Phil Reynolds, Director of Vendex North Show which is taking place on November 7, at Manchester United, Old Trafford Manchester, talks about the forthcoming Show and the positive signs for the vending industry.
“It’s always a good sign when a Show sells out well before the event as Vendex North did a couple of weeks ago. We’ve sold over 100 stand spaces and will be welcoming more than 90 exhibitors to Manchester United. This means that this year’s show is simply the biggest and best Vendex North to date. More importantly it means that visitors will be able to see all the latest products, machine and technology innovations, in just one day. Exhibitors are also offering visitors great Show discounts, so there are many reasons to visit with free parking and entry making the day even easier.
We’ve some great new products being launched at the show including Jimmy’s Popcorn, the new Lavazza Prontissimo Classico from Brupac, new flavours from snack brand Burts Chips, and new technology from a number of exhibitors including Three Square Market and VMC.
There is always a tremendous buzz at Vendex and we’re anticipating that Vendex North will be busier than ever. Vending really is on the threshold of a new era as developments in technology move the industry forward in new and exciting ways. Cashless payments and new ways of paying are opening up new markets. A recent Times article (19 October), which puts the UK vending machine total at 56 000 units, highlighted new developments in fresh vending with concepts such as pizza, pot noodles and salad. Vending can step in where space is at a premium, where service is under time pressure and ‘out of hours’. When we think of vending we sometimes just think of drinks and snacks but the latest advances are also opening up new channels where vending can play a vital role. 24/7 operators have long known that vending fulfils a vital role providing refreshment when service operators cannot be available – for example through the night at a busy hospital – but vending is now finding roles in new areas, for example the NHS is using vending to dispense HIV testing kits – they key here is that the service is anonymous.
What’s also exciting is the number of new suppliers coming into the sector, recognising that their brands can have a role to play in a vending context. Some 30% of exhibitors at Vendex North are new to vending and are looking forward to showing their products and services.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming a record number of visitors to Vendex North on November 7.”
For more information on registering as a visitor to the show, visit www.vend-ex.com or contact Phil Reynolds on 07711182888 or Jenny Reynolds on 07714450247.
Ends 31 October 2017
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