EVA Marks 25th Anniversary At Festive General Meeting In Baveno

Posted On: 11/6/2019

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Vending and Coffee Service Association held its annual general meeting in the scenic Italian city of Baveno, on the shore of Lake Maggiore in Italy’s mountainous north. This year’s AGM was the occasion for a celebration of EVA’s 25th anniversary; the association was founded in 1994.

The event led off with a review of association activities during 2019. The issues challenging the vending and workplace services industry in Europe were explored in depth. These include the European Union’s Payment Services Directive 2, designed to increase security and encourage innovation in online and mobile payments; new Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Regulations, a framework for ranking appliances by their energy efficiency; and the Single Use Plastics Directive.

This last will have a profound effect on plastic food-contact materials and products by banning certain single-use plastics, strengthening collection goals for plastic packaging, increasing manufacturer responsibility criteria, and imposing design requirements on disposable beverage containers. Pierre Albrieux, president of the French national vending association NAVSA, updated the AGM participants on the very rigorous plastic-cup proposals being considered by France in connection with the Directive. He described how those proposals could affect the vending and workplace refreshment services business and outlined ongoing the intensive advocacy campaign that the industry is conducting in response.

EVA also announced publication of a practical white paper on office coffee service, which provides definitions, descriptions and advice on this segment. The white paper was presented to the Assembly, and EVA anticipates great demand for it.

A highlight of the annual EVA AGM was the election of the association’s executive committee for 2019-2021. Paolo Ghidotti of Evoca was elected to a second term as EVA president; de Jong Duke’s Maurits de Jong is chosen treasurer. Javier Arquerons, Alliance Vending, is re-elected first vice-president; and Christian Mengus of SuzoHapp becomes vice-president.

Following the AGM, renowned football (soccer) referee Pierluigi Collina keynoted the event. He is a six-time winner of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s Best Referee of the Year honor and is widely regarded as the all-time greatest referee. In his address, he explored the challenges of making key decisions under pressure, motivation and conflict management, enlivened by anecdotes from his career and the life of top-level football referees today.

Before the AGM gala dinner, Nayax and Ingenico presented their solutions for electronic payment in vending at two well-attended 15-minute workshops. The gala evening itself naturally took on a celebratory tone as the founding national association members of the EVA were acknowledged: the United Kingdom’s AVA, Italy's Confida, Germany’s BDV and the French NAVSA. The first two were congratulated on their own 90- and 40-year anniversaries this year. Many past EVA presidents and key figures who served and led the association through the last 25 years were in attendance, and shared interesting stories about their tenures and the group’s evolution

Industry innovation was honored with the eagerly anticipated Image of Vending awards. The winners, chosen by AGM participants by voting with a mobile app, were operating company Selecta’s Foodie Micromarket, for Customer Initiative of the Year; the Ducale City 300 TT countertop hot beverage machine from Evoca, as Machine of the Year; and Ingenico’s Self/2000 End2End payment system for Payment System of the Year.

The following day, thanks to Bavena’s strategic location in northern Italy, AGM participants had the opportunity to join organized company visits to either Evoca, Lavazza or 365 Retail Markets. According to EVA, early feedback indicates that these visits were regarded as a great educational opportunity. A relaxing cultural tour of the nearby Borromean islands was also offered, and with the sun shining, participants were able to take in the spectacular vistas of Lake Maggiore.

“We are very grateful that the 25-year celebrations were actively supported and sponsored by a wide range of EVA and National Association Members, who were able to show their latest innovations and solutions during the extended coffee break directly after the EVA AGM,” the association concluded.

EVA Plans EVEX 2020 For Kraków

BRUSSELS, Belgium --The European Vending and Coffee Service Association reports that next year’s European Vending Experience conference and public exposition, EVEX 2020, will be held from September 16 through 18 in Kraków, Poland. EVEX 2020 is being planned in collaboration with the Polish Vending Association (PSV, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Vendingu). This is the first time that EVEX will be staged in central/eastern Europe.

Situated on the Vistula river in southern Poland, Kraków is renowned as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities; its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.