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Salad Vending Machines

'Shake Salad' Targets Busy, Health-Conscious Consumers

— February 6, 2018 — Lifestyle
When Heng Ri-Liang moved to Singapore, he found it incredibly challenging to find healthy options among the country's carb-heavy options and took it upon himself to create 'Shake Salad.'

Shake Salad sells a variety of prepared salads—packed in airtight containers—out of vending machines that are restocked on a daily basis. Some of the healthy options available include the classic caesar, kale and chopped salads, each of which comes with a complimentary dressing. Customizable options may also be selected, making it possible for consumers to easily choose their preferred toppings on the go via the machine's digital touchscreen.

As Shake Salad works with a perishable food product that has a relatively short shelf life, it uses an algorithm to keep track of expiry dates that identify when the machines should be restocked.


Image Credit: Facebook
Trend Themes
1. Healthy Vending - Using vending machines to sell healthy food options, such as prepared salads, provides a convenient and accessible way for health-conscious consumers to make nutritious choices on the go.
2. Customizable Food - The integration of digital touchscreens on vending machines allows consumers to easily customize their food orders, providing a personalized and interactive experience.
3. Smart Restocking - Using algorithms to track expiry dates and restock vending machines efficiently helps ensure optimal freshness of the perishable food products, reducing waste and increasing customer satisfaction.
Industry Implications
1. Food and Beverage - The food and beverage industry can explore incorporating healthy vending machines as a disruptive innovation opportunity to cater to the growing demand for nutritious and convenient food options.
2. Technology - Incorporating digital touchscreens and smart restocking algorithms into vending machines presents a disruptive innovation opportunity for the technology industry to enhance user experience and optimize operations.
3. Health and Wellness - The health and wellness industry can leverage the trend of salad vending machines to tap into the market of health-conscious consumers seeking convenient access to fresh and customizable meal options.
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