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Healthy Vending Machine Options in Orlando Can Boost Productivity

Healthy Vending Machine Options in Orlando

Corporate wellness programs including those that offer healthy vending machine options can have a positive impact on both an employee’s health and on the company’s productivity, but only if the wellness program is implemented carefully.

A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, UCLA, and Washington University in St. Louis found that wellness program participation “improved average worker productivity by over 4 percent” which is roughly equivalent “to adding one additional day of productive work per month for each employee” (Gubler, Larkin, & Pierce,2017, p. 2). Taken one step further, researchers determined that by using diet and exercise, sick and healthy employees increased their productivity by 10 percent.  

There are, however, several important caveats to consider.

  • Participation must be voluntary. Researchers found that when participation was required or strongly suggested through social or financial pressure, the participants reacted negatively. Participants perceived the company to be overstepping its bounds and interfering in their health and lifestyle choices.
  • Participants must believe in the program’s merits and safety. Highlighting the differences between the reality of the program versus its perceptions will help employees trust that their health data will remain private and will not be used for employment-related purposes.
  • Long-term productivity gains are unlikely to be sustainable through single or short-term interventions. Employers must consider multiple or long-term wellness support for employees if increased productivity is to be sustainable.

Wellness programs or interventions in can occur in many different forms from fitness activities to healthy food choices in the office break room vending machine. The best choices for your specific organization will likely vary from the organization next door. Ask your Orlando employees for their opinions and preferences. To start the conversation, consider a few of the following options.

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Fitness
  • encourage public transportation, walking or biking—arrange for bike racks and provide “bike to work” promotional materials
  • encourage stairwell use by strategically placing posters with information about the physical benefits of using stairs
  • offer corporate discounts for health club memberships in the Orlando area or offer an on-site fitness facility
  • coordinate and market running and walking groups and other monthly and weekly fitness challenges
Corporate Culture
  • Turn sit-down meetings into walking meetings
  • bring in items that will encourage folks to take a break and rejuvenate such as scooters, game rooms, footballs, and hula hoops
  • incorporate plants and other greenery around the office
  • offer a quiet spot to take a nap
Food Choices
  • offer healthy snack, beverage and food choices via vending machines or a micro-market—don’t forget to include non-dairy milk options for those who are vegan or are dairy intolerant
  • offer free or reduced cost refreshments for employees—it’s a great morale booster
  • throw a monthly healthy potluck
  • coordinate with a community supported agriculture (CSA) for local fruit and vegetable deliveries to the office and/or find local farmers markets in Orlando

Whether you are looking to offer Pantry Service, add a new vending machine or create the ultimate break room, Blindster Refreshments can help. We offer a wide variety of products and services that can help boost your employees’ wellness, morale, and productivity. Call us at (407) 446-9896 for more information.   

Reference:

Gubler, T., Larkin, I., and Pierce, L. (2017, June 28). Doing Well by Making Well: The Impact of Corporate Wellness Programs on Employee Productivity. Forthcoming, Management Science. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2811785

Coca-Cola Wants To Engage Your Orlando Employees In The Rio Olympic Games!

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Will your Orlando employees be celebrating the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer? Your Orlando breakroom could be a great place for them to share the excitement. Coca-Cola, a special Olympic Games partner, wants to share the excitement with fans worldwide. This month, Coca-Cola is rolling out a social and multi- media campaign, #ThatsGold. The campaign will share fun activities during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, marking the 88th year of Coca-Cola’s Olympic partnership.

“While the gold medal is an icon of sporting success, Coca-Cola believes that gold moments can happen far beyond the podium. They can happen every day and all around the world,” said Rodolfo Echeverria, vice president of global creative for the company. “For Coca-Cola, gold moments are made of special feelings – joyful, refreshing, sharable – all of those moments that make you feel gold, just like the feeling of drinking an ice-cold Coca-Cola.”

Coca-Cola will support the social media campaign with TV commercials. The campaign will spotlight gold moments from previous Olympic Games and the faces of some of the most famous athletes, such as USA swimming champion Nathan Adrian, Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke, and rising British athlete Jodie Williams.

In line with the recent “Taste the Feeling” campaign, the images featured in the Olympic campaign depict authentic, real gold moments on and off the podium with Coca-Cola beverages. The TV commercials center on the gold moments that happen both on and off the podium during the Olympic Games.

In the lead up to the games, Coca-Cola has presented the Olympic flame on its 95-day journey through Brazil as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay. When the torch arrives in Rio de Janeiro, 12,000 people will have carried the flame visiting 320 cities, covering 20,000 km on land, and over 16,000 km by air.

Nearly 2,000 Coca-Cola torchbearers are helping the flame reach the most remote and diverse corners of Brazil, chosen based on the work they have done in their communities.

For the first time in its Olympic Games history, Coca-Cola will create an official “must see” hang out for teens in Rio where they can engage with the Olympic Games on their terms. Fans will have the chance to experience #ThatsGold in a number of ways, from innovative activities to public events with their idols.

beverage vending machines in Orlando and Central FloridaWithin the Olympic Park, The Coca-Cola experience will include ice-cold Coca-Cola in commemorative gold aluminum bottles, a celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay (including a photo with the torch) and highlights of the long-standing partnership between the company and the Olympic Games.

To spread #ThatsGold across the world, the company has enlisted a selection of global influencers, including Australian superstars Cody and Alli Simpson, Canadian actress and fashion blogger Allie Evans, and British YouTuber Jake Boys. These influencers are creating content that defines what #ThatsGold means to them and encourages their social media followers to celebrate their own gold moments.

During the Olympic Games, Coca-Cola will employ young people from the initiative and train them to work within hospitality, venue operations and experiential roles, giving them work experience and a chance to be part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in their home city.

Make sure your employees are part of the excitement!

Looking for vending machines in your Orlando break room? Call Blindster Refreshments today at 407-730-6629 for a free no-obligation consultation of your vending needs!

Water, Water Everywhere in Orlando…So Why Not Drink It?

Everyone knows that drinking more water and less soda or sugar-sweetened beverages is a good idea in Orlando for supporting a healthy lifestyle, but now a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrients, tells us just how beneficial this swap may be when trying to improve your health.

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Partially funded by the Drinking Water Research Foundation and authored by researchers from both the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech, this is the first study to use national nutrition surveillance data to report adult beverage intake patterns and predict calorie savings, weight loss benefits and other potential health advantages associated with drinking water instead of sweetened beverages. The study utilized dietary and health data from more than 19,000 adults from National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys conducted between 2008 and 2012.

From this data, researchers were able to determine beverage intake patterns, compare beverage choices to current public health recommendations and identify positive results from drinking more water and less sweetened beverages. The following are some high points from the study:

  • 18 percent of adult calories come from beverages. Current public health recommendations suggest this be less than 15 percent.
  • More than 40 percent of adults reported drinking at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day. This exceeds public health nutrition guidelines for those trying to improve weight management and reduce the risk for chronic diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Reducing calorie intake to the recommended 15 percent maximum would cut 3.9 billion calories per day from adults’ diets in the U.S. The predicted weight loss from such a move could mean 1.6 million fewer adults classified as “overweight.”
  • Though Americans are drinking less soda, data still shows that calories from beverages is still exceeding public health recommendations.

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From these findings, recommendations were made regarding limiting added sugars to less than 10 percent of total calories. Also, it is advised that the more one can replace added sugar beverages with one with no sugar added, like water, the better for overall wellness. Though these conclusions aren’t surprising, the results of compliance are powerful.

“Swapping water for eight ounces of sweetened beverages every day could save people roughly 100 calories,” said Kiyah Duffey, PhD, Virgina Tech and co-author of the study. “If those calories are not replaced by other foods or beverages, that is a meaningful reduction in daily energy intake.”

Looking for a healthy break room solution at your Orlando and Central Florida office? Call Blindster Refreshments today at 407-730-6629 for a no-obligation consultation of your vending needs.

Healthy Snacks: Not Just A Nice Option, An Expectation

Healthy Breakroom Options in Orlando and Central FloridaThink healthier snacking offerings are just important to cater to a remote group of health nuts? Think again. Recent data from a Q1 Consulting study is finding that the groups most likely to buy snacks and foods from convenience stores are not only choosing healthier items in growing numbers, they’re expecting those options when walking through the door. This is significant since stores not offering a robust selection of “better-for-you” products are likely turning away a customer base and potentially losing those customers forever to stores that are catering to a more diverse palate.

How significant are the findings? Of males in the 18 to 24 age group, 68 percent believe finding healthier snacks and food options is very important. Looking deeper still, of Hispanic males – the most frequent patrons of convenience stores – 58 percent consider these options very important. The study also found that these groups associate “better-for-you” options as being more fresh and all natural. As far as what “better-for-you” means, the study participants see items that are low in fat, low in sodium, organic or calorie-free as qualifying.Healthy Vending Snacks in Orlando and Central Florida

All of this is further defining the growing trend toward healthier snacking in Orlando and Central Florida. There have long been assumptions by some that most convenience store customers are those looking for the sugary and/or high-fat snacks, drinks and foods. Now that the younger customer groups are showing they are more health savvy than originally estimated, stores not only need to take notice…they need to take action.

The entire Q1 Consulting study, entitled “Capturing Opportunities in the Convenience Store Prepared Foods Channel,” was released in June 2016. Beyond this initial finding about the typical convenience store patron’s attitude toward healthier choices, the research sheds light on trends with consumers and retailers, identifies the top proprietary prepared-food concepts, and assesses the impact of burgeoning channels on the industry as a whole, such as drug stores, restaurant pop-ups, commissaries and other emerging food service channels.

If you want healthy snacks added to your Orlando and Central Florida breakroom selection contact your vending partner Blindster Refreshments at (407) 730-6629  to discuss your customized break room solution.

CONSUMERS ARE SNACKING MORE THAN EVER IN Orlando and Central Florida, ESPECIALLY SALTY SNACKS

People are busier than ever in Orlando and Central Florida.  And they are eating more frequently in shorter amounts of time. So it’s no surprise that snacking has become part of just about everyone’s lifestyle.

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In an effort to understand this consumer trend, Mintel, the research firm, surveyed consumers on their snacking habits and found that salty snacks have become the new comfort food.

Three in five (62 percent) of consumers are eating salty snacks as a stress reliever, compared to 16 percent a year ago. What’s more, 30 percent eat salty snacks when they are bored, with half (51 percent) agreeing that salty snacking is a good way to relieve boredom compared to 25 percent who said this a year ago.

“Consumption of salty snacks is largely driven by emotion, including stress and boredom,” says Amanda Topper, senior food analyst at Mintel. “Consumers are looking for ways to manage their well being, and the impact of food on emotional and mental health is becoming more important.”

This is especially true for parents, the majority of whom say salty snacks relieve stress. “Not only do parents’ hectic lifestyles force them to snack while on the go, but the majority who buy salty snacks agree that snacking throughout the day is a healthy alternative to regular meals,” Topper says. “Brands that highlight health and wellness benefits can appeal to parents that are often buying snacks that can be consumed by themselves and their children.”

Parents are increasingly likely to snack on salty options while on the go (41 percent say they do this), at work (36 percent) and throughout the day (34 percent). Parents are more likely than non-parents to see snacking as a stress reliever (73 percent versus 55 percent).

Fifty-eight percent of parents say it’s healthier to snack throughout the day than eat regular meals (compared to 21 percent of non-parents).

As much as they like salty snacks, consumers aren’t any less interested in eating what’s good for them. Mintel found that three quarters (74 percent) of consumers are interested in healthier salty snacking options.

Three in five consumers (61 percent) say salty snacks have too many artificial ingredients, while four in five (79 percent) find it importantSnack Vending Machines in Orlando and Central Florida to be able to recognize the ingredients in salty snacks. What’s more, 58 percent of salty snack purchasers agree that it is important to buy salty snacks that contain only a few ingredients.

But when it comes to snacks, nothing is more important than taste.

Three in five consumers agree that taste is more important than how healthy a salty snack is. A new flavor (38 percent) is the most influential purchasing factor for salty snackers, along with spicy flavor (30 percent) and limited-edition/seasonal flavor (22 percent).

Which is not to say that taste and health are polarizing Americans. Four in five (82 percent) agree that salty snacks can be both healthy and tasty.

“While consumers are concerned about ingredients and express interest in seeing healthier options on shelves, they still want to indulge, and flavor is a highly motivating factor. Brands that focus on products with bold, new flavors that incorporate simple ingredients will offer the best of both worlds to consumers,” says Topper.

For more information about  snack options for your breakroom, contact your Orlando and Central Florida  vending partner Blindster Refreshments at (407) 446-9896  to discuss your customized break room solution.

Lessons from Chocolate in Orlando and Central Florida

Want to freshen up your vending and/or micro market selections in Orlando and Central Florida? Take a lesson from the chocolate industry and C-stores.

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Why? Because in a recent Packaged Foods report, “Chocolate Candy in the U.S.,” published by Puro Research Group, in a time where consumers are more and more health conscious, chocolate sales are still rising in C-stores. And here’s why:

Outside Factors

  • Cheaper gas is increasing the amount of consumers visiting C-stores
  • Dark chocolate is perceived as healthier (why its sales are up by 9%) and why 70% of shoppers will occasionally switch to dark chocolate as an alternative to milk chocolate

Main Factors

  • C-Stores are still carrying the traditional favorites (standard candy bar sizes and flavors are still the largest part of the market).
  • The chocolate industry is catering to three main needs:
    • Portability – conducive to the on-the-go lifestyle of most Americans
    • Portion-control /Resealable packaging – helping Americans in their desire to be healthier
    • Shareability – Sharing is a means of portion control
  • The chocolate industry is also paying attention to top trends, responding to consumer tastes by adding more: dark chocolate, almonds, gourmet salt, coconut and super seeds

snack vending machines in Orlando and Central FloridaAccording to Jenn Ellek, Senior Director of trade marketing and communications for the National Confectioners Association, “it’s still about having the right core items (most often National brands [think Snickers, Reeses, etc.]) while adjusting to include and feature regional favorites.” In other words, people are still interested in their favorites but they’re also ready to try something new.

We believe the same is true for your Orlando and Central Florida snack and beverage service. Our promise to you is that we will keep your favorite core items in stock but also pay attention to new trends (both tastes and health concerns), rotating slow movers for new and local items.

For more information on how we can improve your existing snack and beverage service in Orlando and Central Florida call Blindster Refreshments today at (407) 730-6629. One of our team members would love to get a better idea of the product that you and your co-workers love while also suggesting some new items that you may want to rotate in to your vending machines and/or micro market.

Healthy Refreshments Taste Better Than Ever in Orlando and Central Florida: Vending Serves It Up In Spades

Have you noticed how busy the break room is nowadays in Orlando healthy vending machines in Orlando and Central Floridaand Central Florida? The refreshment area plays a more important role in employees’ lives, thanks to the great selections now available that not only taste good, but allow consumers to follow healthy diets.
One reason many consumers are snacking more is that unlike in years past, they know they can get their nutrition in the snacks they eat.
Another reason is that the taste of healthy products has improved considerably in Orlando and Central Florida. Some of us can remember a time when “better for you” had an association with being bland and tasteless. Those of us who have been in the refreshment business a long time are well aware of the change. People are buying “better for you” snacks and beverages because they know they don’t have to sacrifice good taste to follow healthy diets.
A lot of the credit goes to product manufacturers that have focused on developing great-tasting lines of snack mixes, bars, teas and waters.
General Mills Cereals has committed to removing artificial flavors and colors in response to consumers’ changing preferences. Today, more than 60 percent of General Mills Cereals such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Original Cheerios are without artificial flavors and colors.
The company plans to have more than 90 percent of its portfolio free of artificial flavors and colors by the end of the year.
“At General Mills Cereals, we have been upgrading the nutrition and ingredients in our cereals for years to meet people’s needs and desires,” said Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills cereal division. “We’ve continued to listen to consumers who want to see more recognizable and familiar ingredients on the labels and challenged ourselves to remove barriers that prevent adults and children from enjoying our cereals.”
Trix and Reese’s Puffs will be among the first of the remaining brands to change. Trix will use ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices and spice extracts such as turmeric and annatto to achieve the red, yellow, orange and purple colors. Reese’s Puffs will continue to use peanut butter and cocoa and incorporate natural vanilla flavor to achieve the same great taste that adults and children have always enjoyed.
healthy food vending machines in Orlando and Central FloridaNot only is taste of “better for you” products getting better, but the availability of these items is growing as well. This is where vending plays an important role. The product manufacturers are aware of the role vending plays in consumers’ lives, and they’re packaging their healthy products for vending.
PepsiCo recently revealed its Hello Goodness vending initiative, offering good- and better-for-you product choices from the company’s food and beverage portfolio. It features a thoughtfully-chosen selection of PepsiCo products such as such as Naked Juice, Smartfood Delight popcorn, Lay’s Oven Baked potato chips, Quaker Real Medleys bars, Pure Leaf iced tea, Propel Electrolyte Water, Tropicana Pure Premium and Sabra Ready-to-Eat Hummus cups.
“Consumers want more choice when it comes to what they eat and drink on-the-go, and we’re providing the choices they want,” said Kirk Tanner, chief operating officer at PepsiCo North America Beverages. “For years, PepsiCo has been transforming its portfolio to offer more and better food and beverages. We’re continuing this journey with our new Hello Goodness vending initiative.”
Not only are the food and beverage companies offering healthy items; many are changing their products to fit these shifting consumer preferences. And they’re packaging them so they can make them available in the workplace.
The break room is at the forefront of today’s healthy eating movement throughout Orlando and Central Florida.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available in Orlando and Central Florida, contact your vending partner Blindster Refreshments at (407) 730-6629 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Responding to the 8th Edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans

In response to the recent release of the 2015 U.S. Dietary healthy beverge vending machines in Orlando and Central FloridaGuidelines for Americans, we at Blindster Refreshments would like to reiterate a statement made by the American Beverage Association:
“We appreciate the extensive work in developing the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We fully support the goal to help Americans achieve and maintain a healthy weight. America’s beverage companies are doing their part to help people manage their calorie and sugar intake by providing a wide range of beverage choices, a variety of package sizes and clear, easy-to-read calorie information – on package and at point of purchase – to help them make the choice that’s right for them. With [their] Balance Calories Initiative, we are working toward a common goal of reducing beverage calories in the American diet. This is a meaningful initiative that will have significant real world impact in helping people reduce their consumption of calories and sugar from beverages.”
At Blindster Refreshments we are proud to work with big beverage companies who are taking great strides to reduce obesity and promote the overall health and well being of consumers in Orlando and Central Florida. Here are a few things that have made us proud to be in alignment with the American Beverage Association and make us feel more confident in the beverages we supply:
• America’s leading beverage companies voluntarily reduced calories from beverages sold in schools by 90 percent through the national School Beverage Guidelines.
• In support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, America’s beverage companies announced the Clear on Calories initiative, voluntarily placing clear calorie labels on the front of every bottle, can and pack they produce.
• When it comes to energy drinks, leading energy drink makers voluntarily place advisory statements on energy drink packaging stating that energy drinks are not recommended for children. They also have voluntarily pledged not to market these products to children or sell them in K-12 schools.

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As we continue to learn more about healthy diets and well balanced lives we are also proud to offer a wide variety of healthy beverages (not just for schools but for offices as well) including: flavored water, sparkling water, fresh fruit smoothies, vitamin enhanced water, still water, kombucha, aloe vera, etc.
In addition to healthy beverages we’ve also significantly increased the amount of healthy alternative snacks that we offer as well as drastically improved upon the quality of taste in our well rounded menu including: baked chips, granola bars, refrigerated bars, and snacks that are gluten free, organic, local, etc.
If you are looking to improve your current snack and beverage program in Orlando and Central Florida to include a larger variety of healthy beverages and snacks look no further than Blindster Refreshments. Call us today at (407) 730-6629 and one of our team members will help create a menu that best fits your needs. Don’t forget to ask about our healthy school programs or including us in your organization’s next wellness fair.

You Are What you Eat in Orlando and Central Florida

Are you emotionally engaged…with your food in Orlando and healthy vending machines in Orlando and Central FloridaCentral Florida? Recent research by the Center for Food Integrity and the Harvard Business Review suggest you are.
In the December 15, 2015 issue of Food Business News, Keith Nunes writes an editorial that draws on the research of both of the above organizations. In his article titled, “The Role of ‘Emotional Engagement’ in Food Marketing” Nunes shares that consumers:
1. Want to be able to engage with a brand (think website Q/A, Twitter and Instagram)
2. Are seeking products that make them feel good about themselves and their decisions
3. Connect emotionally with brands when they resonate with their deepest emotional drives, including the desire to feel secure, to stand out from the crowd or be the person they want to be
4. View what they eat as more than substance
How Does This Affect Your Vending and/or Food and Beverage Program in Orlando and Central Florida?

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As more research becomes available on emotional engagement with food and as consumers continue to become more educated on how the food they eat is produced and where it is grown expect to see your favorite snacks with new labels and in some cases new recipes (think no artificial flavors or colors, gluten free, organic, etc.)
And if it is true that snacks and more beverages are now a way to define ourselves; ask yourself not only what does your personal snacking say about you and your priorities, but what does the food you offer your Orlando and Central Florida employees say about your company and your company’s priorities.
In other words, if you are what you eat, what do you want to be? Do you want your Orlando and Central Florida company to prioritize cost, health, choice? Do you want to be known for quality, for offering the best, for being the best, for being on top of trends?
If yes to any of the above and you aren’t a Blindster Refreshments customer we invite you to call us today at (407) 730-6629 to speak to one of our team members about creating a snack and beverage program in Orlando and Central Florida that defines you the way you want to be defined.
If you are already one of our customers but don’t feel like your snack and beverage program is projecting the image you desire call your Blindster Refreshments representative today and we’ll work with you to redefine your program based on new priorities.

Good News For Central Florida and Orlando: Major Food Brands Are Jumping On The Healthy Bandwagon

Central Florida and Orlando consumers, like people everywhere, are healthy woman drinking watercalling for healthier food, and major brands can no longer ignore the call. In the past few months, several major brands – General Mills, Campbell Soup, Kellogg and Nestle – announced they are removing unhealthy additives.
This is good news for Central Florida and Orlando employers who have known for years that employees want to follow healthy lifestyles. As major food brands remove unhealthy additives, Central Florida and Orlando employers will have even more choices to help employees follow a healthy diet.
This month, General Mills Cereals committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from all of its cereals in response to consumers’ changing preferences. More than 60 percent of General Mills cereals are already without artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources.
According to a survey conducted by Nielsen on behalf of General Mills, 49 percent of households are making an effort to avoid artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources.
“At General Mills Cereals, we have been upgrading the nutrition and ingredients in our cereals for years to meet people’s needs and desires,” said Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills cereal division. “We’ve continued to listen to consumers who want to see more recognizable and familiar ingredients on the labels and challenged ourselves to remove barriers that prevent adults and children from enjoying our cereals.”
General Mills Cereals plans to have more than 90 percent of its portfolio free of artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources by the end of 2016. Trix will now use ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices and spice extracts such as turmeric and annatto to achieve the fun red, yellow, orange and purple colors.
cereal cupsIn August, Kellogg announced Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies will soon be all-natural. Kellogg said it is aiming to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereal and snack bars by the end of 2018. The company said 75 percent of its cereals in North America were being made without artificial colors and more than half without artificial flavors.
In July, Campbell Soup said it would stop adding monosodium glutamate to its condensed soups for children and increase its organic offerings as part of a broader strategy to cater to changing consumer tastes.
Campbell also said it would remove artificial colors and flavors from nearly all of its North American products by July 2018, and that it would move away from using high fructose corn syrup in certain products, such as its line of Pepperidge Farm fresh breads, by the end of fiscal 2017. Most new products it is launching in 2016 also will not contain corn syrup.
Additionally, Campbell will launch new organic products, such as purees under its Plum line for kids and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers made with organic wheat.
In June, Nestlé pledged to improve the ingredient quality and nutritional profile of some of its most popular frozen pizza and snack brands without affecting taste. Nestlé announced the improvements, which encompass more than 250 products across six brands in the U.S.
By the end of 2015, Nestlé will have removed artificial flavors from every product within these brands. It will have reduced sodium by 10 percent across the entire portfolio of six pizza and snack brands compared to 2013 levels. It will incorporate guidance tools on packaging across these brands to help educate consumers on choosing appropriate portion sizes and the importance of eating vegetables and fruits as part of a balanced plate.
Blindster Refreshments applauds these companies for listening to consumers and making it easier for Central Florida and Orlando to follow healthy lifestyles.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry, contact your Central Florida and Orlando vending partner, Blindster Refreshments, at (407) 730-6629 to discuss your customized break room solution.