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According to an article in Science Daily, students to not mind buying healthier snacks from vending machines. The findings could have implications for campus health initiatives as well as vendor profits.
The key finding was that sales from the vending machines did not decline when healthier options were added. Moreover, students made aware of the healthier options were quite happy to have purchased those options and the more athletic among them felt it was a positive change. "Results offer insights for promoting healthier choices and suggest that improving the healthiness of vending machine selections can serve all stakeholders: consumers, companies, and institutions."
Ithaca College researchers Ithaca College have carried out an experiment on two campus vending machines in which they swapped out "unhealthy," high sugar, salt and fat snacks for healthier options and then
surveyed 200 students on their satisfaction and perceptions regarding the snacking options. No promotions or incentives were used to entice students to purchase the healthier options and the foods sold were not labeled as healthier.
Registration is now open for the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2014 Coffee, Tea and Water Show, taking place Nov 11-13 in Dallas.
New vending machines have been sighted in LA Fitness centers in Southern California, offering healthy snacks and beverages. The stylish, new machines were built by AVT.
A condom vending machine in China dispenses free products with the swipe of an ID card. Those age 18-60 can receive a box free of charge. I guess the Chinese don't think that senior citizens are inclined to reproduce.
Dine in, Take out, or Delivery? A new study states that your age determines whether you want to eat at a restaurant, get the food to go, or have it delivered. The older you are, the more inclined to dine in, while the younger gen prefers delivery. Those in the middle will drive to a restaurant, but get the food to go.