A food vending machine is no stranger in any city around the world. In today’s rapidly moving age; food vending machines are indeed a boon especially for those who are constantly mobile yet need adequate nourishment on-the-go. The history of these machines may date back to the Greek civilization. However, coin operated, commercial and the more advanced machines were introduced in the early 1880s in London. The novelty of tossing a coin into the machine to collect a pack of fried crisps, sugar-high cola or a candy was immense. The food vending machines became an instant hit and quite revolutionized the fast food culture in several metropolitan cities of the world.
Ever since the first commercial vending machine began to dispense a plethora of items, the more popular ones amongst them being snacks, they have evolved consistently not just in terms of technology but also to stay in sync with the changing lifestyles. Routines, food choices and dietary habits, work culture, sleep patterns, travel and stress have undergone dramatic changes over the last century. We can observe the gradually rising cases of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and others. A lot of factors can be attributed to these alarmingly growing numbers – genetics, work pressure, constant work related travels, pollution, work culture, competition and food. Food choices play a large role in determining the quality of our lifestyle. The choices we make are in our hands. And
interestingly, we now have quick access to healthier food options.
Healthy Vending is today no longer just a jargon. Many institutions and companies have adopted the concept to promote wellness amongst staff and employees. Companies like Snaxsmart have strived to penetrate the market with the objective of making the corporate culture better informed of healthy food choices and access to those. Snaxsmart healthy snack vending machines have today become a popular choice amongst socially committed organizations. State-of-the-art, sophisticated machines come equipped with advanced storage technology for preserving nutritional value of food. A lot of research goes into identifying healthier food alternatives to crisps, sweets and sodas as well as in sourcing these choices.
When stocking the machines, it is important to locally-source foods to ensure continuity and consistency of quality. Also, foods with minimal artificial additives, higher nutritional value and lower calorie are natural choices. This evolution in snack vending machines is expected to make healthy food more convenient than junk food since the advantages are numerous and obvious.
Infiltration of healthy vending machines is getting increasingly more welcome and the day isn’t too far when this would become universal.