The widespread introduction of school district wellness policies and increased regulation of food and beverage items sold there are having a distinct impact on what is sold and vended in the segment. The biggest short term impact? A significant decline in vending sales over the past three years. It's a trend quantitively documented by data collected by NPD Group, a leading consumer research organization, “Between 2005 and 2006, secondary school vend purchases declined 15 percent,” says ...

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