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The beautiful, eye-catching system features freshly blended protein shakes made with real fruit plus high quality and organic foods.
Blint Shakes is riding the wave of new vending machines designed to meet the needs of a more health-conscience society. With flavors that include "Rock Chocolate," "Banana Nuts," "Green Clock" and Vanilla Boom," the system has enough variety that customers will want to visit it on a regular basis.
Blint Shakes is also working with youth groups to make the healthy drinks available to disadvantaged children. The company is also donating a percentage of each sale to various charities that support children and youth centers.
The machine is now in select markets, and the company is planning a national roll out in 2015. See Photo
The Blint Shakes Automated Kiosk has won our "Best New Machine of the Year" Award.
This machine, developed by Blint Shakes in Miami, Florida and built by AVT of Corona, California, is the first of its kind to dispense high quality protein shakes, freshly blended for each customer. The machine uses eye catching graphics and interesting extras to promote traffic and customer use.
According to Blint Shakes president, Oscar Perez, the system is perfect for schools, museums, health clubs and gyms, malls, hospitals, and anywhere that people gather that want a healthy, nutritious beverage or pick-me-up.
The FDA announced that they have finalized their rules for caloric labeling for vending products. The new rules affect owners and operators of 20 machines or more and require clear calorie counts to be displayed on or near the machines.
Vending Association Urges Tax Incentives. The National Automatic Merchandising Association has joined in a letter to congress urging extensions of key tax code provision that expired in 2013. NAMA explained that the provisions of greatest concern to the vending, coffee service and foodservice management industry are bonus depreciation, accelerated alternative minimum tax (AMT) credits in lieu of bonus depreciation, and enhanced charitable deduction for qualifying contributions of food inventory..
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.