Vending machines will display calorie counts in 2014 in order to abide by new FDA regulations that will be in place. Close to 5M machines will get a significant upgrade in order to post the information.
The cost will be high for vending machine operators to implement the changes, but the government has a bigger consideration. By the FDA's reckoning if only 0.2% of obese adults reduce their calorie intake by a moderate amount, then the program will save $24M a year in annual health care costs.
Candy sellers are expected to only see a minor impact from the new vending machine regulations, while soda sellers could face a bigger challenge.