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  • Food vending machines are used to sell drinks, snacks and other more perishable foods. Some machines have both drinks and snacks, while other larger units have separate snack and drink machines. The selection of the foods sold in vending machines is usually based on local user preferences.

    Significance

    The vending machine industry is a $32 billion business, according to Uturnvending.com. Many of these vending machines are placed in schools, hospitals, offices, corporate lunchrooms, car dealerships and other high traffic areas.

    Types of Foods

    Besides soft drinks such as Pepsi, Coke and Mountain Dew, snack foods such as Cheetos, Lays potato chips, pretzels, peanuts, Snickers, M&M's and Kit Kat bars are often sold in vending machines. The most popular selling brands are usually the best sellers.

    Other Types of Foods

    Some refrigerated or frozen vending machines in corporate lunchrooms sell perishable items such as sandwiches, hamburgers, yogurt and even ice cream.

    Considerations

    There has been a major push to get junk food and soft drinks out of schools because of high obesity rates. Healthier foods could replace junk food in schools and venues.

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    Source:

    Dottie's Weight Loss Zone: Vending Machine Foods

    Uturn Vending: Total Vending Machine Sales

    Los Angeles Times: Getting Trans Fat Out of School Vending Machines

    More Information:

    CNS News: Regulation of Vending

    Consumerist: Credit Card Vending Machines

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