Barry Callebaut named supplier of the year

Hot drinks manufacturer Barry Callebaut Beverages UK has been presented with an award for Supplier of the Year by the National Independent Vending Operators Group (NIVO).

Awarded in the Snack & Drinks Supplier category, Barry Callebaut came out top as voted for by individual NIVO members, which makes it the best sort of award, according to head of sales for Barry Callebaut Beverages in the UK, Paula Bentley.

She said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to accept this award. It’s greatly appreciated and it means a lot that NIVO’s members have voted for us in this category.

“Our aim, over the next 12 months, will be to continue to demonstrate to NIVO that we are worthy of this award and we will look for new ways to constantly improve so that the group can see how committed we are and that we are worthy of the members’ ongoing support.”

Managing director of NIVO, Graham Kingaby comments: “We’re really pleased for the team at Barry Callebaut Beverages. It’s an award that recognises the great effort that is put in by a supplier and, ultimately, rewards good customer service. Congratulations to all at Barry Callebaut Beverages !”

The company has recently reported a rise in sales of premium brand, Van Houten and an increase in its UK market share, having developed a loyal following from UK customers who appreciate the choice of chocolate products, including fairtrade, low sugar, white chocolate and cocoa contents of 13% to 50%, from a known, traditional, European, high quality brand.