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Video Q&A - How are onsite vending machines contributing to dehydration in the workplace?

By Bubba Wolford | Last updated: October 4, 2019
Presented by The Sqwincher Corporation

It all comes down to what's in them. Highly caffeinated and high sugar energy drinks contribute to dehydration... causing low energy... causing people to reach for Highly caffeinated and high sugar energy drinks. See the challenge?

If you've got these drinks in your vending machine in your industrial facility, you may want to take a second thought about that.


Jamie: Do you ever walk into a facility — you know, just being in a lot of break rooms, you get in there, and the prevalence of, you know, vending machine is there, right? A company is trying to get worker to buy in. They supply them with the vending machine with all the goodies. What about these Red Bull drinks, you know, sodas, that kind of thing? Companies, they're bought in, they know they got to hydrate — you talked about that a little bit — you know, coffee? You know, these things that are leading to dehydration. Do you see that situation with vending machines in the workplace?

Bubba: Well, that's a great question as well, and we do see that. And, you know, the beverage industry in the past five years has really grown, that the category of energy drinks has grown. I would argue that the reason that category has grown is because people are dehydrated. And when you're dehydrated, your energy level is going to go down. So, one of the first things that we do when we visit a facility, a plant, is go to the break room and see if they're supplying the excessive products. Sure, there will be sodas there and that kind of thing, but when we're looking at very, very high concentrated electrolyte — I mean, excuse me, caffeinated and high sugar products, to provide those at the facility, one might want to take a second thought about that. And we would recommend that you take those excessive products out and not make it easy for them to use the stimulants and things like that.

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Written by Bubba Wolford | Director of Business Development

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Bubba Wolford received his MS in Exercise Physiology from Mississippi State University 1991. He joined Sqwincher in 2009, serving now as Director of Corporate Development and Training, where he spearheads promoting the importance of proper hydration within the Industrial Workplace to key corporate accounts.

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