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Trends and prizes at Internorga 2018

Over, 1,300 exhibitors expected at Internorga - German Catering Prize for founders among highlights

The leading out-of-home market Internorga fair gets underway from March 9-13, 2018 in Hamburg’s fairgrounds. A total of 1, 300 exhibitors and 96,000 visitors – from all over Germany and 25 nations are expected at the fair which covers bakery and patisserie equipment, shop construction, cash register systems, digital communication ideas food and drink. The “German Gastro Prize for Start-ups” is likely to be one of the highlights there.

The “Gastronomy Start-up Contest”, sponsored by Internorga and the Leaders Club, and the “Gastro Prize for Start-ups, backed by orderbird, are being merged and renamed “German Gastro Prize for Start-ups” this year. Five finalists will have an opportunity to pitch their business models at the fair. Voters choose a winner per app. The first-prize winner receives EUR 10,000 in start-up funding.

Urban und multicultural

On February 10, the jury selected ten gastro start-ups from over 460 contestants who pitched their business ideas in Hamburg. Five finalists including Japanese street food with huge sandwiches by the Hamburg-based Sando & Ichi, fish fast-food like lobster rolls and pulled salmon will present their food creations.

The Vienna-based start-up El Feo will showcase an Austrian twist on Mexican food and drinks with plenty of mescal – an alcoholic drink from southern Mexico. Meanwhile the Freigeist start-up based in Überlingen, on the shores of Lake Constance, is helping people with cognitive impairments like trisomy 21 and autism, find jobs in catering. A multimedia bistro concept uses video clips to guide them through their daily work.

The Berlin-based ISLA Coffee shop is striving for a zero-waste concept and to still offer delicious coffee and baked treats. Everything in the shop has been reclaimed, recycled or homegrown including the furniture and coffee cups made from recycled coffee grounds.

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