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Westomatic Has The Key To Healthy Vending In Schools

Westomatic Vending Services Ltd, a leading UK vending machine manufacturer claims that environmentally friendly machine features coupled with healthy food and drink options are the key to successful vending in schools.

PRLog - Jul. 31, 2009 - Westomatic Vending Services Ltd, a leading UK vending machine manufacturer claims that environmentally friendly machine features coupled with healthy food and drink options are the key to successful vending in schools.

The cost of energy in all UK schools is around £350M per annum. Schools emit over 5 million tonnes of CO2/year, which is around 15% of total public sector emissions. Westomatic’s environmentally friendly vending machines are particularly popular with schools as they are fitted with unique energy management systems, designed to reduce energy costs. For example, Westomatic’s Sigma vending machine can save schools 280,320 watts per machine, per year. Or, to put it another way a saving of £290.40 in energy bills per machine over five years.*

While Westomatic’s green machines prove popular with Bursars, the healthy contents go down well with the pupils. Torquay Girls Grammar School installed a ‘refreshment bank’ of Westomatic’s machines, to serve a complete range of healthy snacks, drinks and chilled water at their school in Devon. Karen Northway, catering manager at the school says: ‘Westomatic’s machines have been a huge success. The pupils often purchase beverages from the OTIS and refill the bottles with water from the Azure. The ‘bank’ which includes; an OTIS, Solo Encore, Azure and SnackPoint machine (which we fill with healthy options such as dried fruit and nutritious cereal bars) provides an essential ‘before and after canteen hours’ service for pupils and teachers which helps to keep sales up”.

Westomatic’s snack machines can stock a wide range of healthy snacks, with some schools even filling the machines with freshly made snacks such as wraps and healthy sandwiches, made on their own premises.  A distinct lack of branding and large illuminated shop window makes the OTIS perfect for schools. Holding up to 400 cans and bottles or 40 different types of drink in almost any shape, size or material, the OTIS can be filled with healthy beverages such as fruit juices, bottled water and smoothies.  All the machines have separate chilling zones and innovative temperature control, to ensure food and drinks are kept fresh and cool.

Water provision is a key element of any healthy vending service to schools. Children should drink an average of 1.5-2 litres everyday, as dehydration has been proven to have an adverse effect on mental performance and ability to learn. Based on these guidelines, only a high capacity point of use water dispenser such as Westomatic’s Azure can cope with the excessive demand of educational establishments. Plumbed into the mains, the Azure filters water through a UV purification system and removes any impurities and unusual tastes to provide purified fresh tasting, chilled water. The Azure’s 500ml bottle-fill facility means pupils can refill bottles for an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cups.

For further information about Westomatic’s vending options for educational establishments, contact Westomatic on + 44 (0)1626 323100 or visit www.westomatic.com

*Measurements taken following EVA-EMP guidelines. Energy consumption based on 30 7oz drinks every hour over a 24 hour period.

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For further details contact:
+44 (0)1626 323100

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Westomatic is a leading UK manufacturer of hot and cold beverage vending machines, and a supplier of snack and food vending machines.

Established in 1966, Westomatic has developed a reputation for innovation over its 43 year history.

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Source:Westomatic Vending Services Ltd
Phone:+44 (0)1626 323100
Zip:TQ12 4TZ
City/Town:Newton Abbot - Devon - United Kingdom
Tags:vending, healthy vending, vending in schools, vending in education, food vending, snack vending, hot drink vending
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