Generation Next Pacts With Stoelting To Correct Manufacturing Defects, Ramp Up Reis & Irvy’s Vending Machine Production

Posted On: 2/7/2019

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SAN DIEGO -- Generation Next Franchise Brands said Stoelting Foodservice will provide manufacturing and engineering services for its Reis & Irvy’s vending machines. Generation Next said Stoelting has helped correct defects in its initial machines shipped by its current contract manufacturer, Flex Ltd.
 
Generation Next said it paused manufacturing to allow time to retrofit and repair existing machines and reports that Flex has resumed production at its plant in Columbia, SC. The company expects Stoelting production to supplement output from Flex Ltd. between July and September 2019.
 
"We have been eager to advance the Reis & Irvy’s technology into consistent mass production," said Generation Next vice-president of operations Nik Wright. "It has been a series of starts and stops with our first release through Flex but with help from key partners like Stoelting, we are ready bring an upgraded version to market based on what we learned from the initial Flex units."
 
Kiel, WI-based Stoelting, a division of the Vollrath Co. LLC, will manufacture of its machines in the U.S. They will feature a 12-gallon hopper unit, allowing for 200-plus servings. All machines will be shipped to franchisees stamped by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the National Automated Merchandising Association (NAMA). They will come with a five-year parts warranty and two-year field warranty that includes onsite labor.
 
Stoelting will also outfit Reis & Irvy’s operators with Hydra Rinse, which uses proprietary technology to standardize the cleaning and sanitizing process. The Hydra Rinse system reportedly decreases water consumption by 50%, is environmentally friendly, and significantly reduces cleaning time.
 
Stoelting has a long history as a soft-serve equipment pioneer. In 1939, manufactured the first-ever soft-serve dispenser for the Home-Made Ice Cream Co., which eventually became Dairy Queen.
 
"This partnership enhances the already developed technology of the Reis & Irvy's Froyo Vending Robot so that full-scale production of the finished design can begin during the third quarter of 2019," said Stoelting executive vice-president Rich Koehl. "We recognize that dependable and reliable soft-serve equipment is an essential element to this project, and we are excited to now play a larger part of the entire kiosk as engineering and manufacturer partners not just a third-party supplier for soft-serve technology."
 
Generation Next said its Reis & Irvy’s machines are currently installed in more than 170 U.S. locations, with 20 venders now in Canada and Australia.