Maryland association backs micro market bill
Chicago – Leaders from the Maryland/DC Vending Association recently testified before the Maryland Legislature’s House Economic Matters Committee in support of a bill that would establish a uniform definition and licensing requirements for micro market operators across the state.
Delegate C.T. Wilson, the bill’s sponsor, provided a brief overview of H.B. 1087, the “Micro Market Licensure Bill,” and then introduced Steve Boucher, Maryland DC Vending Association president and regional director with Canteen/Compass Group, and Craig Kushner, president of Monumental Markets, both of whom offered individual testimony, the association said in a news release.
Boucher provided a detailed explanation about the micro market concept and the importance of having them defined and licensed at the state level, while Kushner discussed how the vending channel expanded into the development of micro markets in response to changes in technology and consumer demand for increased variety of food/beverage products.
Both spoke of how this legislation is a proactive measure to ensure that Maryland operators can continue to expand their businesses.
“Like many industries, ours is rapidly changing and we are being asked to replace vending machines with more innovative offerings via micro markets. Accordingly, our members have run into challenges because these new offerings are currently undefined by Maryland law,” Boucher said. “We testified today to ask for changes that will help our industry to continue to provide value to our customers by defining micro markets and how they are licensed.”
“I appreciated the opportunity to testify before the Economic Matters Committee on this issue because it was a chance to explain the direct benefit of the legislation from an operator’s perspective,” Kushner said. “I understand challenges that operators could face with installing new micro markets because of the lack of familiarity with the concept. Thus, for the growth of this concept to continue it is essential that the State clearly define what a micro market is.”
The Senate version of the micro market bill is scheduled for discussion during an upcoming committee on March 8, and Maryland DC Vending Association leadership will be present to provide testimony.