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HM Treasury – Confirmation of No Cup Levy (at this time)

We all wrote to George Hollingbery about the potential levy on disposable plastic cups in solidarity with the AVA – here is what they had to say! @NIVOltd #cuplevy @CHEXofAVA

HM Treasury – cup levy

Radnor’s Road to Recycling!

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Cadbury – Maynards Bassetts – Christmas is coming! Don’t Miss out

At only 60p per bag – think of those Christmas Margins 🙂

Xmas Trade – 2018 Ad

Automatic Vending Insurance from The Bateman Group

SUZOHAPP P6 Series – the latest generation of cashless payment for vending


Vending machines offer convenience sales and many times consumers decide on a purchase spontaneously. A potential customer often notices a vending machine and may want to buy a drink, some food or a product on offer. Too often the vend can only take place if the customer has the right change with him or her. If there is no alternative to cash payment, then the sale is lost.

Up to 75% of consumers now carry at least one payment card with them or have a payment app available on their mobile phone. It is important that vending operators ensure these consumers can use their cards or mobiles at their machines.

Offering cashless payment on vending machines has many benefits, to name a few: improved consumer convenience leads to increased sales. Funds are transferred on a daily basis to the operator. More cashless transactions also mean less requirements to handle cash (trips to the vending machine to refill with cash or empty the cashbox and then count the takings and bring these to the bank). This reduces operator costs. Thus, fitting a cashless payment terminal can increase sales and reduce costs at the same time.

SUZOHAPP has the answer. The P6 series. Choose from two terminals – the P66 Plane (contactless and mobile) or the P68 The Arc (contactless, mobile, chip and magnetic). Therefore, all card payment methods are available. Mobile payment includes Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay.

A further benefit to the P6 series is telemetry capabilities. The SUZOHAPP CURO web portal provides access to revenue / sales data from each individual vending machine or groups of machines. Operator can easily review revenue data, seeing the number and amount of both cash and cashless transactions. In this way, the operator has clear control on the vending machine transactions.

P6 Series terminals can also provide data directly to 3rd party management software packages, allowing data to be automatically integrated.

Vendmanager Datakey: no cables, no hassle.


SB Software will be exhibiting at Vendex Midlands, demonstrating:

• why Vendmanager is the fastest growing vending management system in the UK
• how Datakey makes it quick and easy to transfer data from machines without hassle
• where Vendmanager adds most value, from technical excellence to simple fast implementation.

Try the products. Solutions on show at the stand will include Vendmanager Datakey, the data fob that transmits information from machine to Android device without cables – speeding up tasks, cutting out operator errors, and accelerating reconciliation and invoicing.
Meet the experts. Senior staff will be on hand to explain and discuss commercial returns, technical benefits and the advantages of our full Software Migration Service – helping new clients get up and running swiftly and effectively with the minimum of fuss.
See the future. SBS is committed to long term partnerships and ongoing improvements in the services we offer. We’re not just delivering today, we are always planning for tomorrow too.

Find out why Vendmanager is simply better.
Contact: Robin Turver on
07983 742771 or 0114 266 6030

The best things really do come in small sizes…

Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s core drinks are ‘sugar levy’ exempt…

Finer, Fuller, Golder: Introducing the NEW NESCAFÉ® GOLD BLEND®


NESCAFÉ® GOLD BLEND®, the UK’s #1 premium soluble coffee brand is reinforcing its quality coffee credentials

with a brand re-launch centred on a new and improved blend, packaging and communication.
The brand new sophisticated look has been crafted with care for the moments that matter and is presented in a brushed champagne gold look. This new look and feel spans the entire NESCAFÉ Gold range. But, the rebrand does not end there. The new soluble blend includes micrograins of carefully selected mountain grown Arabica coffee ground 10 times finer than ordinary ground coffee. These tiny grains enhance the hidden taste and aroma of the Gold Blend. After 80 years touching people’s lives every day, we continue to share our passion and craft for making great coffee.
These improvements are designed to further set NESCAFÉ® GOLD BLEND® apart from other soluble coffees, presenting vending operators the opportunity to increase footfall and grow their profits2 in the highest value segment for the category.
With NESCAFÉ products accounting for 7 out of the top 10 coffee SKU’s3, the new NESCAFÉ Gold range is built on solid foundations. The new range is available to buy in the following sizes:

• Line Code: 12339268
• 15 cases per layer
• 75 cases per pallet

• Line Code: 12339269
• 15 cases per layer
• 75 cases per pallet


Contact your local Nestlé 

Professional representative or Paul Wilson on 07799 196568 for samples and taster packs. Also, enjoy a special offer on the purchase of new Nescafé Gold Blend branded Coffetek Neo machines. Email to discuss equipment & branding offers


Golden Wonder & Pizza Hut Promotion



Easy to take part:

•  Purchase a promotional pack

•  Rewards ALL purchasers

•  Go to

•  Enter the unique 10 digit code

•  Receive notification of prize:
– Free pizza
– 25% or 33% off your food
– Free dessert or side dish

Daily winners: 14th April to 23rd June
Bonus draw on 18th September
For further details contact David Johnson on 07918 733224 or e-mail

GEM Vending – Employing Local People for East Midlands Customers for 50 Years


GEM Vending Ltd based in Nottingham, are celebrating 50 years of local service to the East Midlands in 2018.



Back in the 1970s with no computerised systems GEM had 15 field operators servicing 300 machines daily to produce instant coffee and tea drinks in small cups.

What a change to the large paper cups vended today!

GEM Vending’s current owner, Steven Gallagher, joined the Company in February 1972 as Operations Manager and gained a thorough understanding of every aspect of the business before finally getting the opportunity of a management buyout in 1993.
Today 6 of his original employees still work at GEM bringing with them over 160 years of combined experience.


During the 1980’s and 1990’s the Company started manufacturing their own machines called the Diamond range. Much of this amazing technology still forms the basis of modern machines today. The Diamond 8 series won an international award in 1995 for design and innovation.

Following the management buyout the GEM team focused on operating and servicing machines in the field, investing in the best machines in the British manufacturing industry. Many of which, due to their reliability and innovation, remain strong partners for GEM Vending today.


Moving to a new head office in 1999 gave GEM Vending the opportunity to grow further and successfully take over 4 smaller local companies integrating them smoothly into their existing operation, creating and securing more local jobs in the area. 2011 saw the introduction of a unique and innovative approach to healthier choices within vending. QR codes placed on 1500 machines in the East Midlands gives communities and workforces free nutritional information on every product prior to making a purchase.



“It’s all about education, offering our customers free information to allow them to make informed choices. Do you know how many calories are in a cappuccino?” Nicola Hill – Sales and Marketing Director – GEM Vending Ltd




“Being members of the AVA gives us a strong united platform and a voice to ensure we at GEM Vending are well represented. Our innovative management team are already moving the Company into cashless vending with mobile and card transactions. We proudly put our quality alongside any high street coffee shop”Steven Gallagher – Chair and Owner – GEM Vending Ltd for 50 Years






For information call 01773 765000 or email or visit our website

KitKat® Chunky White – back by popular demand!


Nestlé Professional® are delighted to announce the return of KitKat® Chunky White as an exclusive to foodservice in its single format. It will be available in stock from March this year as a permanent SKU.

The white chocolate category is in growth* and with KitKat® as the most popular confectionery brand in foodservice**, this new addition presents vending operators a great opportunity to delight their customers who are seeking to purchase confectionery on the go.

Confectionery is largely an impulse purchase so whether for a quick something at work, or something with a bit more bite whilst on the go, operators can now fulfil the needs of consumers with a well-loved product that cannot be picked up from the supermarket shelves.

Commenting on this launch, Robert Gormley, Head of Vending at Nestlé Professional® said, “We’re delighted to be bringing back KitKat® Chunky White as a permanent SKU for Nestle Professional®. It was a hit with the Vending channel previously, and we have been receiving requests for it to be brought back. White chocolate is a growing category* and it could play an important role in broadening the appeal of an operator’s confectionery range and in attracting new purchasers.”

In 2012 KitKat® Chunky White chocolate was voted by the nation as the second most popular KitKat® Chunky*** after KitKat® Chunky Peanut Butter.

Visit kitkat-chunky-white-40g for product information.















* White chocolate category sales +30bps YOY
** OOH delivered wholesale sales out value data to 25.03.17
*** KitKat® Chunky White chocolate received 30% of ‘Chunky Champion’ votes in 2012

Horizons® 3Gg from MTN Products

Barry Callebaut ‘Refreshes’ its CAPRIMO Range with Launch of Mint Tea


Barry Callebaut Beverages has introduced the fresh taste of tender peppermint leaves to its popular Caprimo vending range with the launch of a new and exciting, rejuvenating drink, Caprimo Mint Tea. Expected to appeal to vending operators and consumers alike, the tea chimes with the current customer expectation, and demand, for the inclusion of varied hot beverage options in the mix.

The Caprimo Mint Tea is a lighter, high quality drink with a herbal flavour that contributes to a slightly sweet fragrance and a strong and vital menthol aroma. To be enjoyed hot or cold, the drink is crafted to provide the tea drinker with the ultimate refreshing taste, revitalising the senses to offer the most satisfying of brews.

Head of sales for Barry Callebaut Beverages in the UK, Paula Bentley comments: “Consumers are embracing tea as a lighter alternative to coffee and are looking for a greater choice. Mint tea is an excellent offering to have in the mix as, besides being revitalising, it’s quite a soothing drink.”

The leading hot drinks manufacturer is expecting a healthy take up among existing vending customers, who are looking to improve their hot beverage offering and who are already familiar with the Caprimo brand. Paula adds:

Although the vending machine offering is always going to be more limited overall, that does not mean that the expectation isn’t there and Caprimo Mint Tea might well be the perfect solution for those operators who already have a full selection of richer, creamier hot beverages and would like to offer their customers a lighter alternative. Ultimately, it’s all about choice.

Barry Callebaut Beverages’ range of popular products also includes:

Classic – This wide selection of vending ingredients now includes choco drinks, whitener, skimmed milk, freeze dried, fresh brew, filter coffees and beans, tea, soup, sugar and fruit flavoured vending syrups.

Van Houten – This historic name has a pedigree that spans almost 200 years and is synonymous today with delicious and authentic chocolate drinks.

Le Royal – These traditional vending products come with a continental twist giving them a huge appeal to the wider European market alongside a loyal UK customer base.

For further information on Barry Callebaut Beverages and its products, log on to or call 01244 370500

H2O Direct Launch new website


The long anticipated NEW website has been launched and comes after nearly 6 months of planning and hard work.

As well as an easy to use online shop, users will be able to peruse the many different products available


as well as some useful interactive tools.


In depth technical information about the different filter ranges available will be printable as well as downloadable, together with news about H2O plans and the industry in general.

Vendex Midlands will be the introduction of the new Whi Caffé Tiny from our partners Chungho Nais Co. in Korea.

This ‘all in one’ innovative machine incorporates ultra-filtration for cold/hot/ambient water with hot drink production using Italian capsule coffee/tea.

Available in 2 colours, the Whi Caffé Tiny is compact, quiet, quick and easy To use.

FREE sample of WRAS approved fittings and filters are available to PRE BOOK ONLY via (to be picked up at the show)

H2O Direct specialise in water filtration products such as carbon and Ion Exchange water filters for use on drink vending machines, boiler systems, coffee machines and POU water machines. They are distributors in the UK and Europe for Microfilter vending filters and MCM push fit parts.

Spotlight on Bunzl Catering Supplies


Bunzl Catering Supplies is part of Bunzl PLC, a FTSE 100 specialist distribution group with origins back to 1854.

Utilizing our global resource we offer customers in the catering and hospitability sector an unbeatable range of catering disposables, food packaging and hygiene supplies.

Your new Bunzl Contact: Jade Taft is a sector co-ordinator for the redistribution market-C3 and is your new contact for Bunzl Catering Supplies. Jade has been with the company for over 5 years with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

She is dedicated to a great customer experience winning Employee of the month twice for her service and willingness to go the extra mile.

Jade is a member of the Bunzl Sustainability committee and also co-ordinates charity work in the local area on behalf of Bunzl.

Our Sustainability framework:

Our People: We safeguard the wellbeing and development of our people.Putting sustainability first in everything we do, we are protecting our community and the environment.

Our Suppliers: We buy responsibly and ethically from trusted, partner suppliers. We deliver products with integrity and confidence.

Our Customers: We share what we know about Sustainability with our customers. Working together we can create a more sustainable future.

Please contact Jade at Bunzl Catering Supplies today for further information on products and services.
01827 317165

RPC Tedeco Gizeh appoint new General Manager


RPC Tedeco Gizeh have announced that Mr. Greg Kingham has been appointed as General Manager to take over RPC Tedeco Gizeh in Kenfig, Port Talbot from April 3rd 2018.

Greg has extensive experience within the food and packaging sectors, having worked previously in manufacturing for Mars Confectionery, Pepsic International, the Betts & Albea Group and Nampak Plastics Europe.

More recently, Greg was General Manager at Albea Group where he managed packaging operations in Europe and South East Asia for the Oral Care and Beauty Care packaging sectors. Greg’s experience within packaging includes plastic extrusion, laminate web production and conversion, blown film and high definition flexographic production for major global blue chip companies. Current General Manager Alan Graham will be working closely with Greg to ensure a seamless handover of the site operation before moving on to manage the RPC Bpi business at Ardeer, Scotland at the beginning of April 2018.


The science behind Yazoo No Added Sugar

Vendmanager Datakey, Saving Time, Saving Money

This photo was taken on Tuesday 12 September 2017: the launch of Vendmanager Datakey on the first day of AVEX. Tim Darracott, Head of Mobile at SBS, already knows the power of the data fob he is holding. We had been working on the development for some time.

Now fast forward to today. Not yet 6 months later, and the results are in, with Datakey active at client sites.

Together, Vendmanager and Datakey can reduce operating costs by 15-20%, and significantly reduce reconciliation and invoicing times.

It’s one of the easiest products in the world to demonstrate and explain. Operators just “get it” at once: with Datakey, it’s faster than ever before to read data at the machine. Simply plug it in to transfer information via Bluetooth. No cables. No fuss. And no more keying errors. Datakey empowers staff to do more, better.

The key benefits of Datakey include:
1/ Speeding up the replenishment process
2/ Capturing accurate sales data by spiral
3/ Capturing drinks readings where required
4/ Eliminating user error on meter readings
5/ Improving security by reading cashbox data.

… and all this is achieved at a very low cost per machine.
Now that the hard results are in from active use in the field we are ramping up production to rollout in increased volumes.

Just get in touch to find out more or book a demo.
Contact: Robin Turver, SB Software,, 07983 742 771

New Role… Old Hand

Automatic Retailing have thrived in a competitive, high pressure environment for over 15 years serving the vending industry.

After weeks of anticipation and waiting, finally they have a fantastic new member of their sales team; Steve Reynolds.

Steve himself has been in the vending industry for 28 years working for Britvic, Tayto and Vendman and is well known to the trade for his professionalism and wealth of experience in commodities. Steve stated that Automatic Retailing have always been a company he holds in very high regard and the opportunity


to join the sales team was a no brainer. He feels that the experience he has gained over the years will help him in this new and exciting role and looks forward to the challenges ahead.

John Crichton, CEO commented that “It’s one of the best decisions that we have made and after only 4 weeks, it feels as though Steve has been part of the team for years. The introduction of Steve to an already excellent team will give us even more customer focus opportunities while striving for total customer satisfaction. We are looking forward to another great year with our enhanced sales team”

Automatic Retailing understands the operators challenges and they concentrate on having a ‘First Class Service’ which has been endorsed by winning yet again the NIVO Supplier of the Year Award in the Consumables category and the thirteenth AVS award on the spin!

Their online trading website that was launched in 2014 enables the companies that order from them to enjoy a streamlined, user friendly tool that reduces errors and speeds up deliveries.


Being part of the Kitwave Group enables them to be able to utilise the 14 depots throughout the UK and be the biggest independent wholesaler in vending which keeps their pricing competitive.

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