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Four Vending Trade Events for your diary in 2012/13

By Joe Cox


I thought it time to do a little run through of any dates of interest in the vending / watercooler calendar in the coming months, starting off with the prestigious Foodbev awards. 


Foodbev.com Awards 2012

FoodBev.com Awards has always emphasised creativity and is a celebration of all that is innovative and instantly appealing to the ordinary consumer in the food and drink industry. Products must have been launched after January 2012 to be submissible. Entry is £80 and you can download an application form here.

The deadline for entrants is 23rd November 2012 which is today so don’t delay if you still want to enter. 

Categories include


  • Best redesigned food brand
  • Best redesigned drinks brand
  • Best new food brand
  • Best new drinks brand
  • Best creative agency
  • Best brand marketing campaign



European Vending Association Annual General Assembly 2012

On December 13th the EVA will hold its Annual General Assembly in Brussels. The EVA is a not for profit organisation that is composed of all segments of the vending industry from machine manufacture to suppliers and operators. Established in 1994, it works closely with European institutions and other organisations to promote the interests of the industry. 

Since 2003 the EVA has been collecting consumer information and has now stated that it has ‘sufficient market and consumer information to define a strategic plan for vending in the coming years.’ The focus is definitely on long term strategy and the question of how the industry moves from ‘Vending 2012 to Vending 2020.’

The day will feature a number of workshops and talks from leading figures from inside and outside the industry including the Assistant Director of Strategy at Price Waterhouse Coopers, David Kirby, and the Chairman of the Automatic Vending Association, Brian Tustain. 

To download the day’s agenda, visit the website.


European Vending Association Biennal Flagship Conference EurOps

Another big European event, again hosted by the EVA, is the Europs Conference which has been running since 2003 and is a major event in which operators meet to network with other operators from across Europe and discuss some of the challenges facing the industry. External experts will also be present to share their experiences and take on the industry.

The EVA Flagship Conference will be held in Berlin from 26-27th March 2013. 


AVEX International Vending and Water Exhibition 2013

From 11-13th June 2013 the NEC in Birmingham will be hosting the AVA’s AVEX Vending and Water Exhibition, which will see key players from across the vending and water industries meet at the industry’s largest exhibition in the UK. 

The event takes place every two years and will see over 150 exhibitions and for two days will be a hive of activity, discussion and ideas as movers and shakers from all manner of businesses rub shoulders in the NEC’s massive interior spaces.

There is simply too much going on at the Exhibition to go into here so visit the website for more information and details on how to register.





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