Vistar New England, Performance Food Group, vending, vending machine, vending machine business, vending machine supplies, Mark Allen, self-checkout micro markets, Ultimo! personal pizza, vending machine pizza, office coffee service, OCS products, Kathy McEnerny, Lisa Chavez
MASHANTUCKET, CT -- Vistar New England hosted 130 vending operators at its 2011 open house on Sept. 16 at Foxwoods Resort Casino here. The annual trade show, which showcases the latest products for vending machines and office coffee service, drew a strong turnout from the New England states and upstate New York.
An array of snacks, convenience foods and beverages distributed by Vistar were available for sampling, many of which made their industry debut at the show. More than 80 product and equipment manufacturers, brokers and distributors spotlighted their offerings.
During the Foxwoods open house, Vistar took the wraps off its exclusive individually sealed 5" Ultimo! personal pizza, which is ideal for vending. The supplier also showcased its growing retail and hospitality lines, which are in growing demand among vending operators branching into self-checkout micro markets.
"I would like to thank all of our supplier, broker partners, and customers for taking time out of their busy schedules to take part in this event," said Mark Allen, president of Vistar New England. "I believe this year's show was a great success, and I appreciate the extra effort put in by members of the Vistar team in planning the event."
PIZZA TO GO: Kathy McEnerny (left) and Lisa Chavez team up to debut Vistar’s new exclusive Ultimo Pizza during the distributor’s recent New England open house. The vendible 5” personal pizzas are packaged with a crisper disk for an authentic just-baked texture right out of the microwave. Available in 5.75-oz. cheese and 6-oz. pepperoni and combination varieties, the pizzas are packed in 24-count cases. They carry a 21-day refrigerated and 120-day frozen shelf life.