New Zealand researchers are working to develop vending machines that dispense foods based on individual nutritional needs. They’re calling the system POSIFoods, or point-of-sale-individualized foods. And rather than every consumer receiving the same product, like they do now, in the future, each product can be altered to meet specific dietary desires. For example, one vending customer may select a lowfat product enriched with a vitamin mix, while the next customer may choose the same food, but with a different vitamin blend. Or else select a product that's higher in dairy calcium and iron. Supporters say snacks and other foods could be tailored for dieters or those with health issues. BASF and the dairy ingredient firm, Fonterra, fund the research.

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