ARN at Vendex

ARN at Vendex on trends in soft drinks consumption – and much more!

ARN at Vendex : Soft drink sales constitute an important element of revenue in the vending and food service arenas, so to get a handle on current trends – and how they have been affected by the pandemic – who better to consult at Vendex Midlands than Allan Walker, Operation’s Director at ARN, the UK’s leading supplier to vending operators.

Sales of bottled water remained constant throughout the pandemic, but Allan points out a new phenomenon that is having a significant impact on the marketplace: vitamin water. Two brands are making conspicuous headway: VITHIT and Get More Vits. ‘VITHIT is a unique blend of water, juice, tea, and vitamins, all combined to provide the ultimate health drink’ Allan says. ‘There are fewer than 35 calories per bottle, making it the perfect alternative to sugar and calorie filled drinks. Get More is a healthy, great tasting, functional soft drink so consumers not only get their daily dose of vitamins but they’re also delicious and contain absolutely no sugar. When they first came out, vitamin drinks were a niche product that just a handful of customers got behind, but these days they are gaining traction at pace.’

Some things haven’t changed during the past couple of years. The traditional red can of coke is still a huge seller, as is Red Bull. You’ll find few soft drinks offers that don’t embrace these two. But, having said that… ‘You can’t help but notice that there’s a steadily increasing demand for healthy, great tasting, functional soft drinks’, Alan said.

ARN at Vendex is not only about drinks, though: The company will be showing top sellers and new products in snacks, food and ingredients, including KITKAT Pops. These ‘delicious balls of chocolate and wafer yumminess’ are great for sharing with family and friends but put them in a vending machine and they make the ultimate workday ‘secret’ pleasure! Perfect for those that like their indulgences to last longer than a four-finger bar does!

So, make a beeline to ARN at Vendex. Stands 99 and 100 are where the usual suspects will be ready to greet you!

Find out more about ARN on Planet Vending


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