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Snacking at Work

January 30th, 2016 | Posted by DT in Snack machine | Snack Machines | Snack vending machines - (Comments Off on Snacking at Work)

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Snacking in between meals is becoming a norm for people of all ages in today’s world. We do this for a variety of reasons. Some people just prefer to eat smaller portions and more times a day, while others just don’t have the time to sit down and have a proper meal. Unfortunately, this makes us all vulnerable to unhealthy snack products that could potentially decrease our productivity (by making us sleepy, or even more hungry) and ultimately, don’t have any nutritional value to get us through the day.

Here are some ideas to make help us snack a little more healthily:

  1. Fresh Fruit
    Try cutting up and keeping some Apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, and any other fruits in Ziploc bags that can be stored in the office fridge/cooler. These are great to munch on while working on something at your desk
  2. Nuts & Seeds
    Nuts and seeds have healthy natural fats and will be able to keep you full till your next meal. Next time you’re at the grocery store, just grab some wholesale and unprocessed almonds, cashews or sunflower seeds
  3. Oats
    Oats are another easy fix to a meal. You can keep some instant oats by your desk and just walk over to the kitchen to add some hot water (extra points for taking that walk!) or you could make overnight oats at home and bring them in with you
  4. Snack Bars
    There are a ton of different bars in the market today, but many of them are packed with sugar and unnatural flavorings. A great rule of thumb is to look for bars with a high protein content, low-sugar, and no weird ingredients
  5. Hard-Boiled Eggs
    Eggs are basically protein-packed food. You can boil these in the morning while you’re getting ready for work and just 2 eggs will get you through that mid-day slump
  6. Vegetables & Dip
    Cut some carrots, celery and broccoli and keep them in Ziploc bags for some very healthy snacking while you work. If you’re a dip-kind of person, try hummus or Greek yogurt dips
  7. Whole-wheat Bread & Nut Butter
    Keep some whole-wheat bread at your table and have a slice or two with Peanut Butter or Almond Butter if you don’t have time for lunch and need a quick snack that’ll fill you up
  8. Protein Shake
    Protein shakes are a great way to hit your protein goals for the day. Most of them are also low calorie, low-sugar and low-carbs. Protein makes you feel full pretty quickly, so just one serving and you should be good till dinner timeHealthy Snacking

New USDA Snacking Regulations Almost Here

June 12th, 2014 | Posted by DT in Small vending machines | Snack machine | Snack Machines - (Comments Off on New USDA Snacking Regulations Almost Here)

July 1 brings a significant change to vending machine companies that service schools. The new “Smart Snacks in School” rules affect any schools receiving assistance from the National School Lunch program.

 

According to the new rules, all snacks sold in schools must:

 

  • Be whole-grain rich
  • Have the first ingredient a veggie, fruit, dairy product or other protein-rich food if not a whole grain rich food
  • Have a combination of these and naturally contain 10 percent of the daily value of calcium, vitamin D, potassium or dietary fiber
  • Contain 200 or fewer calories for snacks
  • Contain 350 or fewer calories for a la carte entrees
  • Contain no more than 35% sugar by weight
  • Contain no more than 230 mg of sodium
  • Contain no more than 35% calories from fat

 

In addition, the rules require elementary schools to limit beverages to 8 fluid ounces, with a 12-fluid-ounce limit for older grades. Vending machines in elementary and high schools cannot offer beverages that have caffeine.

 

Vending machine companies that service schools need to understand the Smart Snacks in School rules, and start transitioning to offering items that fit these rules.

Drink, Snack, or Combo Drink Snack Machine

February 24th, 2014 | Posted by DT in Buy vending machines | Combo vending machines | Small vending machines | Snack machine | Snack Machines - (Comments Off on Drink, Snack, or Combo Drink Snack Machine)

Combo Vending MachineWhen it comes time to buy vending machines, you have a lot of options available. Is it best to go with full-sized machines or mini vending machines? Will a dedicated drink or snack machine be a good pick, or should you look at combo drink snack machines? Which will work best depends on the areas where your machines will be hosted. It’s often best to pick the spot, then choose a suitable machine.

  • If you will be placing machines in a gym or an outdoor athletic center, cold drink machines are a good choice. Pick ones that allow you to offer sodas, sports drinks and bottled water.
  • In an office setting where space is at a premium, consider a vending machine combo unit. This will allow you to offer both drinks and snacks while preserving a small footprint.
  • Combo machines are also a good fit for areas that are lower in traffic. The smaller size means lower power use and lower inventory, so, the snacks you stock stay fresh.

Are you ready to start or expand your vending business? We have vending machines for sale to suit every need. Contact us today.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Vending Options

February 17th, 2014 | Posted by DT in Buy vending machines | Combo vending machines | Small vending machines | Snack machine | Snack vending machines - (Comments Off on Healthy vs. Unhealthy Vending Options)

According to the Center for Disease Control, 69.2 percent of adults 20 years of age or older are overweight. Therefore, it is obvious America has a big problem with health and weight. Although eating habits regarding breakfast, lunch and dinner are the most important, what individuals snack on is also very key when trying to reduce weight. Therefore, learning how to choose good food out of a vending machine is a wise idea in order to maintain a healthy weight. Below is a list courtesy of Emily Saunders, a fitness trainer, of bad and good food choices found in typical vending machines:

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All snack cakes, cookies and chips should be avoided completely. This is due to the fact that this food will cause a spike in blood sugar. In addition, they contain empty calories, which leaves individuals feeling hungry again soon after consuming them. It is also important to not be fooled by foods that “look” healthy such as Fig Newtons or oatmeal cookies, because they are in reality just sugar filled cookies with no nutritional value.

Good foods:
Look for sunflower seeds, beef jerky or bags of peanuts when trying to find a healthy option in a vending machine. These food contain protein and will help individuals feel full longer. If individuals have to have something sweet, select a bag of peanut M&M’s, which contains both the sweet aspect and the protein element.

If you think you may buy vending machines and are interested in a vending machine combo, the above information is likely helpful.

One Big Vending Machine

August 5th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines | Snack machine | Vending machines - (Comments Off on One Big Vending Machine)

Snack MachineWhen you think of a vending machine, you would most likely picture a large black or gray machine with a glass from and some buttons, housing shelves of delicious snacks and beverages. Candy bars, small sandwiches, chips and bottles of water or soda have become standard vending-fare for most combo drink snack machines.

What if your vending machine vended items that weighed up to 10 pounds? A community in North Dakota has recently had two Shop 24 machines installed. Hard to miss, these vending machines are the size of small bedroom and vend almost anything you would find in a convenience store.

These giant machines have already been implemented on college campuses and in office buildings, but for residents in North Dakota, these machines offer an alternative to making a long trip to larger stores. The machines vend a variety of items including food, beverages, cleaning and laundry supplies, and DVDs.

While most office buildings, malls, schools and other locations you would expect to find standard snack machines, typically do not have a large demand for laundry detergent or liter-bottles of soda, the convenience of automated stores is very apparent for small communities. While impressive, the size of the machines also pose and issue for buildings looking to install them.

Snack Spotlight: Lay’s

June 24th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack machine - (Comments Off on Snack Spotlight: Lay’s)

The contents of the bright yellow bag with the iconic “Lay’s” logo need no introduction. Lay’s chips have been around since the 1930s, and quickly became their own brand responsible for spawning additional snacks such as Doritos, Fritos, and Sun Chips. However, today’s post is dedicated to the classic treat that has defined the snack vending machine since its inception: Classic Lay’s!

Named after Lay’s Chips founder Herman Lay, Lay’s enjoyed rapid production soon after their invention. They were the first snack featured in a TV commercial, and can still be seen all over television today. Despite how varied and unique modern chip choices have become, Lay’s have remained a top performer in all types of snack machines all over the world. The reason for this? Some customers love sticking with the classics, and Lay’s chips have been delivering the same great signature taste for close to a century now. There are tons of variations on the Lay’s flavor, ranging from sour cream & onion and barbecue to the low-fat Baked! variation. However, the same “Betcha can’t eat just one” manta has applied to all type of Lay’s products no matter the type, as snack fans simply can’t get enough of this classic.

Here at eVending, we are proud to vend Lay’s chips in our esteemed combo vending machines!

buy vending machinesFor more than 80 years, vending machines have been our specialty. In that time, our industry of choice has seen its share of innovations. From early coin-operated gumball machines to the ubiquitous cigarette dispensers of the 1940s, to finally the combo drink snack machines of today, eVending has thrived through it all. One of our latest breakthroughs is the development of environmentally friendly snack machines.

Because the nature of our business demands constant energy, we wanted to make sure our products were efficient without compromising quality. Our engineers have implemented the latest in electrical, lighting, insulation, and refrigeration technology to ensure our vending machines not only meet market standards, but exceed them with state-of-the-art features. These include long-lasting LED lighting, airtight urethane insulation, and wireless access to cut costs on driving.

In addition to these innovations, our electrostatic paint undergoes an extensive pre-wash procedure that recycles water for several stages and recovers 99.9% of unused paint for subsequent parts. Our dedication to compact and functional design also allows for low power consumption, with an average rate of only 2.5 Amps. We not only design eco-friendly vending machines, but have created a building process that is eco-friendly in itself! How is that for refreshing?

Just because your snack machines are spread out and operating independently, does not mean you are stretched too thin when it comes to managing them. We have paired our Futura combo vending machine with the leading software in vending management: Vend-Trak.

With Vend-Trak, you can oversee your entire business from your home, office, and more. In fact, because Vend-Trak is web-based, you can access the software anywhere with an Internet connection; there is absolutely nothing to install. More than convenience, our software provides complete security. The Vend-Trak servers are backed up daily, meaning you never have to worry about losing data due to personal computer failure.

From wherever you are, Vend-Trak delivers your products, inventory, and expenses with just a few keystrokes. The software is at once user-friendly and extremely detailed. Vend-Trak will even suggest which one of your combo vending machines to service next.

We are all about saving you time, and with our bundled software, we make it easy. Vend-Trak comes with built-in Google Maps, so you always know where you are going and how much product to bring with printable inventory sheets. Without our software, vending business owners lose up to 30% of their income due to inefficiency. With eVending, you earn everything!

Do You Need a Snack Machine for Your Break Room?

May 16th, 2012 | Posted by DT in Snack machine - (Comments Off on Do You Need a Snack Machine for Your Break Room?)

Have your employees finally beat on your old snack machine one time too many because it keeps taking their money and giving them nothing in return? This is a very common problem as vending machines get older the mechanisms tend to get worn out and this leaves snacks hanging more often than not. When this happens it is time for you to start thinking about replacing your old machine with a newer one.

You Don’t Have to Buy a New Snack Machine

While you may need to replace your old snack machine, there is nothing that says you have to spend the money to buy a brand new one. In fact you will find that our selection of refurbished snack vending machines have been fully renovated and will provide you and your employees with the same quality service as a brand new machine for a fraction of the cost.

Do You Need a Snack Machine for Your Customer Lounge?

April 30th, 2012 | Posted by DT in Snack machine - (Comments Off on Do You Need a Snack Machine for Your Customer Lounge?)

Most people prefer to drop their cars off at the shop and go on about their day, only coming back once the necessary work has been completed. However, there are always going to be those who prefer to wait, which is why you have a customer lounge, but if you do not have a snack machine and one that dispenses ice cold sodas, your customers may start to complain.

You Say You Don’t Have Room for a Snack Machine?

So you have a small customer lounge and the soda machine takes up so much space that there doesn’t seem to be any room left for a snack machine.  We offer you two solutions to this problem, one of which is a table top snack machine that you can put on the same table as your coffee maker. The other is combination vending machine that delivers snacks and ice cold sodas all from the same machine so that you can take good care of your customers.