According to a new report by food producer Mondelēz International, consumers’ dietary preferences are changing throughout the world. The debut State of Snacking report, developed in partnership with consumer polling specialist The Harris Poll, finds people want smaller bites throughout the day, healthy choices and quality ingredients. And this preference shines through in the Millennial generation more than in any other single group.
By a surprising margin, 70 percent of Millennials surveyed said they prefer snacking throughout the day, as opposed to eating larger meals. This is little wonder as modern, busy lifestyles demand unceasing attention. Taking the time to indulge in a home-cooked meal may at times seem like mere nostalgia in an ever-connected world.
But a penchant for eating on the go is far from the only thing to glean from the report. For 87 percent of those polled, convenience was a top factor impacting snack choice. And 80 percent of consumers reported that they look for healthy, balanced bites. Consumers want not only convenient snacks, but healthy ones at that.
Eating healthy, quality snacks throughout the day can be beneficial to your health. According to nutritionists, snacks can fill in nutrient gaps and lead to a healthier eating plan
Mondelēz International’s State of Snacking report also uncovered more findings than just how consumers’ dietary preferences are changing. Seventy-one percent of respondents said snacks are just as important to their mental well-being as their physical health. And 82 percent reported utilizing snack time as a way to connect with their children.
Science backs this consumer sentiment toward the impact snacks can have on mental well-being. According to research, what employees eat during the workday has an impact on mental acuity, energy levels and overall performance.
A Healthy YOU Vending machine provides the sought-after, convenient access to wholesome, quality snacks and drinks. Healthy snacking at work prevents hunger and the inevitable, and associated, overeating at mealtime.
Our machines can stock a total of 337 products, including 21 different snack and eight drink options. And for those quick and healthy meals, a Healthy YOU Vending machine can stock 16 entrée and side dish selections with the optional SmartMart Side Vendor. For even more convenience, our payment and media console accepts bills up to $20 and are equipped with a credit/debit card reader and contactless payment technologies.
So, what are you waiting for? Healthy YOU Vending meets the challenge of offering healthy and convenient snacks and drinks to meet consumers’ changing dietary preferences.