Real Flavor Difference between Coke & Pepsi

 

Pepsi and Coca-Cola may be one of the most controversial drink debates of all time. A strong divide between diehard Coke drinkers and Pepsi enthusiasts has always existed. Yet, the two drinks are practically identical in every way from their caramel syrup color to their ingredients. Both sodas contain sodium, sugar, carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid, caffeine, and natural flavors.
Despite their numerous similarities, Pepsi and Coca-Cola still give people two vastly different flavor experiences, which explains why people prefer one over the other. In Blink, a book about decision making and thinking, by author and journalist, Malcolm Gladwell, he writes, ‘Pepsi is sweeter than Coke and is also characterized by a citrusy flavor burst, unlike the more raisiny-vanilla taste of Coke.’ Don’t miss how we settled the cola taste-test debate.
In fact, a 12 ounce can of Pepsi contains one thing Coke does not—citric acid. In addition, Pepsi also has two more grams of sugar than Coke. These two subtle differences give Pepsi its sweet, citrus-like flavor that people either love or loathe. Plus, the additional 15 mg of sodium in a can of Coke may explain why it tastes more like a club soda with a toned-down sweetness.

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Benefits of the Work Place Vending Machine

Benefits of Vending Machines in Your Workplace
Office managers are always looking for ways to improve efficiency. Keeping employees happy is often the best way to accomplish this. Installing workplace vending machines can be a great way to boost employee morale and focus at the same time.
With new vending machines around the office you’ll be providing a service while also indirectly increasing productivity. Here’s a few ways your office will benefit from new snack and drink vending machines.
Keep the Staff Happy
Adding vending machines to your office break room provides a convenient source of food and drink for employees. Not only will they be appreciative of this new accommodation, but it will also help keep them alert throughout the workday. Grabbing a bite to eat from snack vending machines will also help reduce the effects of fatigue after lunch.
Provide Healthy Options
Another way to keep your staff feeling good is by providing healthy food alternatives. Most people associate snack vending machines with junk food. However healthy vending is becoming increasingly popular. Replacing greasy snacks and candy with granola bars, Sun Chips, popcorn and pretzels will help your staff eat healthy. Similarly, drink vending machines can provide vitamin water and Gatorade in place of traditional sugary soft drinks.
Keep Your Staff on Hand
People leaving the office throughout the day can result in a surprising amount of wasted company time. Having food and drink options available will keep people onsite and help improve their focus. Employees can grab a pick-me-up at any time instead of having to go out and wait in line or deal with traffic. Think about how convenient a coffee vending machine will be for your office, allowing employees to get a fresh cup instantly!
Low Overhead
Possibly the best part about bringing vending machines in to your office is how easy they are to maintain. Once installed, vending machines pretty much take care of themselves. Restocking the product every once in a while is the only regular maintenance they’ll need. In time you’ll be able to cover your initial investment and start making money while aiding your employees along the way.
Getting new vending machines for your office is a win-win. You get the satisfaction of helping your employees while they enjoy the convenience of food and drink available right at their fingertips. If you’ve decided it’s time to pick up a couple new or used vending machines for your office, talk to Global Vending Group today. We have many different types of vending machines in stock and we’ll be sure to get your office space exactly what it needs

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Piranha’s Fresh & Fit Vending machines

 

Piranha’s NEW G636 with Healthy FRESH & FIT wrap on it.  Add a “WOW” factor to your vending machines.  Make them stand out!  Getting NOTICED can make you more money!  Ask How we can make your new Piranha Vending machines with a custom wrap.

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A Healthy Vending Machine for EVERY Location?

 

Will your Healthy Vending Machine work for every location? Should a vending machine be ‘one size fits all’? We don’t believe so. Every location is unique. Each of your machines should be unique too.
You can’t really have a ‘one size fits all’ machine. Most healthy vending franchises sell only one type of healthy vending machine. They don’t offer any customization. Vendors will purchase 5-10 of these machines in a package deal and they sit in a storage warehouse until they find locations. What happens when the location they find wants a different configuration? The vendor would lose out on that location because they were unable to accommodate that request.

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Healthy Vending Trends

 

Healthy vending is the wave of the future. If you have been dragging your feet with opening a healthy vending business, here is some information to get you excited to jump on the bandwagon!
Several states have legislation in the works to mandate more healthy options in vending machines, thus making vendors feel pushed to ‘go healthy’. According to the Public Health Law Center website, “experience is showing that healthy vending initiatives can actually result in increased sales, especially when pricing, placement, and other marketing strategies are used to encourage healthier purchases.” You really can be successful selling healthier options in your vending machines!
Legislators and vendors need to “focus on the common ground as much as possible — both supporters of healthy vending movements and vendors recognize that if the products do not sell, the policy will not be successful. Nutritional standards for vending machines should be evidence-based, but also should take into account what vendors are doing already, and what products are actually available in the region. The implementation plan should factor in adequate time for vendors to transition their products and acclimate customers to the changes. Marketing strategies that encourage people to purchase healthier options, including pricing, product placement, and promotional materials, should be included in policies and guidelines. Vendors should be supported through communications and outreach activities.”
Vendors are coming to understand that market forces are changing. New studies and market research continue to emerge showing that consumers increasingly want healthy food and beverages. The evidence is showing that healthy vending efforts, with planning can be just as profitable and successful — if not more — as the increasingly outdated business model based on junk food offerings.
A recent study of the Chicago Parks District’s healthier vending policy (which requires 100% of products to meet modest nutrition standards) found that the overall average monthly sales per machine increased by over 400% (from $84 to $371) during the first contract year, and that 98% of patrons surveyed stated they would buy snacks again.

Consumer Attitudes
The International Food Information Council (a food industry trade group), conducts annual surveys on consumer attitudes about food and reports on trends. Its 2014 consumer survey found that the importance of healthfulness (which has long been one of the top three factors that influence food purchasing decisions) has increased significantly, with 71% of consumers now reporting that they are influenced by healthfulness when buying food and beverages — up 15% from 2011. In contrast, taste and price (the number one and two factors) have remained relatively unchanged at 90% and 73%, respectively.
The 2016 consumer survey found that healthfulness continues to drive consumer’s choices. Many Americans are making an effort to choose more healthful options. More than three-quarters (76%) of Americans report making small changes to achieve an overall healthier diet. Eight-in-ten (81%) have made an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables, with three-in ten having made this change in the past year. Similarly, most are trying to cut calories by drinking water or low and no-calorie beverages (76%), eating more foods with whole grains (65%), cutting back on foods higher in added sugars (70%), and consuming smaller portions (66%). In fact, the average American is doing at least six of ten healthful eating behaviors. Women, college graduates, those with higher income, and those in better health were more likely to report engaging in the healthy eating behaviors.
When probed about their motivations for adopting healthy eating behaviors, most Americans say that they made the changes either to lose weight (63%) or to protect their long term health (62%).
These are some huge numbers. People, (potential customers) would rather purchase healthy options to support their long term health!! With the data and legislation momentum, healthy vending is only showing signs of growing into a large and profitable market.

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Vending Machines for the Homeless

Indiana Vending Machine Dispenses Clean Clothing and Blankets to People Without Homes

Michele Debczak 11/1/2018

© iStock.com/Manuta Indiana Vending Machine Dispenses Clean Clothing and Blankets to People Without Homes
A new vending machine in Muncie, Indiana isn’t stocked with sodas and junk food. It dispenses winter basics like warm clothing, socks, and blankets, and instead of charging cash, it gives away items for free to community members who need them most, RTV6 reports.
The resource was set up outside the local fire department to service the up to 200 people without permanent homes in Delaware County, Indiana. To take advantage of it, people in need first have to register with the charity organization Bridges Community Services. There they are given free tokens that can be used to access the vending machine.
Muncie, Indiana isn’t the first place to open a free vending machine for its underprivileged residents. The organization Action Hunger installed its first machine—stocked with food, socks, and toiletries—in Nottingham, England earlier this year. Like the machine in Indiana, the resource allows people without homes to collect necessities discreetly no matter the time of day.
Every item currently in the Indiana vending machine was donated by a member of the community, and Bridges Community Services is still accepting donations.

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HIGH FRUCTOSE AND OPIOIDS ADDITION POSSIBILITY?

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Diets high in high fructose corn syrup may indirectly contribute to opioid dependence, according to research presented this week at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Previous research has shown that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) impacts the brain in a way similar to addictive drugs. It triggers a “reward response” in the brain’s reward circuitry that leads to continued cravings, in much the same way as a narcotic. These similarities have led researchers to wonder whether diets high in HFCS may play a role in opioid dependence.

In the latest study, rats were fed a diet high in HFCS before being given a dose of oxycodone, one of the prescription pain killers at the center of the opioid epidemic. Researchers then examined the rats’ behavior and changes in how their brains responded to the drug.

The results showed that the brains of rats given HFCS produced lower levels of dopamine—the neurotransmitter that fuels the brain’s reward circuitry—when given their dose of oxycodone. This suggests that HFCS decreased the reward response in the rats’ brains – in other words, it tuned down the explosion of dopamine that would normally accompany taking oxy.

The rats’ behavior also changed. Taking oxy usually results in certain exaggerated changes in “locomotive behavior,” but that behavior was also reduced in rats given HFCS.

“Our experiments show that chronic pre-exposure to high-fructose corn syrup impacted both the neural and behavioral responses to oxycodone, resulting in changes likely to impact drug-taking and drug-seeking behavior,” said co-lead author Meenu Minhas, a PhD student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

For people taking prescription opioids, the takeaway here is that your diet may influence how much of the drugs you find yourself wanting to take. A diet high in HFCS (and possibly sugar in general) could be dampening your brain’s response to the drugs, which leads to taking more to get the same effect.

“These results suggest that nutrition, and sugar intake in particular, can influence some responses to opioids, a finding that may be relevant both to clinical uses of opioids and to treating addiction,” added Minhas.

The research findings were presented at Neuroscience 2017.

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Are Energy Drinks BAD for You?

Few people would ever claim that energy drinks are healthy, but it’s easy to assume they’re fine for your health given how popular they are. But new research suggests they’re actually pretty bad for you.

The study, published in Frontiers in Public Health, reviewed current scientific evidence on energy drinks and found that their short-term benefits (namely, they can make you feel more awake) are outweighed by scary health risks like mental health problems, risk-seeking behavior, increased blood pressure, obesity, tooth erosion, and kidney damage.

The study’s researchers argue that there is a need for more regulatory oversight in the energy drink market, including caffeine limits, restricted sales, and regulations on marketing strategies, which are often targeted at kids and teens.

While each energy drink is slightly different, most contain water, sugar, caffeine, vitamins, and stimulants like guarana, taurine, and ginseng. They can have up to 100 milligrams of caffeine per ounce, which far exceeds the recommended daily limit of 400 milligrams for adults. (An 8-ounce cup of coffee, by comparison, contains 95 milligrams of caffeine for the entire cup.)

That’s pretty concerning. “The excess caffeine may contribute to cardiovascular outcomes, such as increased blood pressure,” study co-author Josiemer Mattei, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. While caffeine may have some beneficial effects when you have it in moderation, at high doses it can impact your cardiovascular system, she says. “The caffeine amount at which these symptoms may occur is lower for children and adolescents than for adults, making the high content of caffeine in energy drinks so concerning for younger age groups,” Mattei says.

The sugar in energy drinks isn’t great either. It can increase a person’s risk of obesity, high blood sugar, and dental cavities, she points out. There are also plenty of other ingredients in the drinks that there isn’t a lot of scientific information about, which is concerning.

Moreover, it’s hard to know what, exactly, is in your energy drink. “A lot of these have ingredients in them that aren’t on the label,” David Cutler, MD, a family medicine physician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Energy drink companies can get away with this because their product is considered a supplement by the Food and Drug Administration and isn’t closely regulated, Beth Warren,  founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Living a Real Life With Real Food, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Therefore, consuming energy drinks can be potentially harmful, or their affects are unknown,” she says. That’s why she recommends that people be “highly cautious” of drinking these.

Ultimately, “the long-term negative health effects of consuming energy drinks outweigh any potential short-term benefit,” Mattei says. Cutler agrees. “It’s best to avoid them altogether,” he says.

 

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Medical Marijuana Vending Machines

Medical Marijuana Vending Machines

Our New Medical Marijuana vending machine is adapted for customers that want faster service in dispensary stores.  Our vending machine can cut down on employee costs, provide a safe secure environment for all kinds of different product, STOP employee theft and control your costs.  All the new rage of EDIBLE Marijuana items can be put on display along with different sizes of medical marijuana.  Our vending machine can use different custom coils to allow you to dispense different size products such as bags and plastic containers.  SELL, SELL, SELL much more product at a LOWER COST.  You can also attach a credit card reader.  Our Medical Marijuana vending machines come with a $1, $5, $10 & $20 bill acceptor and auto coin changer.  Sell more products and provide faster service is keeping ahead of your competition!

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Why does my vending machine leak water? What should I do?


Everyone wants to ensure that their machine vends cold beverages, especially during the warm summer months. In high humidity areas you may find some condensation building up on your vending machine. This can happen even if it is located in an air-conditioned building. You may see water leaking out from under your vending machine. We would like to offer you some ideas to check if your machine is having an issue with excess condensation and some solutions to help you fix the problem.

The primary causes of excess condensation are:
1. An air leak from a damaged door gasket
2. A loose door
3. A worn out T-handle or missing parts
4. Missing or broken delivery flap
5. Mis-aligned door or Mis-aligned inner door
6. Low air flow from the fan or a very high humidity environment
7. A compressor issue
The compressor issues can range from low freon causing excess frost on the evaporator to a short cycling thermostat that doesn’t stay turned off for more than a minute or two which can cause excess condensation.

One thing you should check is if you have over tightened the door. Over tightening the beverage compartment door can damage the seal used to keep the warm air out and the cold air in. These small gaps will create a mixture of warm and cool air to combine and can possibly produce condensation.

To prevent this, turn the locking handle until the gasket around the door is flush. Then turn the handle another half a turn to secure the connection to ensure you do not over-tighten the door.

You’ll want to check for any gaps in the inner door as well. Look at the inner door and make sure the lower edge of the gasket isn’t sagging below the door. Make sure that it fits snugly and that there are no places where the cooled air can escape.

Another thing to check is for any leakage of water into the machine or below the machine from the drip pan. This can be remedied by adding a sponge to the drip pan to help it hold more fluid, and evaporate. You could also place an inexpensive baking dish or tray below the vending machine to catch any water that may escape.

Once you have checked a few of these things, get a thermometer and put it inside the machine drink compartment so you can confirm the temperature. You are looking for approximately 38 – 43 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to feel inside and see if you can feel the air flow and vibration of the fans. If you can feel the air flow but it’s not getting cold, you may have an issue with the fans. Many problems that you are having with your cooling deck require a specialized technician to troubleshoot. A technician should be called to work on this area of your machine.

You may also want to check where the cooling line enters the tray and if there are any gaps you can seal those with plumber’s putty. A small hole could be drilled for an additional drainage line if your collection pan is not big enough to hold the excess condensation. That way it can drain down in to a pan placed under the machine.

Lastly, cleaning the condenser coil is vital to the lasting success of a vending machine, which along with a few precautions can insure that your machine vends cold product consistently. When placing a vending machine, it is important to make sure that the vending machine is located at least 4-6 inches away from the wall to assure proper ventilation for units that have a refrigeration system. It is recommended to clean it at least once a year, and possibly up to once every couple of months depending on the location. A factory location will naturally have more debris in the air than an office setting, and therefore require more attention. A small vacuum, a rag, or a can of compressed air will go a long way to insure that your vending machine goes the distance.

Every machine is different and you will want to check the owner’s manual for your machine. The manual should have information about how to set the temperature in your machine. It may also have a diagram to help you see the inner workings of the cooling deck. It may offer some troubleshooting techniques you can try. It’s always a good idea to go to your manual first when you have any issue with your machine

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