PepsiCo to roll out 'healthy' vending machines

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Hello Goodness units will feature 'better-for-you' products such as Quaker Real Medleys bars and Smartfood Delight popcorn.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Quaker Real Medleys bars and Smartfood Delight popcorn are among the products that will be offered in new “Hello Goodness” vending machines. The machines, an initiative of PepsiCo, Inc., debuted Dec. 14 at the Beverage Digest Future Smarts Conference in New York City.

PepsiCo said it will place several thousand of the Hello Goodness vending machines throughout the United States during 2016 in a variety of locations, including select health care, recreational, transportation, governmental, workplace and educational facilities. The machines will feature a chosen selection of PepsiCo products deemed “better-for-you,” 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. PepsiCo also will offer a “beverage-only” Hello Goodness vending machine.

Other features of the vending machine include:

• a digital point-of-sale touch screen with product nutritional information

• suggestions for food and beverage pairing ideas for different eating occasions throughout the day

• real-time consumer preference insights to further inform future offerings

• dual climate-control shelving, allowing both perishable and non-perishable items to be easily vended together at the correct temperature

• cashless and digital vending

“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, 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, which brings together the power of our brands and our expertise in design, category management and equipment innovation expertise.”
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