We may be used to filling up our own recyclable containers when it comes to dry foodstuffs such as rice and spices but shoppers in Kent can now top up their one of their regular dairy supplies with the UK’s first yoghurt dispenser.
Macknade in Faversham has become the first outlet in the country to have an Otties dispenser, which offers a real drive towards sustainability, encouraging shoppers to refill their own vessels, and delivering an estimated 70% reduction in plastic compared to using individual yoghurts pots.
There are already plans to roll a second machine out to Macknade’s highly anticipated Elwick Place site, now open in Ashford.
“This yoghurt is absolutely beautiful and comes from a local family run business based in Kent’s Elham Valley. Like us, Otties is pushing the boundaries to reduce its environmental impact on the world. It’s really important for us to support the growth and reach of local businesses and this is just one example of the relationships we cultivate.
“Not only are we confident that we are offering a premium yoghurt product to our customers, it is also helping us to meet our own goals of reducing the packaging and waste produced by the business,” commented Stefano Cuomo, managing director of Macknade.
David Guy, owner of Otties, added: “We chose to partner with Macknade for this launch as it offers a shopping experience that is tuned into local farming and local producers. The delicatessen is exceptional, and provenance and sustainability are also key to their offering.”