NIVO announces Supplier of the Year award winners

NIVO has named the winners of the Annual NIVO Supplier of the Year for 2020. This award and recognition scheme has been in place for the past 12 years and has resulted in many companies receiving increased acknowledgement from the industry.

The survey is conducted electronically and confidentially and receives responses from all parts of the country.

“We ensure all companies are included in a wide spectrum of categories and factor in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, before reaching to final scores for each category,” said business manager Michelle Hefferon.

“In each previous year, the winners attend a celebration lunch near the NIVO offices in Leeds. This year, the actual award ceremony had to be postponed, but we wanted the recognition to be given and to celebrate the great service the winners have provided.

“The companies that have won, understand the issues of our operators and work to find solutions.  I believe that this is just one of the reasons that they have been voted for.  The past year has been challenging but the ‘NIVO Approved Supply Partners’ have provided products to overcome these challenges and continue to support the vending industry.”

Wayne Wanklyn, vending sales controller at Aimia Foods, is delighted with the award. He said: “To receive an award that is voted for by the members themselves always means a great deal, and this one is no exception. As a company, Aimia Foods strives to bring solutions and ideas to the table and to be recognised for doing just that is fantastic. We will continue to do this during these difficult times and beyond and look forward to facing a brighter future with NIVO and its membership.”

Lewis Zimbler, Nayax UK operations director said: “One of the consequences of COVID-19 has been an acceleration in the adoption of cashless payment technologies. Cashless transactions were recognised as a solution to the issues surrounding the handling of cash during the past year and we are gratified and delighted to have become the provider of choice for so many of the UK’s vending operators. Despite the lockdown and other disruptions to business during 2020, we set out to be unstinting in our commitment to our customers, by providing a level of support that would be a source of pride to all of us at Nayax. To receive such a coveted award in such difficult circumstances is humbling and I’d like to thank NIVO members for recognising our efforts to introduce our technology into their businesses with the minimum of disruption.”

The Winners are:
Manufacturer Category
Winner: Britvic Soft Drinks Limited
Highly Commended: Pepsico – aka Walkers Snacks Ltd

Business Service Category
Winner: Tower Leasing
Highly Commended: Nayax (UK) Ltd

Vending Consumables Category
Winner: Automatic Retailing
Highly Commended: H2O Direct joint with Benders Paper Cup Company

Food & Drink Category
Winner: Aimia Foods
Highly Commended: Nestlé Professional

Vending Equipment Category
Winner:Coffetek Ltd
Highly Commended: Crane Merchandising Systems

‘Special Recognition Award’ chosen by NIVO
Mike Kane of Crane Merchandising Systems