Consumers in Atlanta Are Snacking More Than Ever, Especially Salty Snacks

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People are busier than ever. And they are eating more frequently in shorter amounts of time. So it’s no surprise that snacking has become part of just about everyone’s lifestyle in Atlanta.

In an effort to understand this consumer trend, Mintel, the research firm, surveyed consumers on their snacking habits and found that salty snacks have become the new comfort food.

Three in five (62 percent) of consumers are eating salty snacks as a stress reliever, compared to 16 percent a year ago. What’s more, 30 percent eat salty snacks when they are bored, with half (51 percent) agreeing that salty snacking is a good way to relieve boredom compared to 25 percent who said this a year ago.

“Consumption of salty snacks is largely driven by emotion, including stress and boredom,” says Amanda Topper, senior food analyst at Mintel. “Consumers are looking for ways to manage their wellbeing, and the impact of food on emotional and mental health is becoming more important.”

This is especially true for parents, the majority of whom say salty snacks relieve stress. “Not only do parents’ hectic lifestyles force them to snack while on the go, but the majority who buy salty snacks agree that snacking throughout the day is a healthy alternative to regular meals,” Topper says. “Brands that highlight health and wellness benefits can appeal to parents that are often buying snacks that can be consumed by themselves and their children.”

Parents are increasingly likely to snack on salty options while on the go (41 percent say they do this), at work (36 percent) and throughout the day (34 percent). Parents are more likely than non-parents to see snacking as a stress reliever (73 percent versus 55 percent).

snack vending machines in AtlantaFifty-eight percent of parents say it’s healthier to snack throughout the day than eat regular meals (compared to 21 percent of non-parents).

As much as they like salty snacks, consumers aren’t any less interested in eating what’s good for them. Mintel found that three quarters (74 percent) of consumers are interested in healthier salty snacking options.

Three in five consumers (61 percent) say salty snacks have too many artificial ingredients, while four in five (79 percent) find it important to be able to recognize the ingredients in salty snacks.

What’s more, 58 percent of salty snack purchasers agree that it is important to buy salty snacks that contain only a few ingredients.

But when it comes to snacks, nothing is more important than taste.

Three in five consumers agree that taste is more important than how healthy a salty snack is. A new flavor (38 percent) is the most influential purchasing factor for salty snackers, along with spicy flavor (30 percent) and limited-edition/seasonal flavor (22 percent).

Which is not to say that taste and health are polarizing Americans. Four in five (82 percent) agree that salty snacks can be both healthy and tasty.

“While consumers are concerned about ingredients and express interest in seeing healthier options on shelves, they still want to indulge, and flavor is a highly motivating factor. Brands that focus on products with bold, new flavors that incorporate simple ingredients will offer the best of both worlds to consumers,” says Topper.

Looking for a variety of snacks for your Atlanta breakroom? Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969 for a free no-obligation consultation of your breakroom needs.

Market Effectively to Millennials by Appealing to Their Emotions, Survey Says

Coffee isn’t just a way to caffeinate in the morning throughout Atlanta. For millennials, office coffee service in Atlantaselecting coffee is an emotional experience. The social and environmental effects are vitally important to millennials. While freshness and affordability are still important, a new survey shows that millennials are emotionally connected to coffee’s history.

What the survey says

According to an online survey (of more than 900 millennials), “The language millennials use and the attitudes they have indicate that they are deeply connected to coffee on an emotional level.” The study was conducted by Datassential (a Chicago-based foodservice research firm) and published by custom coffee roaster S&D Coffee & Tea, who added, “For them, coffee is not just a drink, it’s an experience.”

The opinions of millennials are important because they are current and future consumers. John Buckner, S&D Vice President of Marketing says, “The magnitude of this generation [millennials] is such that we know their attitude toward coffee will significantly impact our customer’s growth for years to come; we’re excited about being able to better understand their preferences and perceptions and how those evolve over time.”

The survey results indicate a strong preference for knowing how the coffee they drink is grown and harvested. As a result, sustainability determines if millennials will buy coffee in most situations. How is the coffee helping socially, environmentally, and economically? In other words, millennials believe in being smart consumers, whether that’s branded coffee or brewed at home.

If you want to reach millennials, offer sustainably sourced coffee. The study said, “Sustainable sourcing is a consistently powerful term whose influence extends beyond just improved perceptions around an operation’s coffee offerings.”

About 45% of millennials feel better about places that offer sustainably-sourced coffee. This was most important to them, even above Fair Trade Certification, USDA organic, locally-sourced, direct trade coffees. Additionally, more than a quarter would go out of their way to obtain sustainably-sourced coffee. The “vast majority” of millennials would also “be willing to pay a small premium for coffee that is sustainably sourced,” the survey stated.

Interestingly, only 22% of millennials knew the exact definition and specific requirements necessary to qualify as sustainable.

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What the survey means for your office coffee service in Atlanta

When offering coffee to millennials at your Atlanta breakroom, it’s clearly effective to use coffee that sustainably sourced. Yet, the survey noted that it has a chance of backlash. If the consumer thinks it’s being used insincerely, they may avoid it altogether. “Use of coffee terms as mere labels will render them powerless to sharp-eyed millennials who are increasingly skeptical of unsupported language,” the survey noted. Choose your coffee with caution and wisdom. Do you believe that the coffee brand is sustainably sourced? If not, then millennials probably don’t either.

Slightly over 40% of consumers associate organic with sustainable, the study found, with a little over 30% associating sustainable with Fair Trade Certified or environmentally-friendly harvesting practices. Only 22% associate sustainable with better taste and even fewer (only 15%) associating it with better aroma. Environmental factors were also more important than labor practices and social impact.

Best solution for you

If millennials are drawn to sustainable sourcing, the coffee you offer in your Atlanta breakroom must be truthful. Furthermore, there needs to be easily accessible specifics about the chosen coffee brand. If “sustainable sourcing” is just slapped onto the coffee, millennials may see it as dishonest. Thus, there must be proof of “sustainable sourcing” or it will be worthless. If the coffee says it is “sustainably sourced,” along with other well-known labels, it will make millennials trust the coffee offered. In fact, having a list of what makes coffee “sustainably sourced” in a millennial workforce breakroom might be powerful when paired with a coffee that is truly sustainably sourced. Essentially, be honest and transparent when appealing to millennials’ coffee needs, and they will love your coffee.

If you are looking for office coffee to offer in your Atlanta breakroom, call Eagle Vending today at 770-426-1969 for a free, no obligation consultation, where we can help you with your breakroom needs.

Lessons from Chocolate in Atlanta

Want to freshen up your vending and/or micro market selections? Take a lesson Snack Vending Machines in Atlantafrom the chocolate industry and C-stores.

Why? Because in a recent Packaged Foods report, “Chocolate Candy in the U.S.,” published by Puro Research Group, in a time where consumers are more and more health conscious, chocolate sales are still rising in C-stores. And here’s why:

Outside Factors

  • Cheaper gas is increasing the amount of consumers visiting C-stores
  • Dark chocolate is perceived as healthier (why its sales are up by 9%) and why 70% of shoppers will occasionally switch to dark chocolate as an alternative to milk chocolate

Main Factors

  • C-Stores are still carrying the traditional favorites (standard candy bar sizes and flavors are still the largest part of the market).
  • The chocolate industry is catering to three main needs:
    • Portability – conducive to the on-the-go lifestyle of most Americans
    • Portion-control /Resealable packaging – helping Americans in their desire to be healthier
    • Shareability – Sharing is a means of portion control
  • The chocolate industry is also paying attention to top trends, responding to consumer tastes by adding more: dark chocolate, almonds, gourmet salt, coconut and super seeds

snack vending machines in AtlantaAccording to Jenn Ellek, Senior Director of trade marketing and communications for the National Confectioners Association, “it’s still about having the right core items (most often National brands [think Snickers, Reeses, etc.]) while adjusting to include and feature regional favorites.” In other words, people are still interested in their favorites but they’re also ready to try something new.

We believe the same is true for your Atlanta snack and beverage service. Our promise to you is that we will keep your favorite core items in stock but also pay attention to new trends (both tastes and health concerns), rotating slow movers for new and local items.

For more information on how we can improve your existing snack and beverage service in Atlanta call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969. One of our team members would love to get a better idea of the product that you and your co-workers love while also suggesting some new items that you may want to rotate in to your Atlanta vending machines and/or micro market.

Healthy Refreshments Taste Better Than Ever in Atlanta: Vending Serves It Up In Spades

Have you noticed how busy the break room is nowadays in Atlanta? The refreshment healthy vending machines in Atlantaarea plays a more important role in employees’ lives, thanks to the great selections now available that not only taste good, but allow consumers to follow healthy diets.
One reason many consumers are snacking more is that unlike in years past, they know they can get their nutrition in the snacks they eat.
Another reason is that the taste of healthy products has improved considerably in Atlanta. Some of us can remember a time when “better for you” had an association with being bland and tasteless. Those of us who have been in the refreshment business a long time are well aware of the change. People are buying “better for you” snacks and beverages because they know they don’t have to sacrifice good taste to follow healthy diets.
A lot of the credit goes to product manufacturers that have focused on developing great-tasting lines of snack mixes, bars, teas and waters.
General Mills Cereals has committed to removing artificial flavors and colors in response to consumers’ changing preferences. Today, more than 60 percent of General Mills Cereals such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Original Cheerios are without artificial flavors and colors.
The company plans to have more than 90 percent of its portfolio free of artificial flavors and colors by the end of the year.
“At General Mills Cereals, we have been upgrading the nutrition and ingredients in our cereals for years to meet people’s needs and desires,” said Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills cereal division. “We’ve continued to listen to consumers who want to see more recognizable and familiar ingredients on the labels and challenged ourselves to remove barriers that prevent adults and children from enjoying our cereals.”
Trix and Reese’s Puffs will be among the first of the remaining brands to change. Trix will use ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices and spice extracts such as turmeric and annatto to achieve the red, yellow, orange and purple colors. Reese’s Puffs will continue to use peanut butter and cocoa and incorporate natural vanilla flavor to achieve the same great taste that adults and children have always enjoyed.
healthy snack and food vending machines in AtlantaNot only is taste of “better for you” products getting better, but the availability of these items is growing as well. This is where vending plays an important role. The product manufacturers are aware of the role vending plays in consumers’ lives, and they’re packaging their healthy products for vending.
PepsiCo recently revealed its Hello Goodness vending initiative, offering good- and better-for-you product choices from the company’s food and beverage portfolio. It features a thoughtfully-chosen selection of PepsiCo products such as such as Naked Juice, Smartfood Delight popcorn, Lay’s Oven Baked potato chips, Quaker Real Medleys bars, Pure Leaf iced tea, Propel Electrolyte Water, Tropicana Pure Premium and Sabra Ready-to-Eat Hummus cups.
“Consumers want more choice when it comes to what they eat and drink on-the-go, and we’re providing the choices they want,” said Kirk Tanner, chief operating officer at PepsiCo North America Beverages. “For years, PepsiCo has been transforming its portfolio to offer more and better food and beverages. We’re continuing this journey with our new Hello Goodness vending initiative.”
Not only are the food and beverage companies offering healthy items in Atlanta; many are changing their products to fit these shifting consumer preferences. And they’re packaging them so they can make them available in the workplace.
The break room is at the forefront of today’s healthy eating movement in Atlanta.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available in Atlanta, contact your vending partner Eagle Vending at (770) 426-1969 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Staying on Top of Trends for 2016 Foodies in Atlanta

Tis the season for holiday treats, shopping, parties, kisses under the mistletoe, kisses Christmasunder the disco ball, New Year resolutions and New Year goals both personal and professional.
We at Eagle Vending are no different. As we look forward to the new year one of the things we are most intrigued by are the changing food trends in the nation, some of which will directly affect our purchasing patterns for 2016. Take a look at what the experts at Sterling Rice Group are saying will be popular this coming year in restaurants, at grocery stores and consequently (in some cases) in your vending machines.
Switchels – This colonial era beverage made with apple cider, vinegar and ginger offers both hydration and refreshment as well as the health benefits that come with apple cider vinegar: kills bacteria, may lower blood sugar, and help with weight loss. If you start looking for switchel beverages look in the same places you find kombucha bevearges.
Hawaiian Cuisine – Aloha Spam, musubi rice and poke.
Oysters – According to the article “Cutting-edge food trends for 2016” found in the November 2015 issue of Food Business News, “the demand for sustainable seafood has fueled a resurgence of farmed oysters, which filter pollutants from coastal waterways.” And according to Kara Nielsen, culinary director of and trendologist at Sterling-Rice Group because oysters are “easy to eat, [shareable and because] you can doctor them up if you want or have them clean” they’re becoming more and more appealing to the informed diner.

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Savory Yogurt – The success of Greek yogurt and a growing understanding of global cuisines is, according to Nielsen, spurring interest in savory yogurts (think olive oil, spices, seeds, vegetables, roasted fruit), bringing new twists to very traditional cuisines.
Coffee Creativity – Did someone say cold brew? Cold brew coffee, the process of brewing coffee with cold water over an extended period of time (typically 12-24 hours) has become more than a hipster trend in 2015. In 2016 expect to see it more and more in coffee shops, grocery stores, beers, pretty much everywhere.
Sippable Soups – In 2016 expect high-pressure processing to do for soup what it’s done for juice.
Porridge – Think oatmeal with new grains, addition nuts and going more savory than sweet.
Wondering how this will affect your current vending program in Atlanta? Don’t be alarmed. We’re still going to keep your favorite, traditional snacks and beverages stocked and we certainly won’t be vending oysters anytime soon but you can expect to see Hawaiian flavors, greek yogurts, cold brew coffee, sippable soups and gourmet oatmeals (if not porridge) in our machines and micro markets soon. Call Eagle Vending today at 770-426-1969.

Make New Friends But Keep the Old in Atlanta

“The rapidly evolving consumer landscape is dramatically changing the game in the Beautiful young womanfood industry,” says John Haugen, vice-president and general manager of 301 Inc., a business development venture capital firm that will work with food and beverage industry start-up companies.
301 Inc. began as a new business development team within General Mills in 2012. The name comes from the address of the original Pillsbury Mill. 301 Inc. With this legacy name as its heartbeat 301 Inc. will seek to meet “consumer needs faster than ever by combining the vision and passion of entrepreneurs with General Mills extensive capabilities.”
In addition to seeking out new brands and new products to meet growing consumer needs in Atlanta and throughout the country for healthier, natural, organic products, General Mills is not only looking at new items to drive market sales but revamping the old. Take a look below to learn some interesting facts about some of America’s favorite snack bars.
The Bar: Nature Valle Oats and Honey Bars
• Its significance: #1 bar brand in convenience stores with a 94% awareness
• General Mills (GM) Revamps:
o August 2015 the bar was made easier to bite with a crunch reformulation
o October 2015 new consumer messaging to promote that the brand has no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners
o Fall of 2016 – expect to see new brand packaging
The Bar: Fiber One
• It’s significance: Fiber One is the #1 selling fiber bar
• GM Revamps:
o April 2016 – Fiber One Oats & Chocolate will have no artificial flavors or sweeteners

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General Mills was founded in 1866. It could be easy for them to dig in their heels and stick to what they’ve always known. Instead, as we rapidly approach the end of 2015 and enter 2016 they’re living out a lyric from an old Girl Scout’s song. It states, “Make new friends but keep the old; some are silver and the other gold.” It appears then that you can teach an old dog new tricks and that you can expand a company without losing what makes it, it.

As we at Eagle Vending look forward to the New Year we’d like to say thank you for another year of doing business together in Atlanta. We’d also like you to know that we are going to follow General Mills’ lead and continue to search for new ways to meet your break room needs in 2016. We promise we’ll keep your favorites while expanding our product line and that we’ll continue to stay on top of all the food trends affecting our industry this coming year. Call Eagle Vending today at 770-426-1969.

 

Good News For Atlanta: Major Food Brands Are Jumping On The Healthy Bandwagon

Atlanta consumers, like people everywhere, are calling for healthier food, and major healthy woman drinking waterbrands can no longer ignore the call. In the past few months, several major brands – General Mills, Campbell Soup, Kellogg and Nestle – announced they are removing unhealthy additives.
This is good news for Atlanta employers who have known for years that employees want to follow healthy lifestyles. As major food brands remove unhealthy additives, Atlanta employers will have even more choices to help employees follow a healthy diet.
This month, General Mills Cereals committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from all of its cereals in response to consumers’ changing preferences. More than 60 percent of General Mills cereals are already without artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources.
According to a survey conducted by Nielsen on behalf of General Mills, 49 percent of households are making an effort to avoid artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources.
“At General Mills Cereals, we have been upgrading the nutrition and ingredients in our cereals for years to meet people’s needs and desires,” said Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills cereal division. “We’ve continued to listen to consumers who want to see more recognizable and familiar ingredients on the labels and challenged ourselves to remove barriers that prevent adults and children from enjoying our cereals.”
General Mills Cereals plans to have more than 90 percent of its portfolio free of artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources by the end of 2016. Trix will now use ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices and spice extracts such as turmeric and annatto to achieve the fun red, yellow, orange and purple colors.
In August, Kellogg announced Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies will soon be all-natural. Kellogg said it is aiming to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereal and snack bars by the end of 2018. The company said 75 percent of its cereals in North America were being made without artificial colors and more than half without artificial flavors.
cereal cupsIn July, Campbell Soup said it would stop adding monosodium glutamate to its condensed soups for children and increase its organic offerings as part of a broader strategy to cater to changing consumer tastes.
Campbell also said it would remove artificial colors and flavors from nearly all of its North American products by July 2018, and that it would move away from using high fructose corn syrup in certain products, such as its line of Pepperidge Farm fresh breads, by the end of fiscal 2017. Most new products it is launching in 2016 also will not contain corn syrup.
Additionally, Campbell will launch new organic products, such as purees under its Plum line for kids and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers made with organic wheat.
In June, Nestlé pledged to improve the ingredient quality and nutritional profile of some of its most popular frozen pizza and snack brands without affecting taste. Nestlé announced the improvements, which encompass more than 250 products across six brands in the U.S.
By the end of 2015, Nestlé will have removed artificial flavors from every product within these brands. It will have reduced sodium by 10 percent across the entire portfolio of six pizza and snack brands compared to 2013 levels. It will incorporate guidance tools on packaging across these brands to help educate consumers on choosing appropriate portion sizes and the importance of eating vegetables and fruits as part of a balanced plate.
Eagle Vending applauds these companies for listening to consumers and making it easier for people in Atlanta to follow healthy lifestyles.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry, contact your Atlanta vending partner, Eagle Vending, at (770) 426-1969 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Top 10 Employer Wellness Programs: How They Can Help You in Atlanta

Every smart Atlanta employer wants healthy employees. To help Atlanta businesses 107keep employees healthy, corporate wellness programs have grown into a multi-billion dollar business. Eagle Vending works with some of these wellness programs. Such programs offer nutrition education, preventive care, health screenings, gym membership incentives and more.
As an Atlanta health partner, Eagle Vending wants to share some highlights about 10 top corporate wellness programs in the country.
Snacknation, an online snack service provider, recently listed what it considers the nation’s top corporate wellness programs. By reviewing how these companies help employees follow healthy lifestyles, employers can gain a better sense of what a structured wellness plan will provide. Atlanta employers who want to have a healthy work environment will certainly want to know about the approaches these companies take. Here are summaries of the top 10 wellness programs. More information is available on their websites.
1) Marino Wellness (marinowellness.com)
Marino Wellness has three levels of corporate wellness programs for different sizes of companies. These three different plans will cover just about any size budget. Options include annual health risk assessments, monthly massage days, personal coaching, workshops and education initiatives.
2) EXOS|MediFit (mediafit.com)
EXOS|MediFit designs custom fitness centers that are eco-friendly. In addition to nutrition education and physical therapy, it offers a tactical program to help injured military personnel get back to duty, and a sports program to help athletes improve performance.
3) Wellness Corporate Solutions (wellnesscorporatesolutions.com)
Wellness Corporate Solutions provides health fairs and health risk assessments for employees. It also offers eight week-long wellness campaigns to challenge employees to strive harder in a work environment. Employers can download a form and get a closer at employee incentive ideas that can turn good health intentions into results.
4) Kinema Fitness (kinemafitness.com)
Kinema Fitness’ integrated platform – online secured software portal – allows employees to create and access their own account to view and sign-up for classes, communicate with other employees, and log fitness and nutrition tips. This online platform supports the wellness programs being implemented on-site at the client location.
5) Premise Health (premisehealth.com)
Premise Health is an on-site health care provider. It does more than just cover basic health needs; it also offers chiropractic and acupuncture services. The company focuses on improving patient, provider and client experiences. It invests in technologies that sustainably engage patients, improve the efficiency and satisfaction of providers, and allows employers to track outcomes.

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6) TotalWellness Health (totalwellnesshealth.com)
TotalWellness’s goals are threefold: 1) Lower healthcare costs, 2) Prevent diseases, 3) Create corporate wellness solutions to foster a safer and more productive work environment. Services include program design and consultation, health risk assessment and reporting, corporate health fairs, health screenings, nurse counseling, on-site flu shot clinics, health education, and a wellness portal.
7) WorkStride (workstride.com)
While it is not typically considered a corporate wellness company, WorkStride helps employers recognize and reward behaviors to improve employee wellness. The software platform powers recognition, incentives, and reward programs. The solution makes it easy to highlight good deeds, compensate great work, and share authentic stories that reinforce a good direction.
8) Fitbit (fitbit.com)
Many people know Fitbit as a tiny wristwatch-like device that helps people reach personal fitness goals. Fitbit also provides corporate wellness programs, helping people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. The platform combines connected health and fitness devices with software and services to help people become healthier.
9) Provant Health (provanthealth.com)Smiling business team in a meeting shaking hands
Provant Health partners with businesses to improve employees’ health while supporting employers with their healthcare affordability agenda. Provant’s Life+ Program combines personalized “high touch” services with social networking tools that link rewards to healthy behaviors and outcomes.
10) Marathon Health (marathon-health.com)
Marathon Health offers onsite healthcare, primary care services, preventative care, chronic condition coaching, occupational health care, ancillary services and more. Outreach efforts include healthy food drives to benefit local food shelters, educating middle and elementary school students about health and wellness, supporting Special Olympics, and providing free blood-pressure checks for seniors.
Eagle Vending encourages Atlanta employers to engage in corporate wellness programs. Eagle Vending partners with Atlanta employers by only carrying those products that are part of what most consumers consider to be a healthy diet.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry, contact your Atlanta vending partner, Eagle Vending, at (770) 426.1969 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Swiss Army Snacking in Atlanta

According to research from IRi, a market research company which provides clients with photodune-3139450-granola-bar-mconsumer, shopper, and retail market intelligence and analysis, the total U.S. snack bar market boasted $5.6 billion in annual sales from July 2014 – July 2015.
Data was collected from sales at Supermarkets, drug stores, mass markets, military commissaries and select club and dollar retail chains.
From this data BakeryandSnacks compiled a list of the top 10 bestselling snack bars including granola cereal and nutrition bars. Take a look at what they found and then take a look at your Atlanta  vending machines to see how many of these bars you can find for purchase. (p.s. if you don’t find ones you’re looking for let us know and we’d be happy to place them for you).
1. Nature Valley Oats & Honey Bar ($400,000,000)
2. Clif ($378,453,696)
3. Fiber One ($282,693,152)
4. NV Sweet N Salty ($256,410,000)
5. Rice Krispy Treats ($256,391,152)
6. Quaker Chewy Bars ($230,580,880)
7. Nutri-Grain Bars ($222,151,680)
8. Special K Protein($151,426,480)
9. Nature Valley Protein Bars ($130,574,664)
10. KIND Plus Bars ($110,109,128)
The largest segment of sales came from nutrition and intrinsic health value bars (making up $2.76 billion of the $5.6 billion sales). But word to the wise, be careful when deciding what’s “healthy.”
According to Kissairis Muroz in their article “The 15 Granola Bars That Are Actually Healthy” on greatist.com, “Granola bars are the Swiss Army knife of snacks: they’re small, portable, napkin-free eats that can tackle a variety of situations. But not all bars are created equal, and unfortunately these tasty bites can be loaded with more sugar than a Pumpkin Spice Latté and so low in fiber and protein that hunger will come knocking before you’ve even tossed the wrapper.”
So how do you know if your favorite bar is healthy or just disguised as healthy? Make sure you understand the ingredients listed and take a look at three things:
• Sugar – you want it to be low
• Protein – you want it to be high
• Fiber – you also want it to be high

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Not sure where to start? Here are Muroz’s top 15:
1. Health Warrior Chia Bar
2. Annie’s Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
3. KIND Cashew & Ginger Spice
4. Ginny Bakes Karma, Love & Apricot Ginnybar
5. KIND Dark Chocolate Chili Almond
6. Annie’s Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars
7. Larabar Renola Cocoa Coconut
8. KIND Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt
9. Zing Chocolate Coconut Single Bar
10. Larabar Uber Dark Chocolate Turtle
11. Simple Squares Coffee
12. 22 Days Nutrition Nut Butter Buddha
13. Larabar ALT Lemon Pound Cake
14. 22 Days Nutrition Pumpkin Seed
15. Rise Almond Honey Protein Bar
Call your Atlanta vendor, Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969 to find out more about your favorite granola bars as well as some healthier bars we carry that you might not know about yet.

A Steady Coffee Addiction in Atlanta

According to a study by Gallup Inc., an American research-based, global performance-Coffeemanagement consulting company, the amount of coffee drinkers in the U.S. along with the amount of coffee they drink are steady, which is interesting when you consider that coffee shops are reportedly the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant industry.
Coffee shops are on the rise (40% growth from 1999-2005) while coffee consumption has been the same in similar studies ran both in 2012 and 1999. In all studies 64% of Americans consistently drink at least 1 cup a day. Here’s how that 64% breaks down:
26% drink at least 1 cup a day
19% drink at least 2 cups a day
8% drink at least 3 cups a day
11% drink at least 4 cups a day
The remaining 36% drink none
Here are a few more numbers worth mentioning:
26% of coffee drinkers consider themselves addicted to coffee but only 10% think they should drink less. And with more and more studies showing the positive effects (improved concentration/memory, lower risk of certain types of cancers, Parkinson’s and stroke) of caffeine, there may not be a need to.
teaWhat does this mean for your office coffee program in Atlanta?
It’s simple. Keep offering high quality coffee to your employees to help them stay focused and feel appreciated throughout the work day. Statistically 64% of your population will appreciate this added benefit.
And although our coffee consumption hasn’t changed in volume some things have changed for taste. For instance, we now know that a large portion of the population prefers a light roast. Make sure you are offering a full line (light, medium and dark roasts) to keep your full 64% at the office for their coffee breaks in Atlanta.
And for the other 36% make sure you are offering a high quality tea that matches your coffee brand in perceived value. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water and you don’t want your office tea drinkers to feel less appreciated than the coffee crowd.
Looking to improve your office coffee service in Atlanta? Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426.1969. One of our team members will be happy to discuss improvements that can be made to your current program while sticking to your budget.