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Cool Drinks & Tasty Eats are steps away, in your Breakroom!

It may be the rainiest spring season we can remember, but hope is on the horizon. Summer officially arrives today, June 21, which also means it’s the summer solsticethe longest day of the year!

The first day of summer has been celebrated since the beginning of recorded history. At The Cuyahoga Group, we’re celebrating too, by promoting cool hydration with our thirst-quenching beverages, delivered as always, straight to your workplace.

Need a Cool Beverage? Just take a walk to your breakroom!  

From refreshing ice teas, to ice cold fizzy sodas, to tried, true and trending water product brands, we carry all the new and classic favorites in our Vending units and Markets that your team needs to stay hydrated, healthy and happy all summer long.  

Check out our QUENCH Your THIRST PromoJune 17 to June 28! 

Check out our “Quench Your Thirst” hydration promo at a Cuyahoga Group Market in your workplace!  Use your Market card to purchase Aquafina, Deja Blue, Life Water, or Smart Water products for a chance to win a Gift Card! Winners will be chosen at random and notified by a rep from your company. 

Hydration Programs at work? We do that! 

The Cuyahoga Group has the perfect Hydration Program to keep your team going strong and staying cool all summer. We deliver fresh fruit, popsicles, ice cream treats, and favorite brands of pure water products, energy drinks and refreshing cold teas. We even bring the ice and cups! 

For the best in Workplace Vending and Markets, contact us TODAY! 
 

Summer, fall, winter or spring, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in Vending, fresh food, Coffee and Market products and services.  From healthy snacks, beverages and classic favorites, to our signature subs, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and meal options prepared homemade in our North Ridgeville culinary center—we have the beveragesnack and meal options your employees need to bring refreshment and energy into their work day!  

And don’t forget the Catering! Whether your company is planning an Employee Appreciation Day, hosting out of town guests or holding a formal business gathering, our Catering team will create the perfect atmosphere to fit your event, at your workplace and for all three shifts—including our popular parking lot barbeque! 

To contact us, just click hereand let the summer hydrationelation and culinary sensation begin! 

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Happy Father’s Day from The Cuyahoga Group

The Cuyahoga Group salutes and honors fathers everywhere, with a special acknowledgement to the fathers who are part of our Cuyahoga Group team. We appreciate your hard work, and we know your dedication to your job begins and ends with supporting and caring for your family. 

Whether you are a single father, or you have a partner, we honor the sacrifice, unconditional love and commitment you bring into the lives of your children.   

We also honor the men who may not have the official title of ‘father’, but who nonetheless wholeheartedly stepped in to mentor, guide, support and care for a child: Stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, teachers, coaches and friends—you’ve made a child’s world a better place, which makes our world a better place.   

Father’s Day and Mother’s Day can be extremely difficult for those who are missing their loved ones today. So today we also honor the memory of fathers who are no longer with us, while embracing the memories and lessons taught, and knowing that a father’s love lives on forever, and they will never be forgotten. 

From The Cuyahoga Group family to yours, we wish every dad, papa and father a Happy Father’s Day! 

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Dear donut, we love you

Out of the way, chocolate chip cookie and your national holiday, because today is National Donut Day! Not that a popular cookie doesn’t deserve its own day, they’re amazing. It’s just that donuts have that certain extra-something, that flavor, texture and character—that is completely out of this world.  


No one in the world worships the sugary, velvety dough and variety of sweet fillings, icings and flavors of donuts like us Americans.  Which donut ranks as the number one favorite in the U.S? If you guessed the classic glazed donut, you’d be correct.  


The Cuyahoga Group is celebrating the occasion, because, well, who doesn’t love donuts, and all things baked and sugary sweet?  



Donuts & coffee, the perfect pairing for your work break!  

You’re at work, and it’s early morning, late afternoon, or two a.m. You have a steaming cup of freshly poured Cuyahoga Group Office Coffee, and all you need is one more thing to complete your break…something awesome and sweet—yes! A delectable donut or delicious pastry! We’ve got you covered! 


We bring the most coveted, tastiest and most popular brands of donuts and assorted pastries straight to your Cuyahoga Group vending units and markets. 

 
The history of the doughnut is magical yet complex  

The treasured donut has been around for eons, possibly dating back to prehistoric times.  Can you picture Neanderthals huddled near their caves, trading donut recipes? We can’t either, but it may have happened.  The true history of the humble donut is round, classic and complex, and in the end, it may be a box of donuts that inspires peace and love throughout the land.  This epic story is too fresh and delicious to summarize in one post, so if you’d like to learn more about the history of the donut, click here. 


The main takeaway?  Be good to your employees and for the love of humanity, contact the Cuyahoga Group to add year-round sweetness to your workplace—you’re employees will be glad you did!  


“Let a donut make a difference in your world” — Author Unknown  

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The Cuyahoga Group helps you stay hydrated at work!

Whether at home or at work, staying hydrated is key to overall health and wellness.  The first day of summer is just a couple of weeks away, and we know your team will need quick, easy access to pure water, refreshing cold brewed teas, and array of vitamin water products. That’s why The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in water and beverage products in our Vending and Markets.  


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


Check out our Hydration Promo for all Markets in June! 

 From June 17 – 28, purchase Deja Blue, Smart Water, Life Water or Aquafina with your Market card for a chance to win a $10 Market Gift Card.  Winners are chosen randomly and notified by the end of June by a rep from your company. Be a winner and stay hydrated!


Hydration Programs at work? We do that!

The Cuyahoga Group has the perfect Hydration Program[Symbol] link to graphic to keep your team going strong all summer. We deliver fresh fruit, popsicles, ice cream treats, and favorite brands of pure water products, energy drinks and refreshing cold teas. We even bring the ice and cups!


Pure Hydration + Great Workplace Food = Good Vibrations 

Hydration alone isn’t enough! Your team also needs the fuel of great meals and quick snacks to stay cool and productive through the warm months. Enter our Summer Menu! This menu begins July 1 and runs through the end of September. From Monday through Friday, we deliver the freshest, on-the-go meal and snack favorites for our workplace Market and Vend Unit customers.


From tried and true favorites like our Cuyahoga Group signature line options, including Vinnie V Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant, Jimmy V Pizza and Grinder Subs, and Marty V Hot Dogs, to our popular Chicken Salad Wedges and Homemade Garden Salads, to favorite brand selections like Sabra Hummus, Sargento Cheese Strings, Hershey Chocolate Pie, Chobani Yogurt and Jack & Olive homemade meals, to numerous choices in between, we have the culinary options our customers want!  




Bevi® Water: Still, sparkling, pure and earth friendly! 

Bevi® was designed to provide workplace customers with natural, hydrating water with many natural flavor options—while removing the 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 bottleContact us to bring Bevi® to your workplace!  


For the best in Vending and Markets, Contact us today! 

For 31 years, The Cuyahoga Group has delivered the best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering services.  We provide meal, snack, coffee and beverage choices that your employees need to reenergize throughout the workday, without the hassle or expense of leaving the premises. To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.  

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A Barista-Smoothie Bar Café at work? YES, we CAN!

Wouldn’t it be grand to have a Barista-Smoothie Bar Café at your workplace? We already know that the answer is YES! Imagine taking a short walk or elevator ride to get a bold, silky Cappuccino, or a protein-packed, delicious Chocolate Avocado smoothie in mere minutes, without leaving your workplace. Well, now you can! 


The Cuyahoga Group is happy to announce the recent Grand Opening of our first-ever, full-service Barista Café – Smoothie Bar, located in the heart of Cuyahoga County’s vibrant eastside.  

Hundreds of employees at this newly renovated office facility are now enjoying the zip and great taste of artisan coffees, flavorful, natural smoothies and homemade baked delicacies, infusing a sense of renewal, zest and happiness into their workday! 
 

A Variety of Flavors for a Variety of Tastes! 

Our Barista Café – Smoothie Bar selections are many, and prices are well below artisan coffee shops. We use Fair Trade, organic beans and offer all the favorites, including Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Caramel Latte, White Chocolate, Mocha Americano, Espresso, Hot Chocolate, and flavored shots of White Hot and Chocolate.  


For a refreshing Smoothie, you can choose from our classic list, or make your own!  Selections include: Frozen Vanilla Latte, Frozen Mocha, Green Pomegranate Tea, Frozen Chai, Frozen Lemonade, Frozen Strawberry, Lemonade, Classic, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Chocolate PB2 Banana, Chocolate Avocado, Triple Berry, Pineapple Mango, Raspberry White Chocolate Swirl, Peach and Oreo Smoothie. 


Or, create your own smoothie! Fruit options include: Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple, Mango, Raspberry, Blueberry, Peach, Apple, and Avocado.  You can add these wonderful options: PB2, Chai Seed, Flax Meal Protein Powder, Honey or crushed Oreos. You can even choose your base: Greek Yogurt, Ice Cream, Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, or Lemonade.  

Fast, Affordable & Delicious Food & Beverage Options!  

Our workday is sometimes beyond busy, and we don’t have the time to leave the premises to take a break. We have solutions for that, and we know tastes vary, that’s why we bring a wide array of artisan coffees, smoothies and teasgreat snacks, healthier meal options and homemade, hot meals to you! 


Employees can stop by our Barista Café – Smoothie Bar for a wide selection of fresh-brewed artisan coffees or natural, fruity smoothies, then later in the day, walk around the corner to get a delicious, hot, homemade meal at our Mobile Dining unit. For a fresh salad, healthy wrap, cool beverage or protein packed snack, our self-serve Market is also just steps away.

For a tour of our new Barista Café-Smoothie Bar, CONTACT US! 

Happy, nourished employees boost morale and productivity, so, to keep your employees energized all day, without ever having to leave the premises, contact Marlene Raulston, Director of Dining Services, at 330-322-1782.  
   

The Cuyahoga Group brings Great Taste to your Workplace! 

For 31 years, The Cuyahoga Group has delivered the best in VendingMarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering services and products. We provide endless options of meal, snack, coffee and beverage choices that your employees need to reenergize throughout the workday, without the hassle or expense of leaving the premises. To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.

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Happy International Day of Families!

May 15th is designated as International Day of Families. At The Cuyahoga Group—a family owned and operated company, we understand that family bonds bring strength, well-being and support to all facets of our lives.   

Family- and veteran-owned and operated since 1988, family values of dedication, hard work and being true to your word, exist on all levels of The Cuyahoga Group. Jim Variglotti,  U.S. Navy Veteran, is the Founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group; his son, Vince, a U.S. Navy Veteran, serves as President; and Jim’s daughter, Carla Variglotti, serves as Vice President. To learn more about our history and mission, click here.  

Our Customers and our Employees are Family too! 

We consider Cuyahoga Group customers and team members as part of the family, and that’s a two-way street—building strong partnerships that are created by trust. For more than 30 years, the commitment to The Cuyahoga Group customer family hasn’t changed: To bring the best in quality  Vending, Markets, Mobile Dining, Office Coffee,  and Catering services to our customers.  


Our handshake is our word, and trust is paramount, that’s why The Cuyahoga Group goes the extra mile to make sure your team members know they can trust us to deliver affordable, quality snack, meal and beverage options that they need to stay nourished and energized throughout their workday.


Just as our commitment to our customers hasn’t changed in more than 30 years, the same is true of our  commitment to our employees: When you take care of family, they take care of you. That’s why we support the efforts of all our Cuyahoga Group team members, from our route associates, to our office team, to our warehouse associates, to our executive  team.  We offer pay incentives, excellent health benefits, opportunities for advancement, tuition reimbursement programs and much more.  For information on joining The Cuyahoga Group team, click here.  


To contact us to learn more about the workplace culinary offerings at The Cuyahoga Group, click here.  

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Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Yolanda Parker

Yolanda Parker, Staff Accountant at The Cuyahoga Grouphas been selected as our June Employee Spotlight. For the past 12 years, Yolanda has been an integral part of our team.  Her experience at The Cuyahoga Group spans Accounting, Human Resources and Payroll, and her wide array of operational knowledge brings efficiency and strength to our day-to-day operations. Moreover, her excellence in attention to detail, follow-up, unwavering work ethic and ability to create strong bonds with colleagues, continues to be an invaluable benefit to all of us at The Cuyahoga Group. We are grateful that Yolanda is part of our teamThank you  

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group? 

Yolanda: I have been working at The Cuyahoga Group for twelve years.  I currently work in the Accounting Department as a Staff Accountant, and I previously worked as Payroll Specialist, and Human Resources Specialist.   

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

Yolanda: With my years of experience, being open to learn different roles has allowed me the opportunity to assist people in different capacities within the company.  In my early years, a franchise owner once told me, “Learning all aspects of a company shows you how to be a greater asset to that company.”   

Working with the day-to-day team provides me knowledge, vision, and offers me creative ways in making myself effective.  Self-improvement is one aspect I like about working at The Cuyahoga Group—the company provides opportunities to gain greater knowledge to accomplish goals that anyone wants to reach.   

Tell us a fun fact, or facts, about yourself

YolandaI love shoes. I dream about having a shoe closet like Goldie Hawn had in the movie Overboard

What is your favorite food or favorite meal?  

Yolanda: I don’t have a favorite food, but I really don’t like soup.  

What is your favorite type of music; or favorite band or singer?  
 
Yolanda: My favorite type of music is gospel music, because it brings me serenity and peace. 

Please share with us a goal you’d like to accomplish someday: 
 
Yolanda: I’m currently accomplishing my goals by earning my master’s degree and getting my son ready for the next stage of his life. 

Yolanda, thank you, for participating in The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight and Congratulations! 

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Land of the free: Thank a Veteran

Veterans Day is designated as November 11th, and this year the designated federal holiday is observed on Monday, November 12th.  The Cuyahoga Group is a veteran-owned and operated family company, and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to all United States veterans, active military members, and their families.

To the following U.S. veterans who are part of The Cuyahoga Group team, we thank you for service and sacrifice:

 

Jim Variglotti, founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group,
U.S. Navy veteran who served honorably during the Vietnam War.

 

Vince Variglotti, President of The Cuyahoga Group,
served honorably for seven years as lieutenant in the U.S Navy during Enduring Freedom.

 

Gerald Ritch, Specialist Fifth Class,
served honorably for two years in U.S. Army, from July 1966 to June 1968.

 

Colton (Colt) Costello, served honorably for six years as Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

 

Tracey Boyer served honorably for eight years as Private First Class in the U.S. Army Reserve.

 

  
Jim Variglotti                                                           Vince Variglotti

 

On Veterans Day and every day, let us renew our commitment to showing our support and appreciation to our veterans and their families—they are all American heroes.

 

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”—Arthur Ashe

 

Tennis legend Arthur Ashe served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 1993, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is named for the ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

 

No person, and no veteran, should be homeless in our nation

Homelessness in our nation is a tragic reality, and many of those living on the streets are United States veterans. One of the reasons for the high number of homeless veterans is  linked to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)—directly connected to their service to our nation.  For information on how to help, and to review top-rated charities whose mission is to offer treatment, housing and supportive services to homeless veterans, click here.

 

To learn more about top-rated nonprofit organizations for veterans and their families, click here.

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The Cuyahoga Group is Thankful for YOU!

November marks the start of the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away. So in the spirit of thankfulness, The Cuyahoga Group would like to express our gratitude to each of our team members, and to the partnerships we’ve grown with all of our customers.

Thankful Thursdays have arrived at The Cuyahoga Group to show our appreciation for all that our employees do. To say thank you, prizes will be raffled every Thursday, and Friday in the month of November.

November discounts at our Micro-Markets and Vending!

To show our appreciation to our customers, we are offering a new healthy, hearty, on-the-go soup: Campbells Well Yes!  Grab one at a discount starting November 12th at most of our Micro-Markets.

 

And the discounts don’t stop there! From November 5  through November 16, visit a Micro-Market and purchase Skittles for only 75 cents—or visit one of our Vending machines to purchase Skittles for a chance to win a gift card!

 

Late autumn also brings the flavors and spices we love, and our premier brand of Pumpkin Spice Coffee infuses a bold and beautiful spark to any workday—and just one of the many delightful flavor options that our Office Coffee Service delivers, right to your break room!

 

Honor and Express Gratitude to Veterans—by casting your VOTE!

 

Veterans Day is designated this year on Sunday, November 11 and is observed on Monday, November 12. The Cuyahoga Group, founded, owned and operated by veterans, expresses our deepest gratitude for the service and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans, active military members, and their families. One of the greatest ways to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active military members is to exercise our right to vote! On November 6, make your voice heard!

 

For quality food, snack and beverage options in your workplace—call us!

 

During November, the holidays, 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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Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season—the time to get away for the weekend, or relax in the backyard with family and friends, fire up the grill, and enjoy the day with a favorite beverage in hand. It’s a day off of work for many, and it’s also the time when we’re swarmed by Memorial Day sales and promotions, scattered across the virtual and media landscape.

Amid all of this, the true meaning of Memorial Day often fades into the background or gets lost altogether.

As a veteran-owned and operated company, The Cuyahoga Group offers a reminder that Memorial Day is a federal day of observance. Together, we stand in honor and remembrance of the men and women of the U.S. military who died while in service to our country.

The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day. The origin of the red poppy as a modern-day symbol of this day was the idea of Moina Belle Michael who worked with veterans returning home for war. Inspired by the poem, In Flanders Fields, she initiated the idea of selling silk poppies to financially assist disabled veterans.

So, on this Monday, May 28, 2018, let us all take a moment to honor and remember our women and men in uniform who paid the ultimate price in defending our freedoms.

And, instead of hurriedly walking by the veteran who is selling poppies to raise funds for veterans services, or for the local VFW hall, let’s take a moment to stop and say ‘thank you’ for their service and sacrifice.

Today and every day, we salute all of our United States veterans.

 

 

 

Memory from Sherry: “For many years Uncle Joe, Uncle Nick and my Dad marched in the parade. I also marched with the Girl Scouts! I was so proud to do that. Always after the parade to the cemetery we would go to the VFW broadway and Forbes road. Shots and beers were the drinks of the day!”

Picture: Memorial Day parade Bedford Ohio circa 1960. The gentleman holding the American flag is Joseph Wasko (Army Air Force in the South Pacific during World War II), Sherry Variglottis’ Father.

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