Monday, January 14, 2019

Because Finding Them Now Is Too Difficult? PepsiCo Launches Mobile, Self-Driving, Health-Washing, Vending Machines

Caught this the other day.

PepsiCo has partnered with the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, California to launch mobile vending machines that, at least according to PepsiCo, deliver "healthier" snacks to college students by way of a smartphone app.

Peeking at the launch video one can see that the "healthier" snacks include Pure Leaf Lemon Flavor tea (with its > 10 teaspoons (41g) of added sugar), and an assortment of baked chips (which generally have marginally fewer calories but are otherwise comparable to their fully fried brethren).

Because no doubt it's tough these days for college students in in California to find junk food. I mean before Snackbots, they actually had to walk to buy some.

I wonder how much money the University of the Pacific is reaping from PepsiCo in return for feeding up their students and in so doing, helping to market sugar water and baked chips as "healthier"?