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Nestlé commitment on World Mental Health day.

Nestlé commitment on World Mental Health day.

Nestlé UK & Ireland has marked its ongoing commitment to talk about mental health.

On World Mental Health day, Nestlé UK & Ireland marked the commitment by signing the Time to Change pledge.

The pledge, set up by Time to Change and led by mental health charity’s Mind, and Re think Mental Health is a public commitment to change the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace.

Read the full press release here: https://www.nestle.co.uk/en-gb/media/newsfeed

Ferrero commitment to packaging

Luxembourg, Thursday 10th October 2019, The Ferrero Group releases its 10th Corporate Social Responsibility Report and announces a new commitment to make all packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Through the 10th CSR Report, Ferrero once again demonstrates its commitment to positively contributing to the planet and the people it works with through its social responsibility strategy: “Sharing values to create value”.

The new commitment on packaging further enhances the Ferrero approach to the continuous improvement of our packaging footprint and it fits into our strategy aimed at minimizing our environmental impact, from raw materials to production plants and logistics, along the entire value chain.

As part of today’s announcement, Ferrero is proud to have signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and is sharing the Foundation’s vision of a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste, and the need for action across the entire supply chain. In signing the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, Ferrero wants to play an active role and also commits to eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and new delivery models.

“Ferrero has always taken a responsible approach to delivering high-quality product experiences that positively contribute to both today and tomorrow’s society. This belief continues to drive us towards a responsible value chain by sourcing sustainably, producing sustainably and now by further strengthening our commitment to more sustainable packaging. We are pleased to announce our commitment towards 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 and signing The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation allows us to support the acceleration towards a circular economy” said Giovanni Ferrero, Executive Chairman of the Ferrero Group.

Lapo Civiletti, CEO of the Ferrero Group added: “We have growth ambitions and what is key is instilling sustainability throughout our entire business. This new commitment for packaging is an important step to achieving this.”

“The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment unites businesses, governments and others behind a clear vision of a circular economy for plastic. We are pleased Ferrero is joining us, by setting concrete 2025 targets. Our vision is for a world where plastic never becomes waste or pollution. It will be a challenging journey, but by coming together we can eliminate the plastics we don’t need and innovate, so the plastics we do need can be safely and easily circulated – keeping them in the economy and out of the environment.”Sander Defruyt, Lead of the New Plastics Economy initiative at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

To achieve this new challenging commitment, Ferrero will engage its entire group, suppliers and partners. Investments in R&D and Open Innovation, as well as working in partnerships, will drive the Ferrero strategy to eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging without compromising the quality and freshness of its products.

In line with its global commitment, Ferrero will implement the following initiatives as part of a roadmap towards 2025:

R&D and Open Innovation
Reimagining products and packaging to meet the expectations of today’s consumer means putting innovation at the center of our efforts. We are investing further in the R&D and Open Innovation departments to:
• Eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging
• Maximize use of recycled materials where this is safe for our consumers
• Explore projects to test new compostable packaging materials for targeted applications, with focus on marine compostable solutions

To boost local plant waste recycling initiatives Ferrero is partnering with several actors, such as recyclers, national waste management systems, non-food companies to:
• Explore applications for difficult to recycle packaging structures
• Identify projects to use plant packaging waste to ensure circularity at the lowest environmental impact

Global and Local Activations
Ferrero will continue to engage with its suppliers and partners both globally and locally, joining specific associations to streamline definitions and testing methodologies for existing infrastructures.

Ferrero will increase its efforts in plugging leaks from after-use collection systems:
• Providing consumer information on correct disposal together with packaging disassembly and recycling tips
• Evaluating and joining reliable associations to contribute toward a solution

The Ferrero Group will continue to share announcements on these future milestones as part of the journey to make all packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Nestle cocoa plan

Cocoa

Cocoa is used in many of our foods and beverages, and has always been one of our most important ingredients. The cocoa supply chain features serious challenges, from low incomes for farmers to child labor and gender inequalities. We are tackling these issues through implementing the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in our supply chain.

Sourcing cocoa responsibly

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan helps us to source cocoa sustainably, while tackling child labor, improving the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products.

Our commitment

Roll out the Nestlé Cocoa Plan with cocoa farmers

Our main sources of cocoa

Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Venezuela.

Progress against our objectives

By 2018

Source 175 000 tonnes of cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

Our result: 198 155 tonnes of cocoa sourced through Nestlé Cocoa Plan in 2018.

By 2020

Source 230 000 tonnes of cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

We continue to work to broaden and strengthen the Nestlé Cocoa Plan to create impact for farmers and their communities.

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan’s vision is to improve the lives of farmers in our cocoa supply chain.

The majority of cocoa farmers are smallholders with low productivity and incomes, living in poor communities, with depleted soils and older, less productive trees. They often resort to using their children for tasks that could be harmful to their physical or mental development and are therefore classified as child labor. Women in the cocoa supply chain are often under-rewarded for their work, or not given a voice in their communities.

The Plan is active in the main cocoa-producing countries, with the focus being on the world’s largest sources, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. In order to drive industry-wide transparency, we are making available the list of our direct suppliers (Tier 1) and their suppliers (Tier 2) in both Côte d’Ivoire (pdf, 490Kb) and Ghana (pdf, 350Kb).

The Plan operates across three key pillars:

  • Better farming, addressing challenges such as agricultural practices, rejuvenation of plantations and tackling deforestation.
  • Better lives, which seeks to empower women and eliminate child labor.
  • Better cocoa, which covers certification, and building long-term relationships in our supply chain.

Underlying all these activities are transparency and partnerships. We continued our work within the World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction, the industry strategy for cocoa sustainability. We also developed our relationship with UTZ to extend their work from certification to field key performance indicator collection.

Supply chain challenges and solutions

This year, our purchase of cocoa beans exceeded 404,000 tonnes for the first time. We stopped sourcing from the Dominican Republic, as the brand that had used those beans has been sold. This means we will face a challenge in reaching our tonnage target in 2020.

Tackling child labor in our cocoa supply chain

In 2017, we published our first-ever report on child labor in our cocoa supply chain, Tackling Child Labour (pdf, 4Mb). The report sets out our approach to addressing this significant, complex and sensitive challenge.

Our main tool for addressing child labor is our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS), which works with cocoa-growing communites to raise awareness of the issue, identify children who are engaged in labor and implement remediation activities. In 2018, the system continued to expand in both Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, covering more farmers and their children. The number of co-operatives has dipped as we lost some due to failed certification audits. We have continued to fund 21% of children surveyed participating in hazardous tasks in Côte d’Ivoire. The number of children we have helped has progressed well, with a further 11 130 assisted during 2018. Remediation measures included donations of equipment for school, such as notebooks, pens and pencils, the provision of birth certificates, and bridge schools, co-funded by the Jacobs Foundation.

The number of children recorded as no longer working in child labor is frustratingly low. It will be an important focus for us in 2019, together with our partners.

Key child labor performance indicators*

Activity KPIs Country 2016 2017 2018
Number of co-ops in Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) Côte d’Ivoire 69 95 89
Number of farmers covered by CLMRS Côte d’Ivoire 37,130 65,486 67,074
Farmers and community members who attended awareness-raising sessions Côte d’Ivoire 193,424 289,657 535,435
Cumulative total of schools built Côte d’Ivoire 42 43 45
Number of children remediated with educational activities Côte d’Ivoire N/A 11,060 19,072
Outcome indicators
Number and % of children participating in child labor Côte d’Ivoire 6,065
16%
11,891 17,590
21%
Number and % of child labor cases assisted Côte d’Ivoire 4,680
77%
6,346 11,130
63%
Number and % of child labor cases no longer in child labor Côte d’Ivoire 82
1.4%
477
3%
981
5.6%
Number of families of children identified in child labor benefiting from income-generating activities Côte d’Ivoire 1,305 N/A N/A
Volume of Nestlé Cocoa Plan cocoa (tonnes) Global 140,933 186,358 198,155
Nestlé Cocoa Plan cocoa as % of total Nestlé cocoa Global 34% 42.9% 49%

* All data is cumulative from the beginning of the project.

Read more about our commitment to improve workers’ livelihoods and protect children in our agricultural supply chain.

How our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System works

The impact of our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System

Our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) is fully active in the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in Côte d’Ivoire and is being rolled out in Ghana. The assistance includes supporting activities that improve farmers’ incomes, and activities to help children return to or start school, including the provision of school kits and birth certificates. In particular, we have partnered with the Jacobs Foundation to improve education in disadvantaged communities and ensure children are learning basic literacy and math skills in community schools. This has so far benefited 981 children.

The system’s effectiveness was highlighted in an evaluation survey, which showed that in co-operatives where the system was set up between 2013 and 2015 a reduction in child labor of 51% was seen.

Using technology to help children access education

Within our child labor activities, we have developed Eneza, a project to promote the value of education in cocoa communities using innovative technology, and through this reduce child labor. Through the Eneza project, mobile phones are set up and children sent education content via SMS, including short summaries of national curriculum programs and offline access to Wikipedia and quizzes. Key features include a dedicated team to prepare content, provide administrative and technical support, and an on-the-ground presence to distribute materials. Thanks to Eneza, some 500 primary and secondary pupils in remote areas are now able to access educational material online.

The CLMRS is only sustainable if the farmer organizations can continue to drive the work using the premium they receive from the cocoa. Ensuring this transfer of responsibility is a particular challenge and a focus of our efforts.

The Fair Labor Assocation (FLA) continued its annual auditing of our Côte d’Ivoire supply chain, and its most recent report can be found on the FLA website.

Child labor is also found in our vanilla supply chain and is often the result of the labor-intensive nature of vanilla harvesting. We are working with growers and key partners to address this and provide remedies, such as better access to schools. Read more about what we’re doing in our vanilla supply chain to tackle child labor.

What we’re doing to combat deforestation

Nestlé is committed to eliminating deforestation from our supply chains by 2020. In 2017, we signed the Cocoa and Forests Initiative with the World Cocoa Foundation and the governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Following this, we developed an action plan (pdf, 860Kb), including an aim to distribute 2.8 million shade trees in four years.

The Bank of England will release a new £20 note in February 2020

Yesterday, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney unveiled the design of the new £20 note featuring the artist JMW Turner. It will be issued for the first time on February 20th 2020.

The polymer £20 note contains sophisticated security features making it the most secure Bank of England banknote yet. For the first time, the note incorporates two windows and a two-colour foil, making it very difficult to counterfeit.

Polymer notes last longer than paper notes and they stay in better condition during day-to-day use. This note, like the polymer £10, will contain a tactile feature to help vision-impaired people identify the denomination.

The polymer £20 note will join the Churchill £5 and the Austen £10. A new £50 note, featuring Alan Turing, will follow in 2021. The public will begin to see the new £20 from 20 February next year as the notes leave cash centres around the country and enter general circulation.

The public can continue to spend paper £20 notes as usual and these will be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public. Notice will be given six months ahead of legal tender status of the paper £20 being withdrawn.

Commenting on the new note, Carney said: “Our banknotes celebrate the UK’s heritage, salute its culture, and testify to the achievements of its most notable individuals. And so it is with the new £20 banknote, featuring JMW Turner, launched today at Turner Contemporary in Margate. Turner’s contribution to art extends well beyond his favourite stretch of shoreline. Turner’s painting was transformative, his influence spanned lifetimes, and his legacy endures today. The new £20 note celebrates Turner, his art and his legacy in all their radiant, colourful, evocative glory.”

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Radnor Hills take home award 2019

Radnor Hills take home Sustainable/Ethical Manufacturer Award 2019!

 

A host of Wales’ most innovative, sustainable and forward-thinking manufacturers were in the spotlight on the 3rd October at Cardiff City Hall for the annual Made in Wales Awards. Radnor Hills were delighted to take home the Sustainable / Ethical Manufacturer Award, which was given to the company that has demonstrated the greatest commitment, through its products and processes, to forging a sustainable future for their company and region!

Having been dedicated to producing quality spring waters and soft drinks for the last 30 years, Radnor Hills have always been mindful of the environment and the rural landscape in which we work.

We recently became ISO 14001 accredited which means we meet the international standards of requirements for our Environmental Management System. ISO 14001 helps businesses improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste.

We have also demonstrated our commitment to reducing plastic waste and introduced a spring water bottle made from 51% recycled plastic called RPET.

“We are very aware of our environmental responsibilities, as we abstract our pure spring water from the land around us.  This includes our commitment to ensure that we minimise our packaging requirements and work towards a system that recycles our bottles and packaging. We have been working hard with all stakeholders to create a cleaner, greener future. We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award, and very proud of what we have achieved!” says William Watkins, Radnor Hills Managing Director

William founded Radnor Hills with the help of a Welsh Government match-funding grant for farm diversification and a £20,000 family investment. Early customers included McDonald’s and a number of airlines. Today we employ 170 people!

Michell’s news and views

Michelle’s News & Views

Last month saw a wrath of activity, from the Boris Johnson’s Parliament suspension case to Airlines threatening strike action. There was also more news on plastics involving toys that are given away with children’s meals. Burger King have stopped the popular sales tactic and also gone a step further. They are working with a company that makes goods from recycled materials and will have collection bins in all stores. M&S are defending their position of giving away miniature replicas of its most popular food items with every £20 spent. And McDonalds have plans to move to offer the option of swapping the toy for fruit if customers wish.

 

Other news that biodegradable plastics could actually INCREASE sea pollution because they are dumped in rubbish tips where they don’t break down comes as no surprise to the vending industry. We, as an industry have been trying to explain to MPs, consumers and anyone who will listen that there is no closed loop system and that a product that is biodegradable usually needs chemicals to break it down which you can only facilitate at an equipped disposal site.

 

‘Cash is King’, is also no longer a phrase that can be used as we see consumers’ credit card spending and debit cards have overtaken our notes and coins. As most of you will know, we work with Suzo Happ and Nayax to provide a cashless solution. Details are on our website, but if you need any further information, please contact one of the team and we will put you in the right direction.

 

In other news: Cybercrime – strengthen your defences! Did you know that 2 billion data records were compromised in 2017 and more than 4.5 billion in the first half of 2018 alone? There are 4 new malware samples created every second. Only 65% of all URLs are considered trustworthy. Phishing attacks are more targeted and dangerous. They are only online for between 4-8 hours which makes it more difficult to identify. These risks can cause irreparable damage and as you know with the new GDPR legislation any breach of data has to be reported within 72 hours. The steps to take are:-

  1. Develop a strategic plan for cyber resilience.
  2. Engage leaders across the business (not just IT).
  3. Communicate, educate and engage all staff.
  4. Don’t over engineer your plan.
  5. Get buy in from the board – define the risk.
  6. Invest
  7. Share a clear and logical roadmap.

Lastly I look forward to seeing you at our Wolverhampton Seminar on Thursday 3rd October.

Michelle x

Monthly updates

Monthly updates:

Events: Our last Business Seminar and Networking event of the year is fast approaching. On the 3rd October we will be heading down to Wolverhampton for an informative and action packed day. Please turn to the back page to find out more details or call 01132 810 299 or email nivo@nivogroup.co.uk now to book your place.

Vendex: The northern Vendex – at its new home in Leeds – is set to be a good one. We would like to personally invite you and make sure to pay a visit to NIVO on stand 48.

New Supply Members: We are excited to have two new supply members join us. One is the AA providing fantastic breakdown cover at even better prices for your fleets. And the other is Glanbia Performance Nutrition who provide trusted, innovative and forward thinking Sports Nutrition products. Both feature launch articles in this edition of the Insider.

NIVO Assist: We have updated NIVO Assist in partnership with Ellis Whittam with updates to pensions, holiday pay, and sick pay laws. Please check it out on our website.

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING REFRIGERATED VENDING MACHINES

 IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING REFRIGERATED VENDING MACHINES

The Energy Measurement Protocol (EMP) for refrigerated vending machines is no longer valid since the 1st of July 2019.

What did the EVA Energy Measurement Protocol for refrigerated vending machines do?  The Energy Measurement Protocol, developed by EVA technical experts, has provided a reliable method for over 10 years for vending manufacturers to test the energy consumption of their machines, and to present their results to both customers as well as procurement tenders. Due to its replacement by official European standard EN 50597, the EVA decided to withdraw the Energy Measurement Protocol 3.1a for refrigerated vending machines as an industry protocol on 1st July 2019.  Although a voluntary standard, the EMP 3.1a was widely used in the vending industry, and has undoubtedly aided manufacturers to develop more efficient machines up to now. With the approval of EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for refrigerated vending machines introducing a legal requirement to test and display the energy consumption according to the EN 50597:2018 protocol, the EMP 3.1 has effectively become obsolete.

What action do I need to take?  Until the EU Energy Labelling Regulation comes into force in March 2021, it is no longer possible for manufacturers or operators to provide an energy rating to customers or clients, only the test result of EN 50597.  The decision to withdraw the EMP means specifically that since 1 July:

• EMP energy consumption declarations should be removed from websites, online brochures and all other marketing materials. Websites and machine brochures are not able to mention things like ‘rated A,’ ‘this machine has a high energy efficiency rating’ as this can no longer be substantiated.

• All machine model brochures/PDFs containing EMP references and result declarations should be replaced with EN 50597 testing results where applicable.

• While the EMP already made clear that it was not permitted, the EMP energy scale – or partial versions of the scale – can never appear as a label directly on a machine.

It is critical that all players in the vending industry follow the specific rules set out above and take the required action to ensure all EMP 3.1a references are removed from their publications and websites and in tender responses. This change is relevant for manufacturers, vending operators and to any public administrations publishing calls for tender. If an EMP result is requested, the customer should be informed that the EMP 3.1a has been replaced and therefore it is not possible to request machines with old EMP ratings. If the above compliance is not adhered to, this will only create confusion for operators, public administrations, and disingenuous messages in the industry. As an example, if an operator or tender requests an A+ refrigerated machine, they should be informed that it does not exist and refer to this official note from the EVA.

What information do I provide?  From 1 July 2019 to 1 March 2021, only the EN 50597 energy consumption test result can be provided, following the three criteria below:  • Calculated Annual Energy Consumption (kWh)  • Net volume of Cabinet (Litres)  • Declared vending machine category 

 The manufacturer of the machine will provide the information as above.  What does not change?  The Energy Measurement Protocol version 3.1b (for hot drinks machines) still remains valid and will continue to do so. The information provided in this notice does not apply to the EMP 3.1b. 

A word from Graham

The whole subject around environmental concerns and consumers attitude to healthier eating has still regularly been in the news over the past month. One particularly interesting feature revolved around the collection of waste on Britain’s beaches. Did you see the photographs on LinkedIn? It was a very interesting way of engaging with consumers – making it a little fun for the younger ones to encourage good habits when disposing of waste. Perhaps this is an idea that we in our industry can imitate to be seen to be promoting environmental solutions to our customers to demonstrate our green credentials.
We all know that there are various simple bin options available to sell. This in turn helps our customer to demonstrate their own responsible action in the face of changing attitudes to the environment. But it goes further. It shows we, the operators, to be helping our customers and we can make a small profit on the transactions. We simply must be seen to be making real efforts to address environmental issues and this is a simple service oriented solution which will prove we are serious. One point of note, we must also encourage our customers to positively engage with their waste collection provided. Then the cups/cans/bottles that are collected can be properly sent down the supply chain to ensure correct disposal? After that step, there are several more that vending operators can get involved with to provide solutions that can really work. For example, I was surprised recently, to learn that not all operators realise that the standard paper cup that is used in vending – lined with polyethylene (PE) is actually recyclable! Recent press reports say the opposite, but the FACTS are that they can be and are recycled at this time. Of course, the issues around effective collection remains a key point, but never the less, the facts are that our standard paper cup is 100% recyclable. Do we communicate that fact? Perhaps print it on our cups?
In addition there is the option to use compostable cups? These essentially look the same, but are lined with polylactic acid (PLA). Again, there is a key need to ensure that our clients speak to their collection service provider to ensure the cups are collected effectively, and sent to the right facility for composting, but we can advise them and show paper cups are a good source of recycling or composting material not the “killer” the press/media often presents them as.

While we await the final outcome of the reviews being conducted by the various governments and organisations such as DEFRA, we can at least be seen as doing the right things that perhaps offer up new opportunities. If you need any help identifying the right kind of support services (bins, reverse vending machines etc), please let us know and we can put you in touch with the right suppliers.
On a different topic, you may have notice the trend in recent years of the high street coffee shops promoting seasonal coffee flavours. For example, we have seen the use of special infusions or coffee types to keep the consumers interested, Can we use this idea as well? Obviously this is not easy with traditional vending, although there are flavoured coffee mixes that can be used in chocolate or spare canisters (where available) and I have had good reports that these options boost sales volumes. Obviously with table top machines, and in the right locations, the possibility of selling flavoured syrups might be an extra dimension to our offerings. At least it will be something we can talk about on websites and for wholesaling, and we will need to move quickly. Alternatively, look again at Nestlé Café Azera or Nitro Cold Brew product options to engage with customers and consumers alike.

Again if you need any help identifying products just call.

Regards, Graham.

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What does cover include?

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Unilever renewable success

Unilever achieves 100% renewable electricity across five continents

 

London/Rotterdam – Unilever announced today that its factories, offices, R&D facilities, data centres, warehouses and distribution centres across five continents are now powered by 100% renewable grid electricity.

As far as possible, Unilever’s transition to renewable electricity has been delivered through supporting the development of local renewable energy markets, with 38% of its grid electricity supplied through corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and green electricity tariffs.

Where it has not been feasible to do this, Unilever has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) – openly-traded certificates linked to renewable electricity generation.

Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100 at The Climate Group, said: “Congratulations to Unilever – achieving 100% renewable electricity across five continents means the company is quickly advancing on its RE100 goal as it works to become a ‘carbon neutral’ company by 2030. Through its membership of RE100, global companies like Unilever are sending a strong demand signal to the few markets where renewables remain harder to access. They want to be able to source renewable electricity locally at an affordable price – and they want to do that now.”

Today’s announcement comes ahead of Unilever taking to the stage at the opening ceremony of Climate Week NYC and participating in the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit, where it joins leaders from government and business in advocating for the importance of limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5°C – in line with the Paris Agreement.

Unilever’s achievement is a significant step towards its target to become a carbon neutral company before 2030. Unilever has worked with partners around the world to generate renewable electricity at its own sites, with solar power in use at Unilever facilities in 18 countries.

Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Unilever, said: “The climate emergency is one of the most urgent challenges we’re all facing. Our team have worked hard to secure renewable energy contracts for our sites across five continents, accelerating the delivery of our 100% renewable energy targets.

“Of course, there is more work to do, but we hope that today’s announcement will inspire further action elsewhere and help to prove that it is possible to combat the climate crisis and hold global warming at 1.5 Degrees Celsius. Renewable is doable.”

A substantial contribution to today’s announcement comes from Unilever’s investment in energy efficiency programmes, which have led to a reduction in total energy consumption of 28%, and to the halving of carbon emissions per tonne of production since 2008, as well as the introduction of on-site solar electricity generation.

There have been no net on-costs to get to this point. Savings that Unilever was able to generate through mechanisms such as PPA’s have counterbalanced additional costs.

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Dispo – 2 New Exciting Product Ranges!

Dispo are offering large discounts on the new ranges which are environmentally friendly.

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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

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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
robin.turver@sbsoft.co.uk
Website: http://www.sbsoft.co.uk/

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