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Environmentally Conscious Vending

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At Livewell, we try to be as eco-conscious as possible. We know that concerns about single-use plastic are at the forefront of everyone’s mind, so we wanted to let you know that we are doing everything we can to make our services as eco-friendly as possible. 

When you hear the word ‘plastic’, it might conjure up images in your mind of an ocean filled with single-use bottles and packets. But you can rest assured , all the bottles sourced by Livewell are made from recycled material and are recyclable.

Approximately 90% of our bottles are made out of rPET material

rPET stands for recycled polyethylene tetraphyte, which is the fourth most common plastic resin used in the world. The plastic content in rPET has been recycled, so the bottles that we use were produced without compromising any natural resources, reducing oil usage and greenhouse gas emissions associated with virgin plastic production.

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rPET is derived from PET (without the little ‘R’). Like most other plastics it is made from a combination of oil and petrochemicals. However, PET is part of the thermoplastics’ family, which means they can be heated, melted and cooled into many different shapes and sizes. Those PET plastics then get transformed into the recycled plastic you see in your Livewell Vending machines, and from there they can be recycled again and again and again.

Finding a new life for these already-made products is a way to move forward and create a use for plastic products whilst reducing the amount of dangerous chemicals. On top of using products made with recycled materials, it’s important that we’re aware of our purchases and aware of how we dispose this plastic material as well.

Alongside our rPET products, Livewell try to reduce waste through recycling arrangement in place on our premises for all plastic, cardboard, and combustible materials. Where possible we source our equipment and refreshments locally. For example, our Coffee Vending machines and Water Coolers are all manufactured in the UK. And for our refreshments, we are pleased to source our bottled water locally from Harrogate Spring Water, reducing food miles. The telemetry system at the core of Livewell’s operated allows remote access to our vending machines via the cloud, which means we only make a journey to visit sites when needed and we only carry the stock on our vans that is required.

We want to implement change at every level of our organisation. For us, this means that we use the evolution of technology and a smarter approach to working in order to keep down emissions and reduce our carbon footprint. It also means that we work with reliable suppliers and brands who can help us deliver a complete and uncompromising vending solution for our customers, whilst practicing sustainability.

If you like what you see here and want to implement a vending solution within your organisation feel free to contact us, or have a go at our Solution Wizard for your free tailored proposal!

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2022 So Far…

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2022 So Far…

Livewell has been really busy in 2022 so far. As always, our goal is to refuel lifestyles, maximise productivity, whilst offering a great experience for our clients and their customers. We want to ensure that we deliver fantastic vending solutions bespoke to each of our client’s needs. 

Sixth Form Vending Machine Installation

Improving Student Lifestyles

More than anything we wanted to showcase some of the vending installations we have implemented so far in this year. This fantastic hydration station in a sixth form in a Bradford looks great, fits nicely in the available space, and offers students the chance to pick up a quick drink on the way to their next class, or to wind down during their free periods.

All the machines

Fully Managed Sixth Form

This sixth form decided that they wanted a full set of vending machines installed. From left to right, there is a snack vending machine, drinks vending machine, and automatic coffee vending machine, all featuring contactless payment options and our sleek branding look. We were more than happy to implement this high level of comfort culture for these students and teachers.

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The Glasshouse: Refuel and Go

Meanwhile, situated in the heart of Nottingham city centre, The Glasshouse is only a short walk to Nottingham Trent University and a short bus journey to The University of Nottingham. We managed to tuck in a couple of vending machines in the corner of their laundry room. This snack machine is kitted out with a touchscreen feature including an antibacterial microfilm to increase cleanliness, and our drinks machine has an arm that reaches and grabs your drink for you, instead of dropping it and getting rid of all that fizz.

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Apartment Refreshments 24/7

A great achievement for Livewell is our recent implementation of these coffee, snack, and drink vending machines within the Saffron Court Apartment building. These high-quality apartments need high quality machines, and these machines placed in the reception area are situated in the perfect position to grab snacks, drinks, or a cup of coffee on the go, or as you get back home.

If you like what you see here and want to implement a vending solution within your organisation feel free to contact us, or have a go at our Solution Wizard for your free tailored proposal!

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Co-Lab: The Technological Heart of Harrogate

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The Company

Co-Lab acts as a hub, supporting the digital eco-system in Harrogate. They provide growing businesses with access to funding, advice/mentoring, and the opportunity to use their network to collaborate with businesses and organisations across Leeds, and Harrogate. Co-Lab also offers SME’s the opportunity to access a range of programmes that can help digital and tech businesses thrive, using tailored professional advice on important topics such as; raising finance, finding talent and developing skills, and utilising local tech infrastructure.

Sixth Form Vending Machine Installation

Improving Student Lifestyles

More than anything we wanted to showcase some of the vending installations we have implemented so far in this year. This fantastic hydration station in a sixth form in a Bradford looks great, fits nicely in the available space, and offers students the chance to pick up a quick drink on the way to their next class, or to wind down during their free periods.

Alistair Forbes

SME Growth Manager, Harrogate Borough Council

“The Co-Lab space is used by a number of small businesses, so we needed a drinks machine that could provide us with a high quality of beverage, consistently, that was easy to maintain. Luckily, Livewell managed to find the perfect solution for us, and our machine performs even better than what I had imagined.”

The Solution

At Livewell Vending, we know that the little things matter. Coffee that is easy to access and tastes great really can make that crucial difference in any work environment. By providing this coffee machine within this workspace, Co-Lab have demonstrated they are looking out for their own by providing this fantastic service to them, for free.

That one cup of coffee can really make a difference too. As a professional, being able to take those few moments for yourself, enveloping yourself into a delicious beverage, can centre yourself in times of stress, giving you the opportunity to refocus, reenergise, and ultimately be more productive.

Aaron Prout

Managing Director, Livewell Vending

“We wanted to give Co-Lab a hot drinks vending machine that would fit snugly in their space, and outperform the competition. We decided to go with the Vitro S1, the perfect machine for small businesses that need their caffeine fix”

The Vitro S1 automatic coffee machine was chosen which is perfect for smaller offices like Co-Lab, as well as convenience stores, quick service restaurants, or anywhere that wants to serve high quality espresso-based drinks up to 60 times a day. 

The Vitro S1 has all these great features:

  1. Espresso brewing system to produce fresh bean to cup coffee
  2. Easy to refill coffee beans and soluble ingredients
  3. Seamless and compact design
  4. In built, and easy to refill, water tank
  5. Simple to clean and maintain
  6. Suitable for locations requiring up to 60 drinks per day

Download the Vitro S1 brochure here, learn more about our coffee machine options, or get in touch to find the right solution for you!

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Bringing People Back to Work: Flutter

Flutter and Livewell

The Brief

The Coronavirus pandemic pushed more of the nation’s workforce into their homes, and into isolation. Telephone and Zoom calls became the new standard for interaction. Today, isolation has now been lifted and workers are being encouraged to return to the office. Some are excited to go back to work, but may be apprehensive about how safe it is. Others may not want to return to work at all, as they are content with this change in lifestyle. Either way, Flutter wanted to cultivate an office culture, and create a workspace, where people feel comfortable, entertained, content, and willing, to return to the office whether on a full-time or hybrid basis.

Flutter Office Refreshment Area

Opened in August 2021, the Flutter offices are located in Wellington Place, Leeds, and include seven floors of unique open plan desk space, with a recreational space on the top floor boasting an outdoor balcony and a gaming station. Their open plan contemporary office space operates as a hub for a tech and digital company that has grown quickly to become a market leader in the betting and gaming world. Flutter developed this incredible space over a two-year period, in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, which created further considerations for the design and facilities.

The new Flutter offices in Leeds are buzzing with young professionals working hard to thrill, excite, and entertain their customers. As we slowly move further from the dread of the Pandemic, Flutter has begun to use a hybrid approach to their working situation. Team members work from home when they need quiet and concentration, but come into the office when they need to engage with other team members, creating an environment where members of the team can be happier and more effective in the work place.

In addition to creating an attractive, practical workspace to inspire dynamic individuals and teams, the space needs to ensure the workforce feel safe and welcome back to an office environment after a sustained period of home working. To encourage people to come into more, Flutter decided to further enhance this already incredible space, with premier, top of the line refreshment and vending equipment to deliver the best possible goods and services to their employees, whilst maintaining a safe, comfortable environment.

Alistair Forbes

SME Growth Manager, Harrogate Borough Council

“The Co-Lab space is used by a number of small businesses, so we needed a drinks machine that could provide us with a high quality of beverage, consistently, that was easy to maintain. Luckily, Livewell managed to find the perfect solution for us, and our machine performs even better than what I had imagined.”

Sixth Form Vending Machine Installation

Improving Student Lifestyles

More than anything we wanted to showcase some of the vending installations we have implemented so far in this year. This fantastic hydration station in a sixth form in a Bradford looks great, fits nicely in the available space, and offers students the chance to pick up a quick drink on the way to their next class, or to wind down during their free periods.

Office Vending Machines 

The smart vending equipment is absolutely premium, for example, the sleek modern machines include features such as; 

  1. temperature control
  2. contactless options creating a low contact environment for Covid safety.
  3. touchscreen to display information and make purchases
  4. remote access so Livewell can analyse and monitor the products purchased more effectively and efficiently enabling us to manage and maintain the products and equipment
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Vending Products

Automated self-serve vending machines contain a range of popular branded products, as well as a variety of healthier options. These machines provide a high standard of refreshment, with a large selection of modern choices. The Hydration and Snack Stations sit neatly in alcoves and provide quick and easy acres to refreshments with a contactless payment system to suit the accelerated post-covid switch away from cash. The Hydration Station contains a variety of drink options to satisfy anybody’s thirst. The Snack Stations provide a multitude of snack options to satisfy that midday craving.

Coffee Machines 

The coffee machines Livewell installed are just as impressive as the vending equipment. The machines Livewell provided Flutter include; 

  1.  top end, fresh milk and fresh beans
  2.  milk injection technology to create premium results
  3.  a full menu of coffee shop quality coffees and hot chocolate drinks, including cold frappé options, and Galaxy Hot Chocolate

These clean, easy-to-use machines are perfect for providing a range of coffee choices for young professionals. In addition, the ‘distance selection’ menu selection allows staff to place their cup and make their choice without the need to touch the machine at any point – great for those concerned about touch points.

Aaron Prout

MD, Livewell Vending

At Livewell, we carefully source the top end machines, and augment them with the latest technologies that enable us to work smarter and more efficiently. Satisfaction is our priority, so we always try to provide the highest quality and widest range of products possible, giving people popular brands to choose from, and healthier options to keep people happy. We even created our own Livewell Medium Roast Coffee so we know we can provide the best hot drinks possible.

Implementation

All-in-all Livewell provided Flutter with eleven different premium and/or bespoke vending machines, and 6 exceptional top-of-the-line coffee machines. The vending machines contain a range of popular branded products for everybody to enjoy, as well as a variety of healthier options. The machines provided were a combination of the Coffee Station, Snack Station, Hydration Station, and a combination machine on floor seven tailored to the specific needs of that breakout space. 

Flutter had specific ideas about what they wanted for their space, and Livewell were happy to deliver. Livewell provided bespoke vending models specifically designed to accommodate the alcove spaces in the building, sourcing slimmer yet equally effective models, proving Livewell’s dedication to their clients, and the lengths they will take to provide a service that excels. These particular machines are embedded within the office space which is convenient, looks great, and is stylistically perfect for Flutter’s sleek new offices.

Outcome

Within these breakout spaces, Livewell Vending have provided a range of food and drink options throughout this space to enrichen the work environment and refresh and sustain the lively, energetic workforce that populate the space. While Flutter continues to develop their hybrid working style, they are bringing people back to work using the contemporary workspace and by providing refreshment services to the staff that work there.

Flutter is at the forefront of developing the post-modern office space and hybridised working style, catapulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. They know that isolation has changed not only how people do their work, but how they think about their work. People are happy with the time and the space that working from home provides them. However, the workspace still has value, providing a space for face-to-face interactions that build the company, as well as build the individuals within it, to meet and develop upon ideas and each other in a way that a Microsoft Teams meeting could never do. For Flutter, this is the new normal. A hybridised working style, supplemented by a premium office space, with top-tier refreshment services to optimise performance and boost morale.  

Are you looking for a vending solution for your office environments? Complete our Solution Wizard or contact us to discuss your requirements further. 

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The future of vending machines in schools

For Livewell, schools are where it started. We know this sector better than any other refreshment supplier, and wanted to explore how catering in the education sector must evolve with new stock management technologies, contactless payment systems and changing dietary needs in our latest blog.

It’s been over a year since the emergence of Covid-19 caused unprecedented disruption to life as we know it. 

While the hospitality and retail industries have recently returned to a degree of pre-pandemic normality and are flourishing with the easing of restrictions, the education sector continues to navigate ongoing mass-disruption to learning, policy changes, class bubble management and rising case numbers amongst students. 

With cases set to continue to rise again ahead of the Summer holidays and perhaps into the new school year, it’s important pupils are taking the right precautions to best fight off the virus, which includes consuming a healthy diet. 

Modern vending: moving away from junk food to healthy alternatives 

Public Health England warned living with excess weight puts people at greater risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19, with risk growing substantially as body mass index (BMI) increases.

At present, more than a third of teenagers in the UK begin their adult life already overweight or obese, with even higher rates for those from poorer backgrounds. 

The risks associated between Covid-19 complications and those overweight, on top of a historic drive for change heavily fuelled by Jamie Oliver’s 15 year push for healthier school dinners, has further cemented the diets of young people as a top priority amongst governing bodies. 

The latest government action to crack down on child and teen obesity levels includes the ban of junk food ads before 9pm, outlawing daytime and early-evening TV slots for foods high in fat, salt and sugar from 2022. A further ban of online adverts of the same food is currently up for public consultation

Providing pupils with healthy alternatives to junk food while adapting to an ever-increasing cashless, contactless society is paramount to improving the health of younger generations, and the responsibility lies in part with the education sector and its decision makers.

As a result, the landscape for vending solutions in schools is changing. The demand for safe, low contact access to healthy food and drink on-the-go is on the rise. From low fat and sugar free options, to an increased demand for vegetarian/vegan alternatives, as well as the innovative use of antimicrobial films, contactless payments and automated stock management systems – vending has entered a new era. That’s where we come in. 

The catering challenges facing schools today

One of the biggest challenges in schools is that the demand for catering is compressed into quite short break times and a lunchtime — often as short as 30 or 40 minutes long. Another that is unique to schools is the regulatory standards that are in place for food and drink served to pupils, as well as funding and budget limitations.

We work closely with schools, multi-academy trusts and caterers to supply vending services and solutions that are tailored to meet these unique challenges. We offer quick, low-contact, self service catering of school of stock school compliant food and drink, which helps reduce queues and increases catering income. 

The role of technology in the future of school vending machines

Technology is playing a leading role in the growth in demand for vending machines, micro markets and refreshment stations in schools – for students and staff alike. 

Cashless payments and contactless transactions via distance selection technology enables users to select and pay for their goods seamlessly with low to no contact. With stricter hygiene practices a top priority for many post-pandemic, sanitisation stations are set to stay as part of our new normal. 

Seen as a more cost-effective alternative to all day on-site catering and a step up from traditional vending, we expect to see more and more schools making the swap to automated, contactless systems filled with healthy snacks and drinks. 

For all you catering and facilities managers in the education sector, our unique telemetry system allows real-time access to sales, stock and performance, boosting efficiency of restocking and machine maintenance. Not only does it take the guesswork out of refilling the machines and highlights top-performing products, it also allows for efficient replenishment, reducing unnecessary fuel consumption and contributing to a reduction in your carbon footprint.

What’s next? 

As technology continues to evolve, and the demand for tastier, healthier refreshments remains, vending is shedding it’s old-school image of clunky functionality and coin counting, upgrading to a seamless, sleek new look. With touchscreens, telemetry, and contactless payments, it’s time for schools, colleges and universities to upgrade their on-the-go dining offer, catering to changing consumer needs and simplifying the stock management process. 

To find out more about how we can fulfill your contactless catering needs, try out our unique Solutions Wizard which will guide you through your options to ensure the perfect fit for you, your pupils and staff.

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The future of vending machines in a post-pandemic world

The future of vending machines in a post-pandemic world

It’s been over a year since the emergence of Covid-19 caused unprecedented disruption to life as we know it. 

The vending industry, like most others, took a huge hit during the pandemic. Despite playing a vital role in keeping key workers on the front line across the country fed during a time where other food-on-the-go options weren’t available, the impact of closures across other key sectors such as travel, education, leisure and commercial offices brought our industry to an almost complete halt. 

However, as lockdown restrictions continue to ease and our new normal sets in, we’re set to see an significant increase in demand for out-of-home and on-the-go dining experiences. 

As a result, the landscape for vending solutions is changing. The demand for safe, low contact access to high quality food and drink is on the rise – whether it’s at work, school, the hospital or on their travels – people want easy access to refreshments on-the-go. 

In turn, the global vending machine market is poised to grow by $9.33 Billion between 2021 and 2025, fuelled by this surge in demand for contactless, automated refreshment stations and vending machines. 

The role of technology in the future of vending 

Technology is playing a leading role in the growth in demand for vending machines, micro markets and refreshment stations. 

Cashless payments and contactless transactions via distance selection technology enables consumers to select and pay for their goods seamlessly with low to no contact. With stricter hygiene practices a top priority for many post-pandemic, and sanitisation stations set to stay as part of our new normal, long gone are the days of communal catering where cutlery and crockery are shared between staff. 

We expect to see more and more businesses making the swap to automated, contactless systems to cater to more flexible working conditions, with many taking a more balanced approach to time spent at home vs in the office. 

We recently installed a custom catering system including vending machines, a coffee station and water dispenser in Fenwick Newcastle’s staff canteen, indicating the demand for contactless catering is not limited to offices, but workplaces across a variety of sectors. Seen as a more cost-effective alternative to on-site catering and a step up from traditional vending, our bespoke options provide users with a huge range of tasty food, healthy snacks, and hot and cold drinks.

For catering and facilities managers, our unique telemetry system allows real-time access to your sales, stock and performance, boosting efficiency of restocking and machine maintenance. Not only does it take the guesswork out of refilling your machines and highlights top-performing products, it also allows for efficient replenishment, reducing unnecessary fuel consumption and contributing to a reduction in your carbon footprint.

On-the-go food and drink trends for 2021

Health conscious consumers

A 2020 survey conducted by FMCG Gurus found that 80% of consumers worldwide indicated they were planning to eat and drink more healthily in 2021 as a direct result of COVID-19. Although at present, our top performing food and drink products are as you’d expect in the convenience sector – crisps, confectionary and soft drinks – trends indicate a move towards incorporating healthier stock such as sugar free, low fat and high protein options alongside more traditional choices. 

The rise of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians

For some time now, vegan and plant-based diets have been gaining popularity, a trend accelerated by the pandemic. From new and improved meat substitutes, to the expansion of the alternative milk market, innovation has been key in creating options that cater to changing lifestyles without compromising on flavour.

We can expect to see a diversification of on-the-go vegan product ranges, catering to vegetarians and vegans, plus the environmentally conscious consumers and flexitarians. 

Eco-conscious consumers

Although health was a major factor for many choosing to change their diets during the pandemic – whether it be the move to fully plant-based or a less rigid, flexitarian approach –  environmental concerns was another key driver. 

The entire supply chain is now under closer inspection from consumers on their path to purchase – from ingredient sourcing, production and manufacturing, to packaging, transportation and recycling. As a result, environmental considerations are of growing importance in the vending space, for suppliers, catering managers and consumers alike. 

As well as improved fuel efficiency with our telemetry stock management system, we ensure local sourcing where possible – our Coffee Vending machines and Water coolers are all manufactured in the UK, and our bottled water locally from Harrogate Spring Water – plus we offer recycling bins to sites for improved waste management.

Support local 

With a major push for supporting local businesses throughout the pandemic, and the rise of independent food and drink brands, future vending displays may be set to feature more SME FMCG brands alongside long-standing favourites like Walkers and Coca-Cola. As previously mentioned, Harrogate Spa Water is by far our most popular product to supply at Livewell, showing there is an appetite for quality, locally sourced products, and that they can compete with some of the biggest names in Vetail®. 

What’s next?

As technology continues to evolve, vending is shedding it’s old-school image of clunky functionality and coin counting, upgrading to a seamless, sleek new look. With touchscreens, telemetry, and contactless payments, it’s time for schools, hospitals, offices, universities and gyms to upgrade their on-the-go dining offer, catering to changing consumer needs and simplifying the stock management process. 

Visit our unique Solutions Wizard to see how we can help with your catering needs, it will identify options that are the perfect fit for you and the end consumers.  

 

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The future of vending machines in a post-pandemic world

It’s been over a year since the emergence of Covid-19 caused unprecedented disruption to life as we know it. 

The vending industry, like most others, took a huge hit during the pandemic. Despite playing a vital role in keeping key workers on the front line across the country fed during a time where other food-on-the-go options weren’t available, the impact of closures across other key sectors such as travel, education, leisure and commercial offices brought our industry to an almost complete halt. 

However, as lockdown restrictions continue to ease and our new normal sets in, we’re set to see an significant increase in demand for out-of-home and on-the-go dining experiences. 

As a result, the landscape for vending solutions is changing. The demand for safe, low contact access to high quality food and drink is on the rise – whether it’s at work, school, the hospital or on their travels – people want easy access to refreshments on-the-go. 

In turn, the global vending machine market is poised to grow by $9.33 Billion between 2021 and 2025, fuelled by this surge in demand for contactless, automated refreshment stations and vending machines. 

The role of technology in the future of vending 

Technology is playing a leading role in the growth in demand for vending machines, micro markets and refreshment stations. 

Cashless payments and contactless transactions via distance selection technology enables consumers to select and pay for their goods seamlessly with low to no contact. With stricter hygiene practices a top priority for many post-pandemic, and sanitisation stations set to stay as part of our new normal, long gone are the days of communal catering where cutlery and crockery are shared between staff. 

We expect to see more and more businesses making the swap to automated, contactless systems to cater to more flexible working conditions, with many taking a more balanced approach to time spent at home vs in the office. 

We recently installed a custom catering system including vending machines, a coffee station and water dispenser in Fenwick Newcastle’s staff canteen, indicating the demand for contactless catering is not limited to offices, but workplaces across a variety of sectors. Seen as a more cost-effective alternative to on-site catering and a step up from traditional vending, our bespoke options provide users with a huge range of tasty food, healthy snacks, and hot and cold drinks.

For catering and facilities managers, our unique telemetry system allows real-time access to your sales, stock and performance, boosting efficiency of restocking and machine maintenance. Not only does it take the guesswork out of refilling your machines and highlights top-performing products, it also allows for efficient replenishment, reducing unnecessary fuel consumption and contributing to a reduction in your carbon footprint.

On-the-go food and drink trends for 2021

Health conscious consumers

A 2020 survey conducted by FMCG Gurus found that 80% of consumers worldwide indicated they were planning to eat and drink more healthily in 2021 as a direct result of COVID-19. Although at present, our top performing food and drink products are as you’d expect in the convenience sector – crisps, confectionary and soft drinks – trends indicate a move towards incorporating healthier stock such as sugar free, low fat and high protein options alongside more traditional choices. 

The rise of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians

For some time now, vegan and plant-based diets have been gaining popularity, a trend accelerated by the pandemic. From new and improved meat substitutes, to the expansion of the alternative milk market, innovation has been key in creating options that cater to changing lifestyles without compromising on flavour.

We can expect to see a diversification of on-the-go vegan product ranges, catering to vegetarians and vegans, plus the environmentally conscious consumers and flexitarians. 

Eco-conscious consumers

Although health was a major factor for many choosing to change their diets during the pandemic – whether it be the move to fully plant-based or a less rigid, flexitarian approach –  environmental concerns was another key driver. 

The entire supply chain is now under closer inspection from consumers on their path to purchase – from ingredient sourcing, production and manufacturing, to packaging, transportation and recycling. As a result, environmental considerations are of growing importance in the vending space, for suppliers, catering managers and consumers alike. 

As well as improved fuel efficiency with our telemetry stock management system, we ensure local sourcing where possible – our Coffee Vending machines and Water coolers are all manufactured in the UK, and our bottled water locally from Harrogate Spring Water – plus we offer recycling bins to sites for improved waste management.

Support local 

With a major push for supporting local businesses throughout the pandemic, and the rise of independent food and drink brands, future vending displays may be set to feature more SME FMCG brands alongside long-standing favourites like Walkers and Coca-Cola. As previously mentioned, Harrogate Spa Water is by far our most popular product to supply at Livewell, showing there is an appetite for quality, locally sourced products, and that they can compete with some of the biggest names in Vetail®. 

What’s next?

As technology continues to evolve, vending is shedding it’s old-school image of clunky functionality and coin counting, upgrading to a seamless, sleek new look. With touchscreens, telemetry, and contactless payments, it’s time for schools, hospitals, offices, universities and gyms to upgrade their on-the-go dining offer, catering to changing consumer needs and simplifying the stock management process. 

Visit our unique Solutions Wizard to see how we can help with your catering needs, it will identify options that are the perfect fit for you and the end consumers.  

 

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Livewell pioneering Healthier Vending Choices

Livewell pioneering Healthier Vending Choices

Livewell® are leading the way in offering modern vending stations with a wide range of healthy products.  We’re bringing the world of vending up to speed with the innovative pace of retail. We call it Vetail®. It’s less about vending and more about smart lifestyle choices.

We are increasingly having some great conversations about our range of healthier drinks and snacks.  The message is starting to get through that offering a choice of products including low and no sugar drinks, and snacks that have lower fat content helps meet the increasing consumer demand for these types of products.

At the recent Vendies (Vending Industry Awards) there was a great list of tasty snacks in the Best Health & Well Being Product category. The winner being the very popular Burts Lentil Waves Thai Sweet Chilli (Burts Potato Chips).  Other offerings included Popcorn and Cereal Bars.

We have recently installed Snack Stations within school sites stocked with these types of products.  They are proving very popular with students and visitors and offer a healthier alternative to traditional crisps and confectionery.

We’ve been supplying vending to the secondary education sector for many years and work with each school to develop a specific and appropriate range of vended drinks and snacks.  Unlike traditional vending, our Livewell® Stations offer a broader range of products (including healthier options) that help meet the specific health and wellbeing needs of school sites.

Many people we speak to are unaware of the latest vending machine developments – our modern vending stations now offer touchscreen technology and nutritional information.  Livewell® Stations can be integrated with schools cashless catering systems (including biometrics) and access can be limited using timers to only allow students to purchase vended products at certain times of day (e.g. breaks).

Our experience also shows that vending can be extremely beneficial in terms of generating additional revenue for schools.

Get in touch today to talk to us about healthier vending within your school or business and how it can work for you.

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How We’re Helping NHS Staff Make Healthier Choices

How We’re Helping NHS Staff Make Healthier Choices

Employee wellbeing is high on business agendas and more than ever employers are taking the initiative to look after their staff. This is especially true for the NHS right now, where Public Health England estimated the cost of sickness absence to the healthcare provider in 2015 was £2.4bn.

Further to this, an NHS staff survey showed that improving staff health and wellbeing would lead to higher staff engagement, better staff retention, and higher quality clinical outcomes for patients.

The 2017-19 CQUIN on ‘NHS staff health and wellbeing’ is one of thirteen mandatory CQUINs and sees the introduction of a number of health and wellbeing initiatives designed to make it easier for NHS staff to make healthier choices.

One of these initiatives, “healthy food for NHS staff, visitors, and patients”, requires NHS staff workplaces to make some major changes to the food offered on their premises and how it’s presented to employees.

Price promotions and advertisements for sugary drinks and foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt are banned, along with the inclusion of these drinks and food at checkouts.

Workplaces also need to ensure that healthy options are available at any point, including for staff who work night shifts.

It’s because of these changes that recently we were contacted by Preston Teaching Hospital to install four of our vending machines in their workplace. Our aim was to help the teaching hospital’s staff make healthier choices with two of our hydration stations and two snack stations packed with choice, including Baked Crisps, Proper Corn (the latter of which is great for giving your brain a boost on the go!) and cereal bars.

Are you responsible for employee wellbeing in the NHS or another workplace? Get in touch to find out how we can help keep your staff healthier & happier.

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Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces

In the last couple of months, “safe” has become one of the most used words. “Stay safe” is the new goodbye. We’ve all learnt two metres is a “safe distance”. Implementing “safety measures” is now part of every business strategy.

And rightly so. None of us have had to deal with a global pandemic before – and it’s vital that we change not only our vocabulary but our actions to keep ourselves and others safe and well.

With companies now starting to plan for the return of employees, clients or customers, some of these changes are going to need to be big.

Livewell’s vending solutions can help.

Safe catering

Many organisations are limiting their in-house catering services – either to minimise infection risk or due to reduced staff numbers on site. But our vending stations provide a safe and simple alternative.

Livewell’s range gives you an easy way to offer your staff a well-balanced choice of snack and drink products, guaranteed to suit varying tastes and dietary requirements. Take a look at our station options.

And crucially, as self-service automated units, they eliminate any person-to-person contact.

Payment is contactless via debit/credit card or smartphone.

Antibacterial gel dispenser units have been added to the front of all vending stations to provide an easy way to sterilise hands before and after a purchase.

Floor signage can be supplied for all installations to remind consumers to keep to a safe distance while queuing.

It’s never been easier to provide safe catering with Livewell.

Safe stations

PPE vending solutions

As schools, gyms and other community hubs start to reopen, Livewell’s vending stations give you a way to offer everyone safe no-contact access to the snacks or drinks they need. Especially important when the usual café options may not be available for some time yet.

Livewell stations can also go one step further in helping you address workplace safety needs.

We can now provide PPE vending solutions with the ability to store and dispense equipment such as masks, sanitiser and gloves within our units. You can set up a dedicated PPE station or offer PPE as selections within an existing station.

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. We’d love to hear from you.

And above all, stay safe!