The National Automatic Merchandising Association – NAMA Annual Show "Convenience Service Reimagined" took place in Chicago's McCormick Place from April 6-8. The NAMA show delivered an opportunity to showcase innovation in unattended retail and self-service products. It also provided many educational opportunities in vending, micro markets, pantry, office coffee services, food service, and a great place to network.
Our BBI team sent a delegation of around 26 seasoned professionals to cover the show who met with current and potential new clients.
Our National Accounts Project Manager for Vending, Mike Kelley, was a guest speaker in the – Spilling the Tea About the Role of Functional Beverages in OCS and Pantry session. He presented alongside Ed Holloran, President of Coffee Distributing Corporation, and Kristin Overstreet, the National Account Manager for Away-From-Home Twinings North America, and discussed functional beverages vs. more traditional/mainstream beverages. The cost for customer purchase than traditional beverage options, and distribution, current challenges for functional beverages.
Overall the show this year was well attended and a success for our BBI Vending team.