Hot issues for vending from EVA

The European Vending and Coffee Services Association (EVA) has revealed some of the most pressing issues currently affecting vending.

 EN 50597 becomes IEC standard.

The official European standard on how to calculate the energy consumption of refrigerated vending machines, EN 50597, has now been accepted as a global IEC Standard, IEC 63252.

While undoubtedly it is positive that EN50597 will have global recognition,  and a validation of the hard work of EVA technical experts, it comes at a time when the EU Commission has asked that EN50597 is updated with some minor changes and wording, in order to better reflect the final Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for refrigerated vending machines.

EVA requests delay in implementation of Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Regulations.

A special meeting of refrigerated machine manufacturers in July decided unanimously that the EVA should request a delay in the implementation dates of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations, due to come into force in March 2021.

The key reasons presented include the impact from COVID-19 on manufacturing and sales, the issue of ‘double testing’ of machines due to the required change in refrigerant, confusion among customers, as well as the update to energy consumption measurement standard EN50597. The EVA requested a delay in the measures until January 2022.

Draft Ecodesign working plan 2020-2024 includes freestanding hot drinks machines.

A preparatory study has been launched for a new Ecodesign and Energy Labelling working plan for 2020-24.

This working plan essentially includes all the product groups and areas which the Commission considers are potentially suitable for Ecodesign measures. One of the product groups being reconsidered is freestanding hot drinks vending machines – the EVA has thus now responded to the study.

RiVending joins European project Plasteco.

The RiVending project which streamlines the collection and recycling of disposable coffee cups used at vending machines, promoted by Confida (the Italian Vending Association), was chosen by the Lombardy Region to be one of the key four best practices included in the European project Plasteco, involving eight project partners. The goal of Plasteco is to identify more efficient waste management systems and improve regional policies for a more circular management of plastic and its waste, through the exchange of experiences and good practices at European level.

In brief:

• EU urges Germany to remove its coffee import restrictions.
• VAT reduced for food & drinks in UK and Austria.
• Hungarian Single Use Plastics law bans cups from July 2021.