Food vending machines are the most flexible among all types of vending machines. Food is a necessity for people. This fact makes the whole business an advantage over other products.
Food vending machines provide a wide array of food products that one can easily dispense at the time of starving. Thus, it is very important that people are cautious when it comes to choosing the food that they get from food vending machines. When an employee is starving and he does not have enough time to go to a restaurant, order food, and wait for it to be serviced, the food vending machine at the pantry is always the best source of relief for hunger. This situation makes most of the money for food vending machines. Though the case presents an opportunity for businessmen, responsible vending is still a vendor’s responsibility to the public.
It is a mutual responsibility for both the supplier and the consumer to maintain the health effects of food vending machines. Food vending machines have become known to the world for providing employees and students easy access to instant snacks, beverage, and even full meals. However, along with the popularity of food vending machines is the increase in rate of obesity of the target market. This calls for a campaign for mutual responsibility shared between the food vending machine supplier and the consumer in patronage for items from food vending machines.
There are very enticingly delicious foods that are not healthy to habitually consume and there are foods that are healthy to consume in place of a full balanced meal. The food choices stocked in a particular location matters a lot to fulfilling the vendor’s social responsibility.
It is the responsibility of the supplier to determine the types of products that will be stocked in the food vending machine depending on the place where the supplier intends to place the machine. In offices and schools, where people need a healthy source of energy, it is advised that suppliers stock the foods that are healthy to consume more often. Food vending machines in offices and schools are often advised to stock foods with balanced nutritional contents. Normally, it is advised to put water, pure juices, dried fruit snacks, yogurt, baked chips, nuts, etc. in vending machines that are meant for offices and schools. Meanwhile, delicious food treats like chocolates, cakes, sodas and the likes are not healthy to habitually consume. They may be reserved for locations like recreation and entertainment centers where there is still a lot of traffic, but these people need not to be there all the time. This way, people who go for recreation at an occasional basis, occasionally gets the delicious treats, which are not healthy to consume habitually.
The choice of food to stock is the part of the vendor in terms of responsible vending, while the responsible choice and moderation of food intake is a responsibility of the consumer. Food vending machines offer a very lucrative opportunity for business but it comes with a whole lot of social responsibility as well.