Here’s a snapshot into the future. New Zealand researchers are developing vending machines that dispense foods based on individual nutritional needs. So, rather than every consumer receiving the same product like they do now, each product can be altered to meet their specific dietary desires.

Researchers are calling the system point-of-sale-individualized (POSI) foods. For example, one person may select a low-fat product enriched with a vitamin mix to meet his needs. The next customer may choose the same food, but with a different vitamin blend.

Supporters say snacks and other foods could be tailored for dieters or those with health issues, such as heart ailments or diabetes. The machines could be installed in schools to ensure that kids snack healthfully.

BASF and a dairy ingredient firm, Fonterra, is funding the research.