Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Month occurs every March and focuses on the importance of making better food choices. Although not widely recognised, modern day vending can conform to dietary and lifestyle trends and through our vending machines and refreshment solutions, we can drive healthier eating at work.
We detail exactly how.
Flexible vending equipment.
has always led the way in innovation. In truth, however, the entire vending industry is well prepared for the demand for healthier eating and better food choices.
And there is no better time to emphasise this than on Nutrition Month.
It starts with flexible vending equipment that can store a variety of products. Gone are the days that vending machines could only offer chocolate bars or packets of crisps in narrow compartments, now the consumer can enjoy healthier choices like salads and pasta pots in our fresh food machines.
Meanwhile, if you require more than just vending, we can widen the scope of availability through our Micro Market solution. This facility functions like a convenience store, meaning items are displayed on shelving or in fridges.
It also means we can further conform to the trend for healthier eating at work, with fresh fruit, yoghurts and much more besides.
Driven by bespoke software.
Our machines are just the start. Coinadrink’s service and operations are built on bespoke software that delivers a premium vending experience. This helps drive healthier eating.
We can identify purchases in real time, and this helps us to build reliable data that emphasises any possible trends. We know what is and isn’t proving popular and this helps us to customise future availability for the consumer.
And because Coinadrink isn’t tied to down to any food or drink suppliers, we often add new options to gauge the reception. Vending is such a flexible facility that we always want to take the opportunity to offer fresh choice where we can.
This is usually well appreciated.
We also understand that the best feedback is sometimes going back to basics away from technology and simply listening to our customers. We always try to act on any requests and encourage customers to reach out to us.
All items are available as part of our operated service, which takes care of all replenishment that is included in the cost. This makes healthier eating at work hugely convenient for your business.
On Nutrition Month, just what is available through vending?
The healthier options are almost endless. A lot of products such as breakfast and low-calorie bars are of similar footprint to a standard chocolate bar, so this is a simple “like-for-like” replacement as far as storage is concerned.
This is largely the case with other items, too. We are easily able to offer low sugar and low-calorie cans and bottles, for example. For items that require a bit more thought in how they are positioned, such as fresh fruit, salads and pasta pots, flexible configurations make it all possible.
Meanwhile, the nature of Micro Market makes healthier choices even more accessible, if this facility is best suited to your business.
As part of Nutrition Month, we must also take a moment to consider what else healthy eating may represent. In addition to dietary and allergy requirements, Coinadrink also offers Love Raw chocolate, Taking the Pea dried peas, olives, corn snacks and so much more in line with the vegan lifestyle.
Vegetarian choices are also widely available. This is something that you can discuss with our team.
With “more” than just vending.
Coinadrink is committed to offering refreshments suited to all manner of requirements and we appreciate that some sites don’t want vending.
Last year we introduced our branch division Tchau. Purely based online and delivering Nationwide, Tchau puts a fun and personal spin on the snacking subscription service, though with no ongoing commitment to repeat orders.
Tchau is popular with homes and individuals, though works extremely well for businesses looking to implement wellness initiatives to their staff. Tchau was introduced on the back of the demand for healthier eating and offers a variety of boxes filled with nutritious choices and vegan-based items.
Our boxes are great to place in staff breakout areas for your team to help themselves to, possibly as part of “wellbeing Wednesday’s” or something along those lines.
An employers duty to encourage healthier eating.
Making better food choices isn’t always easy. There will always be triggers that threaten to derail your efforts, which is why we can all work together to maintain a positive mindset that keeps us motivated to succeed.
We will spend an average of 90,000 hours of our life at work, which means the workplace could literally make or break our efforts. When exploring some of the most popular reasons why people give into temptation and deviate back to poor food choices, stress and fatigue was an overwhelming response.
Creating a better workplace culture that allows your team to flourish is a good starting point. Vending machines, fresh bean coffee machines and tailored breakout areas are just some of the desired facilities that can improve a person’s working day, whilst also helping to encourage healthier eating.
We don’t need statistics to know that surrounding ourselves with better food choices makes us more likely to consume them. Whilst our refreshment solutions can indeed offer tempting treats, it’s important to realise that available products are tailored to suit your requirements. It’s not all crisps and chocolate.
In fact, it doesn’t have to crisps and chocolate at all.
A vending machine or Micro Market, then, can be a great facility to encourage healthier eating in the workplace. Staff are less likely to head off site into the temptation of fast-food outlets if better choices are already available on-site.
Choose vending for Nutrition Month and beyond.
Healthier choices are a key attribute of modern-day vending and on-site refreshments. Contact us to experience it for yourself and use Nutrition Month as an incentive for a healthier and more productive team.
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