Vending machines to soon display calorie counts

The new feature, a requirement of Obamacare, expected to cost machine operators millions.

By InvestorPlace Dec 31, 2013 3:50PM

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Caption: Popular chips in a vending machineBy William White


Vending machines won't just be flashing "65 cents" or "$1.50" anymore -- as of next year, they'll also be required to display calorie counts.


The change to vending machines is one of the provisions of Obamacare. In 2014, the machines will be required to have a calorie count menu like what is currently shown in many restaurants (and will be required in the future).


The hope is that these changes will help more people keep one of the most popular of New Year's resolutions -- losing weight.


But not everyone is happy about the change.

The new provision won't be cheap for the vending machine operators that peddle products from the likes of Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP) and Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) -- they'll now be expected to spend large sums on the calorie counts. The FDA estimates that the vending machine industry will spend $25.8 million to implement the change at first, as well as $24 million annually after that, CNN reports.


"It is outrageous for us to have to do this on all our equipment," Carol Brennan, owner of Brennan Food Vending Services, told ABC News. "How many people have not read a label on a candy bar? If you're concerned about it, you've already read it for years."


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9Comments
Jan 1, 2014 4:20PM
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Remember, liberals know what's best for you.  If they think you should watch your calories, well then, by God, you better watch your calories.  No big cokes, no smoking, not too much wine or beer.  Too fat, you better watch out...  Part your hair on the left...uh oh.  Drive too slow, yikes!  No health care....not any more!  I'm glad our government is there to protect me from all of the people that don't know what they are doing, and the people that are mostly idiots.  The liberals will take care of that too.


Jan 2, 2014 8:46AM
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Just what we need more government bull szit.
Dec 31, 2013 4:13PM
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News flash! 

 

If you buy it from a vending machine... it is fattening.

Jan 2, 2014 1:54PM
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Start a Revolution Repukelican'ts! LOSERS!

I DARE YOU!

Har, har, har!

Jan 1, 2014 11:11AM
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Sex burns off all those calories. That's why my wife feeds me well and in return, I fill her up. What a deal!
Jan 1, 2014 1:53PM
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Leslie Anne.....You can pick all those veggies out of a small garden patch...Then just drink water out of the hose....It's good for you.


Put that stuff in a Vending machine it will just turn nasty and rot...Would be dangerous, for kids.

Jan 1, 2014 10:24AM
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They need to outlaw junk food and fill the vending machines with healthy items like celery, carrots, bottled water, radishes, etc.
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