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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Vendingtender@tfl.gov.uk
All PQQ's must be received by 15th October 2013
Datateam Business Media has joined forces with vending industry stalwart Paul Howard to launch fmVend, the ONLY dedicated vending exhibition for facility managers.
Leading European manufacturer of water boilers and filter coffee brewers, Marco Beverage Systems, has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website, together with a new URL – www.marcobeveragesystems.com.
This year, Huhtamaki UK will be supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, with a donation of 9oz paper vending cups for the charity’s flagship fundraising event ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on 27th September 2013.
Designed in partnership with Kenco, the Official Coffee Partner to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the paper vending cups aim to raise awareness of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and feature a ‘text to donate’ message as part of the design with all proceeds going to Macmillan. The cups will be distributed to Kenco’s customers, including contract caterers and vending operators to support coffee mornings across the country.
The UK's Leader in Vending Surrounds, Catering Interiors and Exhibition Stands is a 'Safecontractor'
Cadbury is bringing the Midas touch to confectionery shelves this August, with the return of its Unwrap Gold on pack promotion on a range of its bestselling singles – and this year, it’s even better, with bigger prizes for consumers and a goal to drive category growth even further.
BRITA Professional has appointed Miles Dawson, former commercial controller at Britvic, as its new sales director. Miles brings with him 15 years experience in senior management roles in the soft drinks industry, including Coca-Cola.
Tuesday July 9th, 2013: Coffee roaster, Masteroast Coffee Company, recently presented a cheque for £3,615.00 to Brian Kinealy, local representative for Sightsavers International. Sightsavers is a registered UK charity that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people who are blind and visually impaired.
Following last week's call by The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to ban junk food and vending machines from UK hospitals, AVA (Automatic Vending Association) is calling on decision makers to recognise that vending can and should be, part of a healthy balanced lifestyle.
The Automatic Vending Association (AVA) is delighted to announce that it will be collaborating with the European Drinking Water Cooler Association (EDWCA) to create stronger links between industries which share many attributes. The EDWCA, which is the UK’s largest water cooler trade association, will be run under the AVA roof, from its offices in High Wycombe.
AVEX, the UK’s biggest bi-annual trade show for the vending and water industries, which took place on the 11th, 12th and 13th of June at the NEC, Birmingham, has been hailed by organisers and exhibitors alike as a big success.
The Gail Pastry Company, won the University Food Development Prize for their concept - Gail Pastries - at the inaugural Vending Industry Awards.
International Paper has appointed David Lawlor as sales and marketing director with a brief to assist the global packaging concern in the development of its on-going business strategy while also supporting and helping to drive forward the company’s long-term growth plan.
Having spent a significant proportion of his career in the foodservice industry in a variety of roles, ranging from export control and distribution management to sales and marketing and business development, David has a broad knowledge and understanding of the sector as well as a specific experience of disposable products.
Neil Robson who works as Logistics operations manager for vending services company Brands 2hands (B2h) of Leicestershire and has coached at Ashby Junior Rugby Club for over 6 years. With rugby friends Chris Ratcliffe, Steve Jennings and Terry Huxley teamed up to complete their 700 mile mammoth sponsored cycle ride in aid of the Matt Hampson charity (www.matthampsonfoundation.org), which support seriously injured sports people & Ashby RFC Junior team who aim to tour in Europe in 2015.
PHS Waterlogic, Europe’s largest supplier of mains-fed water dispensing and purifying systems, was highly commended in the Best Machine Company category at the Vending Industry Awards on 12 June 2013. Recognised for leading the industry in technical innovation, breadth of product range and standard of service, the company was also commended for its social and environmental responsibility.
The inaugural Vending Industry Awards took place last Wednesday night, at a glittering gala dinner and ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Hotel at the NEC Birmingham. The evening was attended by 449 guests, making it the largest vending industry gathering in the UK in 10 years. The event was a celebration and acknowledgement of the hard work and excellent service provided by outstanding individuals and businesses in the sector.
Leading disposable packaging manufacturer, Huhtamaki UK, has launched the UK’s first double wall paper vending cup, working in partnership with vending experts Crane Merchandising and coffee connoisseurs Douwe Egberts. Huhtamaki UK is delighted to have helped develop the ultimate gourmet coffee vending experience.
Last night, the Gail Pastry Company, with their range of innovative and delicious pastries, won the University Food Development Prize for their concept Gail Pastries at the inaugural Awards Dinner, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, NEC site.
Speakers from across the food and drink industry received a warm reception at The Being Healthy Conference, NEC Birmingham. They offered insight on how healthy vending is successfully working for their businesses and highlighted just a few of the opportunities this growing trend offers vending operators and food manufacturers alike.
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