June/July 2021

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Todd Plassman (right) and his sons Jordan and Jacob (left) carry on the legacy of Todd’s father, Donald, who worked for Maumee Valley Vending as its general manager during operation's early days.

Fresh Take: Ohio's Maumee Valley Group celebrates 75 years with food refresh and micro market momentum

July 13, 2021
Maumee Valley Group not only persevered through the challenges posed by COVID-19 and its ensuing lockdowns, but found new opportunities that emerged in its wake, giving the three...
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Automatic Merchandiser's State of the Industry report shows vending down 45% in 2020

July 8, 2021
What a difference a (pandemic) year makes. COVID-19 puts big dent in 2020’s sales through vending machines as micro markets help prevent total free-fall
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Genesis Décor has been seeing a dramatic upswing in requests for designs, quotes and orders to pre-pandemic levels and a preference for its modular, prebuilt units, requiring no assembly and minimal time onsite. Above is an Elite installation operated by Seventh Wave Refreshments, which serves the greater Atlanta area.

Reopened for business: pandemic-inspired micro market designs reimagine the possibilities

June 30, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound effect on vending and micro market operations nationwide. Because of their ease of use and ability to deliver packaged fresh foods in a safe...