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Last week, we sent you (our subscribers) an email survey in the hopes we’d get to know you a bit better. Almost 250 of you responded–thank you! These are the top 3 things we learned about you:

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Vending & Automated Retail Industry News

Two cities now have proposed legislation in place to ensure that a certain percentage of items sold in vending machines on public property are healthy.

Hollywood, FL

Vending Times reports:

Vending machines at all city-owned buildings in Broward County’s Hollywood, FL, will soon comply with new nutritional guidelines. At least 30% of the products in each machine will meet the American Heart Association’s recommended standards for food and beverages offered in the workplace. Another 20% will meet at least one of the recommended standards. The new rules, conceived by Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, will impact the city’s 45 vending machines…

Vending machines at all city-owned buildings in Broward County’s Hollywood, FL, will soon comply with new nutritional guidelines. At least 30% of the products in each machine will meet the American Heart Association’s recommended standards for food and beverages offered in the workplace. Another 20% will meet at least one of the recommended standards. The new rules, conceived by Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, will impact the city’s 45 vending machines, which are operated by Miami-based Gilly Vending. – See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=754303A430C54C2AA236B18E2C06AB17&nm=Vending+Features&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=F88801F5640C492FA85B67AFA630DD03#sthash.60O8fnQa.dpuf
Vending machines at all city-owned buildings in Broward County’s Hollywood, FL, will soon comply with new nutritional guidelines. At least 30% of the products in each machine will meet the American Heart Association’s recommended standards for food and beverages offered in the workplace. Another 20% will meet at least one of the recommended standards. The new rules, conceived by Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, will impact the city’s 45 vending machines, which are operated by Miami-based Gilly Vending. – See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=754303A430C54C2AA236B18E2C06AB17&nm=Vending+Features&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=F88801F5640C492FA85B67AFA630DD03#sthash.60O8fnQa.dpuf
Vending machines at all city-owned buildings in Broward County’s Hollywood, FL, will soon comply with new nutritional guidelines. At least 30% of the products in each machine will meet the American Heart Association’s recommended standards for food and beverages offered in the workplace. Another 20% will meet at least one of the recommended standards. The new rules, conceived by Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, will impact the city’s 45 vending machines, which are operated by Miami-based Gilly Vending. – See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=754303A430C54C2AA236B18E2C06AB17&nm=Vending+Features&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=F88801F5640C492FA85B67AFA630DD03#sthash.60O8fnQa.dpuf
Vending machines at all city-owned buildings in Broward County’s Hollywood, FL, will soon comply with new nutritional guidelines. At least 30% of the products in each machine will meet the American Heart Association’s recommended standards for food and beverages offered in the workplace. Another 20% will meet at least one of the recommended standards. The new rules, conceived by Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, will impact the city’s 45 vending machines, which are operated by Miami-based Gilly Vending. – See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=754303A430C54C2AA236B18E2C06AB17&nm=Vending+Features&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=F88801F5640C492FA85B67AFA630DD03#sthash.60O8fnQa.dpuf

Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. will soon require that at least half of the foods and beverages sold through vending machines and elsewhere on D.C. property meet higher nutrition standards, including offering whole fruit and at least one raw vegetable, 100 percent whole-grain bread and pasta options, and low fat milk and yogurt.

From DCist:

The mayor’s office will develop a workplace wellness policy, which in part mandates certain standards for food purchased by city agencies. These agencies will have one year from when the budget takes effect to implement it.

The standards will be guided by the federal Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations. These standards call for concessions to offer whole fruit and at least one raw vegetable to be available, 100 percent whole grain bread and pasta options, and low fat milk and yogurt. At least 50 percent of foods and beverages served by most city agencies must meet this standard.

While we think both Hollywood, FL and Washington, D.C. could step these proposals up even more, we applaud their first steps toward making healthy food more convenient thank junk food. These two cases illustrate how public agencies are moving toward legislating healthy vending into their wellness programs. Other public agencies that have moved toward requiring healthy vending on public property include the city of Chicago [read here]. As more public agencies make this move, we anticipate more employers in general will incorporate healthy vending into their wellness programs. This is a great opportunity for HUMAN franchisees to market their healthy vending machines and healthy micro markets to potential locations looking to expand their wellness programs (or start them).

It is interesting to consider though that school children will have more rigorous standards on what can be sold in their schools’ vending machines with the USDA’s new Smart Snacks In School rules than the cities of Hollywood, D.C. and Chicago! Speaking of Smart Snacks In School…

Nutrition News

Did you know Domino’s pizza & Cheetos have products that are compliant with the USDA’s Smart Snacks In School rules, which went into effect on July 1st of this year?

These items are being called “copycat snacks” because they’ve been made to maintain the branding of the original products while complying with the new rules. However, the version sold at schools is not sold elsewhere.

This has some nutrition activists and policymakers upset. Click HERE to learn more and let us know in the comments if you think “copycat snacks” should be banned.

What do you think about Hollywood, FL & Washington, D.C.’s move toward healthy vending?

Learn about the HUMAN brand and about becoming a franchisee by downloading:

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Biomedical Engineer who earned his degree from The Johns Hopkins University & Columbia University. Named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 in 2013. Co-Founded America’s first Pure Play healthy vending company in 2003.
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