Lunch Break Houdini in Atlanta

NPR reports that the American lunch break is disappearing. With longer work hours Young business woman eating sandwich on workplace.throughout Atlanta, the standard 9-5 is a thing of the past and so is going out to lunch.
Research suggests that the internal need to feel available to employers/co-workers at all times is a key reason why only 1 in 5 Americans are leaving the office for a midday meal.
And although you may think this dedication to career would be good for business, recent studies are suggesting that the opposite may be true. That in fact staying longer at your desk, without a break, may decreases productivity and hurt the bottom line.
Why?
Man With SaladAccording to Kimberly Elsbach, a professor at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management, who studies workplace psychology, “we know that creativity and innovation happen when people change their environment, and especially when they expose themselves to a nature-like environment…so staying inside in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking. It’s also detrimental to doing the rumination that’s needed for ideas to percolate and gestate and allow a person to arrive at an ‘aha’ moment.”
Studies also suggest that taking time off in the middle of the day to eat, walk or take a coffee break with coworkers can create a culture of community within the workplace, creating happier more productive employees.
Not sure what to do with this information? Here are a couple of suggestions to make break time, productive time for your company:
1. Create a safe environment for breaks to take place in a community setting. In her interview on Here & Now, a show produced on NPR, Elsbach suggests setting up an online forum where you say, ‘OK, these are the different activities we’re doing. There’s one group that’s going to meet and eat sack lunch outside. There’s another group that’s going to go for a walk around the local environment. There’s another group that’s going to go to a favorite restaurant.’ And so you create community around it, and you’re not doing it by yourself and being seen as the odd person out. … You need to get the top managers to be part of this community of taking time off in the middle of the day to eat lunch, to go for a walk, to have a coffee break. They need to be included in the community and model that behavior for the rest of the workforce.
2. Rejuvenate your break room. Although a walk outside can be beneficial, too much of Continental Breakfasta good thing can in fact be a bad thing when short breaks turn in to extended time away from the office. Create a sense of community by creating a better break space. Fit your Atlanta break room with games (ping pong, foosball, pin ball, etc.), comfortable lounges, quality coffee (the most affordable employee benefit with the biggest perceived value), and healthy snacks and beverages in your vending machines (or better yet, offered for free as an additional benefit). And if possible bring some of the outdoors inside with potted plants, big windows or natural scenery wall murals.
Regardless of what you decide to do, encourage your employees to get away from their desks – whether that’s a walk around the block or a ping pong tournament in your break room is up to you.
If you do decide to makeover your Atlanta break room, give us a call. One of our team members will be happy to discuss how our coffee, traditional and free vend services can help increase your company’s bottom line by getting employees away from their desks, but not for too long.  Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs!

Water Consumption Increases Brain Function in Atlanta

This Fall, Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper pledged at the Clinton Global Initiative (an initiative zico-coconut-waterthat convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges) to reduce calorie consumption from beverages in the U.S. by 20% in the next decade. One of the ways the companies promised to achieve their goal was smaller packaging.
Although smaller packaging including, 7.5oz cans in place of 12oz, 8-8.5oz mini glass/aluminum bottles in place of 20oz plastic bottles and 1.5 liters opposed to 2 liter bottles, have been out in the market for years, as big soda companies embrace the health mantra of moderation, you’ll see these smaller packages take up more and more space on super market shelves, and more and more of their companies’ marketing dollars.
This may look like a change of heart but what appears to be a step forward is actually a step back in time to soda’s early roots. For decades Coca Cola was sold in 6.5oz glass bottles. It wasn’t until 1955 that larger bottles were introduced first as a competitive edge by Pepsi-Co. As other bottlers followed suit, it wasn’t just supermarkets that were affected by this bigger is better appeal. In 1976 convenience stores started offering more beverage volume for cheaper prices with the introduction of 7-Eleven’s Big Gulp (32oz), followed quickly after by their Double Gulp (64oz). In the same state of mind, fast food chains have also upped their serving sizes. For instance, today at McDonald’s a small soda is 16oz and a large is 30oz.
What began as a competitive edge in the market, as a bargain, has begun to backfire. As public officials are imposing taxes on soda and blaming it for obesity and childhood diabetes and as the public becomes more aware of the health issues associated with this beverage, soda consumption in recent years has declined.
Coca-Cola-Chameleon-Wide_CraneAccording to Bonnie Herzog, a Wells Fargo Beverage Industry Analyst, the smaller options are part of how coke is repositioning itself and changing habits around soda. “It’s responsible and it’s realistic,” Herzog said, noting the smaller sizes are marketed as “moments of pleasure people don’t have to give up.”
It’s responsible, realistic and business genius. Smaller options are not only catering to people’s desire for more modest servings but they’re also creating a sense of newness in the market. Coke may be selling less soda but at double the amount per ounce, smaller options are simultaneously increasing revenue.
And in a world where sodas are more and more looked at with negative connotations big soda companies are reinventing more than just the bottle as they begin to incorporate healthier beverages in their product line. For instance Coca Cola recently launched Coke Life, a reduced calorie drink sweetened with sugar and Stevia, they’ve also brought Zico coconut water, Fruit Water, Odwalla and now Fairlife, a “super milk” into their arsenal.
In other words as demand changes, prepare to see big soda companies change with it.
If you’re looking for healthier beverages in your Atlanta break room make sure to reach out to your Atanta vendor, Eagle Vending at (770) 426-1969 to see not only what smaller packaging options are available in your favorite sodas but also what other soda alternatives they offer.

Do You Prefer Bottled Water at Your Atlanta Office?

The findings of a November 2014 survey, conducted for the International Bottled Water BevMax4(Dasani)_CraneAssociation suggest that the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) was not far off the mark when they announced that bottled water is on course to become the number one packaged beverage in America by 2016.
Some of the surveys key findings included that:
• 96% of Americans (based on the 2,000 U.S. adults surveyed) believed we should drink more water
• 95% think that bottled water is a healthier alternative to soft drinks
• 92% believe that bottled water should be available wherever other beverages are sold
• 55% listed bottled water as being among their preferred beverages
• 91% listed health considerations (like calorie intake) as at least somewhat important when deciding on a beverage to consume
These numbers although interesting are not as important as these:
• 70% of your body is composed of water and every function, including brain activity is dependent on it
• Your brain is about 85% water
• The average person in the U.S drinks less than 32oz of water a day, even though, according to the Mayo Clinic the average adult loses 80oz of water a day through sweating, breathing and eliminating waste
• Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes.
• Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes. When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused and experience greater clarity and creativity.
purlogix-1So what do all of these numbers mean for your Atlanta workplace? They mean that your employees are craving healthier drinking options, especially filtered water, and if you make them readily available to them you are not only going to have happier employees but better hydrated more productive employees.
For cost or environmental reasons it may not make sense to offer bottled water but call your local Atlanta vendor, Eagle Vending today at 770-426-1969 to discuss installing water filtration units (either counter top or stand alone units) in your break rooms. And when you do you need bottled water, for meetings, for guests or for company outings, keep in mind one other trend: consumers prefer to purchase bottled water in cost-saving volume. Purchase it from us at a very competitive price and save yourself the heavy lifting.

Outdated Pastry in Atlanta

A recent study by the University of North Carolina researched the buying trends of ready-hostess-chocolate-cupcaketo-eat-grain-based-desserts (RTE GBDs), prepackaged consumer goods more commonly referred to as cookies, cupcakes, pies, doughnuts and pastries.
According to UNC, these prepackaged pastries contribute substantial amount of sugar, energy and saturated fats to American diets and because of this they wanted to see two things:
1. If changes had been made to the nutritional contents of RTE GBDs from 2005-2012
2. In this same time frame, have consumers purchased fewer RTE GBDs or shifted towards products with lower energy, sugar and saturated fat.
The results, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, showed:
1. There has been little change in the nutritional content of RTE GBDs manufactured or purchased from 2005-2012.
2. With little change in nutritional content, there has been a 24% decline in consumer purchases.
larabarThe results of this study, according to Dr. Kevin C. Mathias, lead author of the study, “indicated that larger wide scale efforts are needed among public health officials and all manufacturers of RTE GBDs to shift consumer purchases towards products with lower energy, sugar and saturated fat content.”
If you’re wondering why popular prepackaged brands haven’t changed their recipes to meet growing demand, you aren’t alone, but the most popular guess is that recipe changes make it difficult for manufacturers to replicate the same taste, texture and appearance of these common household names.
But don’t worry; if you have a sweet tooth and are health conscience, hope is not lost. Although these popular brands aren’t changing their recipes, many other companies are coming out with delicious alternatives that are focusing their recipes around big buzz words like gluten-free, organic and all natural.
If you’re looking for a sweet dessert alternative for your Atlanta break room that keeps both your health and your taste buds in mind, consider calling your local Atlanta vendor Eagle Vending at (770) 426-1969  to see what healthy alternative pastries, cookies, chips or even candy they have available.