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How to add healthy products to your vending machine

by Samantha Hadden

We’ve all read articles about how unhealthy snacks from a vending machine are, but we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. With healthier snack options hitting the shelves, the vending in your location doesn’t have to be filled to the brim with junk food. Before you overhaul your product selections, we have a few tips on how to add healthy products to your vending machine.

Ask your employees

Go straight to the source and ask your employees what kinds of snacks they would like to see in the vending machine. You might be surprised to find a good mix of people asking for healthy and indulgent snacks. It’s all about finding a balance that works for your company and helps set up your employees for ultimate success.

On the go

Your employees are on the go. More than half of Americans skip breakfast at least once a week. This sets your employees up for a low fueled morning. Consider adding grab and go options like oatmeal, fruit or breakfast bars for employees to eat at their desk. When an employee knows they can grab a decent breakfast at work, they tend to be a little more stress-free when it comes to their morning routine.

Corporate wellness goals

Vending selections can align with your corporate wellness goals. If you have a vending machine, consider adding granola bars, trail mix or more fresh food options to keep your employees coming back for more. Already have a micro market installed? No worries, a micro market offers a few more selections when it comes to healthy food. Fresh salads, fruit, and other snacks are easy options for employees looking to make healthier decisions that fall in line with wellness goals.

Start small

Consider adding a few “better for you” options at a time to get people interested in the products. By slowly introducing new snack options into your vending machine or micro market, customers and employees will get excited and could frequent the machine more when looking for an afternoon pick-me-up. Don’t be afraid to switch up the mix after a couple of months or if you notice a once popular item doesn’t gain as much attention.

Work with a vending management company

Rest easy knowing you don’t have to worry about finding a vendor that meets the needs of your company. Working with a vending management company can streamline the process of finding a vendor and keeping your machine filled full of healthy goodies.


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