World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo 2014 showcases a banquet of the latest onboard products and services from around the world

10 Apr 2014

A number of exhibitors at this year's World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) have launched new and innovative product ranges which deliver more choice and convenience benefits for airline and rail passengers alike.
After making its debut at last year's event, Propercorn returned to the show floor to launch its brand new Sweet Coconut and Vanilla popcorn bag, which is the fastest selling popcorn in the Waitrose supermarket chain since its introduction in January 2014. In the UK, coconut is currently a big trend as its oil and water composition delivers significant health benefits. Passengers on airlines such as CityJet, Delta, Titan Airways and Vueling are already enjoying the company's popcorn range which are made with natural ingredients and are wheat-free and vegetarian friendly.
"This is the best food show if you are targeting the airline industry because the quality of buyers and visitors who attend is top-notch. For our continued business development, we see WTCE as pivotal to our future growth in this industry," said Aaron Glover, Head of Sales for Propercorn.
The many visitors attracted to the world's largest travel catering and onboard services exhibition were able to view a wide range of innovative products displayed for the first time.
A new half-size wine bottle developed for railway passengers was displayed by Ratcliff & Brown Wines which is manufactured in a three-layer Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) process. UK railway operators want to move away from glass given the requirements of imminent waste management regulations. The PET-based bottle is 100 percent recyclable and is a perfect fit for railway retail operations; such as the buffet car, as the half-bottle is the current preferred size. It can be filled with any wine variety and is competitively priced.
Design flair and a creative edge was provided by Hamburg-based Pop-Pilot, which made its first appearance at WTCE displaying its range of colourful airport-themed watches. Launched in December 2013, the company's inspiration for its design is based on the classic pilot's watch and to date eight versions have been revealed with each incorporating the three letter IATA code of the particular airport.
Visitors were also interested in a new product unveiled by returning exhibitor, Solia, which promoted a new lightweight cardboard food tray that can be customised to individual requirements to include different colours and materials, as well as designed with photographs or a company's logo. Made in France, Solia is now targeting the business aviation sector with its deluxe tray after previously supplying smaller airline operators.
The green factor was much in evidence and highlighted by Hong-Kong based Etzio, which featured its recyclable and indestructible map that airlines can give passengers on arrival at their destination. After conducting research, the company found that the majority of people either threw away or gave paper maps to family and friends. Originally developed for the construction industry the maps, made from recycled materials, are lightweight, waterproof and tear-resistant.
"Innovation on the show floor has provided visitors at this year's WTCE with the latest and best product developments in travel catering and onboard services," said Exhibition Manager, Archana Sharma. "There is no doubt that WTCE is the ideal platform to network with fellow professionals and to develop key business opportunities in this thriving and fast-changing industry."
World Travel Catering & Onboard Service Expo 2015 takes place at the Hamburg Messe 14 - 16 April.

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