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NEWS | Industry Updates INDUSTRY CALENDAR


BWCA conference & trade show March 28


Nottingham Belfry Hotel


The Vending Show, Paris


April 2 – 4, 2019


Paris Expo Porte de Versailles


Vendex Midlands 2019 April 9, 2019


National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham


The Facilities Event April 9-11


The NEC, Birmingham


UK Soft Drinks Conference May 15


Congress Centre, London


European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo


May 21st


and 22nd 2019 Olympia, London


VendASEAN


September 18 – 20, 2019


Nonthaburi, Thailand AVA to work with DEFRA


The Automatic Vending Association met with Alex Hattersley, a policy advisor in energy and transport at HM Treasury and Silas Gedner, an advisor for the policy group at DEFRA, to discuss paper cups and plastic in vending. The AVA Environment Committee took the opportunity to showcase the steps already taken in collection and recycling within vending circles. A range of cup collection and recycling activities have already taken place, with Brodericks and Excel Vending providing examples. Representing the AVA Environment Committee, Adrian Pratt, said he believed HM Treasury and DEFRA


now recognised the complexity of the vending market and how it differed to the high street. Vending companies have been asked to join the ‘War On Waste’ even despite added pressure and costs as “there will be a bigger cost if we don’t actively manage it,” Adrian warned. The AVA Environmental Committee highlighted the differences between the vending industry and the high street. This led to some clarity for both The Treasury and DEFRA in understanding the disproportionate impact a tax or ‘latte levy’ could have on the industry. The committee has been invited to return to The Treasury again for the publication of consultation documents linked to DEFRA’s waste strategy. AVA chief executive David Llewellyn said: “It was a very positive meeting with contributions from all sides”.


Training event


Abbeychart and Brita hosted a free training event to help operators serve the best beverages by improving the quality of their water. The event was held on February 19 at the Bolton Whites Hotel, Bolton. The event focused on understanding the impact of water on coffee, catering and vending equipment; how to test water and assess results; how Brita water filter systems can benefit a business; how to set up a filter correctly and adjust the bypass according to specific water requirements; and about Abbeychart’s water filters and equipment spares as well as its Bioguard cleaning and hygiene range.


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