News | Industry Updates ITL MD celebrates 25-year anniversary

Innovative Technology’s (ITL) group managing director, Peter Dunlop, is celebrating a quarter of a century at the company this month. From university placement to heading up this successful international company, Mr Dunlop and his management team have developed, transformed, and established ITL as

one of the leading cash handling and validation businesses with offices worldwide and several hundred employees. Commenting on his time at ITL, Mr Dunlop said: “I feel

honoured to head-up ITL and see how the company has progressed over the past 25 years. Our ethos is technology- driven, and we proudly offer our customers the most advanced cash validation, recycling and more recently, biometrics solutions in the industry. The industry is constantly changing and adapting to customers’ needs and expectations and I look forward to continuing my role and being part of its exciting future.” ITL chairman, David Bellis MBE, said: “Peter’s expertise, commitment and knowledge is an integral part of our success. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and it has been an honour to witness how he has developed both himself as an individual and the company over the past 25 years. He is one of my longest standing employees, an incredibly competent and capable engineer, manager and leader and I look forward to seeing where he will take the company in the coming years.”

• Meanwhile ITL has appointed Stephan Rosseneu as business

development manager responsible for the firm’s French customers. He will be based near Lyon and is responsible for all ITL sales activities in France, Benelux and the French speaking region of Switzerland. Mr Rosseneu said: “I am excited to be part of this dynamic company which consistently brings new innovations to market. I am very impressed with the efficiency and organisation of ITL, and I can see real potential especially with some of the new innovations such as ICU age verification and facial recognition.”

Mars Wrigley makes strides in recyclable packaging

Mars Wrigley UK will remove the black PE liner from Maltesers boxes, which will see 82 tonnes of plastic eliminated every single year: equating to 13 Tyrannosaurus Rexes. The removal of PE from all Maltesers boxes in the UK means that

the box itself is now fully recyclable and, without using any additional paper pulp, around 930 tonnes of carboard per year can now be fully recycled in Britain. The plastic film that covers the box, which is essential to protect the quality of the product within, isn’t currently widely recyclable. The Maltesers box, as we know it today, was launched nearly 90 years

ago in 1930 and today, Britons eat over 180 million Maltesers treats every year, most of which are made at Mars Wrigley’s HQ in Slough. Adam Grant, general manager Mars Wrigley UK said: “At Mars, we

take our responsibility for sustainable packaging seriously, and today’s announcement that our iconic Maltesers box is now fully recyclable is another important step in our journey toward packaging that is 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable.” The business is exploring a range of packaging initiatives and selected ‘Standard’ and ‘More to Share’ sharing pouches of some of Mars Wrigley UK’s favourites, including M&M’s, Galaxy Counters, Galaxy Minstrels, Revels, Maltesers Buttons, Skittles and Starburst will be narrower, reducing the plastic used by 51 tonnes or around 647,000 square metres a year – the equivalent area of over 90 football pitches. Further to this, Mars Wrigley UK also announced a trial with Tesco last month to pilot an innovative new material made from cocoa bean shells for promotional displays – a global first for the confectionery category.

Tilda teams up with MorVend

Tilda Foodservice has partnered with vending supplier, MorVend in its first steps into the vending sector. With workplaces reopening, the need

for healthy and Covid-safe hot meal solutions is growing. That’s why the rice people and the family-owned vending provider have teamed up to make the microwaveable steamed rice range available for the first time through traditional vending equipment, as well as micro-markets, following a successful trial. Speaking about the partnership, Eric

Morton, managing director, MorVend said: “As vending operators, we are always looking for innovative options to offer to

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our customers. It’s more important than ever that consumers have access to healthy snacks and dishes on-the-go and by working together with Tilda Foodservice we can ensure this. .” Annette Coggins, Head of Foodservice,

Tilda UK added: “Our partnership with Eric and MorVend will revolutionise vending and opens up a world of cuisines, flavours and nutrition in hot-food offerings not seen before.” Gareth Jones, regional account manager, Tilda UK commented: “To take the trial to a permanent listing with MorVend shows that demand is certainly out here for healthier heat-to-eat options."

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