A half-minute wait for junk food is enough to change someone's vending machine pick

Vending machines cater to immediate food needs. We’re hungry now, dammit—if we had more time, we’d go out for a real meal. But it’s immediacy and convenience that sustain America’s 1.3 million vending machines. (Well, that and our insatiable affection for Cheetos and Hostess snacks.) But would we choose granola or…

Today in millennial demands: They want convenient “ethical” snacks

Another day, another study on how to crack the highly desirable yet inscrutable millennial market. Today, Nation’s Restaurant News describes “a new report, Ethics On The Go, from Culinary Vision Panel’s Mindful Dining Initiative,” (all of those things sound extremely millennial) that states “millennials’ expectations…

New company wants to put free snacks in Lyfts and we have suggestions

There is no rational, fiscal explanation for the joy I experience when I get in a Lyft with free snacks. “Free snacks!” I exclaim, in the same tone I use to shout “horses!” when I’m in a car that passes by horses. The gum or mints or candy aren’t a huge windfall, but their unexpected presence is sure to earn the…

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From fried green tomato to crispy taco, we tried Lay’s new chip flavors

In Fran And Cameron Eat On The Company Dime, A.V. Club staffers Fran Hoepfner and Cameron Scheetz eat on the company dime. This week, our resident and compulsive snacker critics got their hands on the three finalists from Lay’s 2017 “Do Us A Flavor” contest. This year’s flavors are everything bagel with cream cheese,…

We take a swig of Kettle Brand’s Moscow mule potato chips

Let’s imagine ourselves at Kettle Brand potato chips headquarters in Salem, Oregon. The end of the fiscal year approaches, and Kettle knows it needs a big hit to meet its annual sales goals. One eager marketing associate, just a few years out of college—let’s call him “Miles”—speaks up, his young, confident voice…