DENVER -- Cotton Candy Vending is readying a new model for shipment beginning in November. It's the fourth generation of the company's novel cotton candy machine.
A notable addition to the new version is an optional bill recycler, allowing patrons to pay with higher-denomination bills and receive change in smaller ones. It is a modular accessory for the MEI 2700 bill validator, which also can accommodate a card reader bezel to allow cashless payment.
"We have received many requests to add a recycler option to our unit," said sales vice-president Marty Man Smith. "Our testing of MEI technology has shown a significant increase in collections with these options added."
The latest model, like its predecessors, is built in the United States by Grand Products of Des Plaines, IL. Smith reported that about 1,000 machines have been constructed to date, and the very first one, placed on location seven years ago, is still earning, having recovered its cost many times over.
Grand Products has more than 30 years' experience in fabricating quality equipment, he said, and its excellent track record coupled with Cotton Candy Vending's engineering enables the company to offer a three-year warranty.
The company observed that cotton candy is a popular confection because it is made from pure, natural sugar spun into a floss that constitutes a satisfying snack, yet contains only 70 calories per 25g. serving.
The machine is designed for simple operation and maintenance, and consistent product. It holds enough ingredients for 400 vends. Options include wireless (GPRS) remote monitoring that allows machine function to be checked online or reported by SMS text messages. Full technical backup includes dedicated telephone support plus a secure online customer center.
Information on Cotton Candy Vending and its equipment can be obtained by calling the company's Denver corporate offices at (303) 339-0884.
Based in Denver, Cotton Candy Vending is affiliated with Intermatic Manufacturing Ltd. Intermatic was founded in 2004 in Northern Ireland by David Hawthorne, who teamed up with Marcus Sheehan to begin producing and operating cotton candy vending machines. In the UK and some other English-speaking countries, cotton candy is known as "candyfloss." Both men were vending operators before they began making the vender.