This year is our 25th Anniversary in business for Seaga, and we would love to thank our loyal customers for two and a half decades of support. In celebration of this event we will be releasing the Seaga 25 Series, offering insight into the vending business of use to any operator. This is just one of the great events we have planned for the year; stay tuned!
Today, we would like to share with you the top 25 most vended snacks (in no particular order) of 2011, according to the Automatic Merchandiser’s State of Vending Report 2011:
Snickers Original 2 oz.
M&M’s Peanut 1.74 oz.
Twix Bar 2 oz.
Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream 1.5 oz.
Doritos Nacho Cheesier 1.75 oz.
Lay’s Chips 1.5 oz.
Cheetos Crunchy 1.125 oz.
Three Musketeers 2.13 oz.
Poptarts Frosted Strawberry 3.6 oz.
Rice Krispies Treat 1.7 oz.
Kraft Nabisco Planters Peanuts 1 oz.
Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies 2 oz
Cheez-It Original 1.5 oz.
Cheetos Crunchy 2.125 oz.
Skittles 2.17 oz.
M&M’s Milk Chocolate 1.69 oz.
Butterfinger 2.1 oz.
TGI Friday’s Cheddar & Bacon Potato Skins 1.75 oz.
Cheez-It Original 2 oz.
Fritos Chili Cheese 2.25 oz.
Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookie 2.75 oz.
Cloverhill Big Texas Cinnamon Roll 4 oz.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups 1.5 oz.
Kraft Nabisco Oreo Cookies1.8 oz.
General Mills Traditional Chex Mix 1.75 oz.
*Source: Automatic Merchandiser State of the Vending Industry Report 2011
Many of the 25 have been a staple of vended product for many years, and while all of those snacks sound incredibly appetizing, are there any surprises? Which one is your favorite?
Of course, the hot topic in vending these days is health as related to the vended product. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of 25 snacks that meet the 35-10-35 nutitional standards of not more than 35% fat, not more than 10% saturated fat and not more than 35% sugar and thus are considered healthy; or at least not too bad for you as snacking goes:
Biscomerica Ginger Snaps, 2.125 oz.
Welch’s Dried Fruit Reduced Sugar 1.5 oz.
Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips 1.5 oz.
Snyder’s Mini Pretzels 1.5 oz
Quaker Snack Mix 1.75 oz
Popcorn, Indiana Gourmet Kettlecorn 1.25 oz.
O’Brien honey cured turkey stick 1 oz.
Mrs.; Freshley’s 100 Calorie Pack Blueberry Muffins 1.3 oz.
Mars, Inc. Snickers Cookies 1.15 oz.
Nabisco Wheat Thins 1.75 oz.
Corn nuts, multiple flavors, 1.4 oz.
Kraft Cheese Nips 100 Calorie Packs .74 oz.
Pop Tarts Frosted Strawberry 1 pastry pack 1.3 oz.
Kellogg’s Special K Snack Bites .81 oz.
Jack Links, multiple flavors, .8 to 1 oz.
Herr Foods Honey Wheat Pretzels 1 oz.
Chex Mix, multiple flavors 1.75 oz.
Rold Gold Classic Pretzel Thins 2 oz.
Gardetto’s Snak-Ens Reduced Fat Original 1.65 oz.
Dorito’s Cooler Ranch .75 oz.
Grandma’s Big Oatmeal Raisin Cookie 2.75 oz.
Baked Lays, multiple flavors .875 to 1.125 oz.
Baked Ruffles, cheddar & sour cream 1.125 oz.
Farley’s & Sathers reduced sugar mixed fruit snacks 2 oz.
Clif Bar, multiple flavors, .7 to 1.27 oz.
This list of 25 certainly demonstrates a trend across the vending industry. There have been recent announcements by snack suppliers to reduce portion size and, therefore, calorie count among other initiatives. Vending operators now have multiple ways to enhance the lives of their everyday clientele in a more nutritious way and create a mutually beneficial relationship with their locations.
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