/1 electric models to the Energy Technology List, Rational solidifies its position as a leader in energy-efficient foodservice equipment. The company remains dedicated to innovation, sustainability, and customer satisfaction, offering cutting-edge solutions that redefine the standards of professional cooking.

The Rational combi-ovens ETL listing can be viewed here.


The rise of gluten-free

Why gluten-free?

The gluten-free market is on the rise in the UK, with over 65% of households purchasing gluten-free products(1). The market is worth over £800 million and is in growth year on year(2).

As customer demand for gluten-free options continues to grow, it's important for businesses to cater for this specific dietary need to drive footfall and increase spend per head.

How the UK's #1 brand can assist your business in effectively providing gluten-free options.

Schär, the UK's leading gluten-free brand(2) and #1 for experience within the category(3), is the trusted food of choice for millions up and down the country. 

We make it easy for you to incorporate gluten-free offerings onto your menu by having you covered at every meal occasion, with a range across:

  • Cereals & Pastries
  • Bread Loaves & Rolls
  • Burger Buns & Subs
  • Flatbreads
  • Pizza
  • Sweet & Savoury Snacks

In 2022, we also acquired our first allergen-free bakery in the UK. Located near Glasgow this facility handles no declarable allergens. Meaning products from this facility are not only gluten-free but also suitable for vegans, providing a versatile option for caterers.

By stocking up on Schär gluten-free products, you can enhance your menu offerings and attract customers looking for gluten-free options. Don't miss out on this opportunity to meet the needs of your customers.

Browse our portfolio of products today via your Wholesaler and begin elevating your menu with delicious and sought-after gluten-free and vegan options.

Data Sources: (1) Kantar WPO, Total Gluten-Free, 52 w/e data to 17th March 2024. (2) IRI Unify, Gluten-Free, Total Market, 52 w/e data to 30th March 2024. (3) Kantar, Brand Tracking Report, UK, February 2024.


This year as LACA Soreen will be showcasing its Lunchbox Loaves, the perfect choice for primary school children, alongside its Lift Bar range - the ideal healthier snack option for secondary school students and beyond.  

The Lunchbox Loaves range is the perfect choice for school food occasions, offering a tasty treat that children enjoy, but one that also meets numerous health and allergen requirements. Lunchbox Loaves are school compliant, 50% less sugar than the average cake bar and under 100 calories each.

Available in four deliciously squidgy flavours: banana, strawberry, apple, and malt, the individually wrapped, versatile loaves can be served as a meal accompaniment, a healthier alternative dessert option or as a healthy snack during a breakfast or afterschool club.  

Why Soreen Lunchbox Loaves:  

All of our four fruity flavours are:  

  • School compliant  
  • Nut-free 
  • Vegan  
  • Low in saturated fat  
  • Source of Fibre 
  • Crumb-free (great for no mess) 

While Soreen Lift Bars are packed with naturally occurring Vitamin B12, proven to reduce tiredness and fatigue, making them an ideal snacking candidate for a break time pick-me-up. They also have the added bonus of leaving no crumbs behind, making them the perfect option for students looking for on-the-go fuel before an after-school activity. 

Available in two delicious fruity flavours – Banana, and Blueberry, they’re the healthier snack that doesn’t compromise on taste, whilst being affordable and convenient for both you and your students.  

The Lift Bar range: 

  • Contains vitamin B12 
  • Non-HFSS 
  • Under 140 calories per bar 
  • Vegan friendly 
  • Low in saturated fat 
  • Nut-free 
  • Source of Fibre 
  • Individually wrapped 
  • No crumbs


Tilda Foodservice, proud to be a certified B Corp, is thrilled to sponsor Veg Power’s 2024 Caterer’s Challenge for their Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign for the 6th year running. This challenge is designed to inspire schools and students to embrace nutritious eating in a fun and engaging way. As a company dedicated to quality and sustainability, Tilda is committed to promoting healthy food choices.

Join us at Stand H2-9 at LACA this year, where you can sample some of the delicious recipes created by past Caterer's Challenge winners. Enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and take away a goody bag, allowing you to experience the exceptional quality and versatility of our Brown & White rice first-hand. Our Brown & White rice is packed with wholegrain goodness, recommended by the School Food Standards, endorsed by the Craft Guild of Chefs, and loved by school children.

Tilda's Brown & White rice offers exceptional value and nutritional benefits for schools. For under 10p, you can fill half a plate, making it a cost-effective choice without compromising on quality! Our rice acts as the perfect canvas to infuse school meals with nutritious, delicious vegetables, ensuring children receive essential vitamins and minerals while enjoying every bite. Tilda Foodservice is dedicated to providing unrivalled, quality rice solutions for caterers across the UK. Taste and performance guide us, and we apply strict product principles to our sourcing, manufacturing, and ingredients.

In partnership with the school-feeding charity Mary’s Meals, sales of our Brown & White rice directly contribute to providing school meals for millions of underprivileged children. Cooking with Brown & White means you're also donating meals through this wonderful partnership.

Don't miss out on this remarkable opportunity for your school! Visit our stand and let the foodie adventure ignite your passion for healthy eating. Tilda's Brown & White rice, carefully selected for its superior flavour and quality, will empower children to make wholesome food choices. Plus, you have a chance to win £500 for your school and enjoy a glass of fizz while exploring our nutritious offerings. Enhance your school's menu and support a great cause!

Follow us on Instagram @tildafoodservice for the latest inspiration, recipes, and back-of-house solutions. Join the Tilda Foodservice team and be part of our journey towards better, healthier meals for schools everywhere.


Gamechanger: Winterhalter’s new high volume conveyor dishwashers
MT warewash systems set new benchmarks in performance, adaptability and sustainability

Winterhalter’s new MT high volume conveyor dishwasher systems set new benchmarks in terms of performance, sustainability and adaptability.  Their high performance washing system produces first class results while minimising running costs, by lowering water use and thus reducing the energy needed to heat it.  MT systems have a huge washing capacity – the largest MTF (flight type conveyor) can handle 8,000 plates per hour, while the equivalent MTR (rack conveyor) has a capacity of 355 racks per hour.  

The new MT is based around a versatile modular system that allows machines to be configured to very precise specifications – so that it can be constructed to exactly match the application, and designed to match the shape and size of the room it is intended for.  The basic structure of the machine consists of the pre-wash, main wash and rinse zones, plus an inlet zone, positioned upstream, and loading and unloading zones.  Additional zones, such as extra wash zones, allow the machine to be tailored exactly to individual requirements.  The adaptability doesn’t stop there – the MT can be modified if business requirements change.  For example, extra wash zones can be retrofitted to increase capacity.  

Sustainability is at the heart of the new MT, with a variety of features and options to minimise both environmental impact and running costs.  Typical are the heat pumps and exchangers that not only recycle the energy from waste water and water vapour, but also minimise the heat and steam emitted by the machine, enhancing the work environment and reducing the workload on the ventilation system.

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