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Organisers remain focused, passionate and excited about other ways of reaching the FM market
Published:  03 April, 2014

The organisers of fmVend have announced that the one day event planned for 20th May will now not be taking place.

Vending Awards 
The Vending Industry Awards are back!
Published:  01 April, 2014

Nominations are open!


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Vending News 
Aimia foods appoints new category controller - coffee
Published:  27 March, 2014

Aimia Foods has announced the appointment of Wayne Wanklyn to the role of Category Controller - Coffee. 

In the newly created role, Wayne will be responsible for the development of customer-specific coffee solutions in the out of home sector.  Wayne, who has worked in the foodservice and vending industry for 27 years with Nestle, joins Aimia Foods at a time when the company has recently invested in both coffee manufacturing and sourcing capabilities.

Vending News 
DGB Refrigeration celebrate 20 years!
Published:  25 March, 2014

DGB Refrigeration, providers of specialist refrigeration services and equipment, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

It was February 1994 when the present owner, Doug Barlow, with the help and support of his wife, sister and brother-in-law, established DGB Refrigeration following the purchase of a business which Doug had been managing since 1979.

Industry Events 
Automatic Vending Association Supports Plans For More Secure £1 Coin
Published:  20 March, 2014

The Automatic Vending Association understands the requirements of The Royal Mint to maintain the integrity of the £1 coin, and it comes as no surprise that because of the increased level of counterfeiting, a new public consultation will be launched by the Chancellor for the introduction of a new £1 coin.

Vending News 
New member of the What Price Solutions Team
Published:  17 March, 2014

What Price Solutions Ltd , the only dedicated UK sales agency focussed on the Vending sector has recruited Peter Clout to cover the South East of the country.

Peter’s background is very much in the foodservice market, with lengthy spells at Premier Brands, Burtons Biscuits (which he will be selling now) and Foodbrokers.

Vending News 
Huhtamaki UK and Sparsholt College Hampshire announce Chelsea Flower Show entry partnership
Published:  06 March, 2014

Huhtamaki, the UK’s leading packaging and disposables manufacturer, is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Sparsholt College Hampshire’s 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden entry. Working in partnership with the College to create a themed garden with a strong environmental message, Huhtamaki hope to both enthuse and educate everyone with the merits of sustainability, composting and waste recycling.

Vending News 
Siemens Financial Services scoops its fifth NIVO’s ‘Service Supplier of the Year’ award
Published:  06 March, 2014

  • Award recognises SFS’s commitment to the vending sector
  • Fifth consecutive win since the award’s inauguration in 2009

Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has been awarded the ‘Service Supplier of the Year’ accolade by the National Independent Vending Operators’ association (NIVO) for the fifth consecutive year. Voted by NIVO’s more than 300 members, this distinction acknowledges SFS’s outstanding customer support and services through its provision of innovative and competitive financing solutions to the vending industry. SFS has over 40 years’ track record in servicing the vending sector, and has been working with NIVO’s members since the organisation’s foundation in 1988.

Vending News 

The Vimto team in training on Mount Snowdon earlier this month before they tackle Kilimanjaro at the beginning of March

Vimto tackles Kilimanjaro in support of Warrington Youth Club
Published:  06 March, 2014

A team from leading soft drinks brand Vimto, is preparing to scale Kilimanjaro hoping to raise in excess of £25,000 for the company’s chosen charity; Warrington Youth Club.

The team of six tackling the mite of the summit includes James Nichols who is the great grandson of the inventor of Vimto, John Noel Nichols. He is joined by two department heads, Tim Spur and David Perkins from the Warrington based soft drinks company.

Vending News 
Exhibitors hail successful show as visitors defy weather to converge on NEC
Published:  24 February, 2014

Despite extreme weather conditions affecting many parts of the country, the ACR Show 2014 proved to be a resounding success.

Final visitor numbers are currently subject to ABC audit, however the organisers report a strong attendance throughout the show's three days - even on the final day, traditionally the quietest.

Vending News 
New face at TradeCoolersDirect, leading water solutions supplier
Published:  24 February, 2014 (TCD), specialist suppliers in hot and cold drinking water solutions for the wholesale market, has announced the appointment of Paul Donovan, who joins the team as national sales manager. Paul replaces Nigel Elwick who, after 3 years at TCD, has moved within the industry to work with water treatment specialists, Aqua Cure.

Vending News 
NIVO members choose Coffetek as Equipment Supplier of the year 2013
Published:  17 February, 2014

Formed in 1998, NIVO (National Independent Vending Operators), has an extensive membership of 280 companies, specialising in the supply, fulifillment and maintenance of vended refreshment solutions.

The annual award is an important accolade – voted for by individual members. Coffetek were chosen from many suppliers and received the majority vote. Coffetek also received, equipment supplier of the year at the AVEX 2013 supplier awards.

Vending News 

Lord Digby Jones

BWCA builds up to its 18th Annual Conference & Trade Show
Thursday 3 April 2014 at The Nottingham Belfry near Nottingham
Published:  06 February, 2014

The BWCA has issued a timely reminder to book now for its annual conference and trade show - the highlight of the year for the water cooler industry. The theme for the annual conference and trade show is ‘Waves of opportunity; Oceans of Change', and the event takes place on Thursday 3 April 2014 at The Nottingham Belfry near Nottingham.

Vending in the face of new challenges
All-new content to discover all the keys to a market in constant evolution
Published:  27 January, 2014

With an annual turnover of €2 billion, the vending industry continues to offer growth opportunities beyond traditional channels and food supplies.

The international meeting for vending, Vending PARIS, in an exclusive partnership with NAVSA (Chambre Syndicale Nationale de Vente et Services Automatiques), will give industry professionals 2 days of keys to address this evolving market.

Vending News 
Coges offers a cashless for every need in Vending Paris
Published:  27 January, 2014

COGES will attend Vending Paris exhibition that will be held from 5th to 6th of February, taking the opportunity to present its latest innovations in the field of payment system. “ONE CASHLESS FOR ALL”, the message chosen by the Italian company for this event, represents COGES’ proposal to satisfy the needs of operators of automatic vending machines and catering companies, with a complete and reliable solution thanks to COGES ENGINE and to its innovative modular design.

Vending News 
National wholesaler HRP confirms backing for show as industry gears up for opening
Published:  27 January, 2014

As the trade gears up for the opening of the ACR Show 2014 at the NEC, 11-13 February, national wholesaler HRP has confirmed its participation in the industry's national event and a wave of other well-known companies continue to sign up.
HRP is sponsoring the high profile Business Seminar Programme, which features cutting edge presentations from industry leaders and experts.

Vending News 
Wingham Well Spring joins British Bottled Water Producers
Published:  15 January, 2014

British Bottled Water Producers (BBWP) has announced that Wingham Well Spring has become a member of the Association.

The Kentish based firm, which supplies mains-fed and bottled water coolers across the whole of Kent, offers an unusual free loan, no contract service on its bottled water cooler range, which appeals to customers for its flexibility. Wingham Well Spring delivers its services and products throughout the whole of Kent serving both domestic and business customers.

Vending News 
The refresh-U Group announces strategic partnership with Douwe Egberts Professional
Published:  08 January, 2014

The refresh-U Group is pleased to announce that Douwe Egberts Professional will be joining its supplier membership scheme as a strategic partner.

The partnership will see Douwe Egberts at the forefront of developing the refresh-U Group's vending product offering. As the leading branded roast, ground and espresso supplier to the vending market, Douwe Egberts is expertly placed to provide the highest quality vended coffee experience to refresh-U customers.

Vending News 
Frank Golding, who will be remembered by the vending industry as one of the founders’ of Mechshop, has died aged 76
Published:  19 December, 2013

Frank was born in 1937. Doing his National Service in Germany as a radar operator, this inspired a love of aircraft and technology.

After this he worked at Croydon and Biggin Hill airports’, repairing and fitting aircraft radios. He also worked at BBC TV Centre then Plessey in charge of installing new radar systems to airports at home and abroad.

Vending News 
The European Vending Association announces new Director General
Published:  04 December, 2013

Erwin Wetzel, current Deputy Director General, will be the new Director General of the EVA from January 2014

Erwin Wetzel was presented as the new EVA Director General at the EVA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Thursday 28 November.  He will take up his new post on 1 January 2014, and will replace Catherine Piana who has managed the Association since 1997.

Vending News 
AGM elections bring strategic changes to the European Vending Association
Published:  04 December, 2013

The EVA 2013 AGM and Workshop entitled, “Shaping the EVA’s goals for the next 3 years” was held on November 28 in Brussels.

There was an added significance to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the EVA this year as it was election time for both the EVA Presidency and its Executive Committee. In addition, the General Assembly was asked to decide on whether a proposed new Strategy and amended Statutes should be adopted.

Vending News 
“One cashless for all”: Coges invites everybody to VENDIBÉRICA
Published:  19 November, 2013

Attending VENDIBÉRICA exhibition that will be held from 20th to 22nd of November, COGES takes the opportunity to present its latest innovations in the field of alternative payment system. The message decided by the Italian company for this event is clear: ONE CASHLESS FOR ALL. That’s the COGES proposal to satisfy the needs of operators of automatic vending machines and catering companies, with a complete and reliable solution thanks to COGES ENGINE and to its innovative modular design.

Vending News 
Astrosystems appoint new business development manager
Published:  12 November, 2013

AstroSystems Ltd., the UK-based suppliers of currency validation solutions, are pleased to announce the appointment of Manuel Alves as Business Development Manager. He brings with him an abundance of knowledge and experience from several key markets including vending, kiosk, gaming and parking.

Vending News 
‘Inspiring Chefs’ Lavazza’s 2014 Calendar (launched in Milan 24 October 2013)
Published:  12 November, 2013

Inspiring Chefs is the title of the 22nd edition of the Lavazza Calendar, created with the famous portrait photographer Martin Schoeller. This year the Calendar turns the spotlight on to the chefs: the people who make inspiration their mantra in the kitchen.

Vending News 
Cadbury Dairy Milk unveils new award winning pack design
Published:  12 November, 2013

The nation’s favourite chocolate brand gets a makeover

As Cadbury Dairy Milk hits the £500m* mark, it wraps up the year with the grand unveil of its brand new packaging that will make its debut this month.

The contemporary new design, the 21st major re-design in its 108 year history, sees Cadbury Dairy Milk come of age, with a more modern and joyful look, whilst proudly keeping the identity that has been a part of its heritage since 1905.

Vending News 
Training and development drives evolution for Benders
Published:  06 November, 2013

As Benders Paper Cups continues to drive its Lean Manufacturing initiative through the business, the company is preparing to roll out a formal Lean programme, with the support of XR Training,  to the entire workforce in a bid to cement the standardisation of its processes and continuous improvement initiatives. This latest move is part of Bender’s ongoing commitment to the development of a continous improvement culture and a true learning environment.

Vending News 
Charity Water Announces Rugby League World Cup Sponsorship Deal
Published:  30 October, 2013

Charity water brand, Thirsty Planet, has secured a major sponsorship deal with the Rugby League World Cup 2013 to become the official water partner of the tournament.

The sponsorship deal includes a significant donation to the brand’s charity partner, Pump Aid, which will help fund two Rugby League World Cup elephant pumps, helping to provide clean, safe drinking water to disadvantaged communities in Africa.

Vending News 
Aimia Foods innovates as new ‘Pour Moi Café Express’ coffee station launches
Published:  28 October, 2013

A brand new vending concept set to raise the bar in the vending sector has been launched by the food and drink experts at Aimia Foods. 

Aimia Foods revealed Pour Moi Café Express, the next generation self-serve coffee station, to operators on 24th September. Pour Moi Café Express is the most complete - yet affordable - coffee station in the market today and builds upon the success of Pour Moi’s first generation of machines. Hosting a wealth of innovative features and adaptations not seen in other coffee stations on the market, the machine, unit, and payment systems are all seamlessly integrated to provide a solution that is unparalleled in design quality.

Vending News 
Statement from British Water Cooler Association
Published:  28 October, 2013

The British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) has announced that the possibility of a merger with the European Drinking Water Cooler Association (EDWCA) is no longer a possibility.

Vending News 
The EVA 2013 AGM and Workshop on: “Shaping the EVA’s goals for the next 3 years” will take place on November 28, in Brussels
Published:  28 October, 2013

The European Vending Association is in the final stages of organizing its end-of-year event. As announced, this year is an election year for the EVA Presidency and its Executive Committee. For this reason, the EVA is expecting a larger-than-usual turnout of its members at the Annual General Assembly on November 28.

Vending News 
New Commercial Director
Published:  25 October, 2013

Coges gives a warm welcome to the new Commercial Director Mario Majo, called to hold the charge since 1 October 2013.

Mario Majo has a long experience in the vending industry primarily as Country Manager for MEI, where he had worked for the past 15 years. He will work at the headquarters of Coges in Schio and will work closely with the company management to further develop the commercial success of Coges in Italy and abroad, leading a dynamic and resourceful team.

Vending News 
Nebrak Appoints 'The Marketing Company GB' As It Continues to Expand
Published:  25 October, 2013

Nebrak is delighted to announce that it has engaged the services of The Marketing Company GB as it continues to grow both nationally and across Europe.

Nebrak is regarded as one of the UK's top providers of coffee towers, vending surrounds and catering interiors with over 25 years of experience. Nebrak offers exceptional product development expertise combined with the latest design ideas. Nebrak has now appointed the Marketing Company GB Ltd as it moves to be not only the leader in the UK but also in Europe.

Vending News 
Crane Payment Solutions uses Eu’Vend to showcase products and more
Published:  15 October, 2013

At Eu’Vend 2013 Crane Payment Solutions presented their complete range of high quality products and technologies for the vending market, while offering the chance for visitors to find out more about the company and its people too.

Products on the stand included the currenza c² and currenza c² airport coin changer, the currenza clip cashless payment system, the latest 3,5” and 5” coin validator range consisting of the v² colibri and NRI v² eagle and the CashCode SMv2, MSMv2 and MSM bill validators.

Vending News 
Kobusch UK joins Exopack’s global Rigid Division
Published:  09 October, 2013

Kobusch UK, the leading producer of tailor-made rigid and semi-rigid packaging systems, is joining the Rigid Division of Exopack Holdings S.A., a member of Exopack Holdings S.A.

This move follows the announcement of the creation of the new Rigid Division within Exopack Holdings S.A. The legal structure of Kobusch UK Ltd, who have three manufacturing facilities in the UK at Stanley, Co Durham, Livingston in Scotland and Caerphilly in Wales, will not change.

Vending News 
Mr Aldo Doglioni Majer, 1920-2013
Published:  01 October, 2013

Tuesday September 17th last, Mr Aldo Doglioni Majer, founder and president of Rhea Vendors Group, passed away in his Milan home. He was buried on Saturday September 21st  in the family shrine in Belluno, the mountain town where he was born on October 8th,  1920, and that he left in 1946, on the aftermath of World War II, to establish himself in Milan, and lead a long and extremely successful life.
Initially involved in the restructuring of the foundries of his wife, Giuliana Rinaldi (married 1949), he came in contact with vending during an extensive journey in the USA in 1955. After a couple of years in which he imported vending machines from the US and the UK, in 1957 he manufactured a first dispenser for gumballs, which has since become a Space Age icon.

Vending News 
The bride wore ... plastic!
Published:  01 October, 2013

Bride-to-be Tracey Leahy came up with a great new way of finding ‘something borrowed’ for her wedding day – a dress made from RPC Tedeco Gizeh Kenfig’s plastic cups!

Tracey is managing director of Mannvend, members of the Associated Vending Services (AVS) - the UK's largest independent vending purchasing group, which has a five-year contract with Kenfig to supply plastic cups.

Vending News 
Tender for vending concession
Published:  16 September, 2013

London Underground is seeking to award a concession for the operation of cold beverage dispensing vending machines on its stations. This will initially be for approximately 50 sites with the scope to extend to further locations across the Transport for London network. The concession will run for five years on a revenue sharing basis.

The concessionaire will have a proven track record in revenue generation and in running a large portfolio of vending machines in public transport locations or other highly regulated public facing environments within the UK.

To register an interest in this opportunity and receive the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) please email

All PQQ's must be received by 15th October 2013

Industry Events 
fmVend launched as the ONLY dedicated vending exhibition for facility managers
Published:  03 September, 2013

Datateam Business Media has joined forces with vending industry stalwart Paul Howard to launch fmVend, the ONLY dedicated vending exhibition for facility managers.

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