There are 150 calories in a bag of Lay’s Classic Chips, 240 calories in a pack of Cheetos, and 255 calories in a medium sized glazed donut. If you’re on a diet and want to make sure that you stick to your limit of caloric intake for the day, it can be so easy for you to keep forgetting these things. This is particularly true if you are faced with a delicious pack of Oreos, waiting for you to drop the coins into the vending machine.

Fortunately, there’s a touch-screen device that will help remind you of the number of calories soon. With VendScreen technology, you’ll get to find out the calories of the food you are planning to buy. Because of its soft drink can size, the device easily mounts itself on vending machines and gives a display on each item being sold. This lets customers see the nutritional information of the product and filter out each item they need based on their dietary requirements.

According to Founder Paresh Patel, this device will ease the burden that the vending industry is facing. Since the Food and Drug Administration has put an estimated 14 million hours (each year) that this industry is facing just to comply with the new federal regulations, this will make things easier for those who have 20 or more machines.

The technology will link itself with the current system that vending machine operators are already using. This will then automatically update the displayed nutritional information of the items currently in the machine.

“We applaud the efforts of companies like this one for coming up with innovative solutions to help make this information available to consumers,” National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA)’s spokeswoman, Jackie Clark, said.

VendScreen is an Android-powered which can not only display nutritional information. It can also display ads, accept credit, debit, or even mobile wallet payments. Users can also redeem coupon codes and even collect data to be relayed back to its operator if the product needs to be restocked or if the machine is broken.


VendScreen will be testing 500 devices by April. As of this writing, they have already presold 10,000 units, which will be rolled out after that month’s NAMA Industry Show in Las Vegas. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but Patel has already estimated that it will be anywhere between $200 and $400. Once the FDA has released a final rule on caloric disclosure, vending machine operators that have 20 or more machines will have to comply with the law within a year’s time.


Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.