The Automatic Vending Association (AVA) has recently announced one of its speakers at AVEX 2017.
John Chidiac, president of 365 International, will speak on the subject of the Micro Market industry, including the reasons why they are so popular in the US and why they continue to grow at such a fast pace. This is a hot topic of discussion for the vending industry and one that is sure to attract a lot of interest amongst visitors and exhibitors.
John will also discuss how Micro Markets are perceived by consumers and operators, sharing the positive financial impact on operators and explaining features and functionalities of the trend. As part of his talk, John will also conclude with a vision of the future for the market and new products and services to satisfy demand.
The AVEX exhibition will be held at the NEC, Birmingham on 12th-13th September 2017.
Vending machine manufacturer Crane Merchandising Systems has launched the newest model in its Voce range of machines, called the Voce Icon.
The Icon was launched to the vending community at Vendex 2016 and is available in both fresh brew tea and espresso variants, with a static top graphic as well as an optional 21.5″ easy-to-use, USB media screen. The machine has a smart illuminated vend area and backlit touch sensitive buttons.
Crane report that there has been a very positive response from customers and the company is focused on getting Voce Icon ready for field trial soon.
Red Espresso® is Rooibos tea that has been refined, under patent, to a consistency that allows it to be used in any manual or automatic coffee maker. Now, as well as the original loose form and soft pods, it’s available in Nespresso compatible capsules.
Apparently, Red Espresso is an antioxidant rich coffee alternative that contains no caffeine, preservatives, colouring or additives and is made entirely from wild grown, hand-harvested South African Rooibos.
It has an unique flavour, naturally sweet with slightly earthy undertones and it provides a full-bodied, rich and well-rounded mouth-feel with a refreshing, clean finish. It is dark red in colour and produces an excellent crema so that, visually, it has the appearance of espresso coffee. So, another “speciality drink” for us to try, along with the cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos etc. etc.etc.
The new Swiss-made Jura Impressa Z9 One Touch TFT uses freshly ground beans instead of pods or capsules.
This is the first model in the ‘Z’ line to include a 3.5in TFT (Thin-Film-Transistor) colour display, making it easy to personalise your brew. Graphics and text showcase the type of beverage, number of ounces, coffee strength and amount of milk.
This model features six programmable beverage buttons that can be labelled by the name of beverage or with people’s names to denote their favourite brew.
It appears that a new product is being launched by the trade wholesaler Cream Supplies.
There have been many variations on the idea of a milk-frothing jug featuring built-in thermometers, to show when the milk has reached optimum temperature – now Cream Supplies has launched a stick on item, the TempTag, which attaches to the outside of a jug and gives a visual indication of milk reaching the right temperature. There are several versions, reacting at different temperatures and in different colours to assist in identifying jugs being used for different milks.
The company says an external measurement is more hygienic than a thermometer dipped into the milk, and avoids any obstruction in milk frothing.
Waterlogic, a leading designer, manufacturer, distributor and operator of point-of-use (“POU”) drinking water purification and dispensing systems, claim that their Waterlogic 4 Firewall™ “combines breakthrough technology and stunning design in the ultimate cooler to provide the cleanest, freshest water there is”.
The water dispenser has 3 core technologies:
- The filtration technology removes chlorine and other water-borne tastes and odours.
- The Firewall UV purification will wipe out impurities, cleansing the water to 99.9999%. As an added layer of protection, the UV light keeps the dispensing nozzle from becoming contaminated.
- The outside is protected too – BioCote® keeps the dispensing area free from bacteria.
The machine is suited to high usage in a busy workplace and is available with hot, cold, ambient and sparkling options.
New from US company Barilla are microwaveable Italian pasta entrées for vending machines.
The long-life 9-oz. single-serve meals are made with the same ingredients used in the Barilla dry pasta and jarred sauces that line supermarket shelves. The new platters are all natural. They are packaged to retain their taste, texture and freshness for 12 months at room temperature. The pasta and sauce are held in separate compartments of the same tray, and are warmed in a microwave in 60 seconds. Six varieties are available:
“Barilla Italian Entrées are a natural fit for convenience and vending environments,” said Steve Napoli, director of foodservice at Barilla America. “The packaging innovation allows for an all-natural, authentic Italian and fresh-tasting item on the go, in just 60 seconds.”