One Policy = Huge Change in New York City

According to Wikipedia (a very trustworthy information source) “mind over matter” is a phrase that was popularized during the 1960s and 1970sChocolate and was originally used in reference to paranormal phenomena. Today it’s generally used to express the idea that the mind is more powerful than the body.

For example you may want a Snickers bar but if you are aware of the nutritional information for that candy bar you may rethink your choice. At least that’s what President Obama is hoping will be the case when he implements (as part of Obamacare) a new FDA mandate that will require calorie labels on all New York vending machines, allowing patrons to know nutritional information at the point of purchase (not after).

This mandate will affect all New York City vending companies that operate 20 or more machines. Nationwide it is estimated that this will affect roughly 11,000 companies and nearly 5 million machines at the tune of $24 million a year.

The FDA is hoping that by enabling people to make informed decisions they will lower their daily caloric intake, estimating that if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the savings to the health care system would be at least as great as the cost to the vending companies.

iStock_000014950153SmallUnder the regulation New York City vending operators can install new software (touch screen units that display nutritional content of selected items) or can simply display paper summaries of the nutritional contents of all products within their machines. Although software units would be ideal they are also expensive (hundreds of dollars each) a costly expense that is unlikely to recap on investment on a majority of machines (some of which bring in less than $30 a week). And although paper options would be cheap they are also impractical and would limit the selections vendors could make available.

The good news (assuming you don’t like the new regulation) is that New York City vendors freshhave a year to comply with the regulations in the mandate.

If you have questions/concerns get in touch with your New York City vending operator to see how they plan to respond to the new mandate. Many New York City vendors have taken a great interest in the health of their customers for years and have already begun to implement programs to encourage healthier choices including: listing nutritional information on their websites, offering healthy snacking alternatives, and even displaying MIND (making informed nutritional decisions) units. Call Champion Vending today at (800) 558-5450 for a free no-obligation on your break room needs.

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