Vistar Mid-Atlantic Keeps Operators On Trend At Atlantic City Open House

Posted On: 10/23/2018

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Vistar mid-Atlantic drew industry professionals from 203 operating companies to its annual buying show at the Golden Nugget Casino here on Oct. 4.
 
The tradeshow featured 119 exhibitors, including 25 new suppliers, who showcased the latest food and beverage products distributed by Vistar's Swedesboro, NJ-based mid-Atlantic branch. New equipment and technology for vending, office coffee service and micromarket operations were also in the spotlight.
 
Vending operators and product brokers came from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington and northern Virginia to attend. Representatives of equipment manufacturers were also on hand to update operators on their latest offerings.
 
Vistar Northeast region sales manager Mike Mullin said the distributor booked more than 145,0000 cases of product during the open house, with operators saving more than $170,000 from show specials.
 
“Look for communication about next year’s show which promises to be bigger and better,” Mullin said.
 
The New York State Vending Association and Tri-State Vending Association (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) held their membership meetings prior to the show’s opening to bring members up to date on the latest legislative issues the industry is facing at the local level and plan their advocacy efforts and business and social gatherings for the year ahead.

 
Fran Byrnes (l.) and Lance Faller of American Vending Services (Pottstown, PA) gets the scoop on Wonderful Pistachios' new .75-oz. shelled pistachios and 1-oz. in-shell pistachios that are making a splash in vending and micromarkets from the company's Allyson Reddy.
 
Vistar Northeast president Kelly Saad (center) and Vistar Ohio president Perry Kimmel and Quality Brokerage's Jeff Hahn discuss popularity of larger, sharable Mars favorites Snickers Peanut Butter (with four squares per package) and Starburst Minis in micromarkets.
 
Mark Askins introduces PepsiCo's "Simply" natural and organic line to the vending channel. It includes 1.375-oz. Lay's Simply thick-cut sea salted potato chips and 1.25-oz. Doritos Simply Organic white cheddar tortilla chips and Simply Cheetos white cheddar puffs.
 
Wandering Bear Coffee's Samantha Blasone introduces single-serve, ready-to-drink cold brew coffee in new vanilla flavor in 11-oz. tetra pack. It joins straight black, mocha with coconut milk and vanilla with a splash of coconut milk flavor varieties. Also on display is Wandering Bear's plug-and-play countertop dispenser that serves chilled cold brew coffee from a 128-fl.oz. bag-in-box container.
 
Quality Brokerage's Lou Pace Jr. and Gabrielle Bassetti invite Vistar showgoers to sample Wisconsin's Best cheese and meat snacks, popular in vending, micromarkets and pantry service. Varieties include 2-oz. medium cheddar, Colby jack, pepper jack and string cheese; and 1.75-oz. combo cheese and meat stick packs in cheddar, Colby and string cheese varieties.
 
Kraft's Adam Seltar (third from left) hosts RTD cold brew coffee sample session for Cheryl Torode, Dan Daly and Ralph Maldonado of Little Macs (Point Pleasant, NJ). New Max (Maxwell House) is available in 11-fl.oz. Antioxidant with vitamin E and Boost with double caffeine. Also new is Gevalia Kaffe RTD cold brew coffee in 11-fl.oz. black, mocha and latte varieties.