Esio Beverage Co. May Offer Keurig Rival Through Walmart

Esio Beverage Co., a drinks-system maker, may begin selling a single-serve beverage machine this year at retailers, including Walmart Stores Inc., to compete with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.’s Keurig brewer, according to Bloomberg News. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: Based on the product companies that have partnered to date with Esio hot and cold beverage system, including Kraft Foods Inc. and Campbell Soup Co., the vending and refreshment services industry needs to pay close attention. These product companies would not be involved if the quality were not reliable.

Beverage dispensing technology continues to evolve. Many vending and refreshment service operators, meanwhile, are awaiting a worksite version of the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.

The Esio hot and cold system could potentially bring a new concept to market. The vending and refreshment service industry needs to have a way to respond to this offering if it proves successful. 07-25-12 By Elliot Maras