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Pure, earth-friendly water options at work—let’s to drink to that!

World Water Day is on March 22, reminding all of us that water is one of our most precious, natural resources. Clean water is not only vital to the health and wellness of all of us, protecting our natural resources is vital to the health and longevity of our planet.


Since we spend one third of our lives at work, it’s important for everyone to have quick access to natural, pure water. How do we do that and protect the environment at the same time?  Enter Bevi!

Still or sparkling, flavored or not—it’s your earth-friendly choice!

Best Office Water Cooler 2018

The smart water cooler—bringing flavors, fizz, and eco-friendly fun to your workplace.

Posted by Bevi on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bevi was designed to provide workplace customers with natural, hydrating water with many natural flavor options—while removing the massive waste and ecological destruction of throw-away plastic water bottles.


With Bevi, our customers at The Cuyahoga Group have quick access to still or sparkling water, with numerous naturally sweetened and unsweetened flavor choices, ranging from unsweetened raspberry and unsweetened coconut, to orange mango, blueberry cucumber and blackberry lime.


Refreshing, pure, delicious and easy to pour—just bring your own reusable water bottle!


The Cuyahoga Group supports health, wellness and ‘green’ practices at work

The Cuyahoga Group recycles, reuses and prioritizes green initiatives at our offices, warehouses and culinary centers—and we also strive to support the health, wellness and ‘green’ programs at your company. By providing your employees with customized, natural, refreshing water, while supporting environmentally friendly practices in your workplace—it’s a waterfall of wins for all of us!


If you’re interested in setting up Bevi at your workplace, please contact us at


For more information on The Cuyahoga Group’s selection of quality, fresh food, snack and beverage options for vending and micro-markets, visit our website here.


Read more about the story of Bevi here.

Celebrating the Luck of the Irish and…only six months away from National Coffee Day!

St. Patrick’s Day needs no introduction, but a connection to National Coffee Day? Well, yes! St. Patrick’s Day is approximately six months away from National Coffee Day, and the connection goes even further: Luck of the Irish – Irish Whiskey –  Irish Coffee – St. Patrick was Italian – Italian Coffee – Cuyahoga Group Office Coffee – and there you have it! Makes sense, right?

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate the vibrant culture and rich history of Ireland. From the beauty of Ireland’s rocky coasts, to the greener than green rolling hillsides, to the amazing contribution in literature, music and art, to the waves of Irish immigrants who have enriched the fabric of America—there’s so much to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, and on March 17th, we’re all Irish!

As the Irish offer an array of classic beverages on St. Patrick’s Day and beyond, we do too at The Cuyahoga Group!  Prefer a little Irish Crème in your coffee? We have it! A shot of whiskey in your afternoon tea? Well, we don’t supply the whiskey, but we got you covered on the tea!

At The Cuyahoga Group, we know that quick access to fresh, quality coffee is important!  That’s why our Office Coffee Service (OCS) is about choices and options: We offer a wide selection of delicious and fresh beverage and coffee options, including fresh-brewed, bean-to-cup service, certified organic and Fair-Trade brands, and our signature blend, Frisco Bay.®

Our OCS goes beyond coffee options. We also offer Pantry Services (so you never run out of stirrers, cream or sugar!); Beverage Services that include a wide array of delicious, top brand, healthy and organic options; Water Cooler options; and, we are soon rolling out our new Cold Brew line.  Whatever your associates are thirsty for, The Cuyahoga Group’s OCS will provide it!

So, whether Irish coffee or green beer, lift your glass on St. Patrick’s Day and drink to health, happiness, good cheer—and knowing that in a little more than six months, we will be celebrating National Coffee Day!

The Cuyahoga Group Celebrates the Grand Opening of our 100th Market

The Cuyahoga Group is happy to announce the grand opening of our 100th Market on March 16, 2018!

Our Markets provide our clients with quick and delicious meal, snack and beverage options, including fresh, seasonal and healthy items—without having to leave the workplace!

From our Jimmy V line that includes fresh-made Italian subs, to our new Sherry V line that includes homemade Paprikash and Pierogi meals, to homemade salads, wraps, soups and sandwiches—and numerous options in between—our goal of providing our clients with delicious food choices helps to reenergize and refuel our workplace clients throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

Thank You to all of our Market clients!

And a big Thank You and Congratulations to our Cuyahoga Group associates, for your constant focus on quality and customer service that makes our Markets a reality!

To learn more about the flexibility, culinary quality and convenience that our Market can provide for the associates in your workplace, please click here.

Click here to meet the local Cleveland builder who builds The Cuyahoga Group Markets!

MUNCH MADNESS! Crunchy, Munchy, Tasty Fun! Weekdays, March 13 – March 23

What better way to celebrate National Chip Day on March 14th than with two weeks of  MUNCH MADNESS?!

Since the dawn of the Dorito, Americans have been crazy for the crisp—and The Cuyahoga Group has the CRUNCH YOU CRAVE! 

Munch and Crunch Your Way to Flavor, Fun and a Chance to Win during your Work Day! Let MUNCH MADNESS help you connect to your INNER CRUNCH simply by stopping by any one of The Cuyahoga Group’s workplace Markets to crunch, save—and maybe win!


On MUNCH MADNESS Days, weekdays, March 12 – March 23:

  • One of our select, incredible crunchables will be on sale!
  • Doritos— Look for select Doritos with specially marked stickers for PRIZES!
  • Life Water—Select Life Water products with specially marked stickers for PRIZES!

Whatever your savory style—cheesy crisp, salty zip, crunchy hot, or munchy cool, The Cuyahoga Group is dedicated to delivering bags of fresh, crispy love to your workplace for a zippy, delicious work day break!

The secret to happiness? CRUNCH Loud and MUNCH often! You’ll be glad you did.
Click here for information on our market promotions and chances to win!


Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight – Vince Variglotti

What is your role with Cuyahoga Group?

Vince: President.

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?

Vince:  I’ve been back with the company for over ten years; however, I began working at The Cuyahoga Group beginning in 1990, when I worked during summer breaks—in the warehouse and running routes. After college, I took a seven-year hiatus from the company to serve in the military. (Vince is a U.S. Navy Veteran)

What do you like most about your job, and why?

Vince:  I like how the job is different every day, meaning I’m always in different spots and dealing with different issues.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

Vince:  I’m an early riser and I like to hit the gym a couple days a week before work, it makes me feel better and I get the workout of the way.
What is your favorite food/favorite meal?

Vince: My mom’s spaghetti!

What is your favorite type of music?

Vince: I really like Miles Davis and my favorite album of his is “The Birth of Cool.” Lately I’ve been listening to Nathaniel Rateliff, which is a mix of soul and blues.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday.

Vince: One of my personal goals is to travel to Europe, I’ve never been there. I would like to see Italy, England, Ireland, and travel around the continent.

Freedom Fighters of The Cuyahoga Group— Raising Funds and Hope in the Battle against Cancer

Cancer has afflicted all of us—every family, in every town, across the country. The Cuyahoga Group family is no exception.  Cuyahoga Group’s North Ridgeville Culinary Center associates, Irene Belcher and Patsy Johnson, are both cancer survivors.


Irene and Patsy both fought long, difficult battles with cancer—and today they are cancer free. Their courage and strength didn’t end there, they both wanted to find a way to share hope and make a real difference, so last fall they turned their own experiences into action and formed the Freedom Fighters.


The Freedom Fighters is a volunteer group of Cuyahoga Group associates seeking to battle the scourge of cancer through fundraising efforts and public awareness.


Culinary Director, Sandi Bealer, and Culinary Associate, Sherry Patsy, didn’t hesitate to join Freedom Fighters, as they’ve also experienced the loss and devastation of loved ones diagnosed with cancer.


“Cancer touched my life—not in the same way as Irene and Patsy, but I witnessed the devastation. When they asked me join, I didn’t hesitate, because cancer touches so many people, whether it be family, friends or yourself. We need to support these efforts so someday we can find a cure,” Sandi said.


Since November, Freedom Fighters have conducted several community fundraisers, and this summer they have teamed with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life initiative. Sherry was so “humbled and inspired” by her involvement in last year’s Relay that she plans on participating again this year.

Irene and Patsy are survivors. Their stories, and the efforts of the Freedom Fighters not only raises funds for research, but also raises hope for individuals and their families currently battling cancer, because they are living proof that the battle against cancer can be won.

“Being a cancer survivor, I know there is hope—and a cure, for everyone” –Survivor, Patsy Johnson.

“Our goal is to help raise money to find a cure against this monster known as cancer”—Survivor, Irene Belcher.


Join the Cuyahoga Group’s Freedom Fighters Relay for Life Team this Summer!


The Cuyahoga Group supports all fundraising and awareness efforts of the Freedom Fighters—and together, we welcome all Cuyahoga Group associates, friends and families to join our team on July 14, 2018 at Elyria Catholic High School for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.


Click here to register, donate and for more information.

Together, we can make a difference!

Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight – Dave and Cindy Karley

At The Cuyahoga Group, we value each and every team member, and with our growing ‘family’ of associates, we are implementing a monthly “Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight” as a fun, interesting way to get to know each other!  There’s no better place to shine a “spotlight” than on our greatest treasures—our employees!

What is your role with Cuyahoga Group?
Dave: Warehouse Supervisor, Maple Hts. (*Dave is also the co-founder of Cuyahoga Group and lifelong friend of founder, Jim Variglotti)
Cindy: Vault Worker

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
30 years
21 years


What do you like most about your job, and why?
 My job has changed many times and I have gotten to do and learn different things. I enjoy that.
Cindy: Doing my job to the best of my ability each day is very rewarding, because I care about the company and the people I work with. 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself
Dave: I have enjoyed cooking my whole life, it is my favorite activity. 
I love to listen to and mimic different dialects.

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Dave: I have tried and love many different foods. If I had to pick one, I would have to go back to my roots: My mom’s stuffed cabbage. 
I love grilled salmon, raw spinach, dark kettle chips, and dark chocolate. 

What is your favorite type of music?
Dave: 60s and ‘70s rock. Beatles, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, and David Bowie. 
Cindy: Rock and Blues. Bob Dylan, and Nina Simone.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday.
Dave: Stay healthy and enjoy retirement.
Cindy: Enjoy retirement with my husband, and volunteer to help animals in need.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, we asked Dave and Cindy, who’ve been married for sixteen years, one extra question:
What are the keys to a long and happy relationship?
Dave: The keys are trust and honesty, and I’m too old and tired to go out and date.
Cindy: Trust, honesty, patience, respect, and a sense of humor. 

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Cuyahoga Group!

The month of February has true heart (and true grit, if you happen to live north of the Mason-Dixon line). Regardless of the weather, Cupid will draw back his bow on February 14th, firing sparks in red, pink and chocolate into the middle of an otherwise dreary month. From candy hearts, greeting cards and flowers, to dinners out or dinners in, marriage proposals and weddings—Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world.

Cuyahoga Group supports Heart-Healthy Vending & Market Choices

The Cuyahoga Group is celebrating Valentine’s Day in conjunction with national Heart Healthy Month.  Supporting wellness initiatives in the workplace is important to us, and that’s why over the last few years we’ve introduced numerous nutritious and delicious snack, beverage and meal options across our vending and  micro-market lines that promote convenient, healthier choices and happier hearts. Check out some of our healthier snack and meal options:

  • Cliff® bars
  • Nature Valley® granola bars
  • Planters® Fruit and Nut options
  • Rhythm® Beet Chips
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Lean Cuisine® selections
  • Natural Cheese selections
  • Gluten-free, low sodium & organic selections
  • Life Water®, Pure Leaf®, Gold Peak® and other healthy beverage options
  • Low-carb, high-taste Sandwich Wraps
  • Natural hummus selections
  • Fresh, vibrant salads
  • Delicious, homemade soups

While modifying our diet is key to healthier living, integrating physical activity and decreasing stress in our daily lives is just as important. Major lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming—but you’ll be heartened to know that even small life changes, such as integrating a daily walk, can make a world of difference when it comes to overall well-being, including heart health.

Make heart healthy changes easy and fun!

  • Move: Take a walk, run, hike, dance, yoga, cycle, skate—whatever physical activity you enjoy, make the time to do it on a regular basis. Even a 20-minute walk, a few times per week, will reap significant health benefits.
  • Eat: Plenty of whole foods, including fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds;
  • Relax: Don’t worry, be happy. Take up a hobby, learn something new, adopt a furry friend, or volunteer your time and talents. Giving to others is known to lower blood pressure and increase the happy meter.
  • Love, laugh, hug, sing, dance and be grateful: often.
  • When life is not a bowl of candy hearts: Reach out to a trusted friend or loved one; Seeking support or help is a sign of strength.

For more information about tips for heart healthy living, visit the National Institute of Health website.

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts – and a Song

Did you know that Valentine’s Day traditions reach back to ancient times?  Visit for 25 interesting facts and little-known trivia about Valentine’s Day.

Have a healthy and Happy Valentine’s Day and always remember –
All you need is love, love…love is all you need The Beatles.


Homemade Pierogi and Paprikash—available soon at your workplace!

Kielbasa, kraut, pierogi, and chicken paprikash – if you’re from northeast Ohio, you’re quite familiar with these wonderful culinary gifts that Eastern Europeans brought to America.  Just as our nation embraces a diversity of traditional dishes from around the world, so do we at The Cuyahoga Group— whatever you’re hungry for, we got you covered!

Italian or Eastern European?  The Fresh Food Choice is YOURS!


Not long ago, we rolled out delicious fresh menu choices with our Jimmy V fresh food line, available in our vending and micro-markets. This line of homemade subs, wraps, soups and salads are authentically Italian, and celebrate the Italian heritage of Cuyahoga Group’s founder and president, Jim Variglotti.


Today, The Cuyahoga Group is happy to announce our new Sherry V fresh food line, inspired by the Eastern European heritage of Sherry Wasko Variglotti, wife of Jim Variglotti.

The Old-World recipes that Sherry prepares for her family spiral back through the kitchens of her ancestors, who journeyed to America and brought joy to her family and friends. Sherry is excited to share these meals with you.


Homemade and right down the hall = more time to relax and enjoy lunch!
Most of us have limited time to enjoy a meal during the workday, so with The Cuyahoga Group’s fresh food delivery, there’s no need to waste time in search of a good meal!  The Sherry V line of inspired recipes of homemade, fresh food meals will now be available at your workplace in our fresh food vending and micro-markets.


Nourishing options such as the Sherry V Schnitzel Sandwich, Sherry V Kielbasa, Sherry V Kraut & Potatoes, Sherry V Pierogi Casserole, and Sherry V Chicken Paprikash, will be as easy to get as taking a walk to the breakroom—which means, more time to relax and enjoy your midday break!


From our kitchen to your breakroom—fresh and delicious every day!


At The Cuyahoga Group, our dedicated culinary staff is busy in the early morning hours, preparing homemade meals at our culinary center that are delivered fresh to your workplace, daily.


The menu options that we offer through our vending and mini-micro markets is evolving to accommodate the diverse tastes and needs of our customers—you!


And while our fresh food options grow and change—our commitment to providing our customers with the freshest ingredients, and most delicious, homemade food and beverage choices, will never change!


Monthly Promotions – Lift the spirits of your staff with Fun and Prizes!

The Cuyahoga Group offers Monthly Promotions that will make your employees happy with a little fun and some cool prizes! Click here for more information!

We want to hear from you!  We value your partnership, and your feedback! As always, feel free to share your comments with us by simply clicking here. 

In Honor and Remembrance: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 15, 2018, The Cuyahoga Group honors and remembers the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King’s courageous activism, unwavering vision and ultimate personal sacrifice, shifted the course of American history by shedding light on a nation marred by racism, ignorance and inequality.

The words of Dr. King’s iconic I Have A Dream speech, ring as powerful, relevant and true today as the day he delivered them on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

–From Dr. Martin Luther King’s historical speech, “I Have a Dream,” delivered August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Read Dr. King’s speech in its entirety, here.