Family firm Ringtons has teamed up with one of the North East’s biggest hospitals following the installation of a takeaway coffee tower.
Ringtons Beverages, the food-services arm of the family-run tea and coffee company Ringtons Ltd, has worked closely with the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle to install a Fairtrade branded self-service unit to provide tea and coffee to visitors, staff and patients.
The unit is already yielding an impressive turnover with an annual return in excess of £40,000 expected after product and equipment costs.
Stephen Drysdale head of Ringtons Beverages said: “The Ringtons coffee tower is the first one to be installed at the Freeman Hospital and has been commissioned to offer visitors, employees and patients the high quality beverages Ringtons is renowned for, but on the go.
“The Freeman Hospital wanted to offer its visitors beverages at an affordable price of £1.25 – while other providers wanted to charge the hospital a subsidy to sell the drinks at this price, we worked out an agreement with them which meant they only pay for the machine itself and the supplies used which allows them to offer their visitors great value for money and also make a considerable return for the hospital.
“Although Ringtons operates throughout the UK, as a company which originated in the North East, we are hugely supported by our local community and we are delighted to be able to offer hospital visitors and patients a comforting cup of tea or coffee from a brand they recognise and trust.”
The hospital sees thousands of patients every month in its treatment centres, wards, and departments which includes the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, The North East’s Regional Urology Centre and Newcastle Surgical Training Centre.
Kevin Potts, assistant catering manager at the Freeman Hospital added: “Within just three months we have gone from selling 60 cups a day, to over 180 a day as word has spread through the hospital about the tower and we are even considering installing more towers throughout the site to meet growing demand.”