Andrew Barrow
Andrew Barrow

Andrew Barrow : ‘Opera Touch and Soprano Demonstrate that Evoca’s R&D Team is at the Top of its Game.’

Andrew Barrow the Evoca UK Sales Director, discusses how Opera Touch and Soprano demonstrate that Evoca’s R&D team is at the top of its game, in the first of a series of articles for Planet Vending.

Hello there

I had to pinch myself today when I realised it’s two years since I joined Evoca UK as HoReCa Sales Manager. The time has flown by; probably because we’ve been so busy bringing to market a new generation of coffee machines, across all of our famous brands – not least Gaggia Professional, Saeco and Necta.

It’s no wonder, then, that during my time at Evoca I’ve been able to focus on what I know best. If I was ever on Mastermind, my specialist subject would be ‘coffee machines’. I’ve literally been in and around coffee machines all my working life, so I reckon I could give Clive Myrie a run for his money.

But here, in the first of my articles for Planet Vending, (thanks for the opportunity, by the way), I’m not going to concentrate on coffee machines. Instead, I’d like to draw your attention to two new vending machines from Necta that – to mix my metaphors – are turning heads and pulling up trees.

Opera Touch has always been a winner. So, we’ve built on its success by introducing a new version specifically designed to offer fresh-brew tea, alongside instant coffee and soup. It’d be foolish to ignore the enduring demand for these products, particularly in the workplace. Opera Touch offers an extraordinarily simple management system. It’s quick and easy to programme operations and personalise the functions of the machine. It’s just as simple to customise the user interface by managing content. For instance, you can add videos to accompany different phases of stand-by and dispensing.

Andrew Barrow
Opera Touch has always been a winner…

Lots of invitations to tender require the installation of a machine that offers a wide variety of drinks and delivers them quickly, and this latest version of Opera Touch completes a range that really does tick that box.

And what about the new Soprano? A giant of a snacks machine, Soprano is the missing ingredient that Necta’s Impulse range has been waiting for. ‘The final piece of the jigsaw’, you might say.

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Soprano: you can optimise the configuration to suit specific sites.

It’s frameless, uncluttered design will attract the curiosity of passing consumers, who will subsequently be tempted by an unparalleled variety of products offered on six trays, each featuring up to 10 selections. Thanks to Soprano’s extremely flexible layout, you can optimise the configuration to suit specific sites. Add to that its leading energy efficiency performance and – at the risk of being accused of ‘leading the witness’ – you may well conclude that Soprano represents the ideal solution for semi-public locations.

Whilst it’s true that at Evoca UK our HoReCa sales now exceed sales of ‘traditional’ vending equipment, it’s also true that our commitment to vending has not diminished. Our R&D people are working flat-out to create new machines that combine robust functionality and eye-catching design, and in Opera Touch and Soprano they’ve demonstrated that they’re at the top of their game.

That’s it for my first article, thanks for reading.
See you down the road!

Andrew Barrow
Andrew Barrow is Evoca UK Sales Director

More Evoca News HERE on Planet Vending




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