Designed to praise the folk, services and products that make the merchandising and water industries a luck, the 2018 Vendies happened final evening (2 October) on the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham.

The Vendies 2018 winners

This yr’s tournament started again in May with the access and nomination level, when the business used to be invited to place ahead its maximum remarkable manufacturers, merchandise, folks and products and services for attention.

An skilled judging panel, comprising main names from around the water and merchandising business then made up our minds at the finalists, earlier than asking the business to vote within the majority of classes.

And simply so as to add to the thrill, visitors had been requested to vote are living within the Best New Product class with the ‘on the night vote’ added to the present one to get the winner, later printed as Burts Jim Beam Original BBQ Crisps by means of Burts Chips.

Guests had been handled to an implausible beverages reception, 3 route meal and leisure from Canadian comedian Sean Collins earlier than the award shows started in earnest.

First up used to be the producer providers and Best Machine Innovation, subsidized by means of Lavazza, with the Novara Protein Shake Solution from Coffetek Azkoyen taking the highest spot.

Best Supplier Website went to Westomatic & WestoNET, whilst SB Software emerged victorious in no longer one, however two classes – Best Customer Service for its Client Support Team  and Best Ancillary Product or Service for Vendmanager.

Best Payment System, subsidized by means of Siemens used to be awarded to Nayax for its VPOS Touch, whilst, Barry Callebaut Beverages’ Le Royal Choco Green used to be named the most up to date product in Best Beverage emblem.

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

Next up used to be the Water classes and the Customer Service Award, subsidized by means of the EDWCA which noticed Divine Water’s Aftersales & Delivery Drivers being recognised for his or her remarkable paintings and dedication.

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 ultimate award within the water classes, the Outstanding Contribution Award went to Tracy Corroll of the EDWCA for her tireless paintings within the business.

In the operator classes Express Vending picked up 3 awards –  Best Route Operator (Hannah Brown), Best Operator Website, subsidized by means of Tower and Best Customer Service, subsidized by means of Coffetek (Amy Brown).

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

Excel Vending in the meantime, used to be a hit in two classes, Best Regional Operator, subsidized by means of Abbeychart and Best Overall Opeartor subsidized by means of SB Software.

The ultimate award of the night time, the Lifetime Achievement Award used to be introduced by means of the managing director of NIVO, Graham Kingaby to Steve Gallagher of GEM Vending to a status ovation.

A charity raffle used to be held in help of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, with Luke Enticknap of Express Vending profitable a £1200 Trailfinders voucher to e book tickets to Las Vegas or a vacation spot of his selection, subsidized by means of Siemens. Details of the quantity raised shall be introduced in a while.