With the number of daily eating occasions up from 3.9 in the 1970s to 5.6 in 2009-2010, food-makers can fill a market need by offering foods that are nutritious and pleasing to the palate, said Samy Jandali, vice president of Nutrition & Health for BASF North America. "Tasty and healthy must become synonymous," he said. Jandali said the blurring of lines between meals and snacks creates an opportunity for convenience foods, and that "vending machines can be an interesting area for this category."

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