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Coffee Growth is Huge – Consider Coffee Vending Machines

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By , March 30, 2015 2:37 pm

thJTTUY22J Coffee Facts – Coffee Growth is Huge and Growing. If you don’t offer hot coffee in your vending machines you may want to reconsider.  Our #VendaCarts trailers come prepared with large fresh water tank, hoses, pump and fill outlet, for your vending machine

1. Coffee shops make up the FASTEST GROWING part of the restaurant business, checking in with a 7% annual growth rate!

2. World coffee production is estimated at 110 – 120 million bags per year!

3. 14 billion espresso coffees are consumed each year in Italy, reaching over 200,000 coffee bars, and still growing!

4. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, or equivalent to 146,000,000,000 (146 Billion) cups of coffee per year; making the United States the LEADING CONSUMER of coffee in the world.

untitled5. Japan ranks number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.

6. Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.

7. Café Bars average sales of 230 cups a day.

Folgers Rated # 1 for Most Trusted Coffee

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By , March 30, 2015 2:23 pm

For coffee lovers everywhere, the suspense is over, Folgers rated America’s most trusted coffee brand.

Restock those vending machines with Folgers.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading market research firm BrandSpark International today 309008-1822-FOLGERS-COFFEE-CLASSIC-ROAST-CAN-11_3OZannounced the 2015 BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards winners (in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens) for Consumer Packaged Goods (“CPG”) brands. More than 80,000 American shoppers determined the winning Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, Household and Kids brands.

America’s 2015 Most Trusted – Food & Beverage Brands
Bottled Water Dasani
Cereal Kellogg’s
Cheese Kraft
Chips Lay’s
Chocolate Hershey’s
Coffee Folgers
Cookie Nabisco
Energy Drink Monster / Red Bull (Tie)
Gum Trident
Ice Cream Breyers
Instant Coffee Folgers
Juice Tropicana
Ketchup Heinz
Mayonnaise Hellmann’s

Cloud-Based Management Tools for Vending Industry

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By , March 30, 2015 9:40 am

DSC_0015v2.54f48b50de954The vending industry needs to sit up and take notice of all the changes in technology offering time management, inventory control and higher profits.

Check out Greenlite Solutions.


U-Select-It, the industry’s foremost manufacturer of full-line vending solutions, today announced that its new Greenlite Solution will be offered on its new vending platforms. This turnkey package not only provides operators with state-of-the-art card and mobile payment acceptance but also includes remote monitoring and management tools to help reduce the cost of servicing machines while increasing margins.

Greenlite is powered by Cantaloupe Systems, the industry’s premier provider of integrated cloud-based, mobile technologies for vending.

Cashless and mobile payment capability is becoming a must have for smart operators retailing to younger and more tech savvy customers who are carrying less or no cash. They recognize the sales lift associated with taking “what they have in their pocket” as well as the higher margins they can obtain by providing premium products at higher prices.

imagesThe Greenlite solution incorporates the latest in credit/debit card acceptance as well as mobile payment acceptance of the major card brands including new SoftCard Mobile Wallet® and Apple Pay systems.  But unlike other systems, the value of Greenlite is expanded beyond just being able to process payments.

Greenlite also incorporates many of Cantaloupe Systems’ state-of-the-art cloud-based management tools including machine sales reporting; integrated cash and cashless reporting; as well as alerts for machine hardware health, DEX issues, and pricing issues.



Millennial’s are Driving Snacking Trends

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By , March 27, 2015 12:03 pm



Millennials snack all day, and are influencing how foodservice offers this fourth daypart

Millennials are known to be a tech-savvy group who value authenticity, consider themselves unique,and express themselves through social media. It turns out they also are driving the snacking trends.

Recent research indicates that Millennials — ages 18 to 34 — are snacking more than other age groups, and they are changing the definition of snacks. As a result, savvy operators are using this mini eating occasion as a way to boost business.

Kelly Weikel, director of consumer insights for Chicago-based research firm Technomic Inc., says snacking is changing the way consumers eat, especially outside the home. “It is a cultural shift, especially as restaurants try to leverage it more,” she says. “We are calling snacking the fourth daypart.”


Also, Millennials are willing to pay more for snacks. That’s according to “Millennials and Baby Boomers: An Exploration of Around-the-Clock Snacking,” a study from Chicago-based Culinary Visions. The researchers surveyed Millennials and Boomers and found that Boomers wanted to pay less than $1, or $1 to $3, while Millennials are more willing to pay $3 to $5 for snacks.



Cloud and Mobile Vending Solutions by Cantaloupe

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By , March 27, 2015 11:37 am

If you would like to understand better cloud and mobile vending solutions join in on Cantaloupe’s Webinar.

Webinar:  The Modern Vending Imperative –
Increasing Productivity with a Mobile Workforce

Event Details: http://go.cantaloupesys.com/webinar-registration-04012015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
10am PT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET

New advancements in cloud and mobile vending solutions have opened the door to business thapplications that run as easily on your smartphone or tablet as your favorite consumer apps.  Now, ‘route drivers’ aren’t the only ones who benefit from mobile computing.  New mobile vending apps empower all lines of business gaining real-time operational efficiencies that reduce costs and increase sales.  This moves what was a significant back-office operation into the field…removing a ton of paperwork and redundancy.

While this sounds great – what impact is this shift really having?  Does replacing manual paper, excel spreadsheets, and brick handhelds with smart mobile devices really make your operations team more productive?

Join us and our guest, Andy Cleveland from Rendezvous Vending, a Canteen franchisee, who has embraced mobile for his entire staff. In this 45-minute webinar we will discuss:

  • What a mobile vending platform looks like
  • Why Rendezvous Vending moved to Cantaloupe’s mobile vending platform
  • How they implemented it – and the benefits they’ve seen from providing their vending drivers, warehouse staff, OCS delivery team and equipment maintenance experts smart mobile devices to use in their day to day operations

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Library Vending Machine Services Public

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By , March 19, 2015 3:47 pm

Turn VendaCarts into a mobile Pop Up Library, self serve vending machine and add coffee vending for the perfect match.

FULLERTON – Commuters looking for a mental escape on their train rides will be able to choose from hundreds of best-selling books at a new vending machine stocked by the Fullerton Public Library.library vending

The vending machine, dubbed the FPL Station, is believed to be the first of its kind in Orange County. The machine will be available to the public at the SOCO West Parking Structure across Harbor Boulevard from the Fullerton train station, which is at Santa Fe Avenue.

The library is using a $35,000 federal grant to install the machine, which will include a drop box for returns and a selection of about 500 books for checking out.

“It’s like a Redbox for books,” said Maureen Gebelein, Fullerton’s library director.  The vending machine is, at no cost to the user, and offers hard-cover and paperback books in a variety of genres.

For more information contact Carts Blanche LLC @ 251-786-5852 or email info@cartsblanche.com

Carts Blanche Revolutionizes the Vending Industry

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By , March 16, 2015 4:06 pm

   Carts Blanche, LLC

Revolutionizing the Vending Industry

       Moving Beyond the Bricks and Mortar and Extending the Playing Field

Carts Blanche, LLC understands the need for breakthrough ideas! The vending, concession and catering industries are primed for new innovations that maximize sales, elevate pricing and create new venues.vending trailer 11x8.5

 “VendaCarts” is an innovatively smart and technologically driven Mobile Vending Store.  The kiosks design integrates five industries under one roof, (banking–ATM’s and credit transactions, vending-automated, advertising-mobile billboards and digital signage, kiosk-mobility and technology– network and Wi-Fi enabled), creating up to 23 distinct revenue generating streams of income with operations being performed by a single person.

Once on location both sides of the trailer are raised to create awnings, exposing the ready to operate self-serve food and beverage vending business. The automated machines create a quick way to deliver food to more customers in a shorter timeframe. The pre-packaged foods and beverages insure healthier and safer products for the customer.


“VendaCarts” a self-serve multi-function mobile kiosk, is custom designed as a plug and play system. Carts Blanches service consultants assist in the selection of vending machines, ATM’s, digital / LCD signage, microwaves, change machines, condiment stands and technological solutions. The interchangeability allows the customer an opportunity to BRAND his or her own business.


Carts Blanche LLC “VendaCarts” offers a comprehensive business design solution without the expense and delays of customization. The integration of mobility and automated machines moves vending from the traditional bricks-and-mortar into new markets while offering opportunities to expand venue space promote products and increase profit margins. The kiosks will also be sold empty for customers who own their own equipment


Vending Paris 2015 Showcases Vending Machines Innovation

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By , March 16, 2015 3:50 pm

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The Vending sector is constantly evolving and vending machines have found new uses, whilst also becoming brand advertising media.  The Vending Store Game will showcase these developments, with products and leading innovations sourced from the market: everyday vending, interactivity and customization, new sales levers, technological innovation (meal vouchers, interactive terminals, etc.) Vending professionals will thus be able to pick out ideas to help them create even more added value and develop new sales levers:

  • “Menu Idea” with a cross-over menu vending machine by Mondelez
  • “Promo Idea” with a MILKA branded machine
  • “News Idea” with newspaper stand by AST International
  • “Meal Voucher Idea” with a machine equipped with a meal voucher scanner by Jofemar & GTI Solutions
  • “Entertainment Idea” with a machine selling playing cards and games by Jofemar

With more than 10% of its visitors coming from outside France, Vending Paris offers a specially designed day with an international slant: the International Business Day, on 18 March 2015. Organized in association with EVA (European Vending Association), this fourth edition will bring together all of the international vending associations and take a look at current trends, new modes of consumption and the latest products and equipment on offer in the vending sector in Europe.

Snackification of Breakfast Studies 5 Success Factors

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By , March 11, 2015 2:35 pm



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THE FIVE SUCCESS FACTORS In October 2014, breakfast cereal sales fell 5 percent. Surprisingly, that money didn’t leave the breakfast segment. Instead the sales shifted to other breakfast products; products with more convenience and portability. “The change at breakfast is shown by the surging sales of snack-type products, although in fact the word ‘snacking’ is really now just a shorthand for describing single-serve convenient consumption,” wrote Julian Mellentin in her study The Snackification of Breakfast. Mellentin notes that anyone looking to gain a share of breakfast sales needs to consider the five success factors of breakfast snacks:

  • satisfying
  • convenient
  • delicious
  • energy boost
  • healthy

Luckily for vending operators, there are a plethora of new breakfast snacks that fit all of Mellentin’s criteria and are simultaneously shelf stable and dispensable.


Consumers get hungry in the afternoon. All vending operators can attest to that, but if you want your ‘traditional’ breakfast items to sell in the afternoon, too, you need to focus on why the consumers are eating at 2 p.m. Research has found that consumers turn to snacking as part of meal replacement. They may need an energy boost, they may not have eaten lunch, etc. Whatever the reason, operators need to turn to their planogram to ensure they are providing snacks such as bars, breakfast sandwiches or pre-packaged oatmeal that meet the five success factors. Remember, when merchandising a vending machine, 60 percent of your price points should contain the top selling items. Then operators should use the other 40 percent of spirals to provide customers with rotational items. Top-seller cost will be the highest but you can use rotational items to bring down the average cost of each price.


Convenience stores and quick-serve restaurants are two segments competing for the consumer dollar, but to beat them, you must join them. It’s very easy to walk into a c-store or QSR and view how they are satisfying breakfast and snacking trends with items offered. Ask, “Which breakfast snacks and how many are in the planogram?” Operators need not fear offering what might be considered a traditional ‘breakfast’ item, as those items will play a key role in the changing breakfast and snacking trend. “Much of the success at breakfast comes from creating propositions beyond consumers’ imaginations and then building consumer demand for them,” said Mellentin. Vending operators have a unique opportunity profit from snacking trends by offering all-day breakfast items.

Give the Consumers What They Want “Breakfast”

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By , March 9, 2015 10:29 am

breakfast915-915x260 The breakfast concept is changing. Breakfast isn’t just an early daypart segment anymore, as more consumers are eating “traditional” breakfast items long into the afternoon and evening. In fact, research firm Technomic found that 48 percent of consumers say that they enjoy eating breakfast foods at non-traditional times. logo_b Retail operations seem to be catching on to the trend as well. In 2014, Taco Bell—a quick serve restaurant known for its tacos and burritos—added breakfast items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap and the Waffle Taco to its product offerings. The company witnessed increased sales the same year, in part due to breakfast purchases. Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have also capitalized on breakfast sales by revamping their breakfast items. Having the right mix of breakfast snacks—portable, healthy-minded and satisfying—in a planogram is essential to satisfying consumers’ varying snacking tastes and gaining all-day breakfast sales. Here are three ways operators can satisfy consumers’ snacking needs by offering breakfast all day.Logo

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