Ferrero Foodservice is raising the standard of hot chocolate served out-of-home with their state-of-the-art Thorntons vending machine. and the company will be showcasing the premium, luxury powder in a new vending format at Vendex North on 10 November.
In recent years, independent research has found that hot chocolate sales have experienced the greatest growth across the hot beverage category, with sales reaching 210 million drinks* – which means that out of home, chocolate is more popular than tea*. However, with just 1 in 10 consumers saying they have enjoyed hot chocolate from a vending machine, Ferrero Foodservice is here to help operators enhance their consumers’ hot drinks experience with Thorntons’ 110 years of chocolate-making expertise.
Visitors to stand 92 will be able to sample Thorntons’ Luxury Hot Chocolate for themselves, as well as see the top of the range, branded Table-Top Hot Chocolate Machine in action, which dispenses high quality hot cocoa with the signature taste of Thorntons, all at the touch of a button.
‘We’re so excited to show the vending sector what our Thorntons offering can do for their business and support them in providing their consumers with a quality taste experience on-the go’, said Zareen Deboo, Foodservice Channel Operators Manager, Ferrero UK & Ireland. ‘We know that taste and quality are the most important factors when customers order hot chocolate out of home and with the help of both our machine and our Luxury Hot Chocolate Powder, we’re proud to offer this reassurance to operators! Plus, we found that nine out of ten people would be swayed to order hot chocolate if they saw that Thorntons was on offer!
The stylish and premium Thorntons table-top machine combines a century of chocolate making expertise with state-of-the-art technology and benefits from HD touch screens that are ready to provide nutrient and allergen information upon request. The new vending format is perfect for a variety of locations such as cafes, garden centres, hotel lobbies, offices, pubs and restaurants, as well as for operators who are passionate about providing a premium hot chocolate experience.
Vending doesn’t stop there for Ferrero Foodservice – along with the smart new machine, vending products also include Ferrero Snacking. This category is comprised of the Kinder Bueno Classic 43g bar which is the UK’s No.1 singles countline**, the Kinder Bueno White bar and Kinder Chocolate Medium Snack bar T2 42g.
Ferrero Foodservice is looking forward to welcoming Vendex visitors to stand 92 and providing exclusive samples of the signature taste of Thorntons Luxury Hot Chocolate Powder, which is also available in 21g single serve sachets, as well as 1.6Kg catering pouches for high-volume users.
Along with their high-quality vending solutions, Ferrero Foodservice will be showcasing their brand-new Nutella® Muffin. The artisan-style muffin is made with fine ingredients including sourdough and yoghurt for a fluffy texture. Perfect to enjoy on-the-go or as a snack, the muffin reveals a delicious hidden Nutella® centre.
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