Original article by Emma Loewe
-"In the lobby of WeWork in downtown Manhattan, a futuristic box in the corner looks more like a robot than a vending machine. Two doors, each equipped with a monitor, entice passersby with photos of mason jar salads and yogurt bowls topped with fruit. After a few taps of the screen, a glass container of granola is dispensed, topped off with a purple smoothie from a spout hidden in the machine, and this breakfast açaí bowl is ready." -
According to U.S. statistics from Brandongaille.com: There are an estimated 4.6 million vending machines in the U.S. and healthier snack options far outsell traditional snack foods by 300 percent. In fact, some locales have legislation in place to mandate healthier choices in food/drink vending machines. But new trends are taking shape in the vending machine market. Snacks are being replaced by healthy meal options and what was once a quick trip to the vending machine can now become a breakfast, lunch, or dinner option.
"We believe we're on the brink of a food paradigm shift. People want healthy food, but they don't always have the time to make it themselves or sit down at a restaurant. Vending machines will help fill this gap by providing easy, fast, hassle-free food for consumers on-the-go." Joe and Brittaney Kerby- co-founders of Alpaca Market.
With the convenience of vending machines and the shift in healthier eating, it was only a matter of time before companies began to follow the habits of healthier eating. We find ourselves at a moment in history when vending machines make a lot of sense: They're convenient, they're fast, they're affordable—and they're finally getting a healthy makeover. In addition to giving more people access to healthy, delicious meals and snacks on-the-go, healthy vending options help the other goal of the business: cutting back on the waste usually associated with packaged food.
Fresh, healthy, and plastic-free vending machines are a new concept popping up around the US. Farmer’s Fridge: a Chicago-based startup that sells salads, bowls, and snacks in vending machines just closed a $30 million financing round. Currently, the company has about 185 machines in Chicago and Milwaukee. This money will help to open 225 more vending machines across the Midwest.
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