A triumph for the industry

Designed to reward the people, products and services that make the vending and water industries a success, the 2018 Vendies took place last night (2 October) at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham.

This year’s event began back in May with the entry and nomination stage, when the industry was invited to put forward its most outstanding brands, products, people and services for consideration.

An expert judging panel, comprising leading names from across the water and vending industry then decided on the finalists, before asking the industry to vote in the majority of categories.

And just to add to the excitement, guests were asked to vote live in the Best New Product category with the ‘on the night vote’ added to the existing one to get the winner, later revealed as Burts Jim Beam Original BBQ Crisps by Burts Chips.

Guests were treated to a fantastic drinks reception, three course meal and entertainment from Canadian comic Sean Collins before the award presentations began in earnest.

First up was the manufacturer suppliers and Best Machine Innovation, sponsored by Lavazza, with the Novara Protein Shake Solution from Coffetek Azkoyen taking the top spot.

Best Supplier Website went to Westomatic & WestoNET, while SB Software emerged victorious in not one, but two categories – Best Customer Service for its Client Support Team  and Best Ancillary Product or Service for Vendmanager.

Best Payment System, sponsored by Siemens was awarded to Nayax for its VPOS Touch, while, Barry Callebaut Beverages’ Le Royal Choco Green was named the hottest product in Best Beverage brand.

Having already picked up the award for Best New Product, the team from Burts Chips returned to the stage to collect the award for Best Snack/Confectionery Product, this time for its Crispy Smoked Bacon Crisps.

Next up was the Water categories and the Customer Service Award, sponsored by the EDWCA which saw Divine Water’s Aftersales & Delivery Drivers being recognised for their outstanding work and commitment.

The Supplier Recognition Award went to Abbeychart for its  Installation and Kitting Service and the Innovation Recognition Award to 4 Aces for ‘Reducing Environmental Impact’ (water sector).

The final award in the water categories, the Outstanding Contribution Award went to Tracy Corroll of the EDWCA for her tireless work in the industry.

In the operator categories Express Vending picked up three awards –  Best Route Operator (Hannah Brown), Best Operator Website, sponsored by Tower and Best Customer Service, sponsored by Coffetek (Amy Brown).

Ann-Marie Fox from Apple Vending was named Best Area Manager, while her colleague, Simon Trott scooped the award for ‘Best Service Engineer’.

Excel Vending meanwhile, was successful in two categories, Best Regional Operator, sponsored by Abbeychart and Best Overall Opeartor sponsored by SB Software.

The final award of the evening, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by the managing director of NIVO, Graham Kingaby to Steve Gallagher of GEM Vending to a standing ovation.

A charity raffle in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice raised £1, 160. Luke Enticknap of Express Vending won the prize, a Trailfinders voucher to book tickets to Las Vegas or a destination of his choice, courtesy of Siemens.

The full list of winners can be found here.

Going to The Vendies? Why not enjoy the whole day at the Forest of Arden by attending the EDWCA Business Day and Trade Show too?

With exciting speakers, innovative exhibitors and great networking opportunities, it is an excellent precursor to The Vendies. With lunch and refreshments offered thoughout the day – and all for £25.00 for non-members of the EDWCA – it really is a must.


8.30 pm Registration opens

9.00 am Annual General Meeting (Oak Room)

10.00 am Chairman’s Welcome

10.10 am Steve Gibson – ‘GDPR … A practical approach’

10.40 am – Matthew Lee – ‘Industry Overview’

11.10 am Refreshment Break

11.25 am Charlotte Wilson, Pistachio – ‘Social Media and your business.’

11.55am Natalie Fee – ‘City to Sea. Plastics, what can we do?’

12.25pm Chairman’s ‘thank you’

12.45 pm Complimentary unch

13.00 pm Trade Show Opens

14.00 pm Speakers Forum begins

16.00 pm Speakers Forum ends

16.30 pm Trade Show closes

Register NOW to secure your place.

Limited space at The Vendies – Book Now

The prestigious awards ceremony for the vending and water industries will take place at on 2 October at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham, following the EDWCA’s Business Day and Trade Show.

This all began back in May with the entry and nomination stage; where you, the industry, were invited to put forward your most outstanding brands, products, services and people for this coveted industry award.

This led to an unprecedented number of entries and nominations from all over UK being placed in the hands of an independent panel of expert judges to assess each of them according to strict criteria and decide on this year’s finalists, before asking the industry to vote.

And vote you did, with with over 600 voting forms returned by the the 13 September deadline.

Join us at the Awards Ceremony on 2 October to be the first to find out who’s won!

With an exciting Las Vegas theme, tickets include:

Drinks reception

  • Three course meal with wine
  • Award presentations
  • After dinner Casino, Vegas filled fun and networking!
  • The Awards Ceremony is already over 70% booked, so if you have yet to reserve your place, do it now! 

For details on timings and dress code, click HERE.

Finalists announced as voting for this year’s Vendies gets underway

Following a steep increase in entries, the judges have selected their finalists and voting is now open!

The judge’s scores will account for 75% of the outcome, with the industry vote making up the final 25%. More on how it works here.

Do you know an operator that does a fantastic job? A supplier whose products are just so popular that you have to constantly re-stock? Or a company that gives outstanding customer service? Now is the time to shout about it by registering your vote.

Commenting on the importance of the event, which will take place at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club on 2 October with an exciting Las Vegas theme, Vending International’s Heather Ramsden says: “The Vendies is a highlight in the vending calendar, where the industry gets together to recognise hard work and innovation.

“For manufacturer/ suppliers or operators, this is the chance to get some well-earned recognition for your achievements throughout the year while enjoying a fun-filled evening among your peers.

“After judging some exceptional entries across the board, I’m looking forward to being at The Vendies for the first time and meeting some of the industry’s key players.”

Judge Brian Tustain agrees: “Throughout my business life, I have always believed that innovation and excellence of individuals and companies should be recognised and acknowledged in some way. The Vendies provide a competitive and public forum for this, recognising and honouring those who succeed. Without such a platform, the vending industry would be a much duller and less ambitious place.  Sadly, I never managed to win a Vendie award – if I had, it would have been a cherished and permanent reminder of achievement”

Tickets for the Vendies, which include an exclusive drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment and after dinner networking can be booked here.

Going to The Vendies? Why not enjoy the whole day at the Forest of Arden by attending the EDWCA Business Day and Trade Show?

With exciting speakers, innovative exhibitors and great networking opportunities, it is an excellent precursor to the Gala Awards. With lunch and refreshments offered though the day and all for £25.00 for non-members of the EDWCA, it really is a must.

The trade show is now SOLD OUT  of exhibitor places, with a great mix of companies from the water and vending industry looking forward to discuss new opportunities with delegates.

Register NOW to secure your place.



Raising the profile of the industry: The Vendies features on BBC1’s The One Show

The Vendies was featured on one of the nation’s favourite TV shows last night, BBC1’s The One Show, taking the vending industry into the homes and hearts of around 5 million viewers.

Production company Topical TV, which makes a number of films for The One Show, contacted Vendies organiser Datateam Business Media earlier this year to confirm it wanted to go ahead with a film about the industry. And so, the journey began.

Ahead of the awards ceremony, the production team paid a visit to Karen Bruce at Uvenco, to find out how to vend the perfect cup of coffee and Damien Lee, a noodle lover on a mission to help time-poor people eat better food. Both featured in the film last night, showing people that there is much more to vending than meets the eye.

In fact, presenter Arthur Smith banished any myths about vending in the opening few seconds of the film, describing it as a “glittering world of sophisticated commerce, with awards for everything from Best New Product to Service Engineer of the Year.” Gold coins, live fishing bait, champagne, luxury cars in Singapore, Arthur simply couldn’t believe what he was seeing as he delved deeper and deeper into the industry.

Pitching up at The Vendies, Arthur made a beeline for key members of the industry to find out more. Mark Lamble, national sales manager for Burts Chips explained the importance of this often, unseen industry pointing out that “people need food, drink 24 hours a day’’. David Albers, chairman of the EDWCA went on to explain that vending machines have been around much longer than we think, dating back to the first century when they accepted tokens and dispensed holy water. Next up was Vending International’s Jenny Thompson, telling Arthur that you can even get married in a vending machine – he was quick to tell viewers who might be tempted that “it’s not legally binding, of course!”

Datateam Business Media which organises The Vendies and publishes leading industry title Vending International is delighted. Publishing and event director Hannah Dedman comments: “As a media company, we are committed to providing a platform for the industry to flourish which is why we were so keen to work on this project. We are delighted that it has been shown for the innovative industry that it is on prime-time TV. Thank you to Topical TV and The One Show!”

If you missed The Vendies on The One Show last night, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer here 27 minutes into the programme!