A NYC Butcher Shop Is Selling Meat in Vending Machines

Ribeye SteakNeed a cut of steak at a moment’s notice? If you happen to be in New York City, you can have 24-hour access to fresh beef, pork, lamb and more thanks to a series of new vending machines at the Applestone Meat Co. butcher shop. The shop’s owner Josh Applestone was reportedly inspired by the automat designs of the 1950s.

“I remembered Horn & Hardart [the ‘50s automated luncheonette, whose last new York outpost closed in 1991],” said Applestone in an interview with Bloomberg. “There were very few people providing nonstop food. I put two and two together.”

Applestone’s meat vending machines look similar to the carousel-style fresh food vending machines you might see in schools and office buildings. Applestone currently has vending machines in two locations on the outskirts of NYC, and he plans to expand his operation to at least three more locations by 2019. He’s also in the process of developing custom-made machines that are expected to be ready by next year. Whereas his current vending machines can hold about 150 items each, his new machines will be able to hold as many as 1,000 items at once.

Ultimately, Applestone would like to bring his vending machines to neighborhoods in other cities across the country as well. He hopes that the 24/7 machines will offer a convenient source of fresh food to people whose hectic lifestyles may keep them from making it to the grocery store after a long day of work. Thus far, his vending machine enterprise has been enormously successful. According to his interview in Bloomberg, Applestone’s vending machines in Stone Ridge, New York currently account for about 70 percent of his total sales.

Want to outfit your workplace with a modern fresh food vending machine? You can find a number of great options at Orsino Vending! Give us a call or contact us online today to get started.

Natural Biopolymers Could Replace Plastic Packaging in Vending Machines

Plastic Wrapped PeppersIf you’ve purchased fresh food from a vending machine recently, you may have noticed that it came wrapped in transparent plastic packaging. This impermeable packaging is very effective at preventing fresh food from spoiling, but it’s not especially environmentally friendly. That’s why researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are exploring innovative ways to develop new food packaging materials made from natural fibers.

Earlier this month, the researchers announced that they have created a promising new material derived from crab shells and tree fibers that could one day serve as a viable replacement for flexible plastic food packaging. The material is made by spraying alternating layers of chitin from crab shells and cellulose fibers from trees to form a flexible, compostable and impermeable film. These two materials, chitin and cellulose, are the world’s most common natural biopolymers.

“The main benchmark that we compare it to is PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, one of the most common petroleum-based materials in the transparent packaging you see in vending machines and soft drink bottles,” says professor J. Carson Meredith of Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. “Our material showed up to a 67 percent reduction in oxygen permeability over some forms of PET, which means it could in theory keep foods fresher longer.”

The research team’s biopolymer-based packaging sounds like a promising proof of concept, but they still have plenty of work to do to develop a cost-effective manufacturing process that can produce the material in large quantities. If they succeed in their efforts to mass produce the eco-friendly packaging, it could significantly reduce the amount of plastic we consume in vending machines and grocery stores each year.

Encourage Healthy Workplace Eating Habits With These Tips

Healthy SnackThere are many benefits associated with encouraging your employees to lead healthy lifestyles. Healthy employees tend to be more productive and take fewer sick days, for example. Check out a few of our favorite tips for promoting healthy workplace eating habits below!

Order healthy food options for office parties.

When you order food for an office party, it might be tempting to call up the local pizza place and ask them to deliver a few pies. But is that really the right choice for your employees? Rather than ordering greasy takeout options, offer your employees more nutritious foods at parties instead. A “Make Your Own Salad” table can be a lot of fun, and it will give your employees an opportunity to try healthier foods.

Hold contests that promote healthy eating.

Losing weight on your own can be a challenge, but losing weight as a team? That can be all the motivation your employees need to drop some pounds. Consider offering rewards like a day of paid time off if they’re able to lose ‘X’ number of pounds as a group. Not only can this foster healthy diet and exercise habits, it can help build camaraderie among your employees as well.

Stock vending machines with nutritious foods.

What’s inside the vending machines in your office? If you’re only offering things like cookies and chips, it may be hard for your employees to find healthy snacks throughout the day. These days, you can find a variety of healthy vending machine options that are great alternatives to traditional sodas and salty snacks.

To learn more about all the healthy food options we offer at Orsino Vending, give us a call or contact us online today!

Vending Machines are Replacing Farm Stalls in the Netherlands

Farm Stand

By now you’ve probably noticed that vending machines have undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. Not only are they safe and secure, they’re also an affordable option for many vendors. And the best part? These days, you can find just about anything in them. Take this recent story from the Netherlands, for example.

As farm stalls and markets continue to grow in popularity, one company is testing a new way to bring that fresh farm produce to the masses: a vending machine!

The Lockblox is an innovative system that’s being embraced by Dutch farmers across the country, offering a convenient opportunity for growers to sell their fruits and vegetables without raising their price tags or worrying about theft.

According to an article in FreshPlaza, one farmer loads up his vending machine with strawberries and asparagus before he leaves the farm on Sundays. This way, he knows that they won’t run out by the time he returns. In the meantime, he can even check his inventory on VendingWeb, the app associated with the farm stall vending machines.

The Lockblox’s creator, Sander Sciarone, said he wanted to change peoples’ perceptions of what can be offered in a vending machine—instead of just soft drinks and snacks, why not fresh produce?

At Orsino Vending, we love hearing stories about how the vending machine industry is innovating to meet new market demands and consumer behaviors. Interesting in adding a fresh food vending machine to your office or storefront? Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more!

Benefits of Promoting Healthy Workplace Habits

Healthy Snack at WorkMaintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just make us feel better. It can make us happier and more productive at work as well. By exercising and eating well, we can unlock the potential of our brains and bodies to do our very best work. Today we’ll look at just a few of the many benefits of fostering healthy habits in the workplace.

Improved Morale

When people stay active and maintain nutrient-rich diets, they tend to have a more positive and optimistic outlook on life. This, in turn, can make your workplace a better place for everyone. Your employees will come to work feeling energized, alert and ready to get the job done right. It’s amazing what a difference high morale can make in a workplace setting.

Increased Ambition

Another common side-effect of a healthy lifestyle is self-confidence. This can give your employees the courage to grow and come up with creative solutions to difficult problems. When your workforce is healthy, you may notice an increase in their tendency to be motivated and ambitious.

Greater Satisfaction

Let’s face it: health and happiness go hand-in-hand. When people aren’t in good health, they may simply not have the energy to enjoy themselves at work. Although there will always be stressful times in the workplace, it’s much easier to feel a sense of satisfaction and contentedness when we’re healthy.

At Orsino Vending, we offer a diverse selection of vending machines stocked with fresh, nutritious foods. These machines can make it much easier for employees to maintain healthy habits at work. Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more!

Healthy Vending Machine Options are Gaining Popularity

Healthy Vending Machine Options are Gaining PopularityNot long ago, vending machine options were limited to candy bars, sodas, potato chips and a handful of other snack foods. These products were convenient for eating on the go, but they weren’t particularly nutritious. These days, however, it’s not uncommon to see healthier options like salads and fresh fruit in vending machines as well.

In Chicago, for example, one startup called Farmer’s Fridge specializes in stocking vending machines with fresh, nutritious snacks and even full meals. The company’s goal, according to CEO Luke Sanders, is to “make fresh food more accessible than a candy bar.” This health-conscious business model has become so successful that Farmer’s Fridge is bringing its vending machines to Milwaukee, too.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, officials in Melbourne, Australia recently installed a new 24-hour vending machine that offers organic vegan options to the city’s residents.  If the prototype vending machine is well received, Melbourne may install more of them in other high-traffic areas to make it easier for commuters to grab healthy snacks on their way to and from work.

Here at Orsino Vending, we’re committed to offering our customers a diverse variety of vending machine options, including healthy snacks and beverages. Our fresh food machines are carefully managed and maintained to ensure you always have access to delicious, nutritious fresh food options. To learn more about these or any of the other vending machines we offer at Orsino Vending, give us a call or contact us online today.

Tailoring Vending Choices for the Millennial Generation

For quite some time, no one gave any thought to what they bought out of a vending machine. If they were hungry, they bought the first thing that looked appetizing and moved on with their day. Nowadays, people are being more conscientious about what they’re eating, leading to a generational shift in what’s wanted in vending machines.

Millennial Vending MachineAccording to a recent study by the Nielson Global Health and Wellness Survey, younger consumers are shifting towards more health-conscious eating. In the survey, 30,000 consumers from around the globe were polled and express concerns about food ingredients, genetically modified foods and showed a preference towards organic foods.

What does it all mean?

It means that the same old vending machine items aren’t what the consumer wants anymore. Many are choosing healthier items instead – and the study showed they want even more options, as well.

The shift doesn’t just stop with millennials generation, however. The latest generation, now being referred to as Generation Z, also shares this sentiment, and data shows that they are willing to even spend more on healthier options if they are available.

Orsino Vending offers healthier vending machine options. We have fresh food machines that include items that are guaranteed fresh and always taken care of to make sure you are getting the freshest and best food.

We also offer numerous healthy options in our vending machines as well. This includes food from Smartfood, baked versions of potato chips and fat-free and low-fat versions of your favorite snacks. So whether your office is filled with younger workers or employees who are looking to make healthier decisions in terms of what they eat on a daily basis, Orsino Vending can give you what they’re looking for.

If you would like more information on our healthier options or would like to learn more about having our vending machines added at your building, call us today at 201-871-9286!

Put Lunch in Your Lunchroom

If you work in a busy office, you know how hard it can be to fit in time to go out and grab a meal at breakfast or lunch. You don’t always have time to stop and cook a meal, which is why vending machines are such a great option for the lunchroom. Today’s vending machines can be stocked with all sorts of fun foods and filling meals that your employees are sure to love.

Snacks by Brands You Trust

The difference in our machines is that we strive to bring our customers the best snacks and meals from some of the most trusted companies in the world.

These brands, which are rotated on a weekly basis, include some of America’s most well-known and popular names. We’ve got candy bars from companies like Nestle, Mars and Hershey. We also carry a wide selection of gum from Wrigley’s, hard candies from Lifesavers, and delicious cookies from Oreo, Famous Amos and so much more.

While snacks are great for between meals, they’re no substitute for a quality breakfast or lunch.

Lunch Vending MachineThere’s Always Room for Lunch

We know how important lunch is to all of us. It’s that oasis in the middle of a busy work day that gives us time to recharge and fill our bellies with a satisfying midday meal to make it through the rest of the workday. We also know that you may not have enough time during the lunch hour to go out and pick up a meal, but don’t worry – at Orsino Vending, we’ve got different vending machine options to keep your lunchroom stocked with handy meals for your team.

We offer different meal options for your limited lunch time frame as well as whatever you may be in the mood for. Want a nice warm soup on a cold day? We have a variety of microwavable soups. Do you like sandwiches? We’ve got those too! We have a generous selection of hot and cold sandwiches, too. We’ve also got hot dogs, fresh garden salads and delicious cupcakes for dessert – everything you need to have a delicious, fast and convenient lunch!

We Also Have Breakfast!

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we happen to agree with that! We have an extensive and tasty selection of breakfast items that will give your team the energy they need to get through the day.

What’s better on the go than an egg breakfast sandwich? We’ve got those to help you jump start your day. For those who prefer a more simple morning meal, we also have a selection of fresh fruits and fruit bars. If you are looking for something a little heavier, we also stock a variety of croissants, Danish pastries and other filling foods to get your morning off on the right food … er, foot!

At Orsino Vending, we specialize in providing vending machines that offer so much more than just beverages, including delicious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack options. If you are looking to place our machines in your establishment, give us a call at 201-871-9286 today to learn more.

Promote Better Health With Fresh Food Vending Machines (Infographic)

In our society today, there is a renewed desire to eat better and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

If you’ve been on the ball, you might have noticed there’s a change in the types of vending machines put out in the world.

Offices, gyms, schools, and parks have begun to add fresh food vending machines containing healthier, meal options.

Check out our infographic to see how a fresh food vending machine will help promote better health for you or your company.

Promote Better Health With Fresh Food Vending Machines

Why not promote a healthy lifestyle with additional options for your employees, students or customers?

From yogurt to salads, the healthy options are endless.

Place a healthy optioned vending machine in your building.

Orsino Vending provides full-service snack and drink options for many clients throughout the New Jersey. Whether your location requires a complete cafeteria or a single vending machine, we can accommodate your needs.

Stocking Your Vending Machine With Gluten-Free & Vegan Options

Stocking Your Vending Machine With Gluten-Free & Vegan OptionsPeople with Celiac’s disease or who have intolerance for gluten, eating out can be a nightmare on their digestive system. Up until a few years ago when the light was shone bright on the problems with gluten, the alternatives for food was extremely slim.

 

Living a healthy lifestyle has its ups and downs, especially for vegans. Vegans are those who do not eat or use products derived from animals or by-products such as eggs. On the up side, you are putting plenty of health-rich foods into your body, but on the down side, a vegan diet is very difficult to maintain and is expensive.

 

Both vegans and gluten-free eaters typically have a harder time eating out and snacking, especially with convenience foods like the ones you’d find in a vending machine.

 

Vending machines have a bad reputation for only stocking unhealthy, full of fat, sugar, and carb snacks. These foods will quickly force your energy level and mood to take a downward spiral, leaving you feeling tired and aggravated for the rest of the day.

 

Try being someone who, because of health and lifestyle choices, find that their only snack options are bad ones. Not having a handy means for obtaining a pick-me-up snack during the day is unfair.

 

A solution to this problem is to have a vending machine stocked with choices that suit all health needs of employees and guests. There are both gluten and vegan snacks and foods now on the market and these will certainly be appreciated if found in your office vending machine.

 

If you need a quality vending machine service, Orsino Vending is here to help. You can contact us at any time to discuss having a vending machine installed.