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A Quick Guide to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Surprisingly PPE is the least effective control in the measures that one can take to control risks presented by COVID-19.

If you are looking at a risk assessment the hierarchy is as follows: –

1.      Elimination (Remove the risk/hazard)

2.      Substitution (Replace the risk/hazard)

3.      Engineering Controls (isolate people from the risk/hazard)

4.      Administrative Controls (change working practices)

5.      PPE

PPE is only as effective as the person who wears it correctly. The most effective ways to prevent infection are: –

1.      Stay at home if you feel unwell.

2.      Sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm.

3.      Wash your hands for 20 seconds and if unable to have access, use an alcohol-based sanitiser.

4.      Clean and disinfect touch surfaces (light switches, door handles, workstations, photocopiers etc.

5.      Ensure all common areas are regularly cleaned.

6.      Observe social distancing.


Types of PPE

Surgical Masks – Worn over the nose and mouth. Needs to be close fitting. These include Fluid Resistant masks (FRSM) – type IIR – Surgical Mask which provides bacterial filtration efficiency, breathing resistance and splash resistance. Designed to protect the wearer where there is a risk of splashing or spraying of blood, bodily fluids, secretions or excretions.

FFP3 mask – Mask with a filter (class 3). It protects against 99% of airborne particles. Needs to be face fitted.

FFP2 mask – Mask with a filter (class 2). It protects against 94% of airborne particles. Needs to be face fitted.

Gloves – Subject to single use – protect against blood or body fluids – Hands must be washed after using.

Disposable Aprons and Gowns – protects clothes from contamination – single use.

Eye protection – Safety glasses – wear with face mask for splash protection.

Face shield – Covers the face front and sides.

Face covering – can be anything that covers you nose and mouth – can help protect each other.

5 Steps to working safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19)


5 steps to working safely 


Practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps (updated 24 June 20)


Make sure you read all the guides relevant to your workplace. Each guide has specific actions for businesses to take based on these steps. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.


  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

Before restarting work you should ensure the safety of the workplace by:

  • carrying out a risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance
  • consulting with your workers or trade unions
  • sharing the results of the risk assessment with your workforce and on your website


  1. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures

You should increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning by:

  • encouraging people to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene
  • providing hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washrooms
  • frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • enhancing cleaning for busy areas
  • setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets
  • providing hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryers


  1. Help people to work from home

You should take all reasonable steps to help people work from home by:

  • discussing home working arrangements
  • ensuring they have the right equipment, for example remote access to work systems
  • including them in all necessary communications
  • looking after their physical and mental wellbeing


  1. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible

Where possible, you should maintain 2m between people by:

  • putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance
  • avoiding sharing workstations
  • using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 1m+ distance
  • arranging one-way traffic through the workplace if possible
  • switching to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible


  1. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

Where it’s not possible for people to be 2m apart, you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk by:

  • considering whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate
  • keeping the activity time involved as short as possible
  • using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
  • using back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible
  • staggering arrival and departure times
  • reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’




Birchall UN Climate Neutral

PPE and Back to Work Directory

For more contact information please see the supplier pages at

Please quote NIVO when you place your order or enquiry.


Item Company Contact Tel No
Cashless Smart Machines


John Forde

Paul Morgan

07552 217311

07570 255623

Cup & Lid Dispensers Nebrak Paul Howard 01803 813900
Disinfectants, Cleaning products etc. Bunzl

Alliance National

Amy Ware

Jonathan Scott

07767 290751

07384 216419

Disposable cups & other items Berry


Dispo International

Nupik Flo

Nigel Cannon

Ian Keeffe

Shaun Richards

Cliff Mason

07791 616235

01978 855661

01924 893600

07940 271143

Disposable Gloves Bunzl

Sanitisplus Ltd

Alliance National

Amy Ware


Jonathan Scott

07767 290751

0800 0029887

07384 216419

Disposable Masks Sanitisplus Ltd


Alliance National


Amy Ware

Jonathan Scott

0800 0029887

07767 290751

07384 216419

Handwashing Dispensers Bunzl

Alliance National

Amy Ware

Jonathan Scott

07767 290751

07384 216419

Micro Markets 3 Square Markets Tony Danna 0115 6972008
PPE Dispense Vending Machines Crane MS


Scobie McIntosh

Paul Shattock

Rebecca Bailey

Mark Stevens


01902 355000

0845 5040466

Protective Screens Nebrak

Scobie McIntosh

Paul Howard

Mark Stevens

01803 813900

0845 5040466

Sanitiser Gel/Fluid Aquacure

Sanitisplus Ltd


Stuart Godfrey


Amy Ware

01704 516916

0800 0029887

07767 290751

Sanitising Stations Bunzl


Amy Ware

Paul Howard

07767 290751

01803 813900

Signage Nebrak


Paul Howard

Amy Ware

01803 813900

07767 290751

Themometer Bunzl

Alliance National

Amy Ware

Jonathan Scott

07767 290751

07384 216419

Touchless Coffee, Water & Vending Machines Coffetek

Air & Water UK

Stuart Neal

David Watts

07747 021266

01452 651143

Visors/Goggles/ Aprons Bunzl

Sanitisplus Ltd

Alliance National

Amy Ware


Jonathan Scott

07767 290751

0800 0029887

07384 216419

Washable Masks Scobie McIntosh Mark Stevens 0845 5040466
Water Filters H2O Direct


Jim Redford

Rob Webb

01892 669628

01243 523140


President of the Vending Association, Paolo Ghidotti Letter to European Leaders – 1st April 2020

Brussels, 1 April 2020    

Devastating impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the vending & coffee service industry in Europe.

Dear Presidents,

We are currently living an unprecedented situation that will not only cost many human lives, but also affect our European societal and economic model. The necessary radical measures taken by the EU Member States have already seriously reduced the economic activity and many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are afraid of the consequences for the employees and the awaited economic downturn. Indeed, many jobs could be at stake and plenty of businesses will close down. This is true for the majority of the sectors and the vending and coffee service industry is no exception. The European Vending & Coffee Service Association (EVA) would like to communicate how the COVID-19 outbreak is decimating the vending and coffee service industry, and calls on a number of urgent measures to be introduced by the EU Commission, European Central Bank and National governments.

The EVA would first of all like to state its support for the exceptional measures and restrictions introduced nationally in order to reduce the spread of the virus in society as a whole, and to protect European citizens and workers. We also express our full sympathy and support to all the health care staff mobilised around Europe to treat citizens infected by the virus.

With 80% of vending and professional coffee machines located in workplaces, our industry has already been particularly affected by the mandatory restrictions introduced in many EU member states and the wider significant reduction in economic activity.

Vending operators – the machine fillers and technicians – are already reporting business losses of up to 90% since a vast majority of employees work from home. In an industry with 95% of operators being small and medium enterprises (SMEs) these losses are not only unabsorbable for a few weeks, but without immediate financial support many companies will find continuation as completely unsustainable. Millions of jobs are at stake across Europe in every sector, and among these many thousands of employees in vending.

We are relieved that vending is rightly seen in many member states as an essential sector in the supply of food and drink, especially in the healthcare sector, and as an unattended industry vending is uniquely placed to address consumer concerns including social distancing when purchasing items. Vending operators, highly trained in food safety and personal hygiene, are sanitising machines as regularly as possible across Europe, and many national vending associations are providing practical guidance and labels for machines to remind consumers how best to interact with the machines.

As referred to earlier, most vending machines are located in workplaces such as offices and factories. Only a relatively small proportion are in public locations like train stations or airports. Consequently, a lot of companies are allowing employees to work from home where available, but we are also seeing that some buildings are preventing vending operators from accessing the premises in order to refill, restock (and critically) sanitise machines, even where national restrictions allow access for external workers. Furthermore it is unfortunate timing that recently implemented legislation is potentially aggravating the dire situation in our sector, such as the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on Secure Consumer Authentication (SCA) under the Payment Services Directive 2, which effectively requires a PIN pad to be added to vending machines to avoid lost sales (as previously an industry preference was for contactless-only readers). Not requiring SCA would avoid queues and make the social distancing at the vending machine easier to implement. Further to this, the EVA strongly recommends consumers to choose a single use cup rather than a reusable cup, to ensure a safe and hygienic experience every time at the machine. We are however fully aware that this advice for safety reasons is despite the significant reduction required for these products in EU and national legislation on single use plastics.

The EVA therefore calls upon the European Commission, the European Central Bank and national governments to swiftly implement the following urgent measures:

  • A European approach to the restriction measures of people, to have a common and effective strategy to combat the further spread of COVID-19;
  • Ensure the free and seamless movement of goods in the Internal Market despite the closure of some National borders in order that both raw materials and manufactured products are transported swiftly;
  • Temporary state aid from national governments for the vending and coffee service industry as an essential supplier of food and drink
  • Fast and easy access to short- and medium-term loans to overcome liquidity shortages in otherwise profitable companies, including funds made available by the EU through the Corona Response Investment Initiative
  • Immediate fiscal relief for SMEs, including short term refunding of already paid tax and social contributions, and temporary deferment of new payments;
  • Targeted reductions in VAT and excise over the medium term, to boost recovery and job creation in the unattended retail sector;
  • Minimum net salary compensation (e.g. of 90%) by governments, of employees facing technical unemployment;
  • Appropriate insurance compensation in the case of forced closure or loss of unused stock; • Financial support for companies to conduct for example short-time work schemes, training programmes
  • Dissemination of key protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.) at EU level to ensure that fillers and technicians aren’t unduly exposed to the virus when they work on vending machines in public places.

To summarise, the vending industry is a key channel for the supply of food and drink to consumers, conveniently open 24/7. Crucially at this time, vending machines are often the only available means for healthcare personnel to obtain fresh food (such as sandwiches), a snack or a beverage, all without the need for face to face interaction or queuing. Furthermore, they can both in public places and in factories provide protective equipment, such as gloves and masks.

However, due to the business model and trends meaning the vast majority of vending machines located in workplaces, the national restrictions and work from home policies have particularly impact our industry and already resulted in many vending companies struggling to maintain their previously viable activities. The vending industry needs your urgent financial assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Paolo Ghidotti

President, European Vending & Coffee Service Association

10th June – Celebrate NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY

Celebrate NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY with us on 10th June!

A great alternative to soft drinks, Iced Tea has origins back to the 1860s.

Either make your own from the 2 recipes below OR you can buy refreshing ‘Liptons® Iced Tea’.  They have many different flavours, however in the UK we have Peach, Lemon and Green Mint Lime !

Liptons® Iced Tea originated with Sir Thomas Lipton who opened his grocery store in Glasgow in 1871.  He saw the potential in this deliciously aromatic beverage and bought a number of tea fields in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

Make your own with these 2 recipes:

Iced Tea Recipe 


mint, peach and vanilla iced tea recipe

PPE – Crane Merchandising Systems

PPE communication UKI 200521



Brita Water Filter Systems have provided a video of how to flush your water filter.


After a period of non use it is important to flush your professional filter before using it. Follow these instructions to see how to flush your professional BRITA filter.

Click Brita Video




As you know we have changed the date of our biggest event in the NIVO calendar and it will now take place on:

17th September 2020
Oulton Hall, Leeds

Due to the current situation we are in constant contact with our venue.  We are working on proposals so that we can still have a great day whilst following government guidelines.  Here are a few examples:-

  1. Alfresco breakfast – to minimise contact but still network.
  2. Shotgun start – This minimises contact time and also means that we can tee off a little later around 12 noon.
  3. We are looking into the recording of scores and having an easy way to submit without the need for contact.
  4. We will ensure that the management of half-way house is organised so that we can still give you a delicious hot snack and a drink.
  5. This year after the golf, having a traditional dinner is not likely to be a good idea.  Therefore we are investigating informal,  Alfresco dining under cover immediately after the golf.
  6. The theme will therefore be casual.
  7. We will still have an awards ceremony, albeit a little differently.
  8. Our charities will not lose out as we will still have a raffle but more hi-tech and we are looking at a card payment device to minimise contact.
  9. We will ensure that there are plenty of points where you can sanitise your hands etc.

We will keep you informed on a regular basis – we hope this still happens and you will still be able to support us.  If you would like to register your interest, please email

Take a look at last year’s video to remind you of the competition!






How to work safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Applies to: England (see guidance for WalesScotland, and Northern Ireland)

These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.

There is different guidance for educational and childcare settings and public transport operators.

You must not reopen if your business is closed under current government rules. Check if your business or venue can open.

  1. 5 steps to working safely – Practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps.

  2. Construction and other outdoor work – Guidance for people who work in or run outdoor working environments.

  3. Factories, plants and warehouses – Guidance for people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.

  4. Labs and research facilities – Guidance for people who work in or run indoor labs and research facilities and similar environments.

  5. Offices and contact centres – Guidance for people who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.

  6. Other people’s homes – Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes.

  7. Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery – Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services.

  8. Shops and branches – Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.

  9. Vehicles – Guidance for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.


Click here to go to government website

Coffetek Distance Selection – Launched 6th May 2020

A NEW Hygiene Management System

Select a drink without direct contact!


Coffetek contact details

Huhtamaki joins forces with the International Red Cross to provide COVID-19 emergency relief



Huhtamaki joins forces with the International Red Cross to provide COVID-19 emergency relief

Huhtamaki has announced a donation of EUR 0.5 million in support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) COVID-19 appeal. The funds will be channeled via Finnish Red Cross to go towards boosting emergency relief efforts in Asia and Europe and improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable.

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted people’s health, safety and livelihoods in ways that were unimaginable only a couple of months ago. These unprecedented times reaffirm Huhtamaki’s commitment to protect people, food, and the planet.

“Huhtamaki plays an essential role in ensuring food safety and availability and reducing food waste, as acknowledged by governments internationally. This contribution is only one part of our support towards alleviating the impact of the pandemic globally. We have partnered with the International Red Cross, a leading global organization, to do our share in helping tackle the humanitarian aspect of the COVID-19 crisis. This emergency affects us all, regardless of where we are around the world, and together we can make a difference where it is most needed,” says Charles Héaulmé, President and CEO of Huhtamaki.

“It is important for industry to do its part in helping the fight against COVID-19. Huhtamaki’s donation will go a long way in enabling us to address health and safety of people in Europe and Asia as these situations evolve,” says Tiina Saarikoski, acting Director of Finnish Red Cross International Operations and Programmes.

Huhtamaki has also asked management teams across its 81 locations globally to reach out and see where they can lend a hand to the local community. For example, Huhtamaki has started to produce face shields for healthcare workers together with a local partner in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Initially, 4 million face shields will be produced per week for HSCNI, the publicly funded service which provides health and social care services in Northern Ireland. Huhtamaki is looking to ramp up the production up to 6 million per week and investigating whether the shields can be produced in other locations, too. Huhtamaki is also donating its products to health care systems, for example over 6 million foodservice products to hospitals and nursing homes in Europe to ensure food hygiene and safety. The company is looking at other opportunities to help going forward.

“If there is anything this outbreak has emphasized, it is how interconnected and dependent we are globally. Our initiative today underlines our commitment to protecting people, food and the planet,” says Charles Héaulmé.

A Miracle – Thanks to everyone who prayed.

Whether you are religious or not Miracles do happen!

We are delighted to pass on some fantastic news!!

One of our longest loyal members, F M Taste (Full Munchy) is owned by Martin and Anne Marie Kilgallon. You will have probably met Martin at our NIVO Business & Networking Annual Golf Day Event where together we have helped raise money for  The Whole Autism Family that Martin and Anne Marie created to help others with children who have Autism.
Martin and Anne Marie have just endured the hardest few days both emotionally and physically that any parent could.   In Martin’s own words, this is what happened on Friday 17th April in the back garden: 
Really upset to say that this evening Tolan had a seizure in the hot tub and went under the water, unresponsive and not breathing we got him out and commenced CPR managing to get him breathing. He has had a CT scan which shows swelling on his brain, he is unconscious and on a ventilator. He will be transferred to the intensive care unit at Leeds. The doctors have advised us he is stable , but are unable to advise whether he has been further brain damaged. Thanks, Anne Marie we took a paediatric first aid course. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers , we really need your help. Keep the faith.
Immediately family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances from all over the world lit candles each night to show their support and encourage positivity so that Tolan would fight through this.
By Sunday night (just 2 days later) the family were told that there was not much they could do and the LGI resident priest came and gave Tolan his last rites.
On Tuesday 21st April Bishop Marcus prayed for Tolan in a live stream service from Leeds Cathedral.

Then just 3 hours ago Martin posted this: 

What a difference 24 hours can make ! 💙💙💙💙

We have just spoken to Martin and Tolan is not totally out of the woods and the family are waiting to see results of tests on his brain and there are still some concerns.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep lighting the candles and sending the family your positive thoughts and words.


The Vending Industry Supports NHS

Graddons – Support to Plymouth Hospital

Graddons have converted their vending machines in the Plymouth University Hospital to free vend to support all the NHS staff for their hard work.  Thank you David and the team.

Graddon -free vend 3-2

Aquacure Products for Sanitising


Aqua DosaByotrol


Best Practice including equipment that has been temporarily decommissioned:

Product Description
Aqua Dosa Plus Sanitising Fluid – 6% – 5 Litre Drum
Aqua Dosa Plus Sanitising Fluid – 6% – 1 Litre Bottle
Aqua Dosa S11 Sanitiser Spray 150ml Spray x 6 (Quat Free)
Byotrol Surface Sanitiser 750ml Spray
Byotrol S11 Wipes 150

More details about the product lines can be found here:


For further contact details go to NIVO Supply Members


Burts Snacks step up to support local key workers

Burts Snacks steps up to support local key workers

Plymouth-based Burts Snacks send supplies to help key workers


Burts Snacks, one of the UK’s leading independent snack producers, has outlined plans to support local key workers across the South West. The Plymouth and Leicester based business has committed to sending regular snack packs to local hospitals, police stations, food banks and council offices.

After the government announced a definitive list of key workers this week, Burts has begun to supply those that are on the frontline with a selection of its potato chips and Lentil Waves to show its support for their continued efforts in the fight against Covid-19.

Some of those receiving snacks from Burts include, Derriford Hospital, Tavistock Hospital, St Lukes Hospice, Plymouth Food Bank, Devon & Cornwall Police, Plymouth Police, Royal Mail and Plymouth City Council.


David Nairn at Burts Snacks, commented: “As a longstanding member of the local community, we’re immensely proud of our South West heritage, therefore we only feel it right to support those around us in their time of need.



“We’re all in awe of the effort and commitment key workers are showing during this challenging time and as a producer of snack products, we feel it’s our duty to give what we can to help in the effort against Covid-19.”


Click here to see the video



For more information about Burts Chips visit the website at Don’t forget to like us on Facebook ( and follow on Instagram (@burtschips) and Twitter (@BurtsChips).




Neighbourly Community Fund

Coca-Cola European Partners and Danone amongst other create new fund to support

community organisations helping those most at risk during coronavirus crisis and urge other business to join them.


M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners have partnered with Neighbourly to create the Neighbourly Community Fund, funnelling vital funds directly to community causes across the UK to ensure they can deliver essential services to those most at risk during the coronavirus crisis.

The partners have already committed a combined total of almost £500,000 to the Fund, to provide immediate micro-grants to community organisations that are helping the people most affected by the outbreak, including the elderly, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.

Alongside Neighbourly they are calling on other businesses to join them and contribute to the fund to build a coordinated response.

Many small charities and community groups face severe disruption to their services as a result of Covid-19, following a reduction in the number of volunteers and donations.

The unrestricted grants will initially go to existing Neighbourly members across the UK and Ireland, including foodbanks, homeless shelters, care homes, youth groups and health charities. Some charities need urgent support to carry on running their core services, while others are adapting and starting new services to support people in the community.

Community causes supported through the fund include The Moorlands Community Charity, which provides Meals on Wheels services for older people near Hull.

Jacky Crawford, head of service at The Moorlands Community Charity, said:

“The need for our services will increase over the coming weeks as many older people self-isolate, but without urgent help to get hold of more supplies, we just won’t be able to sustain our support.”

The immediate micro grants of up to £400 will go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials. By co-ordinating the emergency response, Neighbourly will be able to assess where the most urgent gaps in support are, and where to direct funds to.

The founding corporate partners of the Neighbourly Community Fund are all existing partners of Neighbourly, a platform which helps businesses deliver meaningful community investment into thousands of locations across the UK.


Steve Butterworth, CEO of Neighbourly, said:

“Now more than ever, communities need to come together and support each other. That’s why we’ve created a new Covid-19 Community Support Fund, to help our business partners channel funds into helping the most vulnerable groups, including elderly people and families that will need extra support over the coming months. What is needed by community groups and charities today will be very different over the weeks and months to come. Through the Neighbourly nationwide network of good causes we will work closely with our partners to ensure the right support is directed to those places in most urgent need.”

Neighbourly’s network of charity partners estimate that with the additional pressures created by coronavirus, they expect to support an average of almost 180 people each week with emergency provision such as food and basic essentials.

According to government statistics, 3 million children are at risk of going hungry while they are out of school; 1 million children who receive free school meals during term time, and another 2 million children who are ineligible for free school meals but are growing up in households in in-work poverty.[1]

James Pearson, Managing Director of Danone UK & Ireland, said: 

“Working closely with communities has always been important to Danone and forms a core part of our ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision. We are committed to supporting our local communities and are proud to be a founding member of the Neighbourly Community Fund to help organisations on the front line in this time of uncertainty.”

Leendert Den Hollander, Vice President and General Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners, said:

“There is nothing more important than communities at a time like this, and we fully support the excellent work Neighbourly is doing to ensure those of us most at risk are equipped with essential supplies and services through this difficult period.” 

For more information about the Neighbourly Community Fund, visit:



Nestlé Enhances Animal Welfare throughout its supply chain

The 2019 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) today recognized Nestlé’s efforts to enhance animal welfare (pdf, 2Mb) throughout its supply chain.

For the first time, Nestlé ranked as a ‘Tier 2’ performer in the annual benchmark of the food industry’s efforts to improve standards around the world, placing the company in a group of leading performers in the industry. ‘Tier 2’ status means that animal welfare is integral to Nestlé’s business strategy.

Nestlé received particular recognition for improvements to its reporting and transparency on animal welfare practices in its supply chain.

Commenting on the ranking, Magdi Batato, Global Head of Operations at Nestlé said: “We care about animal welfare and are committed to improving the way farm animals are treated. We are pleased to move up to ‘Tier 2’ in the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare index this year. This recognizes our efforts to improve transparency and reporting on our progress. We will continue to work with others in the food industry to make further improvements.”

Nestlé uses animal proteins as an ingredient in a number of products. It has taken a series of actions and made commitments on animal welfare, including:

  • Committing to sourcing cage free eggs only worldwide by year-end 2025.
  • Sourcing cage free eggs only by year-end 2020 in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Improving the welfare of broiler chickens in Nestlé’s U.S. supply chain by year-end 2024.
  • Delivering similar improvements in Nestlé’s European supply chain by year-end 2026.
  • Signing a global collaboration agreement with Compassion in World Farming.

These measures build on Nestlé’s global Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 2Mb). This focuses on ensuring respect for the internationally recognized ‘five freedoms’ for farm animals and forms the basis of Nestlé’s responsible sourcing requirements on meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products.

Today’s BBFAW assessment also recognized Nestlé’s role in co-founding the Global Coalition on Animal Welfare, the world’s first industry led collaboration aimed at advancing animal welfare globally.

For more information regarding animal welfare at Nestlé please visit our webpage dedicated to animal welfare and read our Nestlé Farm Animal Welfare Q&A (pdf, 500Kb).


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The NHS Coffee Appeal


The NHS Coffee Appeal is seeking coffee machines and supplies of capsules to help keep doctors and nurses going through their long shifts during the coronavirus crisis.


So far 20 NHS Trusts across London have put out an appeal and they estimate that a total of 700 coffee machines are currently needed along with capsule supplies.


If there is any way that NIVO members can help in any way, large or small, then the appeal would love to hear from you and they would be highly appreciative.


The team at the NHS coordinating this appeal consist of Ed, Tom, Ana, Caroline and Frances and can be reached at

07718 589090


The website with further information can be found here:


COVID-19 Support

We realise that our NIVO members along with other small businesses are currently worried about the current situation. We are here to help all we can. At the moment there are a number of websites that offer guidance. Please see below:

Government Website

West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

BBC Website – Video to Chancellor Speech

Coronovirus – Your mental health

People Management


WHO (World Health Organisation)

Money Saving Expert

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