Acquisitions & Appointments

  • New faces as Refreshment Systems

    By Vending International on January 16, 2018
    After 50 years in business, Refreshment Systems has appointed Steve May as commercial director and Sue Sproston as head of operations and logistics.  The move is expected to help the company drive forward and evolve to the next level. Steve brings over 15 years of experience of working in the coffee industry, both in sales strategy and commercial management, and […]
  • Burts Potato Chips accelerates growth with multi-million pound acquisition

    By Vending International on January 5, 2018
    Burts Potato Chips has acquired Leicester-based Savoury & Sweet. The acquisition is the first made by Burts since being founded in 1997 and is expected to diversify its product portfolio to include a wider range of healthy snacking products as well as popcorn. Savoury & Sweet is one of the fastest growing players within the popcorn and healthy snacking sector, […]
  • Barry Callebaut acquires ingredients division of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates U.S.

    By Vending International on December 6, 2017
    Barry Callebaut, the manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has successfully closed the acquisition of the ingredients division of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates in the U.S. Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of Barry Callebaut, said: “Gertrude Hawk Ingredients adds new capabilities, technologies and skilled employees who we are happy to welcome to the Barry Callebaut family. “The acquisition allows us to […]

    By Vending International on November 7, 2017
    4 Aces has appointed Jackie Venn to the role of commercial director and David Blake to the role of sales director. Both have been promoted by the packaging specialist from existing positions, as head of marketing and head of sales, respectively, in recognition of their shared contribution and involvement in the company’s planned growth. Jackie will take on a more […]
  • RBC Logistics acquires Brands 2 Hands

    By Vending International on October 31, 2017
    RBC Logistics has acquired the goodwill and assets of Brands 2 Hands, which came into effect on August 7. RBC Logistics, based in Milton Keynes, provides specialist logistics support within the vending, catering and IT equipment sectors. Operating across the UK, RBC’s two-man crews effectively plan and execute next day deliveries for their customers. Brands 2 Hands, based in Old […]
  • BWCA appoints new chairman

    By Vending International on October 23, 2017
    The UK’s leading trade body representing the water cooler sector, the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) has elected Jon Wicks as its new chairman. John Dundon, who held the non-executive position of chairman for six years, has stepped down. Mr Wicks was elected by members who attended the AGM in Hinckley on October 4. He has had many years’ experience […]
  • Vianet buys Vendman

    By Vending International on October 6, 2017
    It has been announced that Vianet will purchase Vendman. Matt Lane, MD of Vianet, told VI exclusively that he was hugely excited by the acquisition and the prospects it brings. He added: “With over 20 years of experience in our relative fields of expertise both Vendman and Vianet, as a single company, will provide the vending industry with a proven and […]
  • Kettle Foods acquires Cornpoppers

    By Vending International on October 3, 2017
    Kettle Foods has completed the acquisition of Cornpoppers – a UK popcorn producer based in Wednesbury in the West Midlands. Cornpoppers was established in 1979 and is a privately owned family business supplying high quality branded and private label popcorn products to retailers and wholesalers. In 2016 Kettle Foods completed its acquisition of Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn – joining the UK’s […]
  • David Llewellyn appointed as new chair of the AVA Board

    By Vending International on September 28, 2017
    The Automatic Vending Association (AVA) has appointed David Llewellyn as the new chair of the AVA Board. Mr Llewellyn, who takes over from David Ward, has worked in vending since 1994 covering many areas of the industry including operating, sales, logistics, production, along with technical and equipment sourcing. Mr Llewellyn is sales director, Europe for Seaga and has been with […]
  • Crane Co. strengthens connectivity with acquisition of Microtronic AG

    By Vending International on August 2, 2017
    Crane Co. has strengthened its technology portfolio by acquiring Microtronic AG, a manufacturer of closed-site and mobile payment solutions for the European vending market. Microtronic’s capabilities will be a great complement to Crane’s platform of electronic payment and connectivity solutions, which are available through Crane Payment Innovations. Eric Kaled, senior vice president and general manager for Crane Connectivity Solutions, said: […]