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SNACKS & CONFECTIONERY


New ranges tick efficiency boxes


Two of the most significant changes in legislation the vending industry has seen in recent years have come into effect almost unnoticed. On 1 March changes to Energy Label Regulations – EN 50597 –


came into force, introducing stringent new energy consumption targets for refrigerated vending machines. This change coincides with the imminent introduction of new regulations that are part of an overall policy to combat climate change. The F-Gas Regulation aims to reduce the use of these powerful greenhouse gases. Vending companies are affected by the new rules and will have to


comply which is leading to new ranges being introduced to tick all the new energy consumption boxes and give operators flexibility. Among these are Evoca which has launched its range of Impulse models using R290 gas to provide cooling and as such, all of them are significantly more efficient and therefore less damaging to the environment than the products they are replacing. Swing succeeds the company’s Tango; Twist takes over where Jazz left off and Samba makes way for Orchestra and Orchestra Touch.


Sales director Craig Jukes said: “The new machines are not just


about improved energy efficiency. As a business, we’re focused on the adoption of technology that will make our customers’ operations more efficient and more productive. As it has always been at Evoca, our mission remains to add value for operators.” Swing, the new Necta dispenser benefits from an optimised and


fexlible internal configuration which allows the management of a wide variety of product sizes. Combined with this, it has attained market-leading energy efficiency, C class, according to the new European Ecolabelling. “At the moment, that’s as good as it’s possible to get,” said Mr Juke.


The quest for sustainable palm oil


Nestlé is engaging consumers on the complex sustainability issues within the palm oil supply chain which is essential to the production of snacks and confectionery. Nestlé launched Beneath the Surface, an


interactive video platform which allows viewers to directly experience some of the challenges that it faces in sourcing palm oil. According to research, around one in five millennial shoppers (17%) tend to avoid purchasing products containing palm oil or will actively check to see (20%). Almost half (45%) said they tend to avoid products containing unsustainable palm oil. More than eight out of 10 people (85%) believe consuming sustainable products is


important, however one in 10 (12%) say they don’t know exactly what to look for to establish if a product is sustainable. Of those who do actively check for palm oil and sustainable sourcing, eight out of 10 (85%) look on the pack and a quarter (24%) look on company websites. One in 10 of those surveyed claim that research into environmental creditability takes too long. Nestlé hopes that the interactive platform,


Beneath the Surface, will give viewers a better insight into the complexity of the palm oil supply chain and see how the choices they make under the different scenarios can lead to a range of outcomes and consequences. Dr Emma Keller, head of sustainability,


Nestle UK & Ireland, said: “The Beneath the Surface platform enables users to take a peek at some of the dilemmas Nestlé and many other organisations face with palm oil every day. We hope that by having more open conversations about the complexity of sourcing ingredients such as palm oil, people can understand the issues and make better informed decisions when choosing products. “We can all play a role towards a sustainable palm oil future where it contributes to protecting and restoring nature to the benefit of people, wildlife and the planet. We are working on it and expect our consumers to continue to hold us to account," Dr Keller added.


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