What does the latest coffee study really show?
Are you a regular coffee drinker? If you are, then you need to keep on reading. The latest research by Andreia Miranda at the University of Sao Paulo shows that by drinking just 3 cups of coffee a day you can reduce your chance of heart disease.
The research published by the American College of Cardiology, focused on 4,400 participants and measured their Coronary Artery Calcium levels through a method called computed tomography. It was shown that as the level of coffee participants drank increased, the level of Coronary Artery Calcium decreased.
3 is the Magic Number
Three cups of coffee seems to be the optimum amount, with worries about too much coffee having a negative impact causing problems such as anxiety and irregular heartbeat.
These findings come at a time when heart disease is highly prevalent. In 2015, there were just under 11.3 million new cases of CVD in Europe according to the European Heart Network.
Caffeinated vs Decaffeinated:
The study found no difference between caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting that it doesn’t matter if you drink your coffee with or without caffeine, as caffeine isn’t responsible for the decrease of calcium found in the arteries.
It is thought that it is antioxidants in the coffee that are responsible for the result, although cause and effect is yet to be established.
Other suggested benefits of Coffee:
- Reduced Insulin Sensitivity
- Reduced Blood Pressure
- Lower risk of diabetes.
Have Your Coffee at the Flick of A Button
Everyone loves a coffee break, and it’s well worth sharing this latest research with your friends who also love a coffee in their work break. If you want your daily coffee fix available at the flick of a button then have a look at our Table Top Instant Machine with 7 product selections Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Hot Chocolate and Hot Water, so your 3 cups a day can come in whichever way you love best.
References: European Heart Network
A Guide To The UK Sugar Tax
The UK’s Sugar Tax was put into force on Monday, 6th April 2018 and with this, it has naturally brought about a variety of questions about what the Sugar Tax means, why it’s been implemented and what it means for consumers and businesses.
What is the Sugar Tax?
The Sugar Tax is a levy which applies to the manufacturers of soft drinks with added sugars; it is at the discretion of the manufacturer as to whether they pass on the additional costs implied through the new Tax onto retailers and customers.
The tax will apply to drinks which fall into the following categories:
The tax excludes pure fruit juices which have no added sugars, as well as high-milk drinks (of 75% or more) due to the calcium provided in these drinks. Food items such as Biscuits and Cakes will also not be effected by the tax and it is expected that there will be a separate levy for food items with added sugar.
- Drinks containing 5-8g of Sugar per 100ml will be taxed at the equivalent of 18p per litre
- Drinks containing more than 8g of Sugar per 100ml will be taxed at the equivalent of 24p per litre
Why is the Sugar Tax being implemented?
The Sugar Tax has been implemented in an effort to encourage a decreased consumption of sugary soft drinks due to increased pricing.
The money gained from the levy will be used to fund School Sports and Breakfast Clubs. Initial forecasts for the Sugar Tax were set at £500 million, yet this has been lowered to £240 million since the Tax was announced in 2016.
This is largely due to many manufacturers reducing the amount of sugar contained in their products to fall beneath the tax’s threshold. Most notably, Irn-Bru and Ribena have reduced the sugar used in their drinks by around 50% so that they fall below the tax brackets. Others such as Pepsi and Coca Cola have not changed their drink’s recipe, but instead have looked at alternative means of reducing bottle sizes and increasing the cost of products.
Will the Sugar Tax Work?
Many question whether the Sugar Tax will have the desired effect; a study conducted by Mintel showed that just under 50% of Brits say that the tax will encourage them to cut-back on their consumption of sugary soft drinks. Furthermore, a similar Sugar Tax was introduced in Mexico back in 2014 and first year results from this showed that 12% of customers were consuming less sugary soft drinks, as well as an increase in the purchase of other soft drink items such as bottled water.
What does the Sugar Tax mean for Consumers & Businesses?
Overall, the Sugar Tax means that both businesses & consumers will either be paying an increased price for soft drinks, buying a smaller portion size, or will find that some of their favourite soft drinks have reduced sugars used in their recipes.
It is also likely that you may find an increased variety of healthier soft drink options; as businesses who provide refreshments for employees, it will be key to re-assess their current offering for employees to help them make better choices for both financial and lifestyle reasons.
To discover more about Healthy Vending Machines which are CQUIN compliant or how to help get your Vending supplies up-to-date with the new Sugar Tax, don’t hesitate to contact us at Westways Vending.
What’s new in vending technology?
Our continued change in lifestyle towards eating and drinking away from home has created a place for vending in numerous outlets, wherever people are at leisure or on the move.
High street coffee culture has had an enormous effect on the vending industry, requiring us to “up our game” in terms beverage quality. Vending machines have had to keep pace with the Baristas on the high street.
The nutritional quality of our snacks and cold drinks range is currently receiving well-publicised scrutiny to which the industry and its suppliers are responding.
Catch the news while your tea brews…
With the development of media screens on vending equipment comes the ability to communicate. Advertisements, messages and news is displayed to engage consumers whilst they wait for their snacks or drinks. Engagement encourages loyalty and hopefully sales. Once a conversation begins, no longer will the vending machine sit quietly in the corner.
Engage with your vending machine.
The latest models of snack and cold drinks machines feature touch screens, allowing nutritional information to be displayed prior to purchasing. A “shopping cart” feature allows users to purchase several items at one time, with the facility for “meal deals” to be offered.
Coffee machines are becoming equally interactive. With touch screens resembling an iPad, User Apps can be downloaded to allow users to fully customise their drink, place an order and check consumption statistics directly from a smartphone. The perfect recipe can even be saved to favourites. Special offers and discounts can be offered to regular users to create loyalty.
A pocket full of coins is a thing of the past
Cashless payment systems have been in existence for a number of years, however the way we use them has changed. Waive and Pay, Apple Pay and Google Wallet are now mainstream ways of paying for small transactions. Bespoke charge cards featuring your company logo can be used to provide staff with a limited number of free drinks. With people carrying less small change, cashless payment systems are becoming essential.
It’s “all about the coffee”
No matter how interactive and engaging the vending machine becomes, our drive and vision will remain rooted in delivering the very best cup of coffee using the best ingredients, and offering a range of snacks which meets nutritional expectations, all delivered from well maintained equipment.
To find out more about what we do at Westways Vending please explore our site or call 0800 195 3170 .
What is the sugar tax?
The soft drinks levy (sometimes known as the sugar tax) is a new levy that applies to the production and importation of soft drinks containing added sugar. It will come in to effect in April 2018. The levy will apply to the producers and importers of these types of drinks. It will have a lower rate which will apply to added sugar drinks with a total sugar content of 5 grams or more per 100 millilitres and a higher rate for drinks with 8 grams or more per 100 millilitres. It will not apply to any drink where no sugar is added.
Introducing the “light” equivalent
The drinks industry has responded to the sugar levy by reformulating some drinks to reduce the sugar level, or by introducing a “light” equivalent. This can be seen across the range from traditional “fizzy pop” to energy drinks and fruit drinks.
The Irn Bru revolution.
One of the well-publicised product developments was made by Barr Soft Drinks with Irn Bru. For more than 100 years its makers have steadfastly refused to give away details of the secret ingredient, however in its original form it falls into the higher rate sugar levy.
The recipe will continue to remain a mystery, but the makers of Irn-Bru have created a sugar-free alternative – Irn-Bru Extra, a new version of the UK’s third most popular soft drink, the first for 35 years.
Although pure fruit juice is exempt from the sugar tax, the high level of natural sugars has also attracted negative attention. Manufactures have overcome this by diluting fruit juice with water.
Some really good still and sparking drinks are coming to market, in a range of delicious flavours far more diverse than the limited choice of orange, apple or blackcurrant . Mango, strawberry, blueberry, kiwi, and elderflower are not just restricted to artisan brands, they are now core ingredients used by the big brands.
So is the sugar tax a bad thing?
The soft drinks market of today, compared when the sugar tax was first muted, has come a long way. The industry had no choice but to react with improved product ranges and low sugar options.
In cold drinks vending machines operated by Westways Vending, you will now find an interesting range of drinks, including those with low sugar. This has to be a good thing for all of us.
Something for everyone
Westways aims to offer something for all tastes. So whether you prefer sugary drinks, an energy boost or low calorie refreshment, Westways looks forward to serving you!
To find out more about our fully managed vending service , please explore our site or give us a call on 0800 195 3170
The last day to use your paper £10 note is 1 March 2018.
The old cotton £10 note will be withdrawn and will no longer be legal tender.
This decision has been taken because the Bank of England has already repatriated 55% of the cotton notes in circulation.
For more information please see Bank of England