» Canteen buys Summit Vending; Ryan Wear launches new firms
Ryan Wear sold most of his 25-route vending and coffee business, Summit Vending in Everett, Wash., to Canteen Vending Services, which has rented Wear’s operating facility and merged many of its existing Everett routes into that facility. Wear has retained a small number of vending routes; an equipment repair and distribution and product distribution business; and he has expanded into the vending management business.
» Shop24 has new owner, to manufacture in U.S.
Shop24 Global LLC, a new company formed in the U.S. to build, distribute and operate Shop24 automated retail machines, named Ken Horner, an attorney and CPA, president of the company, which is based in Columbus, Ohio.
» Canteen buys Wright Vending, Madison, Wis.
Canteen Vending Services Inc. acquired Wright Vending in Madison, Wis. Wright Vending was started by Randy Wright in 1991 and grew to include three branch facilities responsible for a total of $11 million in annual sales, according to a 2006 article in Automatic Merchandiser.
» Bazooka Candy buys Sharkies® Fruit Chews
Bazooka Candy Brands, the confectionery division of The Topps Co., Inc., has acquired the Sharkies® Organic Fruit Chews business from Sharkies, Inc.
» Wokal leaves Vend Northwest, launches Seattle distributorship
Curtis Wokal has left Vend Northwest Distributing in Portland, Ore. and started a vending distributor/vending cash and carry in the Seattle, Wash. market, Vend X Distributing.
» DeMet’s Candy buys TrueNorth nut snacks
DeMet’s Candy Co. has completed the acquisition of the TrueNorth® nut snack brand from Frito-Lay North America, a division of Pepsico, Inc.
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Photo corrected for Mike Craig
In the January/February issue, Automatic Merchandiser posted an incorrect photo of Mike Craig in announcing his promotion from sales rep to Southeast regional manager at G&J Marketing and Sales, the Palm Harbor, Fla.-based vend product brokerage. The correct photo is posted at right.
Camlock tabs Janae Cook for sales
Camlock Systems Inc. has expanded its technical sales team with the appointment of Janae Cook as an independent representative covering three southwestern states.
Autocrat names Ann Malinowski as chief financial officer
Autocrat, a family-operated business since 1895 that roasts coffee and manufactures coffee extracts, hired Ann G. Malinowski as chief financial officer. In this newly-created position, Malinowski will join the senior management team.
Food Service Inc., Lexington, S.C., promotes Gaye Tankersley to president
Food Service, Inc., of Lexington, S.C., has promoted Gaye Tankersley from vice president to president.
Steeves retires from Pepsi Beverage
Bernie Steeves recently retired as full line vending manager for Pepsi Beverage Co./VendingAmericas, based in Fargo, N.D.