Coke Zero Sugar replacing Zero?

Coke Zero Sugar replacing Zero?

Coke Zero Sugar replacing Coke Zero???

The Coca Cola bottling company recently introduced a new product called Coke Zero Sugar.  Some have fallen in love with Coke Zero and are concerned that the taste will change with the new name.  Looks like they may be the exact same ingredients in both and most likely just a play on marketing?  Hometown Vending has offered Coke Zero, in both cans and bottles, for several years now and will certainly carry the new Coke Zero Sugar.  However, we are wondering what the differences really are?  Both are similar regarding ingredients and hope that our customers will transition to the new drink.  We have some really “hard-core” Zero drinkers at some of vending machines and Hometown Fresh Micro Markets.

The Huffington Post has a great article on the differences or similarities of all three diet Coke offerings.  In fact, Huffington Post states the following…..  “This upset got us thinking: what is the actual difference between Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Coke Zero Sugar? If you look at the ingredients between the three, they aren’t actually all that different. And, in fact, Coke Zero and Coke Zero Sugar have exactly the same ingredient list.”

Here’s the list of ingredients in Diet Coke

Carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine.

Here’s the list of ingredients in Coke Zero:

Carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, potassium citrate, acesulfame potassium, caffeine.

And here’s the list of ingredients in Coke Zero Sugar:

Carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, potassium citrate, acesulfame potassium, caffeine.

The Coca Cola company occasionally makes changes to ingredients, tastes, etc.  Regular Coke Zero is a “niche” product and therefore the faithful are concerned that Coke will change the taste.  The verdict is still out and I am certain our customers at Hometown Vending are concerned about the coming changes.


Lay’s Wavy Chips Dipped in Chocolate?

Lay’s Wavy Chips Dipped in Chocolate?

Frito Lay has offered countless chip flavors over the years but few compare to the new Lay’s Wavy Potato Chips dipped in chocolate!  Over the years, Frito Lay has introduced more flavors than we care to list.  However, the Lay’s Wavy Chocolate chips sounds pretty interesting.  The combination of sweet chocolate and salty chips sounds like a perfect afternoon snack.

Frito Lay has been utilizing social media for contests that uses the public to create the best idea for a future flavor chip.  The new chocolate wavy lays chips from Frito Lay came out in November and we are trying to get our hands on some for our customers.  Our Hometown Vending customers can hopefully enjoy a bag of the new chips sometime in early January.

In closing, Hometown Vending is a local leader in bringing in more choices for customers to enjoy.  People ask us all the time what will stock in their new vending machines.  Well… we always stock the main staple product offerings and then bring in new options from time to time.

Buying Bulk in Houston, Conroe, Woodlands Offices & Business!

Buying Bulk in Houston, Conroe, Woodlands Offices & Business!

Say goodbye to lost time and wages and hello to convenience by purchasing your snack and beverages from Hometown Vending of Houston, Conroe, and the Woodlands, TX instead.  Our business services center can help you with your office needs.  What you’ll gain:

  • Large variety of snacks including organics, name brand items, and healthier items.
  • Time – Hometown Vending can work with you on customizing a menu specific to your office needs.
  • Fewer workmen’s comp claims – let our trained merchandizers throughout Conroe, North Houston, and the Woodlands areas do the heavy lifting.
  • Competitive pricing.
  • In a hurry?  We can rush cases of sodas and snacks to your office building.

Let Hometown Vending business services do the work for you, call today at 281-305-VEND (8363) for a price quote.


Coke Zero now an option in Conroe, Houston, and The Woodlands TX

Hometown Vending now offering Coke Zero

Hometown Vending now offering Coke Zero!







Hometown Vending Machine Services has always offered only Coke and Diet Coke cans and bottles.  However, we have more and more requests for Coke Zero.  Well… we are excited to  now offer Coke Zero (cans and bottles) in any of our locations.  We have been offering Coke Zero at a few locations for nearly two years and are now convinced that many will like to have Coke Zero as an added option.  Over the next few weeks, Coke Zero will be added to your glass front style beverage vending machines. Additionally, we are in the process of adding a selection in your bubble front style beverage machines. However, keep in mind that we will have to remove one item and most likely will be the slowest seller.

Coke Zero has zero calories and zero sugars.  You will love Coke Zero now available in both 12oz. cans and 20oz. bottles. All of our locations from Conroe to Houston to the Woodlands will have the option of adding Coke Zero!  Hometown Vending Machine Services is committed to offering healthier choices in our vending machines.  Please call or email us if you would like to have Coke Zero added to your vending machines.

Hometown Healthy Schools Vending now offering popchips in Conroe, Houston, The Woodlands

We love popchips!Hometown Vending is now offering Popchips in some of our vending machines in the Conroe, Houston, and The Woodlands areas.  Have you tried the Popchips yet?  We have and we love them.  The are not fried or baked and the taste is surprising.  We are offering three delicious flavors… BBQ, Salt and Vinegar, and Sweet Potato.

We suggest you try a bag of popchips during your next purchase from our vending machines.  We are in the process of including them in some of our vending machines.  Hometown Vending is committed to better health thru vending machines in the Conroe, Houston, and The Woodlands areas.  Keep in mind that the healthier Popchips cost us more than traditional potato chips that are likely stocked in your vending machines.  Therefore, the purchase price will be greater than the other chip selections.

Hometown Vending is now offering other healthier options for your vending machines.  We will keep you posted on the Hometown Vending blog and our Facebook page.  Go to for more product information.

Hometown Healthy Vending in Woodlands Schools

Hometown Healthy Vending Machines

Hometown Healthy school vending machines are here!  The machines look and work great and certainly creating a lot of buzz in select Conroe ISD schools.  We placed the first three today and are the only vendor in the Houston area to have received the machines.  That’s right… Hometown Vending received the very first shipment of this beautiful and state-of-the-art machine.  Within minutes of arrival to one area school, several students were taking pictures and posting on Facebook and Instagram.

The Hometown Healthy school vending machines meets or exceeds all state requirements outlined in the foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) policy and loaded with only fresh heart healthy snacks such as baked chips, Popped chips, reduced-fat Doritos, Sun Chips, protein bars, Nutri-grain bars, protein drinks, G2 Gatorades, naturally flavored waters, milks, V8’s, 100% fresh juices, and much more!  The machines are equipped with debit / credit card readers and are chilled to about 38 degrees.  The machines will certainly impress your staff, students, and parents with its astonishing design stocked with all the fresh goodies inside.

Hometown Vending has been servicing many of the area schools over the years and understands the need for positive changes regarding nutritional requirements. Call us today to have one of these installed at your Humble, Conroe, Spring, Tomball, Magnolia, Huntsville, Montgomery, Klein, New Caney area school.