Snack in the Box Strengthens Relationship with Franchisees Insurance Providers

Snack in the Box have jointly been working with ‘Clear’ for over the last 8-years and are able offer our Franchisees a bespoke insurance package that cover both Vehicle and Business Insurance for their Franchised businesses.

CLEAR are specialist insurers designed for anyone involved in the vending industry.

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They currently manage the insurance for around 50 of our franchisees and are also able to personalise packages for individuals.

Sean Cleveland, Sales Director of SITB, adds:

“When first coming into business there are a number of things for a Franchisee to consider in relation to being self-employed – The support and advice CLEAR gives SITB and our Franchisees, around insurance, is first class and they certainly make it ‘easy’ for our Franchisees when considering and weighing up all of the insurance policies available to them”

Eat chocolate like a connoisseur!

The UK has the sweetest tooth in the world! The average UK resident eats 11kg of chocolate, 5kg of sweets and 132 bags of crisps per annum.

In terms of money this works out at an average of almost £63 on chocolate plus £30 on sweets for every man, woman and child in a UK population of 59 million. The workplace can be a pressurised and busy environment for both management and employees, so ensuring it is adequately prepped with a little something for everyone to enjoy really goes a long way with morale.

Chocolate is actually a very complex food (especially high end brands) it’s packed with cocoa solids, and many factors can change the way it tastes. This includes the way the cacoa beans grow, the conditions, as well as the nutrients in the soil they grow from. Roasting and fermenting also play a key part.

Everyone should appreciate good chocolate once in a while! So treat yourself to your favourite luxury chocolate (or just your all time favourite!) with these tips – because everyone knows that in order to become a professional, practice makes perfect


Step 1 - Check how your chocolate looks
Chocolate should have a glossy shine to it, cracks and pale streaks mean that the cocoa butter is unmixed. Bubbles on the corners and edges also indicate air trapped inside, before it sets – make sure it’s smooth.

Step 2 - Prepare your taste buds
If you can – it helps to avoid stronger flavours (like coffee) after or before chocolate as this will impair your ability to really appreciate the taste, especially if it has subtle flavours. Eating something neutral beforehand helps reset your palate, like bread, water or hazelnuts.

Step 2 - Take your time and enjoy
It’s nice to enjoy slowly sometimes! Wait for the chocolate to melt in your mouth  rather than chew or crunch, to maximise taste and fill taste buds and activate all of your senses!


Case Study with SITB Business Development Manager

Andy Prouse is SITB’s Business Development Manager and took on this important role 18 months ago, after previously running a SITB Franchise. So he is no stranger to operation of our Franchise and business development.

Andy Prouse - SITB Business Development Manager

Andy Prouse - SITB Business Development Manager

He currently works very closely with all new Franchisees, focusing on operational, financial and development support, very much in a field based role offering ‘one-on-one’ support to our Franchisees. We asked Andy to discuss the importance of Franchisees developing their business, so as to increase their sales and in-turn profits!

Read the whole interview in our Case Studies


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.

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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.”