School foodservice directors are finding that high-tech vending machines allow them to improve access for kids and help them meet government funding rules, according to an article in the May Automatic Merchandiser. To read the article, click here.
Editor’s Insight: Vending operators should recognize that schools are discovering the benefits of vending machines in a new way. The consumer media continues to portray vending machines as purveyors of unhealthy food in schools, but the reality is very different.
Congratulations to the vending machine marketers who have assisted schools in utilizing high tech vending machines and helping the machines interface with cafeteria point-of-use software. These individuals recognized a need and have enabled vending machines to be used in schools nationwide.
The article addresses a self op segment of the vending industry, but it carries significance to the commercial vending industry in that a new generation of consumers is learning to appreciate vending machines and to associate vending machines with nutrition. 05-11-12 By Elliot Maras