What’s Trending In Your Atlanta Break Room?

This January, the Winter Fancy Food Show, the West Coast’s largest trade show devoted Healthy Graphics_Keypadexclusively to specialty foods, met at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Here over 80,000 examples of the latest specialty foods (from chocolate to cheese to charcuterie) from all over the US and 30 other countries were on display. And from these 80,000+ examples 5 categories prevailed as 2015’s Top Food Trends:
Cheese Twists – new flavors, usages and types put a modern twist on this classic
• Yancey’s Fancy – Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Artisan Cheese
• Sonoma Creamery – Mr. Cheese O’s
• Silva Regal Spanish Food – Manchego-Style Cheese Flavored Olive Oil
• Angie’s Boomchickapop – Caramel & Cheddar Mix
Breakfast Served All Day – from sweet to savory to condiments there was no shortage of breakfast inspired flavors
• Chuao Chocolatier – Strawberry Waffle Wild Milk Chocolate
• Uncle Andy’s Jerky – Bandito Loco Spicy Coffee Beef Jerky
• The Republic of Tea – Cinnamon Toast HiCaf Tea
• Dang Foods – Savory Bacon Coconut Chips
Time for Turmeric – this ancient, flavorful spice with numerous health benefits is far from outdated
• Rishi Tea – Turmeric Ginger Tea
• HealthVerve – Turmeric Rice
• Bruce Cost Ginger Ale – Passion Fruit Ginger Ale with Turmerica
• Navitas Naturals – Turmeric Tamari Almonds
71qRI-NedUL._SX425_Cruciferous Crusade – looks like Kales paved the way for other crispy nutrient jammed veggies
• Creative Snacks – Broccoli Chips
• Alive & Radiant – Arugula Cabbage Veggie Krunch
• Wonderfully Raw Gourmet – Tarmarind Almond Crunch Brussel Bytes
• Genuine Grub – Spicy Pickled Cabbage
Vanilla Bean-anza – if you think you know vanilla, think again
• Heber Valley Artisan Cheese – Vanilla Bean Cheddar Cheese
• Choctal – Single Origin Vanilla Ice Creams
• Dancing Deer Baking Co. – Pure Vanilla Bean Shortbread
• Milkboy Swiss Chocolate – White Chocolate with Bourbon Vanilla
• Drink Daily Greens – Enlighten Hemp Milk with Blue-Green Algae and Vanilla
According to Denise Durcell, Editor of Specialty Food Media, “consumers are craving food with taste appeal, a sense of adventure, and a decided healthy glow. [The] new items at the show [played] right into that appetite.” And so did some old friends from last year’s show including: gluten free items, ancient grains, coconut, sriracha and kale.
Other items trending in 2015 (even if they aren’t the top 5):
• Kombucha
• Peanut Butter in grown-up flavors
• Chickpea & Seaweed snacks
If you are interested in learning more about this year’s trending foods visit https://www.specialtyfood.com/news/article/trendspotter-panel-reveals-top-5-trends-winter-fancy-food-show/ Or if you would like to see some of these trends in your break room contact your premier Atlanta vendor, Eagle vending at (770) 426.1969 to discuss how they can work these flavor profiles into your free vend, vending or micro market services.

How to promote a happy environment…with healthy snacks in Atlanta!

If you want to drive productivity, profitability and increase client loyalty, Quantum Workplace Businesswoman in cubicle using laptop and eating salad(a company that specializes in employee engagement) suggests that you need to make work more effective and enjoyable to your most valuable resource – your people.
In a recent report, Quantum Workplace studied the impact that workplace benefits affected employee engagement, a term that is defined as “ the emotional connection an employee feels towards his/her employment organization, which tends to influence his/her behaviors and level of effort in work related activities.”
According to Quantum Workplace employee engagement can be best defined/measured by 3 Ps:
• Preach – degree to which employees speak highly of their workplace
• Plan – employees’ interest in remaining at the organization
• Pursue – employees’ drive to put forth extra effort
Where employees test within these three categories determines what kind of engagement level they have:
1. Engaged – highly favorable, preach love for organization, pursue extra effort
2. Contributing – moderately favorable, hold back, opportunity for increased performance
3. Disengaged – indifferent, lack motivation, at-risk retention
4. Hostile – negative, lack commitment, impact other’s productivity
And 10 different factors can contribute to employee engagement:

1. Teamwork
2. Manager Effectiveness
3. Trust in Senior Leaders
4. Trust with Coworkers
5. Retention
6. Alignment of Goals
7. Feeling Valued
8. Individual Contribution
9. Job Satisfaction
10. Benefits

SandwichIn regards to benefits, Henry Albrecht, CEO of Limeade, the company who funded the research done by Quantum Workplace, believes that “understanding what motivates [employees] is the key to improving workplace excellence. This study exposes the need for employees to reevaluate and clearly communicate how and why they offer the benefits they do. And according to the numbers he may be right because employees who clearly understood their health and wellness benefits were 11% more engaged (those who were confused about the benefits offered were 3.4% more likely to be hostile).
Furthermore when employees felt that their employer cared about their health and well-being they were:
• 38% more engaged
• 10x less likely to be hostile
• 17% more likely to still be working at the company after a year
• 28% more likely to recommend their workplace
• 18% more likely to go the extra mile
The study focused on 6 different types of health benefits: financial, stress Healthy nutritionmanagement/emotional, nutritional, physical fitness, physical health, work-life balance, we’ll look at just one: NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS.
Here’s what they discovered:
• 47.3% of employees would like information on making healthy food choices
• 44.6% would like an onsite nutritionist
• 35.6% would take advantage of support groups
74% of employees want healthy cafeteria or vending machine options at their workplace
o Less than half of employers offer this (45.6%)
Are you part of the 54.4%% that is missing out on a benefit that could improve the engagement score of 75% of your staff?
If you are, change sides and join the other 45.6% who understand that healthier employees are more productive employees, with fewer sick days and lower healthcare costs. Implement healthy snacks and beverages into your vending program today. And if you can, go one step further and consider offering these healthy snacks and beverages at no charge to your employees.
image_4557_false_345_415_MainWhy free?
• Free snacks, beverages and coffee provided by the workplace throughout Atlanta is one of the cheapest employee benefits but has one of the highest perceived values
• In today’s competitive market, benefits like free snacks/beverages are helping sway employment decisions
• If you provide snacks for free you have better control over what your employees are eating, helping them maintain a healthier lifestyle and ultimately increasing your bottom line
• Free snacks, beverages and coffee on site can reduce the amount of breaks employees take off site, also increasing productivity.
For more information on offering healthy snacks to your employees either through vending or free vend service call your premier Atlanta vendor, Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969! And for more information on the other 5 health benefits that can improve employee engagement visit www.quantumworkplace.com for their full report.