Game-changing product innovations to inspire air and rail operators

The 2017 World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE®) is gearing up to host the industry’s leading suppliers who will showcase the latest innovations designed to improve the passenger experience onboard.

Spanning categories from food and drink, health & wellbeing and amenity kits to onboard security, technology and logistics, a diverse collection of new products will be featured on the show floor giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the latest launches to the market.

Returning to highlight a selection of the newest product launches, WTCE’s What’s New Onboard feature will help visitors plan their visit to the show, by identifying notable products launched within the last 12 months. Exhibitors will include Dairy Concepts IRL, which will unveil its newly developed ‘world-first’ all-natural, high-protein, sweet dairy snack bars. Fruchee® bridges the cheese and yoghurt categories by combining the texture and dairy goodness of cheese but with half the fat and salt, plus the sweet taste of yoghurt but with half the sugar and no mess. The products come in easy-to-open 20g stay-fresh pods that are perfect for meal trays and snack packs.

Also featured in the What’s New Onboard exhibit is Radnor Hills, which will introduce a new solution for onboard hydration in the form of its handy 125ml, 200ml and 250ml cartons of Fruella juice available in apple, orange, tropical and apple & blackcurrant flavours. Further aiding passengers’ hydration is Uppy! – an oral rehydration product packed with vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and ginger.

Meeting passengers’ needs for free-from alternatives, Dr. Schar AG / SPA will reveal a gluten-free ciabatta in bake foil, available as a white or wholegrain bun. Other products within the What’s New Onboard showcase will include SNACKBOX TO-GO ambient cakes, wrapped as individual portions for passengers to enjoy onboard; Delicono’s Belgian chocolate cone offering a triple chocolate experience featuring a crunchy Belgian wafer, exquisite layer of Belgian chocolate and delicious creamy filing; and Butlers Chocolates, who will premier an exquisite range of luxury individually wrapped milk, dark and white mini chocolate bars. The range takes inspiration from Butlers popular gourmet range and comprises six new flavours including White Chocolate with Raspberry and Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel.

Meeting the growing demand for exclusive amenity kits onboard, skysupply GmbH will highlight its recent partnership with Delsey Paris to create an extravagant mini hard shell suitcase, inspired by Delsey’s luxury chatelet collection. Demonstrating the importance of onboard brand collaborations, Anaik will also reveal its collaboration with CLAW&CO to create a collection of amenities adorned with creative and colourful patterns, ideal to keep younger passengers entertained on long flights. The collaboration marks a first for Claw Money, a New York-based graffiti artist and fashion designer.

When it comes to onboard security, TydenBrooks Security Products is well placed to ensure buy-on-board and catering carts are protected against tampering. It will present the Hawk Lock - a reusable padlock that works in combination with its disposable security seals - the Hawk Seal. The product is available in multiple colours and can be supplied with numbers and barcodes for track and trace systems applied within the industry.

Commenting on the global innovations at WTCE 2017, Archana Sharma, Event Director, said: “The onboard industry is constantly evolving to meet changing consumer dietary and travel preferences. For example, we’ve seen a noted increase in buyer demand for free-from foods, which will be evident at the show. This further cements WTCE’s role as the go-to trade show for solutions to improve the onboard passenger experience and offers a centre for innovation within the industry. It not only offers suppliers and buyers a chance to see the latest onboard catering innovations, but spans a wide range of categories including security and the supply chain.”

Offering a new concept for airline catering and ‘above the wing’ expenditure, DHL Supply Chain – the global market leader in the logistics industry – will reveal a range of technical innovations helping to improve the supply chain for onboard operations. For example, its stand at WTCE will host the company’s Sawyer robot - a high performance, collaborative robot designed to improve the processing and packaging of food consumed onboard. The company, which has successful catering contracts with leading air and rail operators, also runs a £8.8m catering hub at London’s Heathrow Airport. It includes a specialist recycling centre, helping airlines to reach ‘zero waste to landfill’ catering services.

The importance of innovations designed to reduce waste onboard will also be put under the spotlight by Onboard Logistics Ltd. The waste management and onboard solutions specialist will showcase its waste management solutions, including Flex-e-Bag and Flex-e-Clip designed to transform onboard waste collection.

Sharma added: “Innovation has always been at the heart of WTCE from product launches like healthy snacks to the technologies that facilitate the process of getting products onboard. We’re excited to welcome visitors to learn about the exciting products new to the market, helping to transform the passenger experience and delivery of services onboard.”

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Three leading events - the Passenger Experience Conference, Aircraft Interiors Expo and World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo - one week, one destination. Delivering content, driving innovation and developing connections to transform your business. Showcasing the latest in cabin interiors, inflight entertainment and connectivity, passenger comfort, catering and travel retail to create the ultimate passenger experience. Taking place 3-6 April 2017 in Hamburg, the events attract more than 18,000 visitors including 2,000 buyers and decision makers from major scheduled, regional and charter airlines and rail operators and offers the opportunity to meet face to face with suppliers and manufacturers covering the full spectrum of the industry.

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