NEWS | Industry Updates Barry Callebaut Beverages appoints

foodservice national account manager Retail, FMCG and foodservice specialist Stuart Warburton is joining Barry Callebaut Beverages as national account manager, leading the UK foodservice channel for the hot drinks manufacturer. Sales director for Barry Callebaut

Beverages UK, Tracy Southwell said: “Stuart’s appointment complements our UK strategic plan ensuring we strive to achieve the very best customer focus by investing in high calibre sales capability. Stuart has demonstrated a real enthusiasm for our category and is quickly establishing himself as our hot chocolate aficionado.” Stuart said: “I’m excited to join a group that has such a strong heritage; with values that mirror my own and a clear, customer focused growth plan, based around sustainability, consumer trends and innovation.

AVA Live event celebrates vending industry

The Automatic Vending Association (AVA) is set to mark its 90th anniversary this year and is planning an event, AVA Live, to celebrate and demonstrate the full range of AVA activity. AVA Live will be held over two days and will include a high-level leadership symposium alongside a 90th birthday party. Traditionally, the AVA has held a bi-

annual, large scale exhibition also known as AVEX. This was last held at the NEC in 2017 but the group now believes it is time for a change. Rather than competing against other exhibitions, the AVA has decided to do something a little different to help companies and businesses within the vending industry. Held at the Hilton Metropole in central London, AVA Live will be held on June 13 and 14.

The anniversary party will be held on the first day with plenty of free drinks, games and the chance to win one of 90 prizes. Tickets are £120 for AVA members or £150 for non-members. The second day will be dedicated to the leadership symposium to include workshops, seminars and showcases which aim to keep businesses and the sales teams ahead of the curve. This symposium will welcome high-profile speakers who will explore the trends in the vending industry and will also include hard-hitting, practical workshops and masterclasses and factual presentations. The event promises excellent networking to help guests build their business with colleagues old and new. There will be AVA led talks, training and also an AVA timeline to toast vending history since 1929. Tickets for this day are free to all AVA members or £120 for non-members. Email Kennedy at for more information.

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