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Less is Best When it Comes to Product Ingredient Label Vending Industry

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By , September 20, 2016 9:15 am

Have you ever read a ingredients and nutrition label on Honey?1193111_large

Simple and Pure

Vending Industry knows smart shoppers want simple ingredients in their food and especially in their packaged snacks. Not everything can be as simple as Honey – One ingredient but Wow the punch.


Choice snacks with the fewest ingredients,  the vending industry understands that giving the consumers what they want benefits everyone.

American Heart Associations:  Understanding Ingredients on Food Labels

Food labels are an important source of information about calories and the nutritional value of the foods you eat, a crucial tool in building a heart-healthy diet.

The Nutrition Facts information is always displayed in the same orderly fashion and helps you understand how much of certain nutrients that you need to limit are contained in the product per serving.

What isn’t always so clear is the ingredients listed on foods or drinks.

What do all those huge words mean? Can you always tell when something has a lot of sugar? How about sodium and trans fats? It may be hard to identify ingredients that you want to reduce in your diet to keep it heart healthy, such as saturated and trans fats, sodium, added sugars and cholesterol.

There are a few simple things to remember to help you navigate these lists, said Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D., distinguished professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and an American Heart Association spokeswoman.

“Some ingredients go by names other than what we expect,” Kris-Etherton  said.

“But with a little research you can know what’ you’re eating.”

ruffles_original_bakedIngredients are listed in order of quantity, but that doesn’t always tell the whole story. For example, if a jar of salsa lists tomatoes first, you know there are more tomatoes in the product than anything else.

But when it comes to sodium, added sugars and saturated and trans fats – which in excess can damage your heart health and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke – it can be difficult to tell just how much is in there.

Complete article follows:   http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Understanding-Ingredients-on-Food-Labels_UCM_433234_Article.jsp#.V-FDLmAVDIU











Meat Snacks Can Boost Vending Operators Bottom Line

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By , September 9, 2016 6:13 am

meatIn a recent article of Convenience Store Decision they featured the growing advantage of meat snacks, if the vending operators follow the trend this will open up a new major income boost.  I personally am not a meat snacker but in my family all the guys love them.  The vending industry can benefit by researching the many snack manufacturers for cost, health and flavor.  Better yet vending operators can do a promotional tasting and get the facts of which jerky product would they buy directly from the consumer.


Meat snacks are finding favor among the health conscious consumer, but some manufacturers of these snacks are struggling to meet consumers’ needs.

Over the past few years, as consumers have become more health conscious, meat snacks (jerky and other snacks such as meat sticks) have become a go-to in the snacking world. These snacks appeal to the growing number of consumers who seek the benefits of a high protein diet, along with those who are avoiding gluten, wheat or anything to do with breads. The continued negative press that carbs have been receiving has also driven a variety of consumers to consider meat as a healthful snacking option.

However, this has also caused a shift in the style of meat snacks gaining popularity, which is away from traditional simple varieties of beef jerky and towards more complex meat snacks that make use of alternative proteins (i.e. bison, kangaroo, salmon) and unique flavors, marketing artisanal meat snacks that are worlds away from your grandfather’s jerky.

The findings were published in Healthy-Ingredient Snacks in the U.S., 2nd Edition, a new report by market research firm Packaged Facts.

So how is this shift affecting sales for different meat snack providers? Link Snacks is the largest meat snack producer in the U.S., but is also having the roughest go of it trying to stay relevant in this new snacking world. Dollar sales for the company over the past year were down 7% while volume sales were down 15%, which shows the company has tried to stave off larger losses by increasing prices. If any meat snack brand epitomizes the classic style of jerky, it is Jack Link’s, and these sales results show that this is not the kind of jerky people are looking for any more.


Meat Snacks Market Evolves

Consumers Think Taste Is More Important Than Healthy – Salty Snacks

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By , September 7, 2016 7:56 am

Salty Snacks still rein when it comes to snacking but fewer ingredients are tops with consumers

62% of consumers agree that taste is more important than how healthy a salty snack is

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Despite interest in healthier options, taste trumps all when choosing salty snacks: three in five (62 percent) consumers agree that taste is more important than how healthy a salty snack is. In fact, a new flavor (38 percent) is the most influential purchasing factor for American salty snackers, along with spicy flavor (30 percent) and limited-edition/seasonal flavor (22 percent). Taste remains a key purchase factor as consumers tend to view snacking as a guilty pleasure (69 percent) and indulge in salty snacking as a way to reward themselves (63 percent). However, taste and health are not polarizing Americans, as four in five (82 percent) consumers agree that salty snacks can be both healthy and tasty.

58 percent of salty snack purchasers agree

that it is important to buy salty snacks that

contain only a few ingredients.


Vending Products Must Reflect Transparency in Labeling

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By , September 1, 2016 9:27 am


Transparency in labeling is what the vending industry should be demanding when purchasing vending products. Transparency in labeling is far more important to consumers than you would ever think.

1193111_largeLet’s take Honey – Natural with no other ingredients, simple right?

But packaged foods are not that simple.  More and more consumers would not only switch to a brand that offered a clear transparent guideline but  they would consider using more of their products based on this information. Vending products for your vending consumers are no different, check your labels and see which companies are offering more details and go with them.


CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Consumer demand for product transparency is on the rise, and brands that fulfill this demand by providing comprehensive product information are poised to grow market share and revenue. In fact, Label Insight’s 2016 Transparency ROI Study reveals that nearly 9 in 10 consumers say transparency is important to them across every food product category, and 40 percent say they would switch to a new brand if it offered full product transparency.

The report addresses the impact of transparency on consumer loyalty and purchase behavior, and provides guidelines for brands on how to develop trust among consumers. Key findings include:

  • Portfolio Potential: 81 percent of consumers say they would consider a brand’s entire portfolio of products if they switched to that brand as a result of increased transparency.
  • Brand Trust: 56 percent report that additional product information about how food is produced, handled or sourced would make them trust that brand more.
  • Transparency and Revenue: 73 percent say they would be willing to pay more for a product that offers complete transparency in all attributes.
  • Transparency Fosters Brand Loyalty: 94 percent of respondents say they are likely to be loyal to a brand that offers complete transparency.
  • Millennial Moms Spend: 86 percent of 18 to 34-year-old women with children say they would pay more for food products with completely transparent information.
  • SmartLabel Adoption and Trust: 79 percent say they are very likely or somewhat likely to use SmartLabel technology and 44 percent say they would trust a brand more if it participated in the SmartLabel initiative  Check out the rest of the storyhttp://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/12251330/study-nearly-three-fourths-of-consumers-would-pay-more-for-products-that-offer-complete-transparency

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