Healthy vending plan-o-grams

Stocking your vending machine with healthy snacks and drinks encourages people to make healthier choices when they are on the run.

To meet the Healthy Choices guidelines***, vending machines should include at least 50% GREEN (best choices) items and less than 20% RED (limit) items. Some AMBER (choose carefully) items may also be provided.

GREEN items should be placed on the most prominent shelves (for example, at eye-level) and RED choices should be in the least prominent positions (for example, the lowest shelf of the machine).

The plan-o-grams below provide examples of how to stock a drinks vending machine and a snacks vending machine in line with the Healthy Choices guidelines. These plan-o-grams are only examples – there are many ways to stock a healthy vending machine.

A healthy drinks vending machine

A healthy drinks vending machine product stocking example

*no added sugar or artificial sweetener
**reduced fat flavoured milk containing less than 900kJ per serve as sold is in the GREEN category. Reduced fat flavoured milk with more than 900kJ but less than 1600kJ per serve as sold is in the AMBER category. Regular fat flavoured milk with less than 1600kJ per serve as sold is also in the AMBER category. All flavoured milk containing more than 1600kJ per serve as sold is RED.

In this example, 52% of the drinks in the machine are in the GREEN category, 36% are in the AMBER category and 12% are in the RED category. 

The GREEN drinks are positioned prominently at eye level, at the top of the vending machine. There are only a few RED drinks available and these are at the very bottom of the machine.

A healthy snacks vending machine

A healthy snacks vending machine product stocking example

* Use the Healthy Choices: food and drink classification guide to determine classification of specific products. The classification guide is available from 

In this example, GREEN snacks make up 53% of the machine, AMBER snacks make up 37% and RED snacks make up 10%.

Because popcorn and potato chips are very light weight items, in a real life situation they will usually be placed at the top of a vending machine. There may only be spaces to accommodate larger GREEN items such as cereal cups or oat cups at the bottom of the machine.

Therefore, in the template above, GREEN snacks are displayed as prominently as would be possible in a real life, practical situation

***The Healthy Choices guidelines provide information and advice about increasing the availability and promotion of healthier foods and drinks in community settings. For more information visit


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