Vending Focus / Wednesday / December 6, 2023 / 9:45 AM

Hot, Fresh Foods through Self-Service = Hotter Revenues

Consumers are looking for more hot foods, but affordable, high-quality options are limited, especially in vending and micro-markets. Micro-markets and vending locations have an advantage over food delivery for the convenience and cost, but many operators lack the technology, product SKUs and data to offer hot meals.Panelists will share lessons learned around technology adoption, product selection and marketing to drive top-line and bottom-line results.


Mike Alkurdi | Resident District Manager | Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services
Mike Alkurdi is an experienced leader/operator in hospitality and food services, leveraging over a decade of experience in strategic management. With a track record spanning esteemed venues like Chartwells Higher Education at Nova Southeastern University and renowned establishments in Miami, Mike has honed an expertise in elevating F&B operations, directing teams of 200+ employees, and driving revenues exceeding millions. His dynamic career encompasses roles as Resident District Manager and General Manager, showcasing exceptional leadership and operational prowess. Mike is committed to fostering growth and is adept at navigating challenges, consistently steering operations to success through astute decision-making and a relentless passion for innovation and excellence.
Jason Fitch | Director of Auxiliary Service | Nova Southeastern University
Jason Fitch is a passionate and driven individual who thrives on challenges and embraces new experiences. A degree in Marketing and Business Administration, Jason began his career in contract food service management. Jason has reinvented many campuses across the nation from the central to southeast regions, excelling in creating innovative programs along the way. With over two decades of experience, Jason made a career pivot in 2022. As Director of Auxiliary Services for Nova Southeastern University, in the Division of Business Services, Jason now provides contract management for dining services, vending services, pouring rights, travel services, mail services, and bookstore.
Yang Yu | Founder & CEO | KitchenMate
Yang Yu has been creating products since he was 15 years old with a passion for problems that affect the quality of life for everyday people. Before founding KitchenMate, he was the CPO at Opencare, where he designed products to connect patients with the best healthcare professionals. He is a University of Toronto alum where he studied computer science.

Elliot Maras | Editor | Kiosk Marketplace & Vending Times
Elliot Maras brings a background covering the retail, foodservice and payments industries, having served as the editor of Automatic Merchandiser Magazine for 20 years and as the founding editor of He is a graduate of the National Automatic Merchandising Association/Michigan State University Executive Development Program, a former board member of the International Foodservice Editors Council, and a winner of the Journalism Award of the Office Refreshment Development Foundation.
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