Survey Results: What Products Do Canadians Want in Their Healthy Vending Machines?

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A recent survey of MAX! Canadian Healthy Vending Machine operators across Canada revealed a picture of the products that most appeal to Canadian consumers seeking nutritious snacks and refreshment at their healthy vending centres.

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Although the survey showed some top items appearing frequently in the responses, the large number of different items testifies to the diversity of tastes in consumers.

Canadian Healthy Vending, the largest healthy vending machine manufacturer in Canada, recently completed its annual survey of its 200 operators from every region of the country. A picture emerged of the products that appeal to Canadian consumer seeking refreshment at healthy vending machines. Each operator was asked to list their top five selling healthy snacks and top five selling healthy drinks.

Healthy snacking is an increasingly important issue for consumers, employers, and families. Everyone wants to eat healthier during the day, and avoid products with high calories and low nutritional value. This is a major topic of concern to healthy vending machine operators who are committed to increasing healthy options for their customers. But what products should they stock? Unlike traditional "junk food" vending items, which focus on just a few brands, healthy vending products cover many different diets and a diverse selection of items. Healthy snacks might range from baked snacks to popcorn to nuts, while beverages might range from water to smoothies to almond milk. What do consumers want?

Those surveyed operate MAX! Healthy Vending Machines manufactured by Canadian Healthy Vending. MAX! Healthy Vending machines can be found in businesses, schools, health clinics, community centers, and other locations in every region of Canada. The state-of-the-art MAX! Healthy Vending Machines include an interactive system with a video monitor that displays nutritional information and education about healthy eating.

Although 98 different healthy snacks and beverages were represented in the survey, items falling into just a few categories dominated the responses. Energy bars, cereal bars, fruit bars, nuts, and chip alternatives/healthy chips made up over 90% of snack sales. Clif Bars were the top-selling snack brand, with three varieties in the top five sellers: Builder, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut. Compared to the last survey, energy bar sales were much more robust, accounting for over a quarter of snack sales.

In beverage sales, San Pellegrino was the most popular brand for the second time in a row. The top three drink categories—water, fruit juices, and enhanced fruit beverages—made up over 75% of sales. This included over 30 different drink varieties.

Although the survey showed some top items appearing frequently in the responses, the large number of different items testifies to the diversity of tastes in consumers, as well as regional preferences across the country. Canadian Healthy Vending operators have the opportunity to use the survey to make sure they continue to offer their customers the nutritious choices they demand.

About MAX!:

Canadian Healthy Vending, a Vancouver-based vending equipment manufacturer and distributor with over 24 years of experience in the vending industry, manufactures MAX! Healthy Vending Machines. Our Mission is to enhance and improve the well-being of Canadian workers and students by providing nutrition-rich healthy products, delivering a convenient supply of clean energy. Our state-of-the-art MAX! Healthy Vending Machines feature both cash and cashless payment systems, as well as a high resolution video monitor with the capacity to display information on the nutritional values of products offered, community health initiatives and more. To get additional information about Canadian Healthy Vending, visit our website. To find out how to get a MAX! Healthy Vending Machine at your workplace, school or community center, see our location site at

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