Consumers Are Snacking More Than Ever in Dallas Fort Worth, Especially Salty Snacks

People are busier than ever in Dallas Forth Worth,  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 important Snack Vending Machines Dallas Fort Worthto 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 healthy snack options contact your vending partner Vend Pro  at (972) 948-3431 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Millennials Driving Fair Trade Recognition Throughout Dallas Fort Worth

According to MaryEllen Molyneaux, President of the Natural vending machines in Dallas Fort WorthMarketing Institute (NMI), “consumers want accountability, responsibility and sustainability from the companies with which they do business.” This could explain why 59% of consumers now recognize Fair Trade Certified labels on the products they purchase.

What does Fair Trade Certified mean?

According to Fair Trade USA, the leading third party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, Fair Trade products are quality products that improve lives and protect the planet. Fair Trade Certified™ products were made with respect to people and planet. Their rigorous social, environmental and economic standards work to promote safe, healthy working conditions, protect the environment, enable transparency, and empower communities to build strong, thriving businesses. When you choose products with the Fair Trade label, your day-to-day purchases can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives.

Why is Fair Trade Awareness Growing?

In general the growing awareness to Fair Trade products seems to be largely attributed to the Millennials who are not only interested in Fair Trade products but also in aligning themselves with products that promise to make a positive difference or support their favorite cause.  Studies by NMI and Fair Trade USA estimate that 65% of Millennials recognize Fair Trade Certified labels and 40% of the general population look for proof of social claims when purchasing products.

In addition or maybe in response to this growing demand driven by the Millennial generation, growing awareness has been attributed to an abundance of new Fair Trade items hitting store shelves (133 new items have been added since January 2016 and in 2015 almost 550 items were added in all).

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What Does This Mean for Your Dallas Fort Worth Business?

By 2025 it’s estimated that 75% of the workforce will be Millennials. Plan for the future and help the planet now by offering Fair Trade coffee in your break room and offering Fair Trade beverages and snacks in your Dallas Fort Worth vending machines and micro markets. Keep in mind that although the demand is growing there is still a lot of growth to go (i.e although it is very possible to start working in Fair Trade items to your break room solutions it may not be practical/possible to go 100% Fair Trade).

Some fun products to start exploring: Honest Tea, TCHO chocolate, Kashi Go Lean Bars, Annie’s Organic Cereal and decomposable plates, cups and utensils.

For more information on Fair Trade products to offer in your break room call your Dallas Fort Worth vendor, Vend Pro at (972) 948-3431. While you’re on the phone make sure to ask us about the ways we give back to our community and to the planet.

Your Next Vacation Destination: The Breakroom in Dallas Fort Worth

Peter Drucker, an American management consultant is credited with contributing to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business world. He’s known for sayings like

“Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.”

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said” and….

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

Although traditional business practices may disagree, companies like The Container Store, Facebook, Google, etc. are proving Drucker right, putting company culture and employee happiness at the top of their priority list, having fun and making millions/billions.

Want to follow suit but not sure how to do so on a budget in Dallas Fort Worth? Here are suggestions from Howard Chapman, Royal Cup Inc.’s Office Beverage Division President, on how to be a competitive business in this new platform by focusing on changes in the breakroom.

Coffee is one of the cheapest employee benefits but has one of the office coffee service in Dallas Fort Worthhighest perceived values throughout Dallas Fort Worth. In other words, coffee, even premium brands are relatively inexpensive but by offering premium coffee in your break room you are: keeping employees on location increasing productivity, increasing energy through caffeine intake, showing your employees that you value them and their time and improving your bottom line.

$ – Drip brew coffee (ideally portion packs to contain mess and provide a consistent pot)

$$ – Bean to cup machines that use whole bean coffees to create black coffee as well as fancier beverages including lattes and mocha.

Cool Way to Save – Reach out to local coffee roasters (not the hipster kind the wholesale kind) and get coffee that’s fresher than the name brands and cheaper. Ask about branding with your company’s logo. If they can’t, make up your own names and labels for airports

Don’t Forget – A large percentage of Americans (especially Millennials) are drinking tea more than ever. Spend a couple extra cents per bag and invest in a premium selection (think Tazo, Numi, Mighty Leaf). Also, remember that when it comes to coffee and teas these days, cold is hot. Consider getting an ice machine or cold brew on tap if budget allows.

When creating your beverage menu make sure you include condiments, aka sugars and creamers, as it’s likely that a majority of your employees won’t enjoy their beverage black.

$ – Powdered creamer and sugar in canisters, after all, something is better than nothing.

$$ – If possible always get the real deal. Keep half and half in the refrigerator, flavored creamer capsules on the counter and in addition to cane sugar include sugar in the raw.

Deciding What Stays and What Goes – If budget doesn’t allow for flavored creamers and half and half, or for sugar alternatives and sugar in the raw cut out the imposters and keep the real deals.  Ultimately these options are healthier for your employees and healthier employees are happier employees.  With that in mind don’t forget a soy/almond milk alternative for your lactose employees.

Extra Bonus – When thinking about your break room condiments, if budget allows, include mayo, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, salt and pepper, etc. Save money and the environment and by providing family style options instead of individual packets.

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And what’s a break without snacks?

$ – Vending machines are a lot different now than they were even 5 years ago in Dallas Fort Worth. You can offer your employees healthy snacks and easy payment solutions (including credit cards and mobile pay) at no cost to your company.

$ – For companies with 250 employees consider micro markets in place of typical vending machines. These systems operate like mini convenience stores and are run by a self-checkout kiosk. Benefits include more product variety and fresher options.

$$ – Take a page out of tech playbooks and offer beverages and snacks free to employees in Dallas Fort Worth Benefits include: encouraging employees to eat healthier by only offering healthy options and increased productivity by keeping employees on location longer.

Cool Way to Save – Get a service provider and DO NOT try to manage snacks and cold beverages on your own. If you only look at unit cost it may seem cheaper to go with a bulk store or insta service but when you factor in your time and efforts a provider is significantly more affordable.

Finally, no matter what you decide to offer in you break room it could mean nothing if you don’t pay attention to overall ambiance. You want your breakroom to be a place where company culture is cultivated, where employees become friends and where team bonding happens. You also want your breakroom to feel like an escape, a mini vacation from the day.

$ – Paint the walls different colors than the rest of your office. Have a bookcase where employees can swap favorite reads.

$$ – Get comfy couches and lounge chairs, a family style farm table, maybe even a TV.

For more ideas on how to cultivate company culture in your Dallas Fort Worth break room call your local expert, Vend Pro at (972) 948-3431. We can help you develop a plan that fits your culture from what coffee to order to what color you should paint the walls.

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According to UCSF (and common medical science), “Excessive premature atrial contractions (PACs) have been shown to result in atrial fibrillation, stroke and death while excessive premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) have been shown to result in increased heart failure, coronary artery disease and death. Both abnormalities were tied to caffeine consumption through studies and trials, but these studies were performed several decades ago and did not use PACs and PVCs as a primary outcome.”

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A recent study from UCSF, published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, researched the chronic consumption of caffeine over a 12 month period and found that (contrary to popular belief) regular caffeine consumption does not lead to extra heartbeats.

“Clinical recommendations advising against the regular consumption of caffeinated products to prevent disturbances of the heart’s cardiac rhythm should be reconsidered, as we may unnecessarily be discouraging consumption of items like chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits,” said senior author [of the study] Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS, a UCSF Health cardiologist and director of clinical research in the UCSF Division of Cardiology.

*And the crowd goes wild! Coffee, tea and chocolate lovers of the world rejoice!*

So if more caffeine consumption does not have a negative impact on the heart, in honor of a month dedicated to love let’s take a look at the health benefits associated with coffee, tea and chocolate; three treats that we do LOVE.

Coffee

  • Potentially protect against type 2 diabetes (Harvard School of Public Health)
  • Potentially reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease and slow shaking in existing cases (Research Institute of the McGill University Healthy Centre)
  • Lowers risk of liver cancer by about 40% (Milan’s Institute di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri)
  • Can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver in alcohol drinkers by about 22% (Kaiser Permanente)
  • Can protect against heart failure (Harvard School of Public Health)

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According to Time.com certain teas can:

  • Boost exercise endurance
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack
  • Protect against a “boatload” of cancers including: breast, colon, skin, lung, stomach, liver, ovarian and prostrate
  • Improve bone mineral density

Chocolate

According to huffingtonpost.com chocolate can:

  • Reduce stroke risk
  • Lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Improve skin (dark chocolate has antioxidants that can offer protection from UV damage
  • Improve blood flow
  • Boost you mood

There are a lot of benefits to offering a coffee/tea and vending services at your Dallas Fort Worth office including increasing employee engagement, increasing productivity, improving employee happiness, and increasing your bottom line. Now you may want to add improving employee health (decreasing sick time) to the list.

For more information on the health benefits of coffee, tea and chocolate (three of our favorite things) or to find out how you can start a coffee and tea service at your Dallas Fort Worth location today, call Vend Pro at (972) 948-3431.  One of our team specialists will be happy to help you create a program that best fits your company’s needs and that correlates with your company’s health and wellness programs.

Lessons from Chocolate

Want to freshen up your vending and/or micro market selections in Dallas Fort Worth? 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 Dallas Fort WorthAccording 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 snack and beverage service in Dallas Forth Worth. 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 Dallas Fort Wroth call Vend Pro today at (972) 948-3431. 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 in Dallas Forth Worth.

Consumers Want To Eat Healthy, But They Still Like To Indulge In Longtime Favorite Snacks in Dallas Fort Worth

For many Americans in Dallas Fort Worth and throughout the country, especially younger ones, snacks have replaced traditional meals throughout the day. Roughly 40 percent of adults say they eat several small meals throughout the day compared to almost 35 percent in 2005. Snacking between meals reached an all-time high in 2015 with two-thirds of adults over the age of 18 claiming they snack frequently between meals, according to survey data published in the recent Packaged Facts report, “Sweet Baked Goods: U.S. Market Trends.”
This “eating on the go” trend has made the break room a key part of employees’ lives.
But what foods are these snackers choosing in Dallas Fort Worth? More than a quarter of Americans (30%) claim to usually snack on healthy foods. Likewise, almost half (45%) claim nutritional value is the most important factor in the foods they eat.

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Yet even as consumers seek to be healthy, there is the pervasive desire to indulge in treats they know aren’t always good for them. Once a while, even the most health-conscious person likes to take a break from their health regimen and treat themselves to a snack that is higher in fat and/or calories. This is one reason why some indulgent snacks are among the top sellers in the vending machine.
Sales of “comfort snacks” — from cookies to cakes to doughnuts — reached $20 billion in 2014 and will rise by a projected compound annual growth rate of almost 3 percent to reach $23 billion in 2019.
These disparate tendencies – the commitment to a healthy diet and the desire to indulge in less healthy treats – has given birth to a group of snacks seen as “indulgent” but are lower in calories than traditional high-calorie snacks.
When possible, consumers in Dallas Fort Worth want healthier or “better for you” versions of their favorite treats.
Sweet baked goods manufacturers have responded to this shifting market with “comfort” products formulated to reduce sodium, sugar and fat, eliminate high fructose corn syrup and trans fats. These include products that are more natural, organic, and gluten-free, or include more beneficial ingredients such as whole and multi-grains, fiber, seeds and fruit.
“The market is mature with growth challenged by health and diet concerns, changing snacking choices and an increasing desire for fresh rather than packaged foods,” says David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged Facts. “But there are opportunities for growth as consumers snack smarter even when indulging by choosing sweet goods designed for ‘grab and go’ snacking or products designed to minimize calorie count without overtly sacrificing the flavors familiar to customers.”

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Cookies are typically the sweet baked treat of choice, with nearly three quarters of U.S. households eating them. Most households eat regular cookies while only a small percentage eat reduced fat/low-fat or sugar-free most often.
Chocolate chip cookies are America’s favorites with soft chocolate chip cookies preferred by more people than crunchy versions. Bite-sized cookies have grown in popularity as more people are eating “minis” or portion-controlled sizes.
The bottom line is that while consumers are snacking more than ever, their tastes cover a wide range of products. Consumers want to follow healthy diets, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like to treat themselves to indulgent snacks.
Today’s refreshment service providers need to meet a more diverse set of consumer choices than ever.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options in Dallas Fort Worth contact your refreshment services provider Vend Pro at (972) 948-3431 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Healthy Refreshments Taste Better Than Ever in Dallas Fort Worth: Vending Serves It Up In Spades

Have you noticed how busy the break room is nowadays in Dallas healthy snack vending machines in Dallas Fort WorthFort Worth? 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 in Dallas Fort Worth 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. 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 in Dallas Fort Worth 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.

snack and beverage vending machine in Dallas Fort WorthNot 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 in Dallas Fort Worth. 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.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available in Dallas Fort Worth, contact your vending partner Vend Pro at (972) 948-3431 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Research Finds Coffee Improves Physical Endurance

Ask the average coffee drinker in Dallas Fort Worth what they like Office Coffee Service in Dallas Fort Worthmost about coffee, and you’ll hear a range of answers. The taste. The pick-me-up. The break from the routine. The social aspect. All benefits having to do with improving one’s mental performance.
But physical performance is also entering the discussion, thanks to recent scientific research.
According to a University of Georgia study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, coffee can improve an athlete’s physical endurance. Researcher Simon Higgins reviewed more than 600 scholarly articles studying the effects of caffeine on physical endurance. He discovered that randomized control trials indicated coffee improves endurance.
Higgins, a third-year doctoral student in kinesiology in the College of Education, found that between 3 and 7 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of caffeine from coffee improved endurance performance by an average of 24 percent.
The subjects in the trials either cycled or ran after drinking coffee. They then exercised vigorously and the results were measured. In most cases, endurance noticeably improved. These benefits are referred to as “ergogenic,” meaning they enhance physical performance.
This new research will be interesting to customers involved in sports and recreational activities, and those with physically demanding jobs.
Higgins also realized that more research is needed on the use of caffeine from coffee versus pure caffeine use.
“There’s the potential that getting your caffeine by drinking coffee has similar endurance benefits as taking caffeine pills,” Higgins said. “Previous research has focused on caffeine itself as an aid to improve endurance. While there is a lack of high-quality research on coffee as a source of caffeine, there is an abundance of research on pure caffeine. It’s surprising how little we know about caffeine from coffee when its endurance effects could be just as beneficial as pure caffeine.”

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“There’s a perception that coffee won’t give you the same benefits as pure caffeine,” he said. “New research could mean that athletes could have a cup of coffee versus taking a pill.”
More research is needed before giving official recommendations to athletes, Higgins noted, especially since the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can vary depending on how it’s prepared. The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can vary from 75 mg to more than 150, depending on the variety and how it’s roasted and brewed.
“There is a caveat to athletes using coffee: Be careful because you don’t know how much caffeine is in some coffee, especially when it’s prepared by someone else,” he said. Athletes should discuss their caffeine with their sports dietitian since the NCAA lists it as a banned substance.
These findings are among several health-related benefits associated with coffee in recent years. It’s safe to say that coffee’s effect on human health has been rehabilitated.
Recent studies have also credited moderate coffee intake with reducing the risk of heart disease, brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Improving your physical endurance is one of many benefits of drinking coffee.
To find out more about coffee solutions for your Dallas Fort Worth business, contact your refreshment services partner, Vend Pro at (972) 948-3431 .

You Are What you Eat in Dallas Fort Worth

Are you emotionally engaged…with your food? Recent research by healthy vending machines in Dallas Fort Worththe 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?

As more research becomes available on emotional engagement with food and as Dallas Fort Worth 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.)

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And if it is true that snacks and more than snacks 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 Dallas Fort Worth 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 Dallas Fort Worth 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 Vend Pro customer we invite you to call us today at (972) 948-3431 to speak to one of our team members about creating a snack and beverage program that defines you the way you want to be defined in Dallas Fort Worth.
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 Vend Pro representative today and we’ll work with you to redefine your program based on new priorities.

2016 Food Trends for Dallas Fort Worth

Tis the season for holiday treats, shopping, parties, kisses under the mistletoe, kisses under the disco ball, New Year resolutions and New Year goals both personal and professional.

vending machines Dallas Fort WorthWe at  Vend Pro are no different. As we look forward to the new year one of the things we are most intrigued by are the changing food trends in the nation, some of which will directly affect our purchasing patterns for 2016. Take a look at what the experts at Sterling Rice Group are saying will be popular this coming year in restaurants, at grocery stores and consequently (in some cases) in your Dallas Fort Worth vending machines.
Switchels – This colonial era beverage made with apple cider, vinegar and ginger offers both hydration and refreshment as well as the health benefits that come with apple cider vinegar: kills bacteria, may lower blood sugar, and help with weight loss. If you start looking for switchel beverages look in the same places you find kombucha bevearges.
Hawaiian Cuisine – Aloha Spam, musubi rice and poke.
Oysters – According to the article “Cutting-edge food trends for 2016” found in the November 2015 issue of Food Business News, “the demand for sustainable seafood has fueled a resurgence of farmed oysters, which filter pollutants from coastal waterways.” And according to Kara Nielsen, culinary director of and trendologist at Sterling-Rice Group because oysters are “easy to eat, [shareable and because] you can doctor them up if you want or have them clean” they’re becoming more and more appealing to the informed diner.

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Savory Yogurt – The success of Greek yogurt and a growing understanding of global cuisines is, according to Nielsen, spurring interest in savory yogurts (think olive oil, spices, seeds, vegetables, roasted fruit), bringing new twists to very traditional cuisines.

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Coffee Creativity – Did someone say cold brew? Cold brew coffee,the process of brewing coffee with cold water over an extended period of time (typically 12-24 hours) has become more than a hipster trend in 2015. In 2016 expect to see it more and more in coffee shops, grocery stores, beers, pretty much everywhere.
Sippable Soups – In 2016 expect high-pressure processing to do for soup what it’s done for juice.
Porridge – Think oatmeal with new grains, addition nuts and going more savory than sweet.
Wondering how this will affect your current Dallas Fort Worth vending program? Don’t be alarmed. We’re still going to keep your favorite, traditional snacks and beverages stocked and we certainly won’t be vending oysters anytime soon but you can expect to see Hawaiian flavors, greek yogurts, cold brew coffee, sippable soups and gourmet oatmeals (if not porridge) in our vending machines and micro markets soon. Call Vend Pro today at (972) 948-3431 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs.