ARAMARK BUYS VENDING, IN-PLANT FEEDING, CONCESSIONS BUSINESS UNITS FROM MINNESOTA VIKINGS FOOD SERVICE
PHILADELPHIA - Aramark Corp. has purchased assets and liabilities related to Minnesota Viking Food Service's business. These include the vending, "Foodservice CafĂ©" manual feeding, and Minneapolis Metrodome suite catering. All businesses are in the Minneapolis-St. Cloud, MN, area. The vending business will be managed through Aramark's Refreshment Services division. It consists of 40 routes serving some 350 clients. The manual feeding operation will be managed through Aramark's Business Services division. "Foodservice CafĂ©s" are installed in nearly 30 accounts. The Metrodome catering business will be managed through Aramark's Sports & Entertainment division, and is provided under a subcontractor arrangement with the primary concessionaire, Volume Services.
NCVA, VAMA RESCHEDULE EVENTS AFTER HURRICANE ISABEL FORCES CANCELLATION OF COMBINED ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE
DURHAM, NC , The North Carolina Vending Association and Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association have announced new dates for the board meetings originally scheduled for the 13th annual NCVA-VAMA Fall Conference. Slated for Wilmington, NC, September 18 through 21, the conference was canceled because of hurricane Isabel, which came ashore in North Carolina that weekend. VAMA will hold its board of directors and general membership meeting at the Wyndham Hotel at Richmond Airport on Tuesday, October 28. Members will elect new directors for 2004. NCVA has scheduled its board of directors and general membership meeting for Friday, November 7, at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Greensboro, NC. The facility also will host NCVA's Driver Certification Program, November 7-8. Information on North Carolina Vending Association and Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association events may be had from association headquarters by calling (919) 383-0044, fax (919) 383-0035.
NYC COMPTROLLER QUESTIONS CITY'S NEW BEVERAGE VENDING CONTRACT
NEW YORK CITY , Comptroller William C. Thompson is examining the vending deal that gives Snapple exclusive rights to sell beverages in city schools and other municipal properties, local news sources are reporting. Snapple Beverage Group, a division of Cadbury Schweppes, last month signed an unprecedented agreement under which "Snapple" products are now the exclusive beverage sold in vending machines in the City of New York, with the initial focus on the city's school system. The exclusive five-year vending and marketing pact, announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, guarantees the city $106 million in cash and $60 million in marketing and promotional value. Snapple will be responsible for all the installation, operation, maintenance and fulfillment of all vending machines. Thompson's inquiry is seeking a description of the process in which Snapple won the contract, which is being questioned by beverage industry experts and local vending operators.
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