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Summer Beverages Delight Orlando and Central Florida

beverages in orlando and central florida break rooms

It may almost be the end of summer, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy delicious and hydrating summer beverages. Combine flat or sparkling water with a variety of teas, fruits and sweeteners, and Orlando and Central Florida area residents can enjoy a limitless selection of cool, refreshing beverages. 

The following list includes a few of our favorite choices to be enjoyed over ice or frozen fruit:

  • sparkling honey limeade: sparkling water, fresh lime juice, honey and sugar to taste 
  • pineapple lemonade: fresh pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, water and a bit of sugar
  • peach and strawberry fizz: roasted peaches and strawberries, sparkling water and apple juice
  • blackberry-lime sparkling water: blackberries, lime juice, sugar and sparkling water
  • cucumber-mint water: cucumber, lime, mint and water
  • vanilla-rosemary lemonade: rosemary, lemon juice, vanilla bean, sugar and water
  • ginger and honey sweet tea: black tea, fresh ginger, honey and water 

Everything can be made with flat or sparkling water; well everything except the next beverage.

This last option definitely stands out and makes everything a little more fun. It’s a coconut frappe. Instant coffee is combined with coconut milk, honey and vanilla extract and blended with ice to create a sweet, summery and energy-boosting beverage. Nothing says summer like the flavor of coconuts. 

Whether on vacation, at home or at work, staying hydrated is important for everyone. Becoming dehydrated is always a possibility, especially during the warmer months, and is something Orlando and Central Florida employers and employees need to be aware of. Not having enough water in one’s body can lead to serious medical conditions including swollen feet, headaches and heat stroke. 

beverages in orlando and central florida break rooms

Early signs of dehydration to watch out for are thirst, flushed skin, premature fatigue, increased body temperature, faster breathing and pulse rate, increased perception of effort, decreased exercise capacity, and are followed by dizziness, increased weakness and labored breathing with exercise. Orlando and Central Florida employers can support their employees’ hydration year-round by offering a variety of both cold and hot beverages in the break room. 

Elevate your break room benefits by offering healthy snacks and fresh food to go with hydrating and delicious beverages. The Vending Station would like to help your organization support your employees by creating a custom refreshment menu with highly sought-after options. For more information, please call The Vending Station at (407) 891.7632. 

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Orlando and Central Florida, Meet Bubly, a New Sparkling Water Option

sparkling water options in orlando and central florida

“Buh-blee” or bubly, PepsiCo’s latest addition to the sparkling water beverage market, is poised to make a big splash. Orlando and Central Florida consumers continue to seek out specialized and personalized hydration options both at home and now more frequently, on-the-go. Bubly is an option that checks all of the necessary boxes. 

Euromonitor, a market research firm, has predicted that the sparkling-water market will hit $2.6 billion this year, offering further evidence that sparkling water is an important beverage choice everywhere. This is especially important to understand in foodservice establishments like your Orlando and Central Florida break room because consumers visit foodservice locations more than 200 times per year. That’s a lot more foot traffic than even grocery stores see.

With the increase in demand for refreshing and healthy beverages, bubly is an upbeat and playful option that offers 12 unique flavors with no artificial flavors, no sweeteners and no calories and can be sold in any type of vending services’ environment from vending machines to fountain units.  

In addition to traditional bottled water, enjoying sparkling water offers Orlando and Central Florida employees multiple benefits.

sparkling water options in orlando and central florida

Hydration: just like regular drinking water, sparkling water (with no added sweeteners) is hydrating. At its most basic level, being dehydrated negatively affects how the cells in the body function and is something that should be avoided.   

Swallowing: a 2015 study found that sparkling or carbonated water may help with one’s swallowing ability. “Carbonated water showed the strongest ability to stimulate the nerves responsible for swallowing.” 

Hunger: according to the National Institutes of Health, sparkling or carbonated water may increase feelings of fullness by causing food in the stomach to stay there longer. This is great news for those individuals who are concerned about eating too much.  

Productivity: proper hydration levels are not only necessary for one’s body to function properly, but they play an important role in cognitive performance. Dehydrated employees are more likely to have slower reaction times, poorer short-term memory and trouble paying attention which negatively impacts overall productivity. 

What type of sparkling water can your Orlando and Central Florida employees find in their break room? It doesn’t matter which type of vending services you offer, vending machines, a micro-market or pantry service, this type of beverage and others can be added to any menu. 

For more information about updating your current beverage menu or creating a new one from scratch, contact The Vending Station at (407) 891.7632. We would be happy to help.

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Three Beverage Trends to Explore in Orlando and Central Florida During 2019

beverage options in Orlando and Central Florida

Everyone has that one beverage that they can’t live without. It might be a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, a specific brand of bottled water, or a favorite carbonated beverage from childhood. While those beverages often spark feelings of contentment, comfort or happiness, there are new cold beverages out there waiting to be discovered.

In 2019, Orlando and Central Florida employees will find new approaches to three very popular beverages, soft drinks, coffee and iced tea.

Artisan or Craft Soft Drinks

The interest in artisan or craft soft drinks has increased as Orlando and Central Florida consumers look to explore new products and flavors and seek to match their personal beliefs with the products they purchase. Craft soft drinks are thought to be healthier as they are made from natural and organic ingredients and are made by smaller, more artisanal companies who put a lot of care into their products. For consumers and these producers, craft soft drinks are not simply consumable products; they have a story to tell. Whether it’s helping their local community or the environment, each organization and/or beverage has a specific focus and purpose.

Cold-brew Coffee

Cold-brew coffee has been available for a couple years in a small number of locations, but that has changed. Today, this coffee beverage can be found in a variety of Orlando and Central Florida locations in several different forms including ready-to-drink, single-serve containers, bulk containers, and on tap. Crafted at room temperature over a long period of time, cold brew is up to 70 percent less acidic than traditionally brewed hot coffee. The more balanced, lower acidic levels of cold brew are the result of a slower, cooler brewing process and are responsible for a smoother, creamier, full-bodied and less bitter taste profile.

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Specialty Iced Tea  

While iced tea, as we know it today, has been around since the early 1900s, new and specialty flavors are making their way to the front of the line. For many Orlando and Central Florida consumers, the traditional flavors from unsweetened black or green tea are not enough. Consumers want the benefits of unsweetened tea, but they also want a sweeter flavor without the extra sugar. The hibiscus plant is a popular solution to the problem with its sweet flavor and bright, appealing color, and there has been a 62 percent increase in its use in iced tea since 2014. Offering specialty iced teas in ready-to-drink containers such as cans and bottles has also helped increase the visibility and availability of these tasty beverages.

Can Orlando and Central Florida employees purchase any of these beverage choices in their breakroom? Instead of going offsite to purchase a craft soft drink, a cold-brew coffee, or a specialty iced tea, meet your employees where they are — at work. 

Whether it’s customizing a new vending machine or micro-market beverage menu, The Vending Station can help. We offer a wide variety of hot and cold beverages as well as snacks and fresh food. For more information or to schedule a tasting, please contact us at (407) 891.7632.

Office Breakroom Beverages in Orlando and Central Florida

A New Beverage Hits Orlando and Central Florida Micro-Market Shelves

Office Breakroom Beverages in Orlando and Central Florida

Do you have a favorite beverage that you enjoy frequently? If Diet Coke is your beverage of choice, then you are one of over 25 million people who enjoy Diet Coke. And now, Orlando and Central Florida employees are about to have four new flavors to try—Diet Coke Ginger Lime, Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, Diet Coke Zesty Blood Orange and Diet Coke Twisted Mango—along with the original flavor. Rafael Acevedo, Coca-Cola North America’s group director for Diet Coke, recently said

Diet Coke is one of the most iconic brands loved by millions of fans in North America. Throughout this relaunch journey, we wanted to be bold, think differently and be innovative in our approach. And most importantly, we wanted to stay true to the essence of Diet Coke while recasting the brand for a new generation.   

It’s not just the addition of four new flavors, the look has changed as well. The sleek new cans share the same shape and size (12 ounces) as other Coca-Cola beverages and have a new look-and-feel with bold accent colors that represent each new flavor. Orlando and Central Florida employees will also be able to enjoy the new Diet Coke beverage flavors in the office breakroom micro-market. (Vending machines will likely only carry the original Diet Coke flavor due to space constraints.)

Office Breakroom Beverages in Orlando and Central Florida

A micro-market, or an open concept “mini” store using open shelving, glass-front coolers, and self-checkout technology, offers Orlando and Central Florida employees additional benefits. Micro-markets carry a large number of product options acknowledging that employees have distinct preferences and unique work schedules. They also provide employees the option to read nutrition labels and make educated decisions about what to eat or drink as well as highlight healthy choices by offering fresh and nutritious sandwiches, wraps, salads, snacks and beverages, fresh produce, and yogurt.

With Orlando and Central Florida companies vying for the same small group of potential employees, benefits such as the micro-market, cafe-style coffee service, or pantry service are three ways to attract, retain, and reward employees. Your employees enjoy the spoils while your organization enjoys the lower cost of the benefit.

For more information about updating your current snack, beverage, and coffee selections, or creating the ultimate breakroom, call The Vending Station at (407) 891.7632. We look forward to hearing from you.