Vending Paris – The Brits Abroad

Greetings from Vending Paris where the sun is shining on the great and the good of European Vending.

But that’s where their luck ends… The trains are on strike  and from Friday, so are the planes. (So very French, non?) Just now we’re sitting on N&W’s breathtaking stand that’s crammed with people, many of whom are looking at us and wondering why we don’t move and let them sit down! Thanks to Dave Ward at N&W for allowing us AAA status on the stand, not to mention giving us the keys to the wi-fi!

We bumped into Graham Kingaby who was doing the rounds with Coffee 1652’s Pete Atmore and LTT’s MD Edward Selka. Pete is a serious coffee aficionado and his take on the relative merits of the various espressos dispensed by competing vending machines was fascinating: if only that conversation hadn’t been ‘off the record’.

Vendman is here flying the flag for the UK. We heard that Rob Little and Steve Reynolds wanted a quiet night yesterday evening, so after a meal and a wander they found a ‘little German pub’ that was showing  Champions League footy. All was going to plan and sobriety was the order of the day until on the stroke of 11 and as Rob and Steve were about to leave, their plans were thwarted by the arrival of Options MD Paul Ure and Broderick’s MD John Broderick, heading a large and rather voluble (we hear) posse of UK operators.

The ‘early night’ that the Vendman boys had promised themselves became a non-starter and the carousing began. Apparently, it was around 1.30 when Steve Reynolds, rather tired and emotional, was to be found wandering the streets of Montparnasse imploring Rob ‘don’t leave me’! As if he would, Steve!

In short, a good night was had by all and it’s only fair to report that all of the previous evening’s protagonists were bright eyed and bushy tailed as soon as the doors of the Parc at Porte de Versailles were opened. We’re glad we didn’t bump into them, we couldn’t stand the pace!

More from Paris tomorrow A bientot!

A warm welcome was assured on the N&W stand at Vending Paris


Delegates weren’t just drawn to the stand, they were drawn on it by local artist Maurice


Mr Vendman, Rob Little, in a typical pose: two phone calls going on at once!


Isabelle Pratt was on hand to ‘do it the French way’ for Vendman
Paul Theobald, MEI MD and Chair of the AVA with plenty to smile about
Edward Selka, LTT MD, begins his tour of duty at Vending Paris
Has Graham Kingaby nothing to look forward to?
Three Wise men… and Crane’s Mike Kane!


About the author

The Editor

Planet Vending’s Editor is Ian Reynolds-Young and it’s Ian’s unique writing talent that has made PV what it is today – the best read (red) vending blog in the world, and vending’s best read (reed). Ian ‘tripped and fell into vending’, in the capacity of PR executive, before launching a specialist agency, ‘reynoldscopy’, dedicated to the UK Vending business. The company continues to represent the interests of many of the sector’s leading brands.

‘It’s all about telling stories’, he says. ‘We want to make every visit to PV a rewarding experience. By celebrating the achievements of the UK’s operating companies, we’re on a mission to debunk the idea that vending is retailing’s poor relation.’

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