Success for new SITB Franchisee

One of our newest franchisees, Scott Gleeson, joined us at Snack In The Box in April of this year. He has responsibility for the area east of Birmingham from the city centre out to Solihull and including the area around Birmingham Airport.

Franchisee - Scott Gleeson

Franchisee - Scott Gleeson

Scott had previously been working at Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull and had been desperate to leave the long shifts behind and get a bit more control of his destiny. We’re now two months in and Scott is proving quite the businessman! The business is exceeding all cash flow targets and Scott‘s already hitting his ideal target of £2000 per week.

Just as importantly though, the business is giving him the balance that he needed in his life. Every Friday he’s canvassing for new customers and is hoping to be able to involve his partner in the business in the near future. He’s certainly thrilled by the success of the launch so far and is prepared for the work that lies ahead to continue with this success.

UK sets the standard for colour coding Chocolate across Europe

Some of the UK’s biggest confectionery and drinks brands including Coca Cola, Mars, Mondelez, Nestle, Pepsi and Unilever will be taking their traffic light labelling system to Europe.

This has been acknowledged and will be going ahead, although it has not be announced when for each country yet. The use of portion control on the labels is up for debate thus far. This has actually been up for discussion since 2008.

These six companies have released a joint statement stating they want their consumers to have a consistent and easy to read labelling system which is uniform across Europe, complying with the EU regulations. The end goal is to put a robust nutrition guide in place, ensuing consumers can make balanced choices.

Nestle has said that the logo will look exactly the same as the UK’s traffic light colour coloured system on the front of chocolate and confectionery, with its visual appearance as well as its wording.

Some of the confusion around the portion sizing stands and they have said they are currently trying to address these issues. The UK system has room to evolve and improve to give a simpler reading.

Confectionery giants set ambitious low calorie goals

Mars, Nestle, Ferrero and Lindt are just a few of the companies that have set new calorie reduction goals, explaining that 50% of their individual bars and wrapped goods will be under 200 calories by 2022.

It was announced in May 2017, that they would also be stating calories and information on the front of the wrappers instead of the back, so customers are fully aware of their intake, within the next 5 years. Currently about 35% of Mars products are under 200 calories.

Nestle announced in March that they will be reducing sugars in their products across all categories, all across the world, by 5% by the year 2020. In Europe, it is looking to remove at least 18,000 MT of sugar.

As a collaborative declaration, Mars, Nestle, Ferraro and Lindt made their announcement together to make a collective stand for healthier chocolate options. Mars was one of the first to introduce their king size bars with a smaller option, introducing resealable bag alternatives and they are hoping that this will help other brands come together too.

Reports show a surprisingly good result when customers are given more choice of lower calorie confectionery options. For example, when M&M’s introduced the crispy version in 2016, sales grew 10 times quicker. The new options gathered more interest, and just happened to be a healthier option.

The FDA nutrition labels will change in accordance, and in time with more being introduced, the adjustments will come into place too. Mars have still begun to change their packing for future reference.

Mars helps to stop deforestation in cocoa suppliers

Back in March 2017, Mars met with 12 of the biggest chocolate companies in order to launch their statement regarding their intent to end deforestation and forest degradation in their cocoa supply chains.

The event was organised and featured HRH the Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit (I.S.U) the World Cocoa Foundation (W.C.F) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (i.D.H)

Mars was one of many confectionery companies who agreed to take part in an ongoing effort to end deforestation, mainly focusing on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana which is where the majority of cocoa is grown.


The target has been set for November to set up a plan to prevent the cocoa growers from damaging tropical forests. Along with the governments from many countries including those across Europe and UK the plans will be broadcast at the UN climate change conference in November 2017.

Mars states the importance of responsibility - one of their five listed principles. The event marks an important step forward into the future, and working with many other companies look forward to tackling these deforestation issues.

“The results of deforestation would undermine the very resilience of the cocoa sector itself, and with it, the livelihoods of the millions of smallholders who depend on it.”

Snack-in-the-Box is ready for the new £1 coin!

Between 28th March and 15th October 2017 there will be a period of co-circulation where both old and new coins will be universally accepted. From 16th October it is anticipated all round £1 coins will be removed from circulation and will no longer be regarded as legal tender. 


Snack-in-the-Box has been working with
all of its Franchisees to ensure that our Vending Machines have been upgraded
to accept the new coins. This is an ongoing process, which is expected to be completed over the forthcoming weeks.




10 things you need to know about the new £1 coin!

1.  It will be launched on the 28th March 2017.

2.  The last day you can use the current round pound is the 15th October 2017.

3.  From the 16th October you will still be able to deposit the round pound at most High Street banks and the Post Office. 4. The new £1 will be the most secure coin in the world with numerous security features.

5.  Many of the round pounds will be melted down and reused to make the new £1 coin.

6.  It's estimated that around £433 million in savings jars are £1 coins and could be lost if people don't exchange them.

7.  The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales is currently making 2,000 coins a minute.

8.  The Royal Mint is making 1.5 billion coins in total for distribution.

9.  Most equipment such as trollies, parking meters and vending machines should be adapted to accept both types of coins by the launch date.

10.  The coin was designed by 15-year-old David Pearce who won a competition. It includes the English rose, Welsh leek, Scottish thistle and Northern Irish shamrock.

SITB Top Vending Products

Top Vending Snacks


1. Twix
2. Snickers
3. Kit Kat
4. Twirl
5. Mars
6. Dairy Milk
7. Bounty
8. Galaxy
9. M&Ms
10. Maltesers
11. Galaxy
12. Minstrels

Some MARS Confectionery facts :

  • Mars are performing ahead of the market, supported by strong growth in bitesize!
  • Singles make up 73% of Vending market
  • In 2016, £21M media investment on Mars, Snickers, Twix

Introducing Mars Lifestyle

In 2017, Mars are introducing Mars Lifestyle which is a heathier range. The new products are:

Mars Trailmi - Branded Chocolate mixed with Dried Fruit & Nuts




General Mars Facts:

  • Snickers is the biggest global bars brand
  • Mars is the no. 3 choc brand
  • Twix is the no. 3 MARS brand and no. 1 vending brand
  • Bounty is the best selling coconut chocolate bar and no. 7 vending brand
  • Galaxy is the most advertisied chocolate brand in the UK
  • 5 packs of Maltesers are sold every second
  • M&Ms was the fastest growing choc brand in 2016
  • Galaxy is the 2nd largest and fastest growing top 5 brand

Snack in the Box welcomes Adrian Duhig


Adrian joined SITB as a Franchisee in February 2017 and we have started the ‘launch’ a new business for him in the Herefordshire area – with over 180 new customers being found.
Adrian’s feedback is very positive after the first few weeks:

“ After working in a high pressure sales role for over 8 years I decided that, if I am going to take on this level of work, I may as well do it for myself. SITB supplied me with some predicted figures at launch and we are, after the first week, hitting these targets.
I was told that in the first week 90 box customers would be found and we managed this in just 3 days which allowed us to canvass for some machine sites later in the week. In my second week I spent time with one of the engineers who was very patient with me and explained in detail vending machine operations.
SITB have a small team which I find reassuring in both management, engineering administration and area sales team but this means they all seem to communicate on a regular basis.
When you think vending most people picture large industrial areas in Britain or airports and hotels. SITB has opened my eyes to possibilities that are available anywhere in the country, be it rural or metropolitan.
Vending is about convenience not population.
Obviously it is early days but I can say that it’s looking good”

Growth expected in global dark chocolate market


According to Technavio, global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019.

This is mainly due to the increased demand in developing nations such as India. It’s also been associated with health benefits it’s thought it can improve metabolism.

The health benefits of dark chocolate are likely to rise in the next five years.

Mars and Nestle are some of the biggest players in the dark chocolate space. Many predict India to be the fastest growing dark chocolate market in the world for the next few years. They say this is due to the rise in demand for premium chocolate.

Cocoa farmers adapt to threat of climate change with new program


A new program has been created because of the climate change to help cocoa farmers.

Mars, Nestle and Barry Callebaut are all the businesses that are to be part of the new program.

World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) have said the program will strengthen collaboration between the public and private sector. They also feel it will bring together all leading chocolate and cocoa companies.

The program will aim to develop solutions to climate and weather variability that poses a threat to smallholder coca farmers.

Climate modeling suggests various regions may need to change crops and cropping strategies. They feel it’s necessary that this new program takes place to keep the cocoa supply.