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Cashless Coffee Vending – Update Your Office in 2019 | Office Vending

Contactless & Cashless Coffee Vending for a Cashless Society.

The days of having a pocket full of change are almost over. Cash is no longer necessary for daily small transactions. In fact many car parks and public transport no longer accept cash.

Westways Vending recognises that people no longer carry cash “just in case”.

Easy Nayax Payment System

Our Bean To Cup Coffee Machines offer the facility for Nayax cashless and contactless devices. So if your team need a coffee to get them going in the morning or fancy a quick coffee post lunch, they can just waive or insert their card, or use Apple Pay to get thier fix. The choice of delicious coffee will be the hardest part – Westways Vending offer shop style espresso based coffees, creamy hot chocolate or freshly brewed tea, or a refreshingly chilled drink.

The Best Solution for Your Office – Bean To Cup Vending

Bean to cup is the perfect option for any office. The variety of machine size and hot beverage options that you can offer mean your team will never want to leave the office.

Find out more about our Cashless office In-Cup Drinks Machines and our Bean to Cup Coffee Pod Machines

Improve Your Office Productivity

Not only will this easy pay option prevent your team from having to treck to the local coffee shop, but ‘Studies by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information found that caffeine can improve performance by 11-12%, on average.’

How Can Coffee Make Your Team More Productive?

So if you fancy improving office productivity, enhancing office culture or maybe just an amazing coffee right from your workplace, Westways Vending cashless payment systems will not leave you disappointed!

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Westways Vending prepares for the new £1 Coin

In just a few weeks’ time, a newly designed £1 coin will come into circulation. The 12 sided bi-metal coin, reminiscent of the old threepenny piece, is quite different to our current £1, which has been in use since 1983. It will be more difficult to replicate the new design, reducing the introduction of fake coins.
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CQUIN Healthy Vending Overcoming Obesity | Westways Vending

Obesity in the UK

In this blog we outline how the manufacturers and the vending industry are responding to Government initiatives to tackle obesity. A shocking 61.4% of the English population are either overweight or obese. In a 2016 survey the House of Commons Obesity Statistics suggest that 26.2% of adults in England are obese and a further 35.2% are overweight. (House of Commons). Nearly one third of children aged between 2 and 15 are obese or overweight, more than any other country in Europe causing concern to The Worldwide Health Organisation.

Whats the Cause of The Obesity Crisis?

Fast food, fat, and now sugar have been blamed for rising obesity levels. How will this impact on our favourite chocolate bar or drink? The issue is far more complex than just how much chocolate we consume. France, Spain and Italy also experience high levels of obesity, but their confectionery consumption is a lot lower than in the UK. There is no doubt that the nation’s health needs to improve. Recently the media has reported the increased cost of treating obesity-related conditions, and highlighted the possibility of charging people for obesity-related healthcare and surgery in an attempt to raise awareness and encourage people to take responsibility for their own health.

Is the Vending Industry Contributing to the Obesity Crisis?

The confectionery industry has responded to government initiatives by reducing the portion size of individual chocolate bars and limiting them to a maximum of 250 calories. Snacks manufacturers also responded. Many have reduced the fat content and pack sizes of standard crisps, and introduced a number of “baked” rather than “fried” snacks to their ranges. The proposed “sugar tax” has prompted drinks manufacturers to look again at their product ranges and there are some exciting new sugar-free drinks regularly entering the marketplace.

Are Healthier Vending Products the Answer?

There are many misconceptions regarding healthy snacks. Many products contain a large amount of sugar and have low nutritional value; therefore it is up to the consumer to understand what is in the product that categorises it as healthy, and to determine whether it is healthy for them. Everybody’s needs are different, and what suits one person’s nutritional needs may not suit another. Vending machines from Westways Vending offer a range of products to suit varying dietary needs and lifestyle requirements.

“People on low incomes cannot afford to eat healthily”

The economic argument frequently rears its head. It is suggested that low income families have a poor diet due to financial limitations, however in supermarkets, £1 can purchase a larger quantity of vegetables than chocolate, crisps or fizzy drinks. Maybe we have not taught people how to cook them, and how good they can taste!

Remind Your Customers Vending Snacks are Not a Meal Replacement

Snack vending machines are increasingly vilified as the cause of obesity. Westways Vending snack machines offer a selection of snacks (the clue is in the name!) They are not intended as meal replacement machines; they are designed to complement people’s daily diet. Having an occasional snack can form part of a balanced diet, but it is not the machine’s fault if it is being regularly used to purchase a substitute for a meal. Sugary drinks are being equally vilified, however with the approach of the impending sugar tax, it is surprising how many sugar-free drinks are now entering the marketplace. As vending operators, this is great news for us; after all we can only offer what the manufacturers produce. Westways Vending cold drinks machines present the consumer with a choice; what they choose to purchase from the range is beyond our control.

Choosing what to eat and drink is a lifestyle choice.

Although manufacturers have been forced to change portion sizes, individuals must take responsibility for their own health and well-being. Education and nutritional knowledge could help people to make healthier choices, however, an element of self-control and a willingness to embrace change is equally important. Here at Westways Vending, we thoroughly evaluate every new product we receive before we agree to stock it. We pay particular attention to the selection of “healthy” options, and of course everything has to pass the taste test too! Healthy eating has never had such a high profile. Let’s hope it starts to reflect in a fall in obesity levels and an improvement in the nation’s health. To find out more about snacks and cold drinks from Westways Vending, please call Ian on 0800 195 3170

Kenco Coffee vs Gangs

This is the second in our series about sustainability and social responsibility in the coffee industry. In our previous blog, we raised the question “is sustainability and social responsibility more than just PR?” We think that this project run by Kenco will surprise you.

Kenco Coffee vs Gangs

Last year, Kenco launched Coffee vs Gangs — a pilot project to provide young people in Honduras with the opportunity to escape the gangs that blight Honduran society and train as coffee farmers.

You may have seen the advertisements on TV, but it’s only when you delve into the press and social media updates that you realise just what’s being achieved. This is not just a PR exercise designed to tick Kenco’s social responsibility box.

Read more here and you will see that this is a truly brave project, which is changing lives by giving skills and opportunities in the coffee industry to carefully selected young people. Many were at risk of falling into a life of gangs, drugs and crime or falling victim to crime, either in Honduras or through attempts to migrate to the US.

Coffee in Honduras

Coffee accounts for 42 per cent of all agricultural exports in Honduras, and Jacobs Douwe Egberts, owner of Kenco, is the biggest coffee buyer from the country, accounting for 30 per cent of the coffee exported each year.

There are 114,000 coffee farmers in Honduras. Kenco is keen to develop the communities and provide alternatives to gang life through coffee. One of the causes of the gang problem is a lack of opportunity. Coffee vs Gangs will equip young people with the skills and support to become successful future coffee entrepreneurs.

The first coffee students

The first intake of twenty young people were selected, drawn from the inner city and rural communities. Focus groups, individual interviews and family interviews were part of the process, with community leaders playing a part. For the next year they lived and worked on a pilot farm at the Kenco Coffee School, where their education extended beyond learning how to grow coffee.

Hope for the future

Recently, the Honduran coffee industry has strengthened and grown. It’s one of the biggest industries in the country now, providing a high-quality coffee product to customers all over the world. It’s a sustainable industry but one that many believes needs modernising. In a small way Kenco are leading by example in that regard by introducing young business people to coffee farming. Now in its second year, the Kenco Coffee Vs Gangs project is thriving, its first graduates are building futures for themselves, and its second intake of students is already full of ambition. Although not widely talked about, it’s fair to assume that the ripple effect from the success of the first twenty students will have a significant impact on the wider community, improving the economic and social prospects for extended family members and beyond. This effect will grow exponentially with each successful cohort.

The first graduates

Projects to improve the lives of your people are frequently documented. Typically, participants will have been through extremely traumatic experiences, leaving them with difficulty in forming relationships, concentrating and committing. The success rate of such projects can be low, and scepticism can be high. So how has it been for the first intake at the Kenco Coffee School? What was the success rate, bearing in mind these young people were selected from a perilous lifestyle surrounded by fear and violence? Some of their work was field-based, but they were also required to attend classroom business studies, something that some of them found really difficult.

Well the news is heart-warming. The cohort must have displayed the most incredible determination to succeed because out of the twenty young people who started the course, nineteen successfully completed it. What a fantastic outcome!

We would urge you to follow this project on Facebook and online at The Telegraph and The Irish Times where you can read much more about the project and the graduates.

In our opinion, Coffee vs Gangs is definitely more than just a PR story.

Photo Credit: The Telegraph

Sustainability and Social Responsibility in the coffee industry- more than just PR?

The demand for coffee in the western world has increased rapidly. According to High Charts, 3.2million cups of espresso based coffee were sold per week in UK coffee shops during the year 2000. In 2016 this figure is expected to reach 17.9 million. In view of this increasing demand, the media is predicting a “coffee crisis” in the next three to five years.*

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