Benders celebrates the retention of the supply of paper cups contract to AVS – the UK’s largestvending group
Benders will continue to supply the AVS group with their paper vending cup requirements, over 50million cups per annum, across the UK AVS are experiencing significant growth having expandedtheir membership to include three new operators – Hallmark, Freshfast and CambridgeshireVending. Louise Cummings, General Manager of AVS enthused:
“We very much enjoy our close relationship with Benders, who are a competitive UK manufacturerof a quality product. AVS looks to support UK manufacturing as much as possible, which can bechallenging in a world where imports are cheap and readily available. We are very pleased to becontinuing the partnership and, indeed, providing more sales opportunities to Benders as AVS goesfrom strength to strength”.
Ian Keeffe, Vending Sales Manager commented:
“Having personally managed the AVS account for some six years, I am delighted that we havesecured the supply agreement once again. Clearly the deal we proposed to AVS was an attractiveone, covering our whole range e developed to deliver progressive solutions to the vending sector”.
In addition to the current annual volumes we expect to see significant growth as a result of theplastic to paper conversion activity many members are in the process of undertaking Ian remarked:
“With the greater quality of coffee available, contemporary branding and top quality machines inthe sector, the ability to provide drinks in a quality cup has also contributed to the growth in papercups replacing plastic within the AVS group and this rate of growth is set to increase.”
As well as plastic to paper conversions, the sales uplift can be attributed to the shift of vendingoperators into new market sectors and increasing the use of table top dispensers. This format allowsoperators to offer consumers an experience comparable to that on the high street, but with theconvenience of a vending machine. Ian commented:
“Benders has a comprehensive range of sizes and also insulated cups allowing diverse drinks menusto be developed and offered, a benefit AVS were keen to take advantage of.”
All Benders cups are manufactured in the UK at their BRC Grade-A facility with full Chain of Custodyaccreditation. All of Benders’ cups are manufactured using paperboard from PEFC-accreditedforests, sustainably managed and compliant with all European Timber Regulations and can be tracedback from the company’s production facility to the certified forest where it began its journey.