In total 162 exhibitors from 22 countries presented the latest trends and innovations related to the themes of automated sales solutions, professional coffee systems, coffee, hot and cold beverages, snacks and filling products, multi-payment solutions, cups and services.
In total, around 4,200 trade visitors from 66 countries attended the event. Just under 40 per cent of both the exhibitors and visitors came from abroad.
Anne Schumacher, vice president food and food technology, Koelnmesse GmbH said: “The continual growth in the number of trade visitors and exhibitors from abroad confirms the standing of euvend & coffeena as the industry’s most important business platform.
“We also set benchmarks in terms of the quality and diversity of the offer with regards to the current and future trends and innovations.”
The German Vending Association e.V. (BDV), industry sponsor of euvend & coffeena added: “The industry is very satisfied with this year’s event. The trade fair is an important source of inspiration for the entire vending and office coffee service sector.
“Whether regarding vending technology or in the sections payment and sustainable cup solutions, the new and innovative ideas and concepts will contribute positively towards the development of the sector,” explained Karl-Heinz Blum, spokesman of the BDV board.
Exhibitors were impressed with the quality of visitors contributing to the success of the trade fair. According to an independent survey, just under 82 per cent of the exhibitors were satisfied with the business they were able to do.
Around 80 per cent said they would recommend a partner company to participate at euvend & coffeena in the future.
Robert Ropel, plant manager of the new exhibitor, Pear Group GmbH & Co KG (brand representative of the energy drink CARABAO) said: “euvend & coffeena enabled CARABAO to reach a new target group.”
Hassan Nagi, business development payment at Feig Electronic GmbH added: “The trade fair was fabulous. We will be back next time. The strategic realignment is a clever move.”
Christian Czeskleba, senior business development manager at Innovative Technology, commented: “euvend always provides a relaxed setting to interact at a local level, as well as giving us the opportunity to network with some of our international customers.”
He concluded: “The quality of leads at euvend is always high, and it was great to see our validators in so many machines at the show this year.”
The event recorded a higher number of visitors from the Netherlands, the Ukraine, Hungary, Spain and Poland. But interested parties from China, Chile, Israel, Japan and South Africa were also recorded in Cologne. Big buyers such as Autobahn Tank & Rast, Compass Group, Deutsche Post, Dorint, Eurest, Eurowings, Fraport, Geile, Lekkerland, Real, Rewe, Selecta, Sodexo and Volkswagen attended the trade fair.
Trends and themes
The Office Coffee Service theme was one of the strongest at this year’s trade fair. This growing trend was encapsulated by the “Office Coworking Lab” special zone.
In the payment section, digital solutions like contact-free payment via girocard or smartphone played a central role.
Other themes included healthy filling products and sustainable cup solutions ranging from reusable concepts through to 100 per cent recyclable material.
Machine-based kiosk solutions (micromarkets) were also more strongly represented at euvend & coffeena this year. These are shop systems, where the goods are not offered in vending machines, but in “normal” shelves and refrigerators. Payment is effected by automated cash register systems.The conference programme “Visions of Vending – the future of vending” picked up on some of these themes. Industry experts provided answers to some of the important questions on trending themes.
Vending Star 2019
This year’s Vending Star award ceremony was held during euvend & coffeena and the winners were:
• Technical Device: SandenVendo German Branch of Sanden International (Europe) Ltd – G SNACK EVOLUTION
• Aids for optimising the operation of vending machines: Huhtamaki Foodservice Germany Sales GmbH & Co. KG – Future Smart Cups
• Concept: Card4Vend GmbH – Card4Vend TOPP
• Innovative Vending Product: Heil- & Mineralbrunnen Johann Spielmann GmbH – Landpark Bio-Quelle Naturell/Lemon in the 0.5 litre sustainable Tetra Pak
The next euvend & coffeena is scheduled to take place in Cologne from October 29 & 31, 2020.