The UK’s only dedicated hospitality and foodservice Buyers Club

Fresh Montgomery is excited to announce the launch of The HRC 200: a dedicated buyers scheme for the UK hospitality and foodservice industry. The HRC 200’s first instalment will take place at The Professional Kitchen Show and The Foodservice Show on 22-23 January 2019 at NEC Birmingham.HRC logo BUYERS 200 RGB

The HRC 200 Buyers Club is the result of two years’ of research and an investment in excess of £75,000. It will bring together 200 of the most influential senior procurement professionals to meet leading UK suppliers, network with their peers, and attend exclusive educational sessions. Being part of the HRC allows buyers to taste, test and trial the very latest product innovations before they enter the wider market.

Every member of the club commits to a minimum of eight prearranged, face-to-face meetings, guaranteeing both buyers and suppliers get an audience with the industry names that can drive their business forward. Buyers already confirmed include Fullers, ABDA, Virgin Trains,  Amadeus, Pizza Hut (Europe), bartlett mitchell, Bestway, Shine, Sodexo, Sprint Group, Vision, Loungers, Starboard Hotels, and 28-50, with more signing up weekly.

Alongside guaranteed meetings, there are a whole host of benefits for members attending The Professional Kitchen Show and The Foodservice Show in January. These include:

  • An invitation to the HRC 200 Business Breakfast: an insight-filled networking event hosted by leading business consultant, Lord Digby Jones
  • Access to a bespoke web-based meeting tool: the software will let you arrange your eight meetings in advance of the show
  • Exclusive entry to the HRC 200 Street Food Festival: the invite-only networking party of the year will take place at Digbeth Dining Club
  • Unlimited HRC Club Lounge access: for the entirety of the event, you’ll be able to use private meeting spaces with complimentary refreshments
  • Free accommodation at the NEC: for one night, your stay at the NEC is covered, complete with 48-hours of free parking

Digbeth 1Ross Carter, portfolio director, Fresh Montgomery, says: “The HRC 200 Buyers Club truly is one of a kind. With exclusive access to the must-have products of tomorrow, coupled with face-to-face networking and educational opportunities, there’s no better way to increase your knowledge and expertise. And, most importantly, it will help members start the relationships that will drive their business forward.

“Our Birmingham event is just the beginning. The HRC 200 will continue to run through the rest of 2019 and beyond across our entire suite of HRC (Hospitality, Restaurant and Catering) events. This is an investment in the industry that you don’t want to miss out on.”

David Mulcahy, Food Development & Innovation Director, Sodexo UK & Ireland, says: “The HRC 200 Buyers Club is a great idea, connecting procurement professionals to unique suppliers that would have otherwise probably not met. I am excited to see what opportunities come out of the club, not to mention the other networking events that have been arranged for members. Sodexo is always on the hunt for new and innovative suppliers that deliver the best for our clients and customers so I look forward to meeting lots of new people and creating new partnerships.”

The HRC 200 Buyers Club is filling fast, but you can still apply to become a member. To complete your application, or to find out more, visit