Mars/Masterfoods USA brings a new line of snacks called Generation MaxTM to vending. All Generation Max products contain 150 calories or less per serving, 35 percent less calories from fat, 10 percent calories from saturated fat and 35 percent by weight of sugar per serving along with additional nutrients. The line satisfies the 35:10:35 rules in place for most schools. The line consists of 10 products: Snickers® cookies; Snickers® cereal clusters; M&M’s Cookies; Twix® cereal clusters; 3 Musketeers® chocolate brownie bar; 3 Musketeers® S’mores brownie bars; 3 Musketeers® chocolate strawberry brownie bars; Combos® pizza crackers; Combos® hot ‘n spicy crackers; and Combos® ranch pretzels. For more about the new line, call 800-381-VEND.
Living Essential’s 5-Hour Energy Drink in a 2-ounce bottle provides a boost of energy and mental alertness that lasts for hours with no crash. 5-Hour Energy is packed with B Vitamins, enzymes and amino acids. It contains zero sugar, zero net carbs, and just enough caffeine to get the ball rolling. Call 888-960-9495 for more information or visit www.fivehour.com.
Welch’s introduces six new 100 percent juice flavors in proprietary 14-ounce bottles. With a premium look, the six flavors are concord grape; white grape; white grape peach; white grape mango passion fruit; fruit punch; and orange fusion. Hot filled, the bottles are shelf-stable with full shrink labels and each contains at least three servings of fruit with no sugar added. For more information, visit www.welchs.com.
Mrs. May’s natural snacks put some crunch into snacks with slow-roasted nuts, fruit and nuts, seeds or trio snack bars. With all natural ingredients, Mrs. May’s naturals are vegan, kosher, non-GMO, cholesterol-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free and have no artificial colors or flavors. Ingredients include premium dry-roasted nuts, toasted sesame seeds, natural fruit pieces, can juice rice malt and sea salt. For more information, visit www.mrsmays.com or call 310-830-3130.
The PC2MDB from Upstate Networks Inc. allows a PC to act as a cashless device and add credit to an existing vending machine. The four-position dip switch controls the selection of various configurable options, including cashless address, cashless device level (1 or 2), ASCII or binary transfer from the MDB to the PC and selftest. The system includes MDB lab software and source code in visual basic. For more information, visit www.upstatenetworks.com or call 800-369-5797.
Tea Tech is giving green tea a kick with a specially formulated powered tea that mixes with bottled water. With Jackie Chan as the spokesperson, the green tea is available in unsweetened, lemon and raspberry flavors in regular and energy tea versions. Call 801-983-4090 for more information or visit www.teatech.com.
Bravo! Brands is expanding the flavored milk market with Slammers in vendible bottles. Flavors include 3 Musketeers, Trix and Coca Puffs, and are 99 percent fat free with no sugar added. The Pro Slammers brands are milk packed with protein. All products have an extended shelf-life of six months. Also available is Organic Valley, USDA certified organic milk and Blenders, a meal-on-the-move drink approved by the diabetes research institute. Slim Slammers with half the calories and carbs is also DRI approved. Call 877-625-1411 for more information or visit www.bravobrands.com.
Holiday House Distributing offers two OCS products. The SmartValve uses water pressure to sense water flow and activates a shut-off valve after a preset amount of water has been dispensed. It operates without any power source and can be used on almost any plumbed-in water dispenser. The Scale Interceptor prevents formation of future lime scale on commercial water and beverage equipment. It can be used on coffee brewers, evaporative coolers, ice machines, most water lines and steamers. Visit www.HHHDonline.com for additional information.
SunOpta Brands focuses on school accounts and healthier fare with Dakota Gourmet®; prepackaged sunflower, corn and soy as well as trail mixes. New offerings include fruit jerky in strawberry-kiwi and sour apple. SunOpta’s Kettle ValleyTM products are made with real apples and no added sugar. The 20-gram fruits and 40-gram fruit and fiber bars provide the equivalent of one and two apples respectively, available in assorted flavors. The Soy®Um organic soy milk is available in original and vanilla, non-dairy, lactose-free, and has no artificial flavors or colors.
Specialty pies from D&M Group Services break the mold. Specializing in 5-inch old fashioned peach, apple and raspberry cobblers, D&M also has sweet potato, pecan and bean pies. Call 310-930-3626 for more information.
Vistar adds Kettlecorn in three flavors to its vending line. All natural Kettlecorn uses a mix of salt and pure cane sugar to deliver popcorn with a shell of salty sweetness. Summer picnic BBQ has powerful barbecue sauce. Spicy Honey mustard offers heat from a blend of spices and mustard seed, fused with the natural sweetness of honey. All three varieties have a 6-month shelf life and are certified kosher. Also coming soon is Gourmet Dale and Thomas Popcorn in vend size bags. For more information, contact a Vistar representative at 800-880-9900 or visit www.vistar.com.
Nui Kid Water is designed for schools. Sweetened slightly with natural fruit juice, it is packed with vitamins, calcium, electrolytes, fiber and antioxidants. Nui water is all natural with no added sweeteners. Available in racing red, outrageous orange and purple power, Nui donates 50 percent of its net profit to charities that empower children with healthy lifestyles, physical fitness and nutrition. For more information about Nui water, visit www.nuiwater.com.
PartyRx is making its début in the vending industry as a hangover prevention. Designed to prevent an upset stomach, protect the liver and metabolize alcohol, PartyRx comes in a package with “before” and “after” pills for a night of alcohol consumption. For more information, visit www.partyrx.net.
Zipfizz is a new fruit punch energy drink that doesn’t need to be refrigerated and has a 2-year shelf life. With 30 calories and no grams of sugar, the 4-ounce serving contains B12, antioxidants and electrolytes. Zipfizz is also available as an energy drink mix for use with 16- to 20-ounce bottles of water. The drink mix is available in three flavors: berry, citrus and lemonade, all with 10 calories, no sugars and two carbs. For more information, call 877-zip-fizz or visit www.zipfizz.com.
New Deli Express Pizza PoppersTM and Chicken and Cheese Fries offer more varieties for on-the-go lifestyles. Advanced packaging technology assures a 30-day refrigerated shelf-life. Poppers and Fries are available in 3.8- and 3.7-ounce packs, respectively. Call 800-328-8184 or visit www.deliexpress.com.
Eagle is back with premium snacks, offering sweet onion poppers flavors, potato snacks and white cheddar bursts made with real cheese. Available in 0.875-ounce and 1.25-ounce packs, both Eagle snacks contain zero grams of trans fats. Contact a Vistar representative for more details, call 800-880-9900 or visit www.vistar.com.
Diamond Crystal Sales has made the popular flavors of coffee into “shake-on” toppers. The toppers include vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and a larger canister of mini-marshmallows. Each flavor is available in a disposable shaker that’s tamper resistant. Call 800-654-5115 for more information or visit www.diamondcrystal.com.
The Umbrolly umbrella vending machine hangs on the wall and is operated on batteries. Holding 50 umbrellas, it has a 1-year warranty.
Velvet Hammer brand coffee from U.S. Roasterie launches into the single-cup market with 57 mm (10- to 20-gram) coffee pods. Individually wrapped, the pods are available in the following coffees: Sumatra Mandheling, Colombian Supremo, Breakfast Brew, French Roast, Velvet Hammer, Colombian Decaf, Jamaican Me Crazy, Hazelnut Cream, Hazelnut Cream Decaf, Tropical Vanilla and Variety Pack. Velvet Hammer also offers private label opportunities, including U.S. Coffee Fresh Roasted Pick. For more information, call 800-832-4429.
Procter & Gamble is entering the snack pack market with 100-calorie packs of its Pringle brand. With the original flavor and in a vendible container, the chips have been reformulated with less fat. Also available are the Pringle minis, smaller versions of the original in a 0.81-ounce bag with reduced fat. For information, call a Procter & Gamble distributor.
Castellari’s Pepita espresso machine is modern, stylish and designed to enhance the qualities of pods. Equipped with a “slide water” lime scale control device, it has a tank containing up to 2.5 liters of water and can make strong, standard or “long” coffee. Visit www.mokador.com
Tahitian Noni International has three new Hiro energy drinks: vitality, mobility and energy. Vitality contains vitamins and herbs shown to support the immune system, along with other beneficial ingredients that actually help the body combat the effects of stress. Mobility is power-packed with genuine noni and other beneficial ingredients to help maintain proper joint health. Energy stands apart as a healthier, more responsible way to get instant energy and enhanced performance without the crash and burn effect of sugary energy drinks and sodas. Visit www.tni.com/2428357.
Predictive Assets offers pre-hiring assessments to help operators choose the best employees while in the interview process. Using human resource tools designed by Profiles International, assessments offer insight into individuals’ personalities, allowing an employer to determine if the applicant would be a good fit for the job. Other assessments include insights to improve a current employee’s productivity and how to manage more effectively. Visit www.predictiveassets.com/index.htm for more information.
Oakfield Farms has developed specially packages of snacks for the growing number of consumers that look to vending machines for healthy options. The unique package offers a mix of cheese and crackers, along with favorites like Oreo cookies and Rice Krispies Treats. This bundled snack gives the consumer a balanced food option when they stop at a vending machine. The packaging also highlights that the snacks contain zero grams trans fat. For more information, contact Sara Mancuso at 817-416-1899, ext. 125 or by e-mail:
Steuben Foods is bringing yogurt and smoothies together in Yo-On-The-Go Smoothies, available in three flavors: strawberry, banana berry, and mixed berry. Contact Jon McKillop, 760-212-6874; firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
New Age Industrial is introducing a bulk delivery truck to the vending industry with 1,200-pound weight capacity. Used in other industries for transporting heavy loads, the sturdy, all-aluminum truck folds up flat and can be stored upright or horizontally. Six wheels allow the truck to turn easily and there’s a lifetime guarantee against rust and corrosion as well as a 5-year guarantee against material defects and workmanship. For more information on the BDT18568 model, visit www.newageindustrial.com or call 800-255-0104.
Stefano Foods premiers a new cheddar dog. Made with certified Angus beef and 100 percent real cheddar cheese, this hot dog is enrobed in Stefano Food’s delicious soft curst. Vendable in a convenient, paperboard sleeve that holds product upright in the machine. With consumer grabbing graphics, the sleeve doubles as a handy holder after heating which facilitates portability and dashboard dining. The cheddar dog is microwaveable for quick consumption. Visit www.stefanofoods.com for more information.
The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Premiere Zone features the latest products in vending, coffee service and foodservice. Food, beverages, parts, equipment and full-size vending machines were displayed with booth information at the entrance to the show floor at the National Automatic Merchandising Association’s Spring 2007 Expo.
The new Proex Inc. sandwich and hoagie containers are designed to better showcase quality sandwiches and wraps. Modeled after more traditional foodservice containers with a black bottom and clear domed top, this package is microwaveable and quick to assemble with a sure locking mechanism. For more information, contact Proex at 630-879-7776.
In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, the Cadmus Group and USA Technologies are working with vending repair centers to rebuild old machines with new parts, making them Energy Star efficient. A limited number of models have already been tested with new USA Technologies’ VM2iQ devices that, once added, lower a vending machine’s energy consumption, allowing it to carry the Energy Star logo. To find out more about the rebuilt program, visit www.energystar.gov/vending.
Shock Coffee has expanded its coffee line to single cups with Shock Coffee Brand pods. A new hyper-caffeinated cappuccino machine is also available, the Shock-a-cino. Call 888-33-SHOCK for more information and visit www.shockcoffee.com.
Wachtor Electronics is an authorized repair facility for Mars, Conlux, Pyramid, Standard and Rowe service and sales. Doing business for 26 years, Wachtor Electronics is considered a premier service center of MEI, offering 6-month warranty on all repairs. Visit www.wachtor.com or call 800-949-8019 in Utah or 800-949-8021 in Washington.
Kwanhon Electronics Co. Ltd manufactures Internet access vending machines and ATMs. For more information, call 86-769-855-37201 or e-mail email@example.com.