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Chelsea Flower Show Awards Gold to Huhtamaki’s ” Love Nature” Bioware Vending Machine

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By , May 27, 2014 11:22 am

Huhtamaki’s ‘Love Nature’ BioWare paper vending cups, ‘complete with plant seedlings’, will come from vending machine at 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.

As sponsor of Sparsholt College Hampshire’s 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden entry, Huhtamaki’s  The-Paper-Chase‘Love  Nature’ BioWare  paper  vending  cups, complete with  plant seedlings, will be ‘vended’ from a machine donated by Southampton-based company,Bettavend, to form one of the main areas of the garden at this year’s show.

Huhtamaki has long manufactured paper vending cups for the foodservice industry, and the innovative use of the vending machine within the garden at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase a concept which many of us use on a day-to-day basis – whilst highlighting the use of Huhtamaki’s environmentally friendly BioWare packaging range throughout every element of the garden.

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The garden on display, designed by SCH’s horticultural students, has been created using compost made from

Huhtamaki’s BioWare foodservice packaging range to showcase the process ‘from tree to cup’.

The vending machine, donated by vending services company Bettavend, was chosen for its large glass front,

which provides more visibility of the plant seedlings.

The ‘Love Nature’ BioWare paper vending cups are part of the new compostable BioWare cup range,

which has been redesigned to give the products a ‘modern’ appearance whilst placing further emphasis on their green credentials.

 

 

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Leading disposable packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki has been rewarded for its efforts to showcase the benefits of compostable packaging, with success at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Working in partnership with Sparsholt College Hampshire, their ‘Paper Chase’ garden has been not only been awarded Gold, but ‘The Best RHS Discovery Exhibit’ too.

 

Selecta and Unicum, Undisputed Market Leaders in Vending Machines, Tie the Knot

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By , May 27, 2014 10:35 am

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Selecta’s next generation of self-serve food and beverage vending machines will be manufactured by Russian specialist Unicum

By Ian Reynolds-Young

Selecta, Europe’s undisputed market leader in vending services, and Unicum, the St. Petersburg-based vending equipment manufacturer, entered into a strategic partnership in May 2013 to develop Selecta’s next generation of self-serve food and beverage machines. The partnership leverages the knowledge and expertise of both companies to jointly develop the state-of-the art snack and cold drink machine featuring multiple innovations in design, technology and convenience. As a result of this co-development, Selecta will introduce its next generation of public vending machines beginning this autumn 2014.

Selecta will introduce its next generation of public vending machines beginning this autumn 2014.

The machines’ key innovations include a 15 inch (38.1 cm) touch screen with an intuitive graphical user interface, multi-vend possibilities via  shopping basket, up to 50% more capacity for a wider product offering, a modern design with integrated side panels for advertising, and superior ergonomic product and change delivery. Regarding servicing, the new vending machines use bi-directional telemetry to allow preventive maintenance, shortening the reaction time for technical intervention and thereby increasing the machine’s uptime.

Go to www.planet-vending.com to get all the scoop

Delivering the Perfect Cup of Goodness in Your Vending Machine

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By , May 27, 2014 8:13 am

It’s a subject that’s long been in the minds of  vending machine manufacturers: the creation of a machine that can deliver great coffee.  Coffee from a wide menu, time after time – without the requirement for a ‘barista’, a.k.a. ‘somebody who knows what they’re doing.’

Whether it’s a cup of premium pre-brewed coffee, a double espresso, or a paper cup full of steaming hot brewed coffee, the ingredient at the base of all of these drinks is the same — the humble coffee bean. There’s clearly a reason that coffee is one of the most popular beverages across the globe. Not only does it taste great, but this amazing bean is a little powerhouse. The coffee bean is high in antioxidants and naturally loaded with caffeine, amino acids and other properties that have made it so universally sought-after. But many don’t know much about this incredible bean that goes beyond their coffee cup.

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Moving onto equipment, Hugh asked Simon “Is the equipment more important than the coffee?”

“I think its a marriage,” Simon replied, “If you’re looking for accountability, we wrap it all up, so we’re totally accountable.  We have free baristas in the field which any customer, any day, can call out.”  Talking about the support service Scanomat provide, Simon added, “The first thing we’ll do is send a barista, not a technician.  A barista will look at the product and then be guided from there how to improve the product.  Is it the grind setting?  Is it the water temperature?  Is it the tamper pressure?  And then they’ll make the judgement whether the technician needs to come or not.”

He added; “Whether it be traditional espresso or fully automatic we need to keep searching for that next innovation where we can give customers a more personalised experience, and that capability is out there.

What’s the next big thing in coffee?

James: “You’ve got people who are really passionate about the product, that are going to differentiate the product, who are going to make their location a place to go, and they’re just going to do things better.  There are great opportunities, as the market is growing, but you’ve just got to differentiate yourself.”

Simon: “I think it’s already here, and you’ve all got one in your pocket.  It’s called a smartphone.  Have a look up for the ‘internet of things’, the connected future, this personalised experience that is coming all of our ways – in our house, in our work – and we have made a coffee machine work with your iPhone.  I think the next wave as far as a consumer is concerned is that they want it the way they like it, not the way our marketing teams tell them they like it.  I think that wave is coming, that’s going to be a challenge for some of the businesses because if I want 1.1 shots, or half a shot, or three quarters milk, how is the trade going to cope with that?”

VendaCarts “Mobile Pop Up Café and Coffee Shop” features the perfect setup for a slim line coffee vending machine. 

A slim line coffee vending machine fits perfectly in the nose of any of our VendaCarts trailers from the 16′ to the 24′ kiosk trailer.

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Quick-Serve and Fast-Casual Dining are Made Possible Through Today’s Vending Machines

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By , May 21, 2014 10:53 am

VendaCarts – Mobile Pop Up Café – with robotic vending machines keeps up with food trends in and out of the vending industry.  The majority of all packaged foods can be vended in most of today’s vending machines offering unlimited sources, customers and locations.

QSR is the leading source of information for the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries. Limited-service, unlimited possibilities! Follow QSR Magazine on twitter: http://twitter.com/qsrmagazine

QSR is the business-to-business magazine for the limited-service restaurant segment, which includes: quick-service (fast food), fast-casual dining, snack shops, and pizza restaurants. More than 300 restaurant chains are routinely covered by the magazine, including familiar names such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Panera Bread, Chipotle and more.For the general public, QSRmagazine.com provides a wealth of information about healthy eating choices, consumer dining preferences, menu options, and upcoming promotions.

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Generation Z and Millennials are driving changes with their approach to food choice and preparation, finds the study, which presents a five-year forecast for 200-plus in-home food and beverage-related behaviors, attitudes, and characteristics. These generational groups want more involvement, not necessarily more complexity, in preparing their food and meals, particularly at breakfast. Breakfast foods that are perceived to be fresher and require more prep or cooking, like eggs, hot cereal, and center plate proteins, are projected to grow by 8 percent over the next five years. Use of additives, another example that the younger generations want to have a say in the final output of their prepared foods, is expected to grow among Generation Z and Millennial groups by 9 and 8 percent respectively over the next five years.

imagesOn this same subject the impact college students are having on the foodservice industry, seven significant trends that are shaping—and will continue to shape—the American culinary landscape.

  • Profile 1: Dining Along the Meatless Spectrum — More students align themselves along the less-meat to meatless spectrum from flexitarian to vegetarian to vegan and even raw diets.
  • Profile 2: The Mighty Chickpea — Inexpensive, versatile and packed with protein, the worldly chickpea fills student bellies in myriad ways.
  • Profile 3: Nut Butters: A Protein Pal — Although Gen Y students grew up in a climate of peanut distrust due to the increase in children’s allergies, college students today have embraced peanut butter’s valuable protein power along with that of other nut butters, especially almond.
  • Profile 4: Fruit & Vegetable Discovery — New college students are discovering a whole new world of fruits and vegetables. On campus they encounter expansive salad bars, unfamiliar vegetable side dishes and unusual vegan and vegetarian fare. Friends, restaurants and student retail haunts like Trader Joe’s introduce them to new dried fruit snacks, to-go salads and produce-centric beverages.
  • Profile 5: Asian Love Affair — We hear so much about how younger Millennials have grown up eating global cuisine. From our survey, we learned many continue the discovery in college. Thanks to dining halls and nearby ethnic restaurants, students have many opportunities to try new foods. While flavor is the primary driver, other qualities attract students such as the vegetarian possibilities and robust amount of vegetables. Customization is another draw.
  • Profile 6: Italian & Mexican: Familiar Comfort — While college is a time to explore new foods and diets, it’s also really stressful. Sometimes a kid needs a little comfort, something familiar, warm and filling. That’s where Italian and Mexican cuisines come in.
  • Profile 7: On-the-Go Fare — “Easy to make.” “Portable.” “Eat quickly.” “Eat as I walk to class.” These are the refrains coming from our student survey respondents about their “go-to” foods.

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“Generation Z, Millennials, and Hispanics will be the growth drivers of this country’s eating patterns over the next five years,” said Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst, in a prepared statement. “This is a pivotal time to gain their favor as many of their habits are being formed now. Most are still at a life stage when their behaviors are flexible and they are receptive.”

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Todays Hot Business Idea is Provided by NPD Group’s Recent Report

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By , May 20, 2014 11:58 am

 NPD Group’s recent report “The Future of Eating:  NPDlogo_RGBWho’s Eating What in 2018 will help supercharge you to see the  many benefits of VendaCarts trailer.  Our VendaCarts trailer outfitted with multiple vending machines is the hot business idea and is the new future of vending.

USA Today reports on the recent report by NPD Group – The Future of Eating: Who’s Eating What in 2018.  Vending operators and vending machine manufactures needs to take notice of the future trends in the foodservice industry.

Fresh food consumption is forecast to increase more than 11% with this next generation of young adults in the next five years, according to a new report out from consumer research company NPD Group called the Future of Eating.

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Gen Y and Gen Z don’t mind spending a little more time in the kitchen prepping meals with fresh ingredients. That means we’re whipping up more meals like omelets and pancakes over cereal.

So keep your eyes open at the grocery store. NPD predicts brands will start catering to the whims of a fresh food generation

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Prepackaged and prepared meals, fresh and microwavable offers many esplus principalfood selections expanding to meet the demands not only by the large foodservice manufacturers but by the smaller companies who see the trends changing.  They are realizing that good quality and freshness is what is selling.  Most of these prepackaged foods can be vended in many of the industries vending machines.

This young generations likes things fast, fresh and convenient.  Our VendaCarts Robotic “Pop Up Café” can offer all that

and more, featuring 24/7 service capabilities.  Our smaller 16ft. unit can hold a minimum of 4 vending machines

with microwaves servicing food and beverages to a trendy crowd.  www.cartsblanche.com

 

 

 

 

 

For a New Business Opportunity Think Fast and Casual Dining

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By , May 20, 2014 11:18 am

 new vc photoVendaCarts fast and casual “Pop Up Café’s” offers the newest business opportunity in the foodservice growing potential for fast and casual dining. 

VendaCarts not only can offer the fast and casual venue, with locations being the drawing card, but with food service turning to more packaged good eats makes a VendaCarts #1 business opportunity to consider.

A fast casual restaurant is a type of restaurant that does not offer full table service, but promises a higher quality of food and atmosphere than a fast food

restaurant. In the US, it is a relatively new and growing concept positioned between fast food and casual dining. The typical cost per meal is in the US$8–$15 range.

The concept did not become a popular and common one for restaurants until the early to mid 1990s, and did not truly become mainstream until the beginning of the 2010s.

During the economic downturn beginning in 2007, fast casual dining saw an uptick in sales from the 18–34 demographic.  Customers with limited discretionary meal spending tend to use it on dining perceived as healthier.

All Aboard the Fast-Casual Bandwagon. 197778_479098088830794_1109471630_nFast casual has dominated foodservice success stories in recent years, with the category sporting an 11 percent sales hike in 2013, according to Technomic. That success has inspired several traditional quick-service brands to jump on the fast-casual bandwagon with wholly new sister brands, the latest example being Taco Bell with its new U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom brand.

With its edgy “Day of the Dead” theming and upscale fusion menu items, U.S. Taco Co. aims to stand out from both Taco Bell as well as other fast-casual operators.

“Taco Bell is Mexican-inspired food and U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom is American food with a Mexican twist,” says Jeff Jenkins, a Taco Bell senior brand manager who is part of the U.S. Taco Co. development team. “The group [of consumers] that U.S. Taco is going after wants more of a sit-down, immersive experience with food theater, the plating, and the way food is delivered to the table.”

Pioneering Robotic Prescription Pill Vending Machine Hits the Market

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By , May 14, 2014 12:31 pm

Robotic vending machines are dispensing prescriptions as easy as 1-2-3. 3f2fd45edbb8803598ca2374ac7dbf37

Instead of going to  pharmacies, patients enter a security code that details their prescriptions and insurance coverage. A quick swipe of a debit or credit card, and the machine dispenses the medication in a prepackaged, labeled container. According to the company’s website InstyMeds offers the “safety and security of an ATM with the simplicity of a soda machine.”

“When you need an anti-diarrhea medication, you don’t want to wait an hour,” said InstyMeds CEO Brad Schraut. ‘If you’re sick, you’re in pain, you want that medication now.”

InstyMeds machines can hold up to 102 drugs for acute ailments, such as injuries and infections. They don’t dispense drugs for lingering conditions  such as  high-blood pressure or diabetes.meds

“We don’t do chronic or refill drugs,” said Schraut. “We believe patients should be seeing a pharmacist for all their refills. But in an ER, for people who hurt themselves that day, InstyMeds can give them their prescription safely and quickly.”

The machines offer more than 1,000 drugs commonly prescribed for acute illnesses and injuries, such as antibiotics, antihistamines and inhalers. Controlled medications such as oxycodone, known as Schedule II drugs, can also be dispensed, depending on a state’s laws.

To use InstyMeds, patients enter a code their physician has given them on the machine’s touch-screen monitor and then swipe their debit or credit card to pay. Patients pay the same amount as they would at a pharmacy. The machine then dispenses the medication in a prepackaged, labeled container.

The machines perform a triple bar-code safety check and allocate medications in about two minutes, said Emily Theisen, marketing manager for InstyMeds. The machines accept most private insurance plans and cash payments. Acceptance of Medicare and Medicaid prescriptions varies by state.

 

Selecta Partners with Unicum for Next Generation Vending Machines

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By , May 14, 2014 9:16 am

News from Auto Vending, 1st for vending news in the UK.  Selecta and Unicum have entered into a strategic partnership to develop our latest food and  beverage vending machines.

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European leader in vending services, Selecta, has entered into a strategic partnership with St. Petersburg-based vending equipment manufacturer, Unicum, to develop Selecta’s next generation of self-serve food and beverage vending machines.Selecta-Unicum-pic-web-234x300

The partnership leverages the knowledge and expertise of both companies to jointly develop the state-of-the art snack and cold drink machine featuring multiple innovations in design, technology and convenience. The first machines from this new partnership are expected to hit the market this autumn.

The machines’ key innovations include a 15 inch touch screen with an intuitive graphical user interface, multi-vend possibilities via basket shopping, up to 50 per cent more capacity for a wider product offering, a modern design with integrated side panels for advertising, and superior ergonomic product and change delivery.

The new machines will also bring service benefits, using bi-directional telemetry to allow preventive maintenance, shortening the reaction time for technical intervention and thereby increasing the machine’s uptime.

“As part of our machine concept strategy we continuously strive to be innovative in our product and service offering according to the needs of clients and consumers. Attractive, modern and exclusively developed machines designed by Selecta are a key asset to differentiate ourselves in a competitive market environment,” said Patrick Koller, operations development director responsible for new machine concept development at Selecta. “We chose to partner with Unicum due to their excellent mechanical and software engineering skills as well as their proven experience with bi-directional telemetry.”

Come Closer To Hear Carts Blanche’s Newest Business Opportunity

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By , May 13, 2014 4:25 pm

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COME CLOSER!  The secret we are sharing is that Carts Blanche’s “VendaPromotions”, newest business opportunity, is the latest marketing strategy.

VendaPromotions is another marketing strategy for brand marketing that’s available for limitless possibilities.

VENDAPROMOTION appeals to forward thinking companies wanting that competitive edge as well as to those entering the automated/robotic marketing strategy for the first time.

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Carts Blanche is the first to market “VendaPromotions”.  The combination of mobile real estate with self-serve robotic equipment and billboard advertising is a winning combination.  Technology companies have developed touchscreen video screens, interactive media abilities.

If you are looking for new non-traditional locations to test your product, brand your product

 

EatWave Vending Machines “Grab-N-Go” and VendaCarts are the Perfect Combination

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By , May 13, 2014 2:40 pm

Specialist Vending with their new EatWave Grab-n-Go vending machines, not only offers hot/cold food items includes its own microwave for hot and delicious, and Carts Blanche with our VendaCart “Pop Up Café” is a marriage made in heaven.  VendaCarts adds wheels to grab-n-go vending machines.  Planet-vending.com is introducing the new revolutionary product that is all the rage.

Specialist Vending Ready To ‘Grab & Go’

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It looks like US ‘Grab N Go’ Vending Will Be ‘The Next Big Thing’ as Specialist Vending unveils revolutionary hot/cold food vendor.

Specialist Vending  has unveiled the UK’s first fully integrated hot/cold food and drink vendor at this year’s Hotelympia.  Promoting it as ‘ideal for forecourts, hotels or grab n go facilities’, the unique ‘Eat-Wave’ vending system allows a wide range of pre-packed foods and calorie-controlled dishes to be heated and then dispensed alongside a range of complementary snacks and drinks, to provide a complete meal solution from a single machine. The company claims it will be ‘perfect for any food-on-the-go location, as well as busy offices and staff restaurants.’

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The EatWave machine’s glass-fronted chilled cabinet allows up to 60 items to be stocked in any arrangement.  Selected items that require heating fall onto a conveyor at the base of the cabinet, on which they are fed to a unique, patented dual-door microwave that quickly heats each product to the prescribed temperature.  On completing the heating cycle, the items fall through to a conventional vending machine customer collection tray.  Chilled items such as drinks or snacks simply pass through the microwave unit without being heated.

“Having the microwave unit within the machine eliminates machine abuse which is a common problem with external units.  The development of this new, compact commercial microwave therefore minimises down-time and improves revenue generating potential as complete hot food meal deals can be presented in a single, small footprint unit,” says Bert Wallace, Business Development Director at Specialist Vending.  “The vendor can be telemetry-linked for round the clock operational and performance monitoring.”

 

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