Gong Cha rolls out healthier drinks islandwide and cashless kiosks at UTown

Gong Cha has put in place four cashless payment kiosks in the NUS University Town (UTown).
Gong Cha has put in place four cashless payment kiosks in the NUS University Town (UTown).ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - Healthier drinks and cashless kiosks: that's what bubble tea chain Gong Cha (Singapore) launched at NUS University Town (UTown) on Thursday (Jan 25).

Thirteen drinks, or one quarter of Gong Cha's menu, have been given the Healthier Choice symbol. Their sugar levels are based on the Health Promotion Board's Healthier Choice guidelines and do not include any toppings. The offerings include the medium Earl Grey Milk Tea at 50 per cent sugar, and medium Milk Foam Oolong at zero per cent sugar.

"It's a cycle. The more products are less sweet or contain reduced sugar, the more consumers will respond by buying those, and the more manufacturers will find reason to push out more of such products," said Mr Zee Yoong Kang, CEO of the Health Promotion Board.

Gong Cha has also put in place four cashless payment kiosks in UTown, making it UTown's first food & beverage vendor without cashiers. Three types of payment options - NETS, NETS FlashPay and Ez-Link card - are available.

Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport Lam Pin Min officiated at the launch and guests included Mayor of Central Singapore Community Development Council, Denise Phua, and Mr Zee.

The healthier drink options are available at all Gong Cha (Singapore) outlets from Thursday, and the cashless kiosks will be rolled out by end February.