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How Important is Healthy Products to Your Vending Business?

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By , May 15, 2017 11:08 am

Healthy goes hand in hand with your vending business.

To have a successful vending business in 2017 you must incorporate healthy products.

Products that your customers request and buy.

Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, spoke onstage at the 2015 NAMA OneShow about the importance of healthy vending in the fight against obesity. “This [vending] is one area where we can make progress, where we are making progress,” said Wechsler.

“Every little bit counts in this struggle of ours.”

Healthy Choices Through Vending Machines is COOL

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By , May 9, 2016 11:19 am

 Below are a couple of interesting articles on healthy choices in vending machinesbulbDoes a light bulb need to go off for vending operators to see that consumers are making better food choices. They will always love their junk food but just in moderation, offer them better and more choices in your vending machines.  Fresh and healthy go together.  In most cases millennial are your customers, check out the facts and make the change.

Some of the Latest Business Ideas for 2016

Latest-Business-Ideas-for-2016-health-foodOk, so some of you might be wondering, “how in the world does ‘healthy vending machines’ fall into the category of latest business ideas?” It doesn’t sound appealing or “cool” but the truth is that deep down, people want eat healthier even when they’re doing the complete opposite! Putting affordable and healthier snacks/drinks in schools and offices can become a promising business these days because most of us spend our days outside our homes and eat what’s nearest to us. You’ll not only make money like that but will also help reduce obesity and obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and high-blood pressure in the population. Who can say no to that?

Yes, it’s very niche, but this job actually has options. Either you can work with a healthy vending machine business, that’s up and running near you, or you can buy your own franchise and then pitch the idea of swapping out chips for granola bars at local school and businesses.

Another thing that makes these business ideas great is that we know health, technology and social media aren’t going out of style, so any business in these fields will likely be successful as time goes by. Do you have any other business ideas to make this a year of financial success? Please share in the comments below!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2016/04/22/current-and-future-trends-in-vending-machines/#20e4c0803a65

Future Trend 1: Vending machines that provide healthy food. An argument against vending machines carrying healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables has been the higher cost of having to refrigerate and frequently replace the food when it spoils. (Try keeping an apple, not the machine but the fruit, in your handbag or purse as long as you can a bag of potato chips). Another argument has been that people are not demanding such food in vending machines. But as storage technology improves and calls for healthy food in vending machines increases, some businesses having been moving towards vending machines that carry healthier food.

Future Trend 2: Vending machines that provide nutritional and health education. Other food sources such as restaurants and grocery stores have been voluntarily (or the opposite of voluntarily) moving towards providing more nutritional information and education about their products. For example, last year, New York City passed an ordinance that requires chain restaurants to place a salt shaker icon on menu items to indicate food that exceed the daily recommended limit for salt intake. Also, a number of grocery stores have been taking steps to offer more nutrition information and tips to choose healthier foods. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, subject to certain exemptions.

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Operators can Offer Healthier Choices in Vending Machines

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By , March 3, 2016 1:19 pm

Healthy Frequent Snacking Improves Body, Brain and Glucose

When craving a snack, turn to a healthy one.  Check out those vending machines and put in your request with the vending operator to stock what you want and need for a long productive day.  Most all packaged food can be vended, fresh fruit, dairy and more.

Snacking throughout the day may seem sinful, it’s critical. Experts agree that frequent snacking provides the body and brain with a steady supply of glucose to run efficiently. If that supply dips too low, you get foggy, cranky, even light-headed.best-healthy-snacks

“After three hours without food, your blood sugar begins to fall, and after four hours, your body has already digested whatever you sent down earlier,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, M.Ed., R.D., who is a wellness coach at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Once you cross the five-hour mark, your body starts to use glycogen (carbohydrate energy stored up in the liver and muscles) for fuel.”  http://neahealthyfutures.org/healthy-snacks-to-help-keep-you-alert/

You the consumer must make the request to have healthy foods available in your vending machines and micro markets.

Next time the afternoon slump hits, instead of reaching for caffeine, sugar or chocolate to stay on top of your game, try these five-minute fixes.

1. One red apple (they boast the most antioxidants) coupled with an ounce of low-fat cheese (string cheese is a good choice) and five whole-wheat crackers – The quintessential teacher’s fruit, apples are chock-full of energy-sustaining fiber and antioxidants such as vitamin C to keep your immune system running strong, says Patricia Bannan, M.S., R.D., author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight.

2. Peanut butter and banana sandwich – Dress up the typical school kid’s lunch by using bananas instead of jam (that was rumored to be Elvis’s late-night food fix). This healthful snack is loaded with heart-healthy fats from the peanut butter, potassium from the banana and fibrous whole grain in the bread.

veggies and hummus3. Raw veggies and hummus – Buy ready-to-eat packs of baby carrots, sugar snap peas, broccoli and cauliflower and hummus, then tote them to work in a cooler bag. Veggies are low in calories and high in fiber, and the hummus adds protein and healthy fat, Bannan says. A bonus: Immune-boosting betacarotene and vitamin C in veggies such as carrots help counteract the effects of spending eight hours a day (or more!) in a germ-infested classroom.


4. Six ounces Greek yogurt, plus 1/4 cup low-fat granola
– The combination of protein and calcium in the yogurt helps you focus. “Yogurt is more nutrient-dense than milk, boasting higher concentrations of protein and calcium,” Jamieson-Petonic says. “Plus, studies show that tyrosine, an amino acid in yogurt, is responsible for the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline—both of which improve alertness and memory.” Extra credit: Yogurt contains immune-boosting probiotics. Just make sure it’s plain: Some flavored single-pack yogurts and yogurt drinks have more sugar than a candy bar.

pistachios5. Pistachios and dried apricots – This powerful sweet-and-savory combo packs fiber, protein and healthy fats. Stash the potent mix in your purse or desk drawer to keep hunger pangs at bay. The fiber, fat and protein fill you up without weighing you down. A bonus: Pistachios are the only nut boasting disease-fighting anthocyanins and resveratrol, while apricots are packed with important nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and potassium, and they weigh in at only 17 calories a pop.

6. Energy bars – Fruit and nut bars, assuming you can pronounce all of the ingredients, are a great choice, says Jamieson-Petonic, particularly if they contain at least three grams of fiber and four grams of protein. Look for bars with “whole” ingredients (dried fruit, nuts and seeds) that clock in at no more than 200 calories and less than 18 grams of sugar per serving.

7. Slices of roasted turkey on whole grain bread – A great on-the-go snack, turkey on whole grain provides protein and fiber for staying power. But check the labels: “Processed lunch meat can be high in sodium and preservatives called nitrates/nitrites,” Bannan says. “Look for brands that are nitrate/nitrite-free and contain no more than 500 mg of sodium per two-ounce serving.” Better yet, go organic. The organic standard requires meat to be

Dave Mandella has been an industry veteran for 23 years and is the VP/General Manager of Black Tie Services in Baltimore, MD.  Dave says, “Consider balance of the offerings with choices of healthier options, which will achieve the same goal to offer and increase the number of healthier vending selections to the consumer at purchase and keep revenues consistent. I am all about healthier vending and trends that have been taking place but the American Dream is to prosper and to have freedom to choose.” http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/blog/12177607/guest-blog-how-these-new-healthy-vending-bills-will-impact-our-industry?utm_source=VMW+Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AUTM160226002

Dark Chocolate Healthy Alternative to Milk Chocolate

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By , February 11, 2016 2:19 pm

Editor’s note: Consumers purchasing chocolate at a convenience store are some of the same customers that purchase chocolate from vending and micro markets. The pouch style resealable bags will work especially well in a micro market or vending machine.

Consider buying dark chocolate for your sweetheart this coming Feb. 14th “Happy Valentine” from Carts Blanche.

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Fresh Food Demand is up for 2014 Vending Machine

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By , July 14, 2014 9:09 am

Fresh food always puts a smile on health conscious faces.  The future is strong for vending machines that are stocked with healthy selections.  Given the option most folks would welcome a piece of fresh fruit over a bag of chips.

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While the AM State of the Vending Industry report does not specifically break out healthy vending products, there is an increasing demand for these among both consumers and operators. Vendors reported that healthy food attributed as much as a 25 percent upswing in sales. At the same time, operators report struggling to find product within the desired price point, taste profile and stale date. Operators are only starting to understand the opportunity and the path for executing against the opportunity of healthy vending products.

It will require developing new, low-cost distribution platforms which support delivery of fresh healthy products as well as a robust data aggregation

 

 

 

 

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IndieWoman is 31 Million Strong in Spending $ Boast Business Opportunities

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By , January 15, 2014 3:44 pm

IndieWoman is 31 Million Strong with $50 Billion to Spend on Food and that can be food and beverages boast business opportunity in your vending machines.

It doesn’t take a math genius to see that these numbers are nothing to take lightly.  What a huge difference it would make in your small business if you stocked your vending machines with what will sale.  Any single serve frozen entrée, veggies or desserts can be vended, opening up a huge piece of that market pie and promising to boost your profits with VendaCarts.

This new trend with attention on the 31 million single woman who have to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner while at work.  Make it healthy, convenient and quick-serve to attract those food and beverage dollars with our VendaCarts or VendaMarts.  Our mobile retail store can offer anything that can be vended offering many more new locations beating your local grocery out of some of those dollars.

A major food influencer in 2014 will be the “IndieWoman .” Almost 31 million strong, these women are 27 and older, single, live alone with no children and spend $50 billion on food and beverages each year – in fact, there are more “Indie Women” in the U.S. than there are married moms. IndieWomen are focused on building their careers, and according to Eric Klineberg, professor at New York University, “they can work late or go out late” and “find it easier to [build their networks and careers] if they don’t have obligations to others.” They have strong affiliations to brands and love to hunt for bargains,according to a Milo.com survey, and 54 percent buy from flash-sales or discount  websites.  

Being single is not being alone, however, as this group has built the same strong support system with friends that families used to provide – a sense of sharing and cohesiveness that extends to the kitchen and dining room table.

Look for brands to target this busy demographic through the rise of semi-homemade meals like PF Changs Home Menu, Bertolli or Healthy Choice frozen dinners. A ConAgra Foods survey conducted by SupermarketGuru.com, which polled the general public, found that 59 percent of all consumers purchased multi-serve frozen meals because of their busy schedules. For Indiewomen, time is of the essence, so look for more brands to cater to this target that wants to cook but might not have the time for a homemade meal every night.

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