Category: Healthful

Prevent Workplace ‘Hangries’ in 2019 with The Cuyahoga Group!

The new year brings the promise of new beginnings and a conscious resolve to making positive changes that focus on living happier and healthier.   

  

Since we spend nearly one third of our lifetime at work, let The Cuyahoga Group—a family and veteran-owned and operated company—show your company how to rejuvenate your team with premier snackmealbeverage and coffee options that are available in the convenience of your workplace.  

Whether your company has 50 or 5,000 employees, we have over thirty years of experience in providing quality VendingMicro-MarketOffice CoffeeMobile Dining and Catering services to workplaces throughout Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, so we understand what your team needs and wants!  

Research shows that nourished employees equal happier and more productive employees. And it just makes sense that having quick, convenient access to a variety of quality food and beverage selections is essential to keeping your employees fueled, energized and productive all day long! 

January promoOff the Eaten Path Veggie Crisps! 
Find them at a Micro-Market near you! 

Don’t get hangry, get even! How? By snacking on healthier, delicious snacks! Whether you work first, second or third shift, when the hungry grumblies come rumbling around, just take a stroll to your workplace Micro-Market where you’ll find the savory taste and nutritional ingredients with Off the Eaten Path Veggie Crisps: discounted throughout the month of January!  

These crispy gems of pure snacking delight contain only natural ingredients and are Non-GMO certified. So, explore the amazing flavor and crunch away, without a crisp of guilt!  

Through winter months and all year long, we bring the best in workplace meals, snacks, coffee, beverage and catering!
 

All year long, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services.  

 

We deliver the homemade meal, snack and beverage choices that your employees need for complete refueling throughout the workday, without the hassle or expense of leaving the premises.
 

To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.  Your employees will be glad you did!

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Let your New Year begin with The Cuyahoga Group!

Reflecting on some of my best posts from 2018. Thanks to everyone for following along!

The New Year means a new beginning, and this is the perfect time to reevaluate the snack, sandwich, mealcoffee, and beverage options in your workplace! Happy, energized employees means stronger production, sparks creativity and helps to support a happy work environment!  

 

From sweet or salty crunchy snacks and reenergizing power drinks, to healthier selections, premier coffee options and homemade soups, salads and meals, The Cuyahoga Group has all the workplace food and beverage choices that your employees need and want—just steps away from their work station!

 

The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services—we deliver the homemade meal, snack and beverage choices that your employees need to refuel and recharge through the workday, without the expense or hassle of leaving the premises.
 

 

To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363. 

Happy New Year! 

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Knowing our Customers is how We Grow

Today is National Get to Know Your Customers Day. The Cuyahoga Group is celebrating this designated day because getting to know our customers is the foundation of our company’s growth over the past 31 years.

 

In 1987 Jim Variglotti, founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group, transitioned from vending machine mechanic to vending machine owner, and quickly learned that understanding the culinary and beverage needs of his customers—and delivering on that knowledge, was key to building strong customer partnerships and growing the company.

 

Jim also understood that forging customer relationships begins and ends with the highest level of customer service, framed by elements of quality products, mutual trust, respect, honesty—and always going the extra mile to meet and exceed customer expectations.

 

From our route drivers, office associates and culinary team, to our management and executive staff, these values run through all Vending, Micro-Market, Office Coffee, Mobile Dining and Catering services at The Cuyahoga Group.


Grateful for our Customer
Starting with Jim’s first customer 31 years ago, The Cuyahoga Group has grown to include thousands of customers across three states.  We provide workplace culinary, beverage, mobile dining and catering services to companies large and small—from family-owned businesses to global corporations that span the spectrum of retail, healthcare, manufacturing, government, education, recreation, financial and nonprofit organizations.

Our customers are as diverse as the industries we serve, which is why we regularly take the time to learn about what food and beverage options our customers want. Understanding customer needs through surveys, including our ‘Cookie for Your Thoughts’ program, helps us to tailor workplace Vending, Micro-Market, Office Coffee and Mobile Dining services to suit the specific requests and tastes of each client—keeping them energized and hydrated, without the hassle or cost of leaving the workplace.

 

Variety in food & beverage products—it’s what our customers want!

 

At home and in the workplace, we’re more healthy-savvy than ever before, and The Cuyahoga Group strives to customize healthy workplace food and beverage options through our Healthy Line of products. Gluten-free, low-sodium, high protein, low-carb or organic—we’ve got it!

 

Our Vending, Office Coffee and Micro-Markets services support wellness programs in the workplace through a variety of options—from fresh and healthy wraps, yogurt, natural cheese, salads, hummus and homemade soups and meals delivered daily, to popular brand items like Cliff® and Nature Valley® granola bars, Planters® Fruit and Nut options, to healthy hydration with Life Water®, Pure Leaf®, and Gold Peak® products—The Cuyahoga Group has the variety, convenience and taste that our customers want!

 

Let us Get to Know Your Team: Contact us today!

 

To contact The Cuyahoga Group about providing the best in culinary choices for your workplace, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.

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We celebrate National Farmers Day

The Cuyahoga Group honors all family farms on October 12, which is designated as National Farmers Day.  Nothing tastes better, or is better for your health and well-being, than food that is locally sourced. Local farmer’s markets have made a comeback, and the nutritional benefits of farm-to-table methods has taken root across the American landscape.

 

From organic, fresh fruits and vegetables, to naturally produced chicken and beef, The Cuyahoga Group partners with Ohio family farmers whenever possible, to bring our customers the highest quality in snack and meal options.

 

Our North Ridgeville Culinary Center prepares fresh, homemade soups, sandwiches, subs and meals that are delivered daily to your workplace. We customize our Micro-Market, Vending and Coffee service options to suit the needs of your employees, offering healthier items and non-GMO, gluten-free, allergen-free and organic items.

 

 

 

Contact us for the best in workplace food, snack and beverage options!

 

During October, or any time of year, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in Vending, Micro-Markets, Mobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services. We deliver all the meal, snack and beverage choices that your employees need to refuel and recharge through the workday, without the expense or hassle of leaving the premises.

 

To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.

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The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Denise Ebenhoh

Denise Ebenhoh has been with The Cuyahoga Group since 2012. Throughout her tenure, Denise has learned many aspects of our company, and continues to be one of our most enthusiastic and dedicated employees. Her recent promotion to the role of Office Coffee Division Manager perfectly complements her effective interpersonal skills, analytical abilities, attention to detail, and her willingness to go the extra mile for our customers. In a short time, Denise has made strides in growing our Office Coffee Division by revitalizing customer partnerships and utilizing her creativity to help upgrade our coffee product lines, displays and branding. 

 

The Cuyahoga Group provides customized Vending, Micro-Market and Office Coffee Service options for our customers, and that includes supporting healthy initiatives in the workplace.  We’ve added Healthier Lines that include healthy food and beverage options that are convenient, high quality, and pack a healthy and nutritious punch to keep your customers energized throughout the day. We also encourage and support healthy programs within our company, and Denise was gracious enough to share her inspiring personal story of transformation with all of us.   

 

Let’s get to know Denise Ebenhoh a little better: 

 

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Denise: Office Coffee Division Manager. 

 

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
DeniseNearly seven years—I started in January of 2012. 

 

What do you like most about your job, and why?
DeniseThe best part of my job is the people—the people I work with, and the customers I work for. Even though everyone has their own personality, we are all trying to achieve the same thing, which is to ensure that our customers are happy, and to provide service that goes beyond their expectations. I think that the creative ideas and self-drive that everyone has goes a long way in reaching that goal. I like being able to use both my creative side and my love for numbers and facts to oversee a profitable and growing division. Even some of the best ideas come from our customers—the way employers are looking to offer benefits and incentives to their employees is changing, and it’s exciting for us to be part of that. I also love caffeine 

 

Tell us a fun fact (or facts) about yourself:
DeniseI love themes. Themed anything. I like to create décor and gifts that are out of the ordinary and customized. I refuse to get rid of my crafting supplies from years ago, because one day I’ll have time again, and I’m sure that my son, Brandon, will love creating with me! He and I are currently working on painting rocks with inspirational quotes to leave around town. We’ve found some in the past couple of years and we love passing them on! 

My other favorite hobby is volleyball. Before I had my son, I played five days a week, and was the ref for the other two days. I never actually played in school. I can’t wait to play more than one day a week again, and have my son cheer me on! 

 

 

What is your favorite food/favorite meal? 

DeniseChipotle. Then scallops. 

 

What is your favorite type of music? 
DeniseI listen to everything—from Johnny Cash and pop, to my 2002 high school throwback burned CDs. If we are talking my favorite dance to do with Brandon, it would be the Gummy Bear Song or the Crazy Frog Dance. We find starting the day with a dance is the best way to wake up. My favorite artist currently is Avicii (of whom I am sad I will never see live in concert), but his mixes are motivating to me.  

 

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Denise: There is a lot I want to do still in my life, and eventually, I know I will accomplish them! I want to go on a cruise or an all-inclusive vacation, either by myself or with friends. I will figure out my sewing machine bobbin one day and own the necessary hardware to make my own t-shirt designs.

 

I would also like to be able to watch a scary movie without covering my eyes. I’d like to finish a season of any TV show and learn to ski. I’d also like to be able to wrap presents that look like someone older than a ten-year old did it.

 

Most important of all, I want to raise my son to be a kind person who is never afraid to use his voice—and who is proud of who he is, now and forever.  

 

Please share a little bit about your journey in adopting a healthier lifestyle. How have these changes have impacted your life?  And, do you have any advice for others trying to adopt healthier life habits? 

 

Denise: First, I have to say – I can’t believe where I am, how far I have come, and how much further I still have!

It started with water. I drank mostly diet pop and no water, day after day. Jill (Jill van Horne, Accountant for The Cuyahoga Group) helped me quit the diet pop and got the transition going toward water with Crystal Light. From there, I eventually kicked the Crystal Light habit and was drinking only straight water. I still barley drink pop (maybe sugar-free Red Bull on a rare occasion) but have kept water an important part of my daily life.  

 

Then, I interviewed Matt Ruth (Machine Shop Mechanic at The Cuyahoga Group) and his story of healthy transformation helped me go further. I started like he did, with a walk around the block and it turned into miles. And eventually, I was running (kid in stroller!) those same blocks and miles. On the days that I did want to go out for out a run, I remembered what Matt told himself—just go do it. And I never turned back. I mostly walk now instead of running, as I had a foot injury, but it’s all about baby steps.

 

One small positive change turns into another, then another, and before you know it, you have created healthy lifestyle habits. It impacted my life in every way possible. I felt better and healthier. Which in turn, I was able to be a better mom, friend, employee, and best of all happy with myself. Some days are harder than others, but overall the most rewarding part of the entire journey is having the energy and the happiness I deserve to have in my life!

 

My advice to anyone would be the same advice that was given to me. Just start. Just do it. And keep moving forward no matter how many times you find yourself with a couple steps back—setbacks happen. Keep going forward again and you will get there!! 

 

Denise, thank you for sharing your inspirational journey with all of us—and congratulations on your personal and professional achievements!  

 

Contact us today to bring Quality Coffee Service to your Workplace! 

 

To brighten and fuel the workday of your employees with the very best in coffee services and quality coffee products, Email Denise Ebenhohor call Denise at (216) 663-1457 x109.

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Eat, drink and be healthier—at work!

The health and wellbeing of your employees is connected to the health and wellbeing of your business. It’s a simple formula, but not always easy to achieve, especially when our workday is packed with…well, work.  

We don’t have time to run out and grab a healthy meal, snack or beverage, and mobile ordering can be quite costly.  

 

We save employees time and $$without compromising taste & quality 

That’s where we come in. The Cuyahoga Group delivers fresh, healthier and tasty food and beverage options straight to your breakroom—saving you time, hassle and cost, without compromising quality, nutrition or taste.  

 

From organic granola bars, fresh fruit, natural cheese & nut packs, crisp salads, yogurt, hummus, wraps, sandwiches and subs, to homemade meals and hearty soups delivered daily, to nutrient-packed juice and water brands, our Micro-Markets and Vending empower your employees with the food and beverage choices they need to stay bright and energized all through the work day.  

 

Quick, delicious protein-packed, our Vinny V® breakfast line is for anytime!  

 

We know that a good breakfast helps fuel your employees throughout the day, and that’s why our Vinny V® line is now available in our Micro-Markets and fresh-food Vending Vinny V® meal options are homemade in our North Ridgeville Culinary Center and delivered daily to your workplace.  

 

From our sweet and savory Pancake Platter, to our tasty Canadian Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit and Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissantwe provide the protein and taste that your employees need to energize their morning (or afternoon, or night)—without leaving the workplace!  

 

We support healthy programs in your workplace, so contact us today! 

 

The Cuyahoga Group supports healthy initiatives in the workplace, and our healthy lines of meals, snacks and beverages bring an array of nutritious options for your employees. We aim to keep workers energetic and happy, and that translates to productivity and positivity for your company!  

 

For more information on our healthy line options, including numerous additional food, beverage and coffee options and services that we provide in our Micro-MarketsVending and Office Coffee, please click here.   

 

You can also visit our website to learn more.

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The Cuyahoga Group Knows: Water is Life We Bring Hydration and Health to your Workplace

August is National Water Quality Month.  We all understand that water gives life and sustains life—and pure, clean water is not only vital to our health and wellness, it is key to the survival of our planet. That’s why The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in water brands and products in our Vending and Micro-Markets.

Quick Access to Refreshing Water = Happy, Healthy Staff

Pure water is the center of workplace healthy initiatives, and we have the variety of water products that your employees want! From Deja Blue® and Aquafina®, to LifeWater® brands, to many more water brand options, The Cuyahoga Group makes it quick and convenient for employees to maintain healthy choices by keeping pure water stocked just a short walk away, in your office break room or on your warehouse or plant floor.

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

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! Read more about the story of Bevi here.

We’re Committed to Earth-Friendly & Sustainable Practices

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

Pure Water for your Employees is just a Click Away!

For more information on The Cuyahoga Group’s selection of pure water products, including our Bevi® pure water system, click here.

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Homemade Sandwiches in YOUR WORKPLACE? We got you covered—at The Cuyahoga Group Market!

August is  National Sandwich Month, and The Cuyahoga Group has the sandwiches worth celebrating—and available for your employees, year-round with a Cuyahoga Group Market—installed right at your workplace!  

We provide the convenience and options of a mini grocery store just steps away, for your associates, 24 hours a day.    

From our Jimmy V® Italian subs, Vinny V® breakfast line—to our famous Chicken Salad wedges and healthy wraps, we provide your employees with a variety of delicious sandwiches that are delivered fresh from our North Ridgeville culinary center.  

Convenience, Options, Nourishment, & Hydration = Good Vibrations! 

Aside from our awesome sandwiches, The Cuyahoga Group Market provides homemade meals including the Sherry V® dinner line, and fresh salads and delicious wraps that are delivered daily. Hydration? We got it: Refreshing beverages from Life Water® and Gold Peak® brands, to Dasani® and Pure Leaf® and custom Coffee Blends. Sweet or Salty? We got that too—from favorite, popular chips and cookie brands, to our homemade desserts like chocolate pudding and seasonal sweets like apple crisp. 

Looking for healthier options? We have that too! Our Healthy & Fresh® line delivers fresh food daily! Our healthy snacks and nutritious meals is just what the doctor ordered: From organic protein bars and creamy yogurt, to fresh fruit paired with artisan cheese, to light wraps, homemade soups, crisp salads, and trail mix, eating healthier at work has never been so easy and delectable! 

The Cuyahoga Group is Family and Veteran-owned and operated 

The Cuyahoga Group is a Veteran-owned and operated family company, based in Cleveland, Ohio. We partner with local Veterans’ organizations to support Veteran families through employment and community partnerships.   

Each Market is custom-built by a local builder in less than two days, to suit the layout, space and design of your company.  

Our Markets bring happiness and raise morale, so CONTACT US TODAY! 

For tens of thousands of employees at more than 110 companies throughout Ohio, it’s a break-time dream come true! Taste, options and convenience have changed the way we refuel while at work, making a quick recharge so easy, delicious and nutritious. 

For additional information, contact Brian today—we’d be happy to come out and discuss our Market options for your organization!  

Brian Canterbury:
EmailBCanterbury@CuyGroup.com
Phone: (440) 225-9318 

 

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Freedom Fighters celebrate life, hope & raise funds

The Cuyahoga Group is proud to share that at last Saturday’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Elyria Catholic High School, the Freedom Fighters team exceeded their goal by raising more than $5,000 to bring awareness and advance research to end the devastation of cancer.  

 

Irene Belcher and Patsy Johnson are cancer survivors and culinary associates at The Cuyahoga Group. When they pitched their idea of forming the Freedom Fighters team for the Relay for Life event, Sandi Bealer, Culinary Director and Sherrie Peters, Culinary Associate, immediately climbed onboard.

 

Saturday, July 14 turned out to be a 90-plus degree day, with a heat index that rose above 100 degrees—but there was no stopping the Freedom Fighters. Following an inspiring Survivors Brunch held inside the school, the Freedom Fighters got walking, and kept going until midnight.  

 

The Freedom Fighters are grateful to everyone who participated in the Relay, and to all who generously donated their time, funds or services. The Cuyahoga Group was happy to help support this worthy event.  

 

A special shoutout and big THANK YOU to all who made the Relay a great success:  

Patsy Johnson, Janell Johnson, Irene Belcher, Al Belcher, Sandi Bealer, Sherrie Peters, Regina Stafford, Willie Madison, Rosa Quintero, Lee Black, LaShawn Ortiz, Sarah LaPoint and Carla Variglotti.  

 

We’d also like to say ‘thank you’ to the organizations who donated items and services for the Relay, as well as for basket raffle fundraisers, held over the past several months at The Cuyahoga Group Culinary Center. 

 

For more information on the Freedom Fighters Relay Team, please click here to read our blog post. 

 

To make a donation on the Freedom Fighters webpage, click here. 

For more information on participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life where you live, click here.  

 

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

 

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

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Walk with us on Saturday July 14th – Join the Freedom Fighters team to fight cancer!

The Cuyahoga Group hopes you can join with the Freedom Fighters to bring awareness and raise funds to end the devastation of cancer. Established by Cuyahoga Group cancer survivors, the Freedom Fighters welcomes all to the team!

 

We encourage and welcome all Cuyahoga Group associates, friends, families and customers to walk with us on July 14, 2018 at Elyria Catholic High School for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 

To register, donate, or for more information on the Relay for Life Freedom Fighter’s team fundraiser, click here.

 

For more information on the Freedom Fighters, please click here to read our blog post.

 

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

 

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

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