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Reverse Vending – Reducing Plastic

Recycling Update . . . A Reverse Vending Machine is a device that accepts used/empty beverage containers and returns money to the user. These machines are already popular in countries that have mandatory recycling laws or container deposit legislation. With all the recent press on reducing the impact on the environment and stepping up our […]


Coffee – Did You Know . . .

2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every day. Who produces the most? Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer closely followed by Vietnam. More than 125 million people around the world depend on coffee for their livelihoods, with around 25 million smallholder farms producing 80% of the world’s coffee. Who drinks the most? […]


Leicester Business Exhibition October 2017

The Leicester Business Exhibition 2017 (LBE17) Summer is turning to Autumn, the holidays are over and at GEM we are gearing up to attend this year’s LBE17 – Leicestershire’s longest running Business Exhibition.  This event is being held at Leicester King Power Stadium, postcode LE2 7FL on Thursday 26th October.  Doors open at 9am and close around […]


Benefits of Drinking Coffee in the Work Place

There are health benefits to drinking coffee; Lifestyle . . . Coffee is one of the world’s most commonly consumed beverages with lots of us visiting coffee shops on a daily basis. As well as the obvious social and wellbeing benefits meeting for a coffee can bring, recent reports suggest drinking coffee can lower the […]


Cake Machine Update

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After a great success at The Bistro College, the cake machine has made it to its second location of the trial, this time in a factory setting. Staff can now enjoy something different to the typical chocolate bar you would find in a normal vending machine, and are enjoying a cake, muffin, flapjack or biscuit […]


Breaking News! Dates for new Pound Coin released!

Following our blog back in September in reference to the new pound coin, The Royal Mint have now announced release dates. There are three main time frames that will help businesses like us to prepare for the new change in currency: October 2016 to March 2017 Preparation for the new coin Our vending equipment needs […]


Cake Machine Trial

Our new OHSO cake machine has left the GEM offices and is out on its first leg of its trial, first stop The College Bistro Students and staff are able to enjoy a selection of their favourite sweet treats at the cost of no more than £1! Featured are a variety of: Flapjacks Cakes Cookies […]


Time for tea

As most of you may know by now, GEM has been working with OHSO Scrummy since May this year. Some of you may have even tried some of their scrummy cakes and sweet treats from our vending machines. In response to some fantastic feedback, we have now launched our ‘Afternoon Tea’ machine filled with a choice […]


Eating Healthy Food From Vending Machines

Vending machines are a convenient option for buying food and nowadays they offer more healthy eating options too. In 2015, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence set out best practice guidelines to help make vending machines healthier. In particular, they called for vending machines in hospitals and council-run leisure centres to be improved. […]


How vending machines detect fake coins

Ever wondered how vending machines detect fake coins? Take a look inside our vending machines to find out the science behind it:   Our vending machines at Rotherham College featured in a TV show, ‘How it’s made’ back in April, showing viewers how the clever mechanisms inside the machines work, to filter out fake coins