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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

Stock Those Vending Machines – Beverage Trends are Growing for Fruit and Veggie Juices

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By , August 29, 2016 1:01 pm

Vending Operators wanting to breakout into the lead – add more fruit

and veggie juices to your beverage line for your vending machines.

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Quick service restaurants thrive on beverages, nearly 70% of all orders in the QSR segment include a beverage of some sort so according to NPD and if an operator is looking to breakout, maybe a new beverage offering could be the ticket.

Trends indicate fresh fruit beverages, natural energy drinks and local offerings, such as house-made sodas are rising in popularity.

Iced tea is the second-most ordered beverage in the segment while coffee is fourth and bottled water fifth in NPD data.

Some of the stars in this channel include iced and specialty coffee and smoothies.


Fruit and vegetable juices are showing strength as well.


Mintel’s Final Three Part Report – Vending Operators Identifying Popular Salty Snack Categories

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By , July 6, 2016 2:13 pm



Mintel recent snack report helps to identify what is popular and what’s not.  Vending operators know first hand that location makes a big difference in which product sells.  Give it a try and add a few more spirals of salty meat snacks, you may be surprised.
Snacking is here to stay and growing is the salty meat category.


However, it is not always an either-or scenario for U.S. consumers. Four in five consumers agree salty snacks can be both healthy and tasty.

“Striking a balance between good-tasting and good for you is key for salty snack brands. While consumers are concerned about ingredients and express interest in seeing healthier options on shelves, they still want to indulge, and flavor is a highly motivating factor. Brands that focus on products with bold, new flavors that incorporate simple ingredients will offer the best of both worlds to consumers,” Topper said.

images (2)According to Mintel, meat snacks are driving the salty snacks category, comprising 30 percent of retail sales. From 2010 to 2015, sales of meat snacks grew faster than any other segment (55 percent), benefiting from consumers who are looking for fewer ingredients and healthy options.

Mintel research also indicates consumers are more likely to look for no artificial ingredients (22 percent), organic (17 percent) and high protein (33 percent) claims on meat snacks than any other salty snack.

Overall, the salty snacks category grew 29 percent from 2010 to 2015, reaching $10.2 billion in sales, with that figure projected to climb an additional 22 percent to $12.4 billion by 2020.



VendaCarts Redefines Self-Serve Retail

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By , June 20, 2016 9:48 am

Carts Blanche’s small business platform,

for vending operators, meets the demand of the modern customer and redefines the self-serve retail marketplace.


VendaCarts appeals to forward thinking companies and individuals looking for a competitive edge as well as to those entering the automated retail sales business for the first time.

Mobile retail real-estate is a cost effective small business solution which opens new frontiers that are significant in expanding our customer’s competitive edge.


VendaCarts Refines the Self-Serve Retail Marketplace

The combination of retail demand, consumer adoption, core competencies and opportunities for innovation all point to VendaCarts as being a sustainable platform for future business opportunities.

Consider the benefits: 24/7 operation, unattended sales, venue versatility, mobile real-estate, vending machine interchangeability, large captive consumer base, management technology and immediate return on investment.

Call today:  251-680-7979

Visit our Website:  https://www.cartsblanche.com


Carts Blanche Has Vending Machines on Wheels

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By , June 17, 2016 9:54 am

Do you know what would be a great idea to increase revenue for your vending operator?

Vending machines on wheels, why hasn’t anyone thought of this great idea?


No, this won’t fill the need.  For more versatility, easy access and mobility this is what works.  Carts Blanche has made vending mobile.


VendaCarts, Mobile Automated Retail Stores, Mobile C-Store, Pop-Up Café, Industrial Storeroom

all in one package.  VendaCarts comes in 2 sizes  18′ holds up to 6 vending machines and our 28′ which holds up to 10 vending machines.

Visit our Website https://cartsblanche.com

Contact Carts Blanche – 251-786-5852, via email  info@cartsblanche.com

USA Technologies Has Good News Vending Operators

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By , June 17, 2016 9:38 am

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Vending perators and the vending industry should be jumping up for joy with the recent news from USA Technologies.  Results show that Apple Pay acceptance does increase mobile payments usage making, increases revenue for the Vending industry. Small operators and large will benefit from Apple Pay.

MALVERN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– USA Technologies, Inc., a payment technology provider of cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail, today announced the results of a study testing whether targeted point-of-sale advertising of Apple Pay acceptance would increase usage of mobile payments by consumers. According to early results, USAT believes that smartphone users shown digital advertising at point-of-sale through the ePort Interactive platform are more apt to pull out their iPhone to make a purchase, and even spend more during the transaction.

Initial findings by USAT show targeted, digital advertising on USAT’s ePort Interactive highlighting Apple Pay availability at point- of-sale resulted in a:

  • 26% increase in overall transactions;
  • 22% increase in total revenue;
  • 12% increase in total average ticket; and
  • 89% increase in revenue through contactless purchases, including Apple Pay

USA Technologies began implementing NFC technology into its cashless payments solution approximately 10 years ago and by January 2015, was able to provide Apple Pay users with 200,000 places to use their wallets shortly after Apple Pay launched in October 2014. As of June 1, 2016, USAT now provides consumers with the option to make payments using their mobile wallet including Apple Pay at more than 300,000 NFC-equipped machines nationwide, such as vending, single-serve coffee, laundry and parking pay machines. As part of the study initiated in March 2016, USAT rolled out digital advertising through its ePort Interactive platform and digital touch-screen cashless device focusing on Apple Pay on 35 select machines in specific urban locations with a high density of iPhone users. Check out VendingMarketwatch for the rest of the story.


Strategy for Vending Operators Category Management

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By , June 13, 2016 12:51 pm

Why wouldn’t strategy used in convenience store marketing apply to vending operators? It could and it does. Product is product whether it goes on a shelf or behind glass in your vending machine.  Become aware of what’s available to you to help grow your vending business.  Convenience Store News, If you don’t already subscribe to their site you need to start today.  They keep their industry informed and inspired.

Carts Blanche will do a weeklong focus on category management in social media – Keep in Touch.

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Lay the Foundations of Category Management

Once done, you can get insights to help you make more profitable decisions.

March 30, 2016, 02:14 pm By Sue Nicholls, Category Management Knowledge Group


Managing your convenience store should not be about bringing in new items because you negotiated a hot price on them, or bringing in extra inventory to get that special offer from a supplier, or blindly hoping the choices you are making are the best for your store (but with no strategic information to help back up your decisions).

The opportunity? Move to a more strategic and fact-based approach that focuses on your shopper, which creates foundations for your store that will help you manage your categories using a consistent approach. That will help you to build sales and profit for your store(s). And who doesn’t want that?

By implementing the foundations of category management (catman) in your store, you can achieve all of these opportunities. It’s not a difficult thing to do — you just need to change your perspective and be open to moving to a new way of managing your business.


Do you buy product based on price?

Do you always take advantages of dealers promotional items?

If so, does it always pay off?

What is your go to method of knowing what to order?

Wishing you a very prosperous vending day.  Kathy


ParLevel VMS Systems Help Vending Operators Succeed

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By , May 30, 2016 3:15 pm

ParLevel Systems is helping our vending industry and our businesses become more efficient and profitable.  Check out how ParLevel Systems can manage your vending business to help make your job easier and to grow your vending business.

Check their website out for more details:  https://www.parlevelsystems.com

Vending Management Systems (VMS) can help vending operators run their businesses more efficiently by giving them increased insight and control over their operations. But just how much can a VMS really help your vending business? 



Carts Blanche offers a new platform to take vending to the masses “VendaCarts” mobile automated retail stores rolls vending into new locations.

Once on site the sides open exposing from 6 to 10 profit centers.  With new technology it takes the guess work out of ordering and scheduling.


Vending Operators Research Studies by The Hershey Company

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By , May 25, 2016 9:20 am


Vending Operators check out this  great site from The Hershey Company on vending product, sales, profit.



Candy/Snack Product Profit Analysis

The Research Findings

Handling costs are substantially lower for small sprial product

Small spirals deliver more profit than large spirals

True profit – Considering machine space required.

Small spiral products have a 2-for-1 footprint versus large spiral products. Operators must consider the profit contribution of two small products against each individual large spiral product when comparing profit levels.

Products must deliver profit based upon machine shelf space used

A full-sized glass front merchandiser actually has 65 product positions – 60 potential small spirals (10 per shelf, 6 shelves) and 5 gum and mint positions. Considering only the 60 spiral product opportunities:

  • Small spiral products require only one product “position,” or 1.67% of the machine
  • Large spiral products require two product “positions,” or 3.33% of the machine

Every snack product must deliver total profit based upon the percentage of the machine space it requires. Due to their double space requirement, large spiral products must generate twice the profit of small spiral products to optimize machine profits.

Source: Vend operator/ Candy/Snack Category Profit Analysis, Bachtelle and Associates, Spring, 1998.

Packaged Facts Report Single-Cup Brew A Vending Operators Dream

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By , May 24, 2016 11:14 am

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Vending Operators can stay on top of what is hot and what is not “Coffee is Hot”.  Packaged Facts offer the latest news to help you decide which product to offer.



Single-Cup Brew Beverage Products in the U.S.: Coffee Pods and Beyond, 2nd Edition

Packaged Facts forecasts the market for single-cup coffee to reach $4.37 billion in 2015, up 18.4% from 2014. For 2015, we expect the broader single-cup beverage market, including coffee, tea and other beverages, to generate sales of roughly $4.6 billion. As detailed in Single-Cup Brewed Beverages, we see a market undergoing major transition related to the migration of licensed branded single cup coffee onto the Keurig 2.0 platform, a broader influx of brands into the single-cup space, an increasing gap in pricing between branded and private label portion packs and Keurig’s push into the private label space, and the emergence of new brewers—coffee and otherwise—keen to compete against the Keurig platform.

imagesConsumers will benefit from exploding single-cup coffee variety, ranging from super-premium to value-oriented; a wider array of less expensive portion packs from which to choose, and the ability to purchase single-cup brews priced under $100. We believe tea and cold beverage innovations will add at least incremental sales to single-cup beverages. Down the road, we envision cold beverage platforms broadening the market for single-cups beverages to teenagers and children, providing a plethora of new potential drinking occasions.

Single-Cup Brew Beverage Products in the U.S.: Coffee Pods and Beyond, 2nd Edition analyzes industry and consumer trends shaping the U.S. market for single-cup beverages. In particular, the report:

  • Trends retail single-cup coffee sales estimates through 2018, sizes single-cup tea sales for 2015, provides private label versus branded sales comparisons, trends single-cup system and office brewer placements, and estimates unlicensed K-Cup marketer share.
  • Analyzes leading single-cup coffee marketers and brands, as well as top-growing and up-and-coming single-cup coffee brands. We include detailed analyses for Keurig Green Mountain (including non-coffee), Starbucks, J.M. Smucker and Kraft Foods.
  • Analyzes the cost per pound of single-cup format versus other packaged coffee formats, the impact of private label growth and pricing on the single-cup space, related margin and pricing analysis.
  • Presents custom market growth hypotheticals that frame growth potential related to 1) increases in brewer placements among a wider swath of household income brackets; 2) forecasting usage uptake among underrepresented racial/ethnic groups by population (including brand and product opportunity analysis); and 3) coffee category sales growth related to single-cup usage migration.
  • Presents opportunity analysis related to widening the scope of beverage types offered in single-cup formats; and emerging brewer types.
  • Trends coffee and tea flavors ripe for single-cup introductions; and identifies single-cup private label innovation.
  • Identifies single-cup packaging and branding introductions that target sustainability, brand partnerships, and maximizing flavor; and beverage trends beyond coffee.

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