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Minneapolis and St. Paul Employees Crave Healthy Snacks

Minneapolis and St. Paul Employees Crave Healthy Snacks

The increase in demand for healthy snacks is not only about which ingredients are in a snack; it is also about the ingredients that aren’t there. According to Mintel, a global market research firm, 84 percent of consumers want to reduce the amount of natural sugar and artificial sweetener in their diets. Participants indicated that weight management and future health concerns were the top reasons to cut sugar. In fact, 31 percent of participants agreed that removing sugar from their…

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A New Coffee Service Benefit for Minneapolis and St. Paul Employees

A New Coffee Service Benefit for Minneapolis and St. Paul Employees

Enjoying coffee and tea from the office coffee service may provide Minneapolis and St. Paul employees with additional health benefits. Scientists from Boston Children’s Hospital recently found that consuming caffeine may help decrease pain sensitivity in those with chronic pain. The consumed caffeine caused dopamine, a carrier of messages between nerve cells in the brain, to flood the brain’s pleasure center resulting in decreased pain sensitivity, a huge benefit for chronic pain suffers. Healthy levels of dopamine help regulate emotions,…

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Technology and the Minneapolis and St. Paul Vending Machine Experience

Technology and the Minneapolis and St. Paul Vending Machine Experience

Get ready to meet the new vending machine. In the not so distant future, vending machines will communicate with consumers through an application (app) on their smartphone that includes artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The app will learn the Minneapolis and St. Paul customer’s preferences in order to improve and personalize the experience. Customers will also be notified via the app about future promotions and new ways to use the app such as placing a single order for multiple beverages. Wireless…

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Minneapolis and St. Paul Employees Enjoy Caffeine’s Benefits

Minneapolis and St. Paul Employees Enjoy Caffeine’s Benefits

Maintaining recommended fitness levels is a challenge for many individuals, but there is new research about caffeine that might make it just a bit easier to accomplish. Recent research from the University of São Paulo in Brazil found a link between caffeine consumption and more effective workouts. In the study, the participants’ cycling speed was recorded after the cyclist burned 450 calories. The first time after taking a caffeine pill, the second time after taking a placebo, and the third…

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The New Meal in Minneapolis and St. Paul

The New Meal in Minneapolis and St. Paul

By previous standards, it wouldn’t be considered a meal. It isn’t always consumed at traditional meal times or eaten at a table. But according to those between the ages of 18 and 35 (Millennials), it contributes to their daily nutritional needs and functions as a meal. What is it? It is a healthy snack. Millennials are eating a lot of snacks. 92 percent of individuals recently surveyed by Surveygoo said they replace a meal with a snack at least once…

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Minneapolis and St. Paul, How Do You Drink Your Coffee?

Minneapolis and St. Paul, How Do You Drink Your Coffee?

Did you know that the majority of U.S. coffee drinkers do not drink their coffee black? According to the most recent National Coffee Association’s National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) report, 68 percent of coffee drinkers add some type of non-dairy or dairy product to their coffee, and about 50 percent add a sweetener. Cream & Sugar Trends Dairy and Non-Dairy Additives 35% add a non-dairy creamer (or coffee whitener, as it is known in some regions) 14% use half and…

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When Is a Minneapolis and St. Paul Vending Machine not a Vending Machine?

When Is a Minneapolis and St. Paul Vending Machine not a Vending Machine?

When it’s a micro-market! At first glance, a Minneapolis and St. Paul consumer might see a micro-market and think it is just a decorated space with vending machines, but that is not the case. A micro-market is a cafe-style break room that offers a wide variety of healthy fresh foods as well as snacks and beverages. Not only is it a place to grab a bite to eat, but it is also a relaxing environment to catch up with colleagues…

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Minneapolis and St. Paul, Meet the Gluten-Free Snack

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Meet the Gluten-Free Snack

With the number of Minneapolis and St. Paul individuals who have to navigate life without gluten because of an illness like Celiac Disease, it is helpful to know that gluten-free foods are now more readily available. A recent report from Research and Markets, Gluten-Free Foods in the U.S. 6th Edition, projected that sales of gluten-free foods in the following categories—Salty Snacks, Crackers, Fresh Bread, Pasta, Cold (ready-to-eat) Cereal, Baking Mixes, Cookies, Flour, and Frozen Bread/Dough—are expected to grow to more…

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Mobile Payments and Growth Spurts in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Mobile Payments and Growth Spurts in Minneapolis and St. Paul

“There will be exponential growth in mobile payments in the U.S. over the next five years.”   – “The Mobile World of Retail,” a BRP Special Report In the almost three years since Apple Pay was launched, the ability to make a mobile payment with a smartphone has become just one of several ways that a mobile device can impact the shopping experience for today’s consumers. BRP Consulting recently determined five key ways that mobile devices are impacting the retail…

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Minneapolis and St. Paul, Is Your Coffee Service Up-to-Date?

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Is Your Coffee Service Up-to-Date?

Have you noticed that coffee has had a makeover? Kyra Auffermann, National Coffee Association communications and content manager, described it best when she wrote, “Coffee” used to be associated with a traditional percolated brew, consumed at home at the breakfast table. Now the perception of coffee has expanded to include an afternoon nitro cold brew while working at a café, or a bottle from a vending machine in the train station after work. And the makeover has definitely had a…

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