La Marquise, which supplies equipment and food products for pastry, bakery, coffee and beverages is showcasing some exciting innovations at GulfHost 2017, including a new gelato pizza, a pop-up gelato kiosk and a latte art printer.
Catering News Middle East speaks to Olga Cassidy, the company’s marketing manager to find out more about what’s new at this year’s show.
What key product are you showcasing at GulfHost?
I would highlight the top three – starting with an innovative concept called gelato pizza. The machine from Carpigiani cristalises the gelato and makes the liquid more like a sauce so you spread it on a frozen sponge cake and then you do the decoration and it looks like a gelato pizza or a gelato pie. It’s a new concept and it’s very engaging. We have already had good contact about it and we hope to sell quite a few machines after the show.
Tell us about your other innovations?
One of them is the Gelato Popapp, a gelato kiosk. When you open it, it’s 5.5m2 and when you close it, it’s only 3.5m2 which makes it very compact and affordable to operate. The Popapp gives you an opportunity to save money on the location rent and it gives you a business from day one. The other innovation is the Folletto Latte Art Printer, which prints 3D images in full colour on the surface of a latte and it works on gelato as well a frappe or a milkshake. The customer can take a selfie, send it to the machine and in 20 seconds they have it on the surface of a drink or a gelato.
What’s your vision for the year ahead?
In June we opened our full operations along with the showroom and training centre in Oman so it will be a priority for us to develop that market more. We consider it a virgin market so the competition is not yet there and we are going to put the vision of the F&B industry in Oman and move it forward. In Dubai, we are launching our own brand of pastry, chocolate and gelato and the flavours are very innovative – some of them nobody has on the market so we are very proud of them and we’re doing a soft launch now.
Visit La Marquise at GulfHost at Dubai World Trade Centre at stand S1-A3.
GulfHost is taking place as part of Dubai International Hospitality Week from 18 – 20 September.