Taste Manchester is The University of Manchester’s delivered hospitality service, offering refreshments, snacks, lunches, buffets, dinners and much more to any location around campus and City Centre Manchester.
Jonathan Minshull, Head of Catering Operations for Taste Manchester decided to invest in a Vivreau Table Water Bottling System for its conference facilities and a Vi tap in its new café area, Vasaio. Jonathan explains: “We were impressed with the look of the Table Water Bottling System and the Vi tap. We initially conducted a site visit with Vivreau at the BBC and I was impressed with how it looked. Initially we ordered one bottling system in University Place which is our main conference venue. We then decided to put the Vi tap in a new dedicated café area, Vasaio, for students and staff to have the benefit of a fresh filtered water system on tap.”
The University of Manchester has a very strong environmental policy, with an aim to reduce the amount of plastic on site. Installing Vivreau products has helped the University achieve this aim. Jonathan continues: “From a sustainability point of view, we’ve reduced the amount of plastic bottles that we have delivered on campus. Our deliveries, storage and recycling have all improved as a result of installing the Vivreau systems.”
The Table Water Bottling System dispenses unlimited quantities of purified filtered chilled still and sparkling water in-house. Reusable Designer glass bottles are used to serve water and can be branded with a company logo, as well as an environmental message; an excellent extension to existing branding, perfectly suited to any meeting and conference venue. Jonathan commented: “The expectation of conference delegates has increased and they now expect to be offered filtered water. Being able to offer the Table Water Bottling System as part of our conference package has been a big plus for us. We have also improved the offer for our conference delegates as the system looks more professional than the plastic bottles that we previously offered.”
Vivreau’s Vi tap is ideal for use in a self-service situation, dispensing large quantities of chilled still or sparkling water at the touch of a button. Taste Manchester installed the Vi tap in the new Vasaio café area. Jonathan explains: “The Vi tap is located in an open area with a daily footfall of around 3,000. We previously offered tap water, the Vi tap is now offered as self-service for students to be able to fill up their water bottles with chilled filtered water. It’s always working and accessible, it’s now an expectation that filtered water is on tap!”
Jonathan concludes with: “From initial contact through to installation our contact with Vivreau was very good indeed – our account manager was very professional and supportive and keen to work with us. There have been no issues with the equipment to date.”