2019 was our 57th year trading and just like the all the years’ before, we had lots going on and lots to shout about! From our new showroom to a new chosen charity, lets dive in for a recap of the past 12 months.
January – Fresh milk vending machine launches with the help of Coinadrink!
You only need to spend 5 minutes on the internet to realise that there’s a vending machine for almost anything these days. But when H W Chatham & Co wanted a machine to dispense glass bottles to fill with fresh milk from their farm, it was us who gave them a helping hand.
January – The Krea Touch arrives.
The new year bought a new machine to our range; the Krea Touch courtesy of Evoca. Fresh bean coffee is expertly dispensed from a bold design, and the Krea was another option for those looking to bring the taste of the coffee shop into the workplace.
January – The Cali is another new arrival.
January was certainly a busy month for us! The Cali is a reliable and robust floor standing machine that offers up to 28 drink selections – many of which are crafted using fresh coffee beans. If you’re looking to offer refreshments to a high volume of staff and visitors, the Cali is a great choice.
February – The (customer care) results are in…
Ok, this was technically from 2018, February 2019 saw us announce our customer care results from the previous year. 99% of respondents said they would recommend us if asked by a colleague, which set the trend for some very positive results indeed. Coinadrink is a vending supplier you can rely on.
March – Our new showroom launched!
After months of planning and hard work, March saw us unveil our brand-new showroom. A vast, modern, open space captured the best of our business, with cutting edge equipment on display including fresh milk coffee machines and even our Micro Market! We also introduced a new way for visitors to view our showroom, and services, for themselves, by booking an appointment on our website to come in.
March – Express and Star Business Award finalists!
For the third time in less than a year, Coinadrink were finalists in an award entry – this time it was for the Express and Star. We entered their ‘Best use of Technology’ award, and the judges were obviously impressed by the way we had successfully implemented technology into our business.
April – The Vitro S1 joins us.
Stylish, smart and durable, the Vitro S1 altered the definition of a cost-effective coffee machine. Hidden in its compact design is great tasting instant coffee that provides everything you need and nothing more, with a practical selection process that is easy to use.
May – The trends of the vending industry explored.
This isn’t really one for us specifically, but a good one to look back to remind us how far the vending industry has travelled. May saw us take a closer look at some of the growing trends, which include fresh milk coffee, mobile and contactless payments and heathier products in the machines.
May – Hosting our own Black Country Business Festival event!
Monday 13th May saw us host our very own Black Country Business Festival event in our new showroom, as part of the annual two-week festival. Our event was based around the wellbeing of the workforce, and how vending and workplace refreshments can help!
May – Our first exhibition of the year.
We engaged a lot with the Black Country Chamber in May. No sooner had our business festival event ended, our first exhibition of the year rolled around. May 22nd saw Coinadrink at the GTG Training Academy in Wednesfield, showcasing our services and their benefits to a large audience.
June – Promoting the Micro Market.
As a follow up to healthier eating in the workplace, we took an opportunity in June to promote our Micro Market. With a wide range of products for the working day and beyond, the Micro Market encourages a healthier break time with colleagues.
July – Attending our first Midlands Business Network exhibition as an exhibitor.
The Midlands Business Network offers Midlands businesses the chance to come together and show off their services. But up until July, we had only previously attended as a visitor. This time, however, we graced Villa Park in Birmingham as both Coinadrink and Express Refreshments, and visitors were intrigued by what we had to offer.
July – A hattrick of exciting new water coolers make their debut.
We’ve always encouraged healthy hydration in the workplace. It helps improve health, mood and productivity. Borg’s line of water coolers is both stylish and advanced, and in July we took advantage to start offering the new B2, B3 and B4 plumbed in dispensers to our customers.
August – Introducing rCUP, a revolutionary takeaway coffee cup!
Our online Refreshment Shop had an exciting new product land back in August, in the form of an exciting new takeaway coffee cup. rCUP was crafted using used paper coffee cups, the first takeaway coffee cup to do so, and utilises a wide range of neat features to make it the complete coffee cup.
September – Do you have a vending machine?
September saw us inform our readers as to the benefits of having a vending machine installed in the workplace. From higher productivity, a more prestigious image to your visitors and low overheads, we went into detail as to why you need a vending machine installed.
September – Another Midlands Business Network Expo.
This time we were at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, though in every other aspect it was much the same as the one in July. Coinadrink, Express Refreshments, and lots of interested visitors!
October – Make that three Midlands Business Network exhibitions!
This was the last one for 2019, we promise. We explored the region in style, with the third and final exhibition coming from Edgbaston in Birmingham. This time there was a special surprise for visitors, as Liverpool FC legend John Barnes was there as a formal guest.
October – We attended the Black Country Business Fayre.
We gave attendees a special offer on the revolutionary rCUP, as part of an exhibition that was a little bit different to the norm. The Fayre acted a little bit like a ‘speed dating’ event, where visitors quickly headed to your stand to see what you had to offer them there and then.
October – La Radiosa makes heads turn…
We save the *best* machine arrival till last. La Radiosa is a truly luxurious coffee machine that’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before. In fact, we said at the time that calling it a coffee machine just doesn’t do this marvellous creation justice…
October – Introducing The Way as our chosen charity!
Charity work is embedded in our DNA here at Coinadrink, and we often like to mix it up to show our support for lots of excellent charities. October 2019 saw us start working with The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, a place where people aged 8 to 19 can go to have fun, learn and grow.
November – Another charitable Black Friday promotion.
The Black Friday phenomenon once again reached us in November, and like last year we decided to use it as an opportunity to support some excellent charities on behalf of Express Refreshments. This was through working with our own customers.
November – Finalists in the Black Country Chamber Awards!
We didn’t win, but what a night it was! The Wolverhampton Racecourse hosted a sensational evening for all the award finalists, including us for the ‘Family Business of the Year’ award. Fine food, fine entertainment and fine company.
December – Festive and charitable fun…
If you can’t have a bit of fun in December, when can you? This month has been the pinnacle of what has been a very active year for us, and all of our staff came together for both Christmas Jumper Day and our annual Christmas buffet. Of course, there was still a charitable background to the festivities, with all money raised going to St Giles Hospice.
See you next year!
So, there you have it. 2019 has absolutely flew by, but what a year it has been. On behalf of everyone at Coinadrink, Refreshment Shop and Express Refreshments, we hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
See you in 2020!