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NEW from Nestlé: salted caramel KitKat


KitKat® taps into consumer trend for salted caramel with new launch


Nestlé Confectionery’s flagship brand KitKat® has announced the latest product to join its popular KitKat® Chunky range, the new KitKat® Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge bar.

The launch forms part of the brand’s strategy to excite consumers by rotating new flavours each year. This new bar is the delicious combination of crispy wafer finger with a salted caramel fudge flavoured topping, covered in milk chocolate.

Millennials, who make up over 20% of the UK population, increasingly expect exciting innovation from brands, with 38% ‘always looking for new food products to try’ making them a lucrative audience to attract to the brand and category.

Salted caramel products benefitted from a strong growth in popularity in the past twelve months, both in terms of value sales and the number of people buying them. On-trend flavours, such as salted caramel, are proven to bring impulsive millennial consumers into both the brand and category. Last year’s flavour variant, KitKat® CHUNKY New York Cheesecake had 70% purchase intent with millennials, whilst in 2016 KITKAT Chunky Cookie Dough was the No.1 chocolate singles launch, proving consumers love to try new flavours from the brand. This year’s launch has all the credentials to be yet another smash hit.


The launch will be supported by multi media campaign, which will include social media, sampling and PR.

Once in vending machines, the eye-catching pack design will ensure KitKat® Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge stands out and is certain to capture consumer’s attention.



KitKat® Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge is available to order now. Contact your NestléProfessional or Automatic Retailing Northern Account Manager to place your orders today!

  • Nestlé Line code 12354633
  • PLP: £9.82
  • Pack size: 42g
  • Case count: 24


SPECIAL OFFER ON: KitKat® 4 Finger -Twin Pack from Nestlé


Designed for Vending, KitKat® 4 Finger -Twin Pack pack is great for sharing during breaks at work or when one is out and about.

Consumers are purchasing less frequently from vending machines. So vending operators are looking for differentiated solutions. This product, designed for vending, will mean that consumers spend more each time they visit a vending machine and still get a good value product.  It is a great opportunity for operators to stimulate repeat purchases from existing customers and also attract a new set of loyal customers.

 KitKat® 4 Finger –Twin Pack is available on offer now – 45p per pack for a case of 96 for deliveries in August whether you buy direct from Nestlé Professional® or from Automatic Retailing Northern! Contact your Nestlé Professional sales representative today!




Beat the Heat with a chilled Nescafé®!
It’s coffee, but not as you know it.

While there are many ways to beat the summer heat, we at Nestlé Professional like to cool down over cans of cold coffee. A hot coffee is still very enjoyable during the summer months, but there is something completely different about enjoying smooth refreshing coffee infused with nitrogen.

Crack open a can, and the refreshing sound that occurs as the nitrogen is released not only builds anticipation before the first sip but also offers a unique, smoother and creamier tasting drink as the nitrogen infuses through the coffee.

Ready-to-drink coffee products are worth £66m to the UK and growing by 20% year on year. Add to this the fact that the UK iced beverage market is estimated at £338 million and you can understand why Nestle Professional launched this brand new product for coffee fans as one of its biggest evolutions for 2018.

Perfectly timed for the summer, Nescafé® Azera® Nitro is best served chilled and comes in Americano and Latte flavours. The Americano is a refreshing and smooth black coffee infused with nitrogen, while the Latte – a milky drink with coffee – offers a smooth and creamier tasting option.

Non-alcoholic beverage options are increasingly important for the UK consumer, especially younger generations. Nescafé® Azera® Nitro means Nestlé Professional® can help vending operators make the most of these changes with our novel, attractive and great tasting chilled coffee drink.

For the month of August only, you can buy one case and get another free for all deliveries in August whether you buy direct from Nestlé Professional® or from Automatic Retailing Northern! So then what are you waiting for? Contact your Nestlé Professional sales representative today!


The rise in fuel prices..


2018 sees biggest fuel price leap since the turn of the millennium

A trip to the fuel pumps can be a painful experience these days – in fact, the average price of a litre of petrol rose to its highest point in almost four years this month (129.38p).

Diesel drivers haven’t got it any easier either, with the average cost hitting 132.31p per litre – a price that hasn’t been seen on British fuel forecourts since October 2014.

These eye-watering pump prices have come about as a result of the most dramatic increase in prices since the turn of the millennium, with petrol and diesel prices leaping more in May 2018 than in any other month in the last 18 years.

Recent large rises in the cost of crude oil have been blamed for inflating prices at the pump, which saw wholesale prices jump by 3.46p and 3.88p per litre throughout May.

However, Luke Bosdet, the AA’s fuel price spokesman, accused forecourts of targeting families during the school half-term and “charging [them] through the nozzle” when they would’ve enjoyed bumper sales of ice creams and other summer-related goods.

“Less than a month ago, the petrol retailers were falling over themselves to warn of pump prices at record levels,” said the AA man.

“Now that the price of oil has fallen away and fuel costs have followed, they have kept quiet and carried on charging cash-strapped motorists the maximum for their fuel.”

This greed has been taking its toll. The AA’s recent survey of more than 17,000 motorists found that rising fuel prices had forced 15 per cent of people to spend less time driving and nine per cent to cut back on spending in other areas – 14 per cent had done both.

In total, 38 per cent of those surveyed had made some sort of sacrifice as a result of the rising cost of fuel.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Thanks to a partnership between National Independent Vending Operators (NIVO) and The Fuelcard People, you can now enjoy real fuel cost savings, with free credit and reduced administration, backed by personal service and security.

This means that when you fill up your car with diesel or petrol, the price you pay could be considerably lower than the price shown on the pump, with potential saving of up to 5p per litre on national average prices and 10p on every motorway litre.

You don’t even have to pay for the fuel there and then.

Sounds great right? For more details, visit



NESCAFÉ GOLD BLEND – the relaunch


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New wind farm opens in Dumfries and Galloway to power Nestlé in the UK & Ireland


On the 3rd July 2018 Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, opened a new wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

The farm, developed in partnership with energy business Community Windpower, is made up of nine turbines which, combined, are now producing around 125GWh of power per annum. That’s enough to supply half the annual electricity demands of all Nestlé’s UK and Ireland operations.

Each year, enough electricity to power 30,000 homes will be delivered back to the National Grid, meaning that Nestlé is now contributing directly to the de-carbonising of the UK and Ireland’s electricity supply.

Speaking as he officially opened the wind farm, Stefano Agostini, CEO Nestlé UK and Ireland said: “I’m proud that Nestlé is doing the right thing and directly contributing to the reduction of carbon here in the UK and Ireland. We all have a part to play in reducing climate change and its effects while making sure that we safeguard our planet’s future.”

“We already use 100% renewable, grid supplied electricity across all our UK and Ireland operations, but now with the opening of Sanquhar wind farm, we can supply half of our own energy here in the UK and Ireland. I’m delighted we not only using 100% renewable electricity to run our business here in the UK and Ireland, we are now responsible for producing it too.”

The project has been welcomed enthusiastically by the local community in rural Sanquhar in Dumfries & Galloway and received no objections at all throughout the planning process. The scheme will contribute annually to a local community fund managed by Community Windpower, which will help provide economic, educational, environmental and social benefits for the lifetime of the wind farm. On site, a host of biodiversity protection and enhancement measures have been put in place to ensure local wildlife prospers alongside the new farm.



Picture credit: Dave Cheskin for Nestlé/TNR  

opinions from a food industry expert – BREAKFAST


BREAKFAST: The most important meal of the day?

The other day I said that breakfast is really not the important meal it’s thought to be.

Breakfast was important for many during the Agricultural Revolution. If you were going to spend the whole day working hard on the land with little chance for a break, you’d have been wise to get something nutritious in your belly before setting off.

Breakfast carried over into the mid-19th Century when regularised working hours came along during the Industrial Revolution, and labourers needed an early meal to sustain them during a long gruelling day. Lunch breaks came along much later.

Many people kept pigs and chickens, the most popular breakfast for the English was bacon or sausage and eggs with chunks of fried bread. Pork, ham, black pudding, liver and other offal, milk, and cheese would also be seen on the breakfast table. For the very poor gruel, porridge or bread would’ve had to suffice.

Before the introduction of the organised workforce breakfast didn’t figure at all. We normally ate the main meal around midday after, ‘working up an appetite’ labouring on the land, or hunting food for the family, a supper would be eaten at the end of the day before bedtime.

The Romans ate just one meal at midday, believing it best for the digestion. A soldier got up, brushed his teeth, then marched 20-30 miles with a 20.5 kg pack on his back before tucking his napkin into his toga and sitting down to dinner. I suspect, a Roman soldier gracefully swooning on the Fosse Way because his metabolism had failed to kick-start would have been a rare sight.

During the Great War, probably because of the uncertainty of knowing when the next meal could be, it was thought necessary that soldiers and those working on the war effort, should eat a nutritious meal at the start of the day: the key word here is ‘nutritious’.

The government coined the phrase ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ about this time.

During, and following, the 2nd World War, rationing made it impossible to put together the traditional breakfast. By now, since most of us believed breakfast was indispensable we had to look for other things. Porridge or toast were options, but the new sugar-laden cereals coming over from the USA soon took over.

The idea of needing breakfast to ‘kick-start the metabolism’ is a strange one. To kick-start, something implies that it must have stopped. Our metabolism stops only once, and that’s between ten and fifteen minutes after our brain dies. If there’s a breakfast that can fix that, I’m up for it,… ‘McDonald’s Big Resurrection Burger’ that’s a thought!… Or maybe not, how’d you get there?

The fact is, few things have any effect on metabolism, those that do, invariably slow it down, not speed it up… One thing conclusively known to slow it down, leading to weight gain is: attempting to lose weight using caloric or nutrient reduced diets. The more times you do it the more easily you will gain weight.

Our metabolism does not stop while we’re sleeping. What does happen is; Our body stops using ingested carbohydrates to fuel it. Instead, using a biochemical process to release energy stored in fat cells to fuel metabolism and the brain.

The problem for many of us is that through overeating carbohydrates, especially first thing in the morning, our bodies have become unused to accessing sufficient fuel to also provide energy for skeletal muscle. This is an example of ‘Use it or lose it’. Eating a refined carb may indeed make you feel that something has been ‘kick-started’ because of your suddenly elevated blood sugar, but this only serves to keep you reliant on carbs as your body’s main fuel, leading eventually to carb intolerance, then diabetes.

The body can quickly readapt to using energy from fat stores for all functions, simply by restricting carb intake, particularly in the morning.

Anyone who really struggles with switching from carbs to real food in the morning may need to do it gradually… have a little toast and real butter with your eggs or some berries in your yogurt. Carry some chocolate or an energy bar to eat if you should start to feel faint. Fainting is rare but can happen when the brain thinks there’s not as much sugar coming in as it’s used to.

This ceases to be a problem within a few days provided you are eating nutrient rich real food.

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Pour Moi Unveils New Limited Edition Cup Design


Pour Moi, the leading coffee shop vending concept from Aimia Foods, has launched a brand new range of Limited Edition 12oz paper cup designs for 2018.  Highlighting historical figures that are famed for their passion for hot drinks, the new ‘Fuel for Inspiration’ design is set to prove a real talking point amongst your customers.

Comprising of three different variants, each individual design features black and white illustrations of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Florence Nightingale or Teddy Roosevelt, along with explanations of how coffee or tea has fuelled their inspiration.


Richard Ashton, Marketing Executive at Aimia Foods is delighted with the latest offering:

“The coffee cup is an extremely important part of the coffee shop / vending experience.  Not only does a quality cup and design give confidence to the customer about the contents inside, it also sees them make a subconscious assessment of the drink before it even touches their lips. These latest designs have been created to highlight the importance that hot beverages have played in the lives of historic characters through the years.”


Synonymous with premium hot beverages, Pour Moi aims to bring the ‘Coffee Shop’ experience to the vending market by providing a unique, innovativ

e concept to establishments requiring a simple, but modern vending solution. Providing everything from the branding, the cups, the beverage and the milk, Pour Moi is the one stop solution to your vending requirements.

Having delivered almost £3 million revenue to customers in the last 12 months, the premium proposition of Pour Moi allows operators to charge a greater RSP, in turn leading to greater operator margins.

The latest Pour Moi cups are manufactured using PEFC accredited paperboard, which is the world’s largest sustainably managed forestry certification system. With individual traceability codes we can trace each Pour Moi cup back to its forest of origin. For every tree that’s felled in the making of our cups 3 to 4 saplings are planted in exchange.

Our cups can also be recycled once our consumers have finished with them, via specialist recycling programmes. Many collection and recycling schemes are now coming on stream that enable this to happen and there is enough recycling resource available in the UK to ensure every paper cup supplied to the market is now recycled.

For further information please call Aimia Foods on 01942 4086000 or visit


H2O hydration station


By Daniel Tanner – Westomatic Vending Services Ltd.

Hydration & Happiness

PRODUCTIVITY and workplace satisfaction is heavily influenced by staff remaining hydrated and remaining caffeinated! At Westomatic, we felt like we have the caffeine covered with our wide range of machines, which is why we designed the H2O Hydration Station. Bottles of water are not cheap, nor is replacing your office water bottle every few days. So at Westomatic, we built the H2O Hydration Station to provide an affordable and convenient water refill machine for any location.

Water’s Important

DIHYDROGEN monoxide: The world’s number one life-sustaining beverage. Water is in the news all of the time; whether it’s a hosepipe ban during a heatwave or a scandalous UK recycling system, sending 60% of plastic bottles to landfill. The purchase and consumption of water as an off-the-shelf product is an important topic of discussion and businesses are looking for ways to enhance their green credentials and reduce waste.

The Market Zeitgeist

BOTTLED water has never been so fashionable, with sales of bottled water outstripping soft drinks in 2016, but where is the market heading now?

There has been a marked increase in public awareness about the volume of plastic waste generated, in particular by products such as bottled water. With this growth in awareness comes a decrease in the sustainability of the plastic bottle industry and a certainty that personal drinking bottles will become the norm in due course. Alongside this transition will come a greater need for machines capable of refilling water bottles.

If companies want to remain in good standing with the general public and indeed their own staff, then taking steps to save our blue planet by reducing their carbon footprint is absolutely necessary. The optics of one’s business have never been so important and it’s vital to remain proactive on the environmental front.

Features for the Planet’s Future

PLANET Friendly: Be green by embracing the refill

User Friendly: Rinse your bottle, fill it with your chosen option and enjoy!

Drink Variety: Enjoy still, sparkling or flavoured water options. All flash-chilled and filtered!

Bottle Sensor: Encourage reuse of drinking containers and help to cut down on plastic waste.

Cheap Operation: Connect to mains water supply and easily cater to high-footfall locations.

Attach a payment pod and charge for refills.

Connect the H2O to mains water supply, and you’ll see how low running costs and maintenance time can really be. Using simple design and sturdy parts, we have created a water machine that requires minimal effort and delivers superb value, with an attractive fascia to encourage users to remain hydrated and refill!



There’s Gold in Them Thar Pipes

CHARGING for water refills might not seem like an obvious thing to do, but in the right location it is extremely lucrative. A recent large company bought a few of these machines for petrol station shops as an alternative water source as well as to combat the scourge of plastic bottles. They charged 50p for a 500ml water refill which, compared with the £1 plus that a bottle of water will set you back, is a good deal for customers. Needless to say this is a popular option amongst thirsty drivers and a lucrative purchase for the business.



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As the official coffee of The Championships for the eighth year running, Lavazza welcomed familiar faces and its Global Ambassador, Andre Agassi, to 2018’s Grand Slam tournament.

Lavazza, the authentic, global, Italian family company began its partnership with Wimbledon in 2011, and since then, has seen it go from strength to strength.

To mark another year of partnership with Wimbledon, Lavazza amplified its coffee serves and operated over 200 coffee machines at 60 service points reaching 300,000 consumers over the two-week tournament. This included 13 bars and restaurants operating professional equipment, corporate hospitality areas, the media work room and areas reserved for players and match officials. Around a million cups of authentic Italian coffee were served by more than 100 baristas, trained at Lavazza’s UK Training Centre.

The tennis-loving crowds were catered to both inside Wimbledon’s prestigious grounds and outside, at Britain’s most famous queue. The Lavazza Queue Café served up a range of complimentary hot and cold coffee beverages, and with the famous Ripplemaker machine also onsite, visitors could customise their foamy cappuccinos and lattes with selfies (or photos of their favourite tennis idols!). Sampling staff roamed the queue serving up cups of Lavazza’s Prontissimo! premium instant coffee from specially designed backpacks.

Lavazza Vice Chairman, Marco Lavazza, commented: “Lavazza is thrilled to continue its relationship with The Championships, Wimbledon, It gives us great pride to continue our support of one of the greatest tennis tournaments in the world.”


Lavazza also welcomed its Global Ambassador and tennis legend Andre Agassi to Wimbledon for the second year running, since winning his first Grand Slam title 26 years ago. Agassi greeted fans down at the Lavazza Queue Café, while serving cups of coffee to the crowds.

Renowned coffee lover, Agassi states: “It’s a special feeling for me coming back to Wimbledon and to be the face of Lavazza. The first thing I do in the morning is drink a cup of black coffee, which helps me get the day off to a good start. Lavazza make the authentic Italian coffee I have known and loved for decades.”

Lavazza Vice Chairman, Marco Lavazza, shared: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Global Ambassador Andre Agassi back at the Championships where he won his first-ever Grand Slam title.”

Cementing the company’s global commitment to tennis, Lavazza sustains its position as the world’s only food and drink brand to partner with all four Grand Slam tournaments – for the third year running – serving Italy’s best-selling coffee to more than three million tennis lovers at the prestigious Roland Garros, US Open and Australian Open tournaments, in addition to The Championships, Wimbledon.

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The CO2 Shortages: a timely illustration of the fragile nature of the food industry supply chain


The current CO2 shortage is causing havoc on a once in a decade scale. The limited CO2 supply has highlighted the invisible ubiquity of a gas used almost everywhere in the food and drinks industry. From stunning animals before slaughter to “modified atmosphere packaging” (seen in salad bags and fresh meat packs) to carbonated drinks (both soft and alcoholic) to even the tiny holes in crumpets almost everyone is suffering.

The demand for ammonia – which is used to make fertiliser – is highest in spring but falls off in summer. CO2 is produced as a by-product of ammonia but when the manufacturers use their quiet summer period for maintenance work supply is directly affected.

Further plants have been shut down by either technical issues or maintenance thus further exacerbating the problem.

Recent hot weather and the World Cup celebrations has even further increased demand for cold carbonated drinks (both beer and soft drinks) thus furthering the shortage in this sector.

Many manufacturers, such as Coca-Cola, have said that whilst they are temporarily pausing some of their production line there has been no disruption to supply to date and orders will continued to be fulfilled.

The most concerning issue is the little information that has been given regarding when the ammonia plants will re-open thus leading to predictions that CO2 prices could rocket.


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