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Chicago Issues Healthy Vending Challenge

March 25th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Chicago Issues Healthy Vending Challenge)

eVendingIt is no surprise that healthy vending is here to stay, but the city of Chicago is looking to really drive home the point of low-calorie snacks. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently asked the city to participate in a citywide vending challenges in which businesses must alter the contents of their combo vending machines. While the City Council passed a healthy vending policy back in December, the Mayor is looking to take a more direct approach according to RedEye.

The challenge is simple: The businesses that chose to participate must swap out the salty chips and sugary sodas found in their vending machines in favor of nutritious juices and low-calorie munchies. In order to encourage a strict adherence to healthy vending, the city of Chicago is issuing a grading system for their machines: A bronze vending machine will be 50% healthy, a silver one will be 75% healthy, and a gold vending machine will be completely stocked with healthy snack options. Many businesses have already accepted the challenge, collectively creating over 100 healthy combo drink and snack machines for the city.

We are big believers in healthy vending here at eVending, and our vending machines for sale can be easily optimized for the calorie-conscious. No matter where you are, we strongly recommend making the shift to snacks that will keep your community healthy and happy!

Vending Machine Snacks are the Stars of New Mobile Game

March 18th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending Machine Snacks are the Stars of New Mobile Game)

eVendingThe world of vending machines has found itself all over mainstream media lately. No matter where you are, you have likely seen vending machines on television, in the movies, and, in video games? That’s right–Vending’s latest leap into everyday media comes in the form of a fun little mobile game starring a vending machine and its snacks.

According to Vending Times, “Vend Drama” is an all new app for Apple devices that challenges players to help certain snacks “escape” a vending machine, without stopping up the machine in the process. This is a fun poke at the all-too familiar scenario of snacks getting stuck in your favorite combo vending machine, and actually makes for an interesting take on the puzzle game genre. Players must tilt their smartphone or tablet to successfully guide the snacks out of the machine, as moving too fast or too slow will result in treats getting left behind.

“Gamers will truly enjoy playing Vend Drama. In fact, they may never look at a vending machine the same way again!” said developer Con Roditis on the game, which can be downloaded for free on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. “Vend Drama” certainly looks like a ton of fun, and could very well change the way you approach your local combo drink and snack machine!

Fresh Coffee Around the Clock

March 11th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Fresh Coffee Around the Clock)

eVendingCoffee and college go together like milk and sugar, but do students always have access to their favorite caffeinated beverage? While most college campuses feature a Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or some kind of coffee cafe, these establishments typically close their doors in the evening, leaving students hunting for sodas in their hallway combo vending machines. However, a new machine at Hampshire College in Massachusetts is giving college-goers a brand new way to grab a cup of joe.

According to Fresh Healthy Vending, the all new “Cafe” machine will keep hardworking students caffeinated all through the wee hours of the night. While many drink vending machines have pre-packaged frapuccinos, the Cafe machine will fresh brew a cup of coffee for every order, giving Hampshire attendees 24-7 access to that signature coffee shop taste. This machine will likely see heavy use all throughout the school year, especially in May when finals week draws near.

Vending machines and universities have always had a strong relationship, and machines are evolving to meet the needs of students better than ever before. Whether you employ the use of a forward thinking coffee machine or a classic combo vending machine, one thing is for sure: A vending-friendly campus is a happy one!

Snacking Proves to be Healthy

March 4th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Snacking Proves to be Healthy)

eVending.comWhen people think of snacks, they likely conjure up images of greasy bags of potato chips and sugary candy bars. However, according to the Vending Times, snackers may be the healthiest types of people. Thanks to the increasingly healthy options found in combo vending machines, even those with the most hectic, on-the-go lifestyles can find apples, oranges, and more of their favorite healthy treats.

While salty snacks such a chips and pretzels continue to be a common commodity for all types of consumers, fresh fruit has managed to rise to the top as one of the most consumed snack products in the United States. This is a pretty logical evolution: As our previous blogs exhibit, vending machines are becoming healthier in nature, allowing vending customers to enjoy their favorite fruits no matter where they are. While “snacking” may have once been viewed as an unhealthy activity, grabbing healthy snacks can help improve overall eating habits for all kinds of consumers.

Healthy vending is clearly here to stay, and it is a better time than ever to become a part of this positive trend. Our Futura combo vending machine can be outfitted with everything you need to promote better eating for your customer base. Make everyone in your establishment healthier and happier today!