Traditional snacks remain the profit center and mainstay of the snack machine. Chocolate bars, Hershey, M&M, cookies, potato chips, cheesy snacks and the like account for the vast majority of food sold out of vending machines. While schools, even adult education institutions and many employers seek to institute healthy food only policies, the fact is that demand for the traditional snacks far outweighs the adoption of alternative, or healthy snacks. And while policies curbing traditional snacks have
had the positive effect of increasing choice at vending machines, the truth is that demand will always dictate the market. The most stringent policies which have tried to force out candy bars and potato chips have been short lived. Both the institution, vendor and food supplier suffer. So typically the policy gets readjusted to allow for the return of traditional snacks. Or food vendors come up with creative solutions that meet the guidelines of a healthy food policy while retaining the Hershey chocolate of M&M product in a modified form – nuts and raisins mixed with M&M’s is a popular product that typically meets healthy food requirements.
Hershey remains the number one chocolate candy bar, with M&Ms a close second. Every vending machine services companies that want to pull in customers include both these products in their offerings. Snacks like these are ubiquitous part of everyone’s diet. Not everyone who eats them does so irresponsibly. Even those who claim to adhere to a healthy lifestyle and eat right and exercise will occasionally indulge in a Hershey bar, even secretly.
A good vending machine will have wide range of traditional snacks. Besides Hershey bars and M&M packets, popular candy bars include Butterfingers, Reese’s Cups and Snickers bars. Potato chips, tortilla chips and cheesy snacks compliment the candy offerings in a vending machine and make a combination many staff members and employees enjoy, even in the office vending machines carry healthy snacks.
A well-rounded vending machine serves all tastes best. Snack machines can offer traditional snacks and healthy snacks side by side. This serves the interests of staff and employee health while allowing people to make their own choices about what to eat. No one disputes that eating candy bars and packs of potato chips in excess can cause weight gain and decreased energy. However, not everyone who eats traditional snacks does so in excess. Many people eat them only occasionally.