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Energy bars, fruit bars, nuts among top sellers in healthy vending machines, says survey


September 3, 2014
By Canadian Vending

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Sept. 3, Vancouver – Energy bars, cereal bars, fruit bars, nuts and chip
alternatives represent more than 90 per cent of snack sales in MAX!
Canadian Healthy Vending machines, suggests a recent survey by the
company.

Sept. 3, Vancouver – Energy bars, cereal bars, fruit bars, nuts and chip
alternatives represent more than 90 per cent of snack sales in MAX! Canadian Healthy Vending machines, suggests a recent survey by the company.

Canadian Healthy Vending
recently
completed its annual survey of its 200 MAX! Healthy Vending Machine operators across Canada. A picture emerged of the products that appeal to Canadian
consumer seeking refreshment at healthy vending machines. Each operator
was asked to list their five best-selling healthy snacks and top five
selling healthy drinks.

Healthy snacking is an increasingly important issue for consumers,
employers, and families. Everyone wants to eat healthier during the day,
and avoid products with high calories and low nutritional value. This
is a major topic of concern to healthy vending machine operators who are
committed to increasing healthy options for their customers.

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But what
products should they stock? Unlike traditional "junk food" vending
items, which focus on just a few brands, healthy vending products cover
many different diets and a diverse selection of items. Healthy snacks
might range from baked snacks to popcorn to nuts, while beverages might
range from water to smoothies to almond milk. What do consumers want?

Those surveyed operate MAX! Healthy Vending Machines manufactured by
Canadian Healthy Vending in
businesses, schools, health clinics, community centres and other
locations. The machines include an interactive system with a video monitor that
displays nutritional information and education about healthy eating.

Although 98 different healthy snacks and beverages were represented
in the survey, items falling into just a few categories dominated the
responses. Energy bars, cereal bars, fruit bars, nuts, and chip
alternatives/healthy chips made up over 90 per cent of snack sales. Clif Bars
were the top-selling snack brand, with three varieties in the top five
sellers: Builder, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut.

Compared to the last
survey, energy bar sales were more robust, accounting for over a
quarter of snack sales.

In beverage sales, San Pellegrino was the most popular brand for the
second time in a row. The top three drink categories – water, fruit
juices, and enhanced fruit beverages –made up over 75 per cent of sales. Choices
included more than 30 different drink varieties.

Although the survey showed some top items appearing frequently in the
responses, the large number of different items testifies to the
diversity of tastes in consumers, as well as regional preferences across
the country.