Local Produce Vending Machine
Coca Cola and choclate spring to mind when you think of vending machines rather than bara brith and Welsh cakes. But, an innovative project in the Llŷn Peninsula has looked at using this type of convenience technology to sell local produce.
With bacon from Oinc Oink, Llaethdy Llŷn milk, and Pant Du apple juice, none of the products at the vending machine at Nant y Big campsite near Abersoch have travelled far. For the frist time campers at the site could enjoy these local products as well as bara brith and other locally baked cakes at any time of day.
The aim of this Arolesi Gwyned Wledig (AGW) project is to give producers the opportunity to sell to their customers directly in an innovative and cost-effective way. The vending machine was placed in the campsite because there is no shop nearby which meant visitors brought their own food with them rather than spend locally. It was also an opportunity for visitors to try local produce and to take Welsh produce home with them.
Rhys Gwilym, is Senior Project Officer at AGW, he explains: “Many villages in Gwynedd have lost their small shops, which means people have to travel further to their nearest shop. By placing these machines in the community it is easier for people to buy produce such as milk, eggs, bacon and sausages, and all of it local.”
There are further opportunities through AGW to place similar vending machines in communities across Gwynedd – if you would like one in your area contact Rhys on 01766 514 057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. It’s also part funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Gwynedd Council.