A study from the National Confectioners Association reveals that overall sales of candy and chocolate jumped 3.8% since March 2020. Grocery stores, in particular, experienced even larger increases.
For many companies, food plays a big part of workplace culture. Whether it's free lunches every day, or an occasional perk like pizza or bagels to celebrate an accomplishment, or an extra long meeting with a catered lunch, employers often use free food to reward or motivate their staff. But workplace lunches could look very different when employees return to the office.
The selections include Seattle's mystery soda machine, a crepe machine in Japan and the Jones Bar-B-Q vending machine in Kansas City.
Research conducted by Kelton Global in partnership with California Walnuts shows that nearly half of Americans are snacking more than ever, with sweet snacks outpacing salty snacks. As Americans across the country have been under shelter-in-place orders, many turned to snacking for comfort.
If you forget your mask at home, Denver International Airport is selling them to travelers. DIA recently set up vending machines that sell disposable and KN95 face masks and sanitizing wipes.
As Memorial Day – the unofficial kickoff to summer – approaches, the majority of Americans – 86 percent – anticipate their summers will be different compared to last year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why Vending is the Ultimate Controlled Dispensing Solution for the Convenience Services Industry
What did you order the last time you grabbed a quick vending machine snack? Soda, candy – maybe some peanuts if you were feeling healthy? Soon your workplace may be offering fresher options given the rapid growth of 'healthy' vending machine franchises.
Everyone is waiting for the stay-at-home orders to be lifted so people can get back to work. Hopefully, the COVID-19 will be contained sooner than later. But at the same time, many convenience services operators and suppliers are hoping that consumers will be more inclined to reduce face-to-face shopping encounters in the interest of preventing exposure to future pandemics.