THE VENDIES UK sales director Tracy Southwell said: “We’re delighted to have

won the Best Beverage Brand at the Vendies. It’s one of our best- selling products and we appreciate the loyal following it has gained from our vending customers. “It’s great to have that industry recognition. Winning this award

gives us a real seal of approval and, what’s more, a lot of our vending customers were winners too, which made the occasion even more memorable.”

said to bring a compassionate ear, positive attitude, great humour and a general sense of camaraderie to the team.

Burts Chips came out victorious in both the Best Snack/

Confectionery Product for its Smoked Bacon Crisps; and the Best New Product for the Jim Beam Original BBQ crisps. The Smoked Crispy Bacon crisps are gluten free and contain no

hydrogenated fat, artificial MSG colours and flavours. They are also the company’s first new product to be created following Burts Chips being awarded Red Tractor accreditation – the UK’s largest food assurance scheme.

Best Customer Service, sponsored by Coffetek, went to Amy

Brown, a corporate account manager at Express. She is described as a “superb ambassador” to both the business and the industry as a whole.

Chosen on the night as Best New Product was the Jim Beam Original BBQ crisps – a collaboration with the Bourbon brand which seeks to perfect the combination of authentic flavours of Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon with sweet, smoky BBQ flavours.

In the operator category, Express Vending came out on top in

three awards. Hannah Brown took the top prize in the Best Route Operator category. Described as the “Mother Hen” of her team, Hannah is

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