CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The vending and refreshment services industry continues to experience a dramatic revival, thanks to innovative technology making the industry a more exciting and engaging experience. To show consumers the latest and most advanced vending machines and coffee brewers, NAMA, the association representing the $42 billion vending and refreshment services industry, is hosting a "Gratitude Event" on Tuesday, November 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the campus of Tulane University. Hundreds of free snacks, hot and cold beverages will be given away.
Gratitude Events are designed to say "thank you" to vending customers, especially Generation Y users (ages 18-29), who were shown in NAMA research to prefer vending over convenience stores and grocery/drug stores for snacks and cold beverages. The Gratitude Event is part of a NAMA initiative to capture consumer attention and educate the public about the vending and the refreshment services industry and all that it delivers today.
The latest technology in single-cup specialty coffee brewers from Starbucks®, Keurig® and others, will be on display for consumers to interact with and use. In addition, vending machines from Coca-Cola®, Red Bull® and others will provide students and other consumers with a variety of interactive experiences.
Cutting-edge technology on display will provide consumers with a variety of interactive experiences that are new to vending and coffee service, such as the ability to:
- Spin a product 360 degrees on a 46-inch touch screen with a tap of a finger;
- In just minutes, enjoy a steaming cup of fresh coffee, espresso, or hot caramel latte; and
- Swipe a mobile device to quickly and easily pay for multiple purchases at one time.
Fourteen state-of-the-art vending machines and single-cup coffee brewers are being provided by Mondelēz International® Coinco®, Royal Vendors® and InOne Technology®, Coca-Cola®, Canteen® Vending, Crane® Merchandising Systems®, U-Select-It®, Starbucks®, Tassimo®, MARS Drinks®, Keurig®, Cafection Enterprises®, Newco Enterprises®, and Vendors Exchange®. Other industry leaders supporting the Gratitude Event include Refreshment Solutions®, VendScreen® and ARAMARK®.
About The National Automatic Merchandising Association
NAMA, founded in 1936, is the national association representing the $42 billion vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries. For more information about NAMA, please visit www.vending.org.
SOURCE National Automatic Merchandising Association