High-Tech Vending & Coffee Service Innovations Continue To Fuel Industry's Revival

Tulane University "Gratitude Event" To Showcase What's Brewing in the Industry, Allow Consumers to Interact with Newest Machines and Technologies

Nov 12, 2012, 09:00 ET from National Automatic Merchandising Association

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