Eat Well Berkeley Vending
Per the Food and Beverage Choices policy, a minimum of 50% of the choices offered in food vending machines and 70% of beverage vending machines must be healthier options. This policy aligns with the UC systemwide Healthy Vending Guidelines. Be Well at Work - Wellness Program partners with ASUC, RSSP, and Canteen Vending to provide healthier choices.
Remember, a healthy diet is rich in whole, fresh foods and limited in processed snack foods.
Nutritional Standards for Snack Vending:
Canteen Vending stocks a minimum of 50% of snack product meeting the UC Berkeley Food & Beverage Choices Policy criteria, similar to SB912: Healthy Options in State Vending Machines.
- ≤250 calories per serving with at least one option of 100 calories or less.
- ≤35% of total calories from fat (≤10 grams of total fat)
- ≤10% of total calories from saturated fat (or ≤3 grams of saturated fat).
- No trans fats.
- ≤35% total weight from sugar (or ≤20 grams of sugar)
- ≤360 mg sodium per serving.
In addition, the first ingredient must be a fruit, vegeteble, low-fat dairy, protein or whole grain in healthier options.
The following are exempt from all requirements except the total calorie requirement: Nuts, nut butters (such as peanut butter), seeds, legumes (beans), eggs, cheese, and fruit/vegetables that have not been deep fried and do not contain added sugars and/or fat.
Choice Plus Products
Look for the Choice Plus label in snack machines.
As a general rule of thumb, aim for whole, minimally processed foods such as nuts or unsweetened trail mix.
These products are identified in the vending machines by Choice Plus markers.
Please note: these items may not be available in all vending machines.
Nutritional Standards for Entree Vending
Entrée: the primary food in a meal which contains two or more of the following groups: meat or meat alternatives, grains or bread, vegetables, or fruit. Examples include sandwiches, burritos, pasta, and pizza.
Food & Beverage Choices Policy - Entree Vending Requirements
Healthier Entrees must meet these nutrition standards per package:
- No more than 400 calories
- No more than 35% of calories from fat and no more than 16 grams of fat
- No more than 10% calories from saturated fat and no more than 5 grams of saturated fat
- No trans fat
- No more than 600 milligrams of sodium
- No more than 15 grams of total sugar
- The following are exempt from all requirements: Fresh or non-processed entrees, including entrees that are cooked or prepared on campus or in a commissary kitchen.
Nutritional Standards for Meal Vending
Meal: a complete offering intended for breakfast, lunch, or dinner that includes an entrée with additional components packaged together. A packaged meal typically consists of the main entree, and one or two sides, such as a vegetable or fruit and a snack or dessert.
Food & Beverage Choices Policy - Meal Vending Requirements
Healthier Meals must meet these nutrition standards per package:
- No more than 700 calories
- No more than 35% of calories from fat and no more than 28 grams of fat
- No more than 10% calories from saturated fat and no more than 8 grams of saturated fat
- No trans fat
- No more than 1000 mg of sodium
- No more than 35 grams of sugar
- The following are exempt from all requirements: Fresh or non-processed meals, including meals that are cooked or prepared on campus or in a commissary kitchen.
Nutritional Standards for Beverage Vending
The UC Berkeley Food & Beverage Choices Policy requires beverage vending machines (managed by Pepsi) to be stocked at 70% or greater with Healthier Beverages, effective November 1, 2020. However, this only applies once a contract/lease is signed or renewed after 11/1/2020.
Food & Beverage Choices Policy - Beverage Vending Requirements
- Vending machines selling bottles, cans, and packaged beverages will stock machines and have visible selection buttons with “Healthier Beverages”* at 70% or greater, and “Sugar-Sweetened and Less Healthy Beverages”* at 30% or less.
- Caloric beverages which do not follow healthier beverage standards must not exceed 20 fluid ounces in size.
- Energy drinks and energy-type beverage products with caffeine as an additive ingredient sold in bottles, cans, and/or other packaging are limited to ≤ 71 milligrams of caffeine per 12 fluid ounces.
*Healthier Beverages defined for bottled/canned/packaged beverages
- Water: unflavored with no added sweeteners (caloric or non-caloric); includes still, carbonated, or mineral.
- Low-calorie beverages: zero-calorie and low-calorie diet and other beverages at less than or equal to 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces.
- Juice: 100% fruit or vegetable juice or juice blends, with no added sweetener (caloric or noncaloric), carbonated or still; and vegetable juices less than or equal to 230 milligrams of sodium.
- Juice beverage: 100% fruit or vegetable juice or juice blends diluted with water, with no added sweetener (caloric or non-caloric), carbonated or still.
- Milk: nonfat or low fat (1%), unflavored, and unsweetened.
- Plant-derived or non-dairy milk: (i.e. soy, rice, almond), unsweetened, and Vitamin D and calcium fortified.
- Supplemental protein/nutrition beverages with no added caloric sweeteners (e.g., protein drinks, nutrition shakes).
- Teas/coffees, unsweetened with only naturally occurring caffeine.
Sugar-Sweetened and Less Healthy Beverages defined for bottled/canned/packaged beverages
- Sodas, including all carbonated beverages, with added sugar and exceeding the calorie limit under Healthier Beverages.
- Fruit juice drinks or elixirs including all fruit drinks, fruit juices, and fruit nectars with added sugar.
- All other drinks with added sugar and exceeding the calorie limit under Healthier Beverages, including but not limited to sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened coffee/tea drinks, protein drinks, sugar-sweetened and flavored teas, waters, coconut waters, rice drinks, bean beverages, sugar cane beverages, horchata, and nonalcoholic wine/malt beverages.
- For money lost in vending machines: please contact the phone number listed on the machines.
- For Pepsi machine service issues (machine not working, machine not stocked, etc.) call 1-800-555-4784. Please make note of the asset number of the vending machine.
- To provide feedback regarding vending, Eat Well Berkeley, or the Food & Beverage Choices policy, complete this form.