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Healthier snacks, fresh food and technology drive trends


April 27, 2015
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April 27, 2015, Las Vegas – Industry research suggests better-for-you snacks, fresh foods,
technology and premium coffee are driving vending and refreshment services
trends, according to a news release from NAMA.

April 27, 2015, Las Vegas – Industry research suggests better-for-you snacks, fresh foods,
technology and premium coffee are driving vending and refreshment services
trends, according to a news release from NAMA.

A new research report, conducted by Technomic, was announced at the
2015 National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow last week.

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"Each year Americans consume 17 billion snacks and
beverages from vending and refreshment services outlets," said
Roni Moore, NAMA vice-president, in a news release. "We're seeing millennials and Gen X drive
demand for fresh and functional foods and beverages, as well as ease of
access."

Growth in micro markets

The Technomic report shows micro markets – retail locations
offering fresh foods and better-for-you snacks and featuring self-checkout with
scanners – are leading the growth of the refreshment services channel. With
9,000 micro markets in 2014 in workplaces, hospitals, hotels and universities,
growth is expected to reach 35,000 locations by 2017, a 300 per cent increase.

Micro markets fuse industry technology and trends – offering
fresh foods and better-for-you snacks in a convenient form for consumers and
companies alike, the release said. These retail kiosks deliver higher productivity and fewer sick
days to companies and consumers.

Better-for-you snacks in demand

At this year's OneShow, one in five new exhibitors is
focused on nutrition as consumers demand healthier options. Recognizing the
desire for healthier snack and beverage options, 61% of all vending and
refreshment services operators now have a nutrition program in place and nearly
70 per cent of vending operators offer healthier snack choices.

To make it easy for consumers to make informed choices, Fit
Pick, NAMA's signature nutrition program celebrating 10 years, uses
eye-catching labeling to identify better for you snacks. Fit Pick's updated
nutrition standards focus on fewer calories, limited fat, sugar and sodium, in
line with nationally recognized nutrition standards for the workplace and USDA
Smart Snacks in School standards for schools.

Snacks overtaking mealtime

Today half of all meal occasions are snacks, or mini meals,
as consumers eat on the go and listen to their cravings, says Hartman research
group. Almost half (47%) of all eating occasions happen when people are alone.

Driving this snacking growth are millennials– 44 million
consumers aged 20-34 who possess $1.1 trillion in spending power – and gen X
(35-54) – 60 million consumers with even more spending at their disposal. To
cater to these health-conscious groups, more manufacturers are introducing
organic, natural and less processed snacks that can satisfy both taste and
functional needs.


Technology in vending and refreshment services

It's no surprise that with millennials and gen X driving
snack growth, technology is involved. Technology is shaping the industry of the
future, whether it's cashless payments like Apple Pay or paying by thumbprint,
tweeting for fan prizes or tapping solar power.

"Five years ago we could only dream about the
innovation we're seeing today – from solar-powered machines to Tweet-activated
machines," Moore said. "But some of the most important advances are
being used to make the vending and refreshment services experience overall
better for Americans, including providing nutrition information so that
consumers can make informed choices and cashless payment options for
convenience."

Coffee as an employee benefit

More and more small companies are offering coffee to their
employees as a benefit with single serve and premium coffees driving growth.
The advantages are simple: it keeps employees on premise, it's seen as a
value-add and now it may even help your overall health.

"The fact that USDA is recognizing that three to five
cups of coffee a day can help reduce Type 2 diabetes is significant for the
industry," according to Moore. "It's a double benefit that coffee can
be seen as an office perk while also helping your health."

LAS VEGAS, NV — April 21, 2015 — According
to vending industry research released yesterday, better-for-you snacks,
fresh foods, technology and premium coffee are driving vending and
refreshment services trends. [1] This new research, conducted by
Technomic, was announced at the 2015 National Automatic Merchandising
Association's OneShow, the world's largest vending and refreshment
services trade show. The show is taking place this week at the Las Vegas
Convention Center.

"Each year Americans consume 17 billion snacks and beverages from
vending and refreshment services outlets," according to Roni Moore, NAMA
vice-president. "We're seeing millennials and Gen X drive demand for
fresh and functional foods and beverages, as well as ease of access."

Micromarkets Anticipate Rapid Growth

The Technomic report shows micromarkets — retail locations offering
fresh foods and better for you snacks and featuring self-checkout with
scanners — are leading the growth of the refreshment services channel.
With 9,000 micromarkets in 2014 in workplaces, hospitals, hotels and
universities, growth is expected to reach 35,000 locations by 2017, a
300% increase. [2]

Micromarkets fuse industry technology and trends — offering fresh foods
and better-for-you snacks in a convenient form for consumers and
companies alike. These retail kiosks deliver higher productivity and
fewer sick days to companies and consumers.

Better For You Snacks In Demand

At this year's OneShow, one in five new exhibitors is focused on
nutrition as consumers demand healthier options. Recognizing the desire
for healthier snack and beverage options, 61% of all vending and
refreshment services operators now have a nutrition program in place and
nearly 70% of vending operators offer healthier snack choices. [3]

To make it easy for consumers to make informed choices, Fit Pick, NAMA's
signature nutrition program celebrating 10 years, uses eye-catching
labeling to identify better for you snacks. Fit Pick's updated nutrition
standards focus on fewer calories, limited fat, sugar and sodium, in
line with nationally recognized nutrition standards for the workplace
and USDA Smart Snacks in School standards for schools.

Snacks Overtaking Mealtime

Today half of all meal occasions are snacks, or mini meals, as consumers
eat on the go and listen to their cravings, says Hartman research
group. Almost half (47%) of all eating occasions happen when people are
alone. [4]

Driving this snacking growth are millennials — 44 million consumers
aged 20-34 who possess $1.1 trillion in spending power — and Gen X
(35-54) — 60 million consumers with even more spending at their
disposal. To cater to these health-conscious groups, more manufacturers
are introducing organic, natural and less processed snacks that can
satisfy both taste and functional needs.

Technology In Vending And Refreshment Services

It's no surprise that with millennials and Gen X driving snack growth,
technology is involved. Technology is shaping the industry of the
future, whether it's cashless payments like Apple Pay or paying by
thumbprint, tweeting for fan prizes or tapping solar power.

"Five years ago we could only dream about the innovation we're seeing
today — from solar-powered machines to Tweet-activated machines," Moore
said. "But some of the most important advances are being used to make
the vending and refreshment services experience overall better for
Americans, including providing nutrition information so that consumers
can make informed choices and cashless payment options for convenience."

Coffee As An Employee Benefit

More and more small companies are offering coffee to their employees as a
benefit with single serve and premium coffees driving growth. The
advantages are simple: it keeps employees on premise, it's seen as a
value-add and now it may even help your overall health.

"The fact that USDA is recognizing that three to five cups of coffee a
day can help reduce Type 2 diabetes is significant for the industry,"
according to Moore. "It's a double benefit that coffee can be seen as an
office perk while also helping your health."

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