(WMC-TV) – A new company is working to help Memphians battle obesity.
The company is called Fresh Healthy Vending and staffers are trying to improve the quality of food you eat, one snack at a time.
Every year, Memphis seems to make someone’s list as one of the nation’s fattest cities. Now, there is hope that vending machines could be the start to turning that around.
“What we have here is an option really, this is a healthy option to snack choices,” Amy Israel explained.
Amy Israel and William Pollack are the Memphis franchisee for the company that is hoping to prompt more people to choose healthy.
Fresh Healthy Vending is based in San Diego. It produces specialized vending machines that offer snacks to people who want to eat healthy.
“For example, the multi-grain has flax and sunflower seeds in it. It has keno and brown rice, so instead of the white flower, the white gluten items that you find in the machines, a lot of these items are gluten free,” said Israel.
The Memphis franchisees started putting 11 vending machines around the Memphis area this week.
You can find them at YMCAs, Bridges, and several other agencies. Company officials say this is the food source of the future.
“In addition to that, we’ve got protein bars, we’ve got fruit smoothies, like the Naked juices, we’ve got apple sauce in there,” Israel pointed out.
Fresh Healthy Vending officials are also partnering with the Healthy Memphis Common Table, which is made up of local agencies and organization committed to beating the obesity problem in Memphis.
By the year 2030, 40 percent of Americans will be obese
Vending machines have traditionally been notoriously known as a “junk food haven.” For decades they have overflowed school campuses, business offices and shopping malls, giving customers convenient access to unhealthy foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a dramatic increase in obesity rates over the last 20 years, for both adults and children. In fact, they report that one-third of the nation’s adults are considered obese, and 17 percent of children are as well. This has lead to a lot of parents to re-think things like snacking.
“The dark days of junk food vending machines and its archaic and unhealthy choices are coming to an end,” explains Dan Negroni, President of Fresh Healthy Vending. “We want to change communities, quality of life, and give kids true and healthy snack options everywhere —they deserve them.”
With various health risks relating to obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, Fresh Healthy Vending has created a call to action by offering vending machines with the healthiest snacks possible. From fruits and vegetables to protein and granola bars, these innovative health stands are providing consumers with tasty, yet healthy, alternatives.
With the introduction of Fresh Healthy Vending machines in communities across the nation, the company has pumped new life into schools, YMCA’s, community centers and other targeted locations, by offering the best quality and nutritious snack options. Consumers have shown their support and desire for the healthy snacks, by making purchases.
With over 1,500 locations across America and Canada, students, parents and school officials are taking advantage of, and appreciating, the convenient and healthy snack machines in their communities. Even office buildings, retailers and health clubs have started demanding Fresh Healthy Vending machines, as the overwhelming demand for healthier snack options continues to grow.
“In 2030, experts believe 40 percent of Americans will become obese,” adds Negroni. “To fight back, communities and people alike need to increase the availability of nutritious food and give people access to healthy and delicious snacks they can enjoy. Childhood obesity won’t be cured overnight, but Fresh Healthy Vending is a leader in helping to create a better quality of life for our children.”
The company, which markets healthy vending franchises, is now offering a combination machine that vends gourmet hot beverages, along with “healthy” snacks and cold drinks.
Dubbed Fresh Healthy Vending Café, the new vender offers a selection of coffeehouse-quality drinks like organic coffee, cappuccino, espresso and chai vanilla tea for $1.25 to $2 a cup. Once a customer makes a selection, the machine grinds whole beans, brews espresso, froths the milk and disposes of the grounds, all within 40 seconds.
The San Diego-based franchisor said it sees a wide-open market for its new machine, which benefits from its compact 3×3-ft. footprint. The company envisions placement in colleges, B&I accounts and public venues, among other sites.
“The exclusive Fresh Healthy Vending Café machines are the first of what Fresh Healthy Vending expects to be a wave of new vending machines from the company over the coming years,” said Dan Negroni, chief executive and president of Fresh Healthy Vending.
Founded in 2010, Fresh Healthy Vending reports that its flagship machine, a dual-temperature snack and drink combination, has been placed in more than 1,500 locations nationwide. It’s stocked with better-for-you foods, including yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothies and baked chips, and equipped with a telemeter.
Fresh Healthy Vending, the company that revolutionized the vending machine sector, announces a new franchisee in Baton Rouge. Chris and J’an Lemoine have purchased the healthy vending franchise and are in the process of selecting locations where each machine will be placed. With limited opportunities available, those who would like a vending machine placed in their facility will need to act quickly.
“We are happy to bring fresh vending to Baton Rouge. People are ready to embrace this as a way to obtain healthy food on the run,” explains Dan Negroni, chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (freshvending.com). “Those who get one of the vending machines in their facility will find that they do well simply because of what is offered.”
The Fresh Healthy Vending placement in Louisiana joins over 1500 other machines that have been established throughout North America. The machines will be offering a vending selection that is completely stocked with all-healthy foods and beverages.
Aside from the monetary benefits of hosting a vending machine, it also provides access to healthy snack and drink options, which will help keep minds and bodies in better shape. This in turn helps to eliminate the junk food, which is associated with causing obesity, higher absenteeism, and higher medical insurance rates. New workplace wellness programs are now in place all across North America in companies to promote healthier lifestyles.
“This is a great way to offer people some healthy food,” added Negroni. “Increasingly people are becoming aware of the importance of eating healthy, prompting them to make more nutritious food choices, even on the run.”
The vending machines are stocked with such items as soymilk, yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a variety of other nutritious options. For many, this comes as a much-needed tool in helping to combat the obesity epidemic. It provides people with healthy options, without having to the time to shop or prepare them, which is often a complaint people have about eating healthy.
The vending machines make a good fit for such places as middle schools, high schools, office buildings, hospitals, college campuses, health clubs, shopping malls, and a variety of other public venues.
Locations where the Fresh Healthy Vending machines are currently being placed:
Episcopal High School – Baton Rouge, LA
Woman’s Hospital – Baton Rouge, LA
Our Lady of the Lake College – Baton Rouge, LA
Spectrum Fitness – Baton Rouge, LA
Precision Athletes – Baton Rouge, LA
Shiloh Baptist Church – Baton Rouge, LA
Lamar Advertising Company - Baton Rouge, LA
Southern Lab School – Baton Rouge, LA
Those interested in learning more about having a Fresh Healthy Vending machine placed in their facility can find additional information at freshvending.com.
May 01, 2012 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – We are a nation that loves its coffee. So much so, in fact, that according to the Harvard School of Public Health, 54 percent of American adults consume coffee on a daily basis, with 3 cups being the average per person. The country as a whole spends some $40 billion per year on coffee. Now, with the launch of Fresh Healthy Vending Café, java lovers can get a cup of gourmet organic coffee with the push of a button.
“The exclusive Fresh Healthy Vending Café machines are the first of what Fresh Healthy Vending expects to be a wave of new vending machines from the company over the coming years,” explained Dan Negroni, the chief executive officer and president of Fresh Healthy Vending (freshvending.com). “We believe that Fresh Healthy Vending Café will almost certainly represent meaningful growth market for the company.”
The Fresh Healthy Vending Café machines feature a revolutionary design whereby consumers can, with the push of a button, get gourmet ground organic coffee. Prices ranging from just $1.25 to $2.00 per cup, with options including organic black coffee, organic black coffee with cream, organic vanilla cappuccino, espresso, and chai vanilla tea. Once the consumer makes their coffee selection, the machine grinds the whole coffee beans, extracts espresso, froths the milk, and disposes of the grounds, all within 40 seconds. The Fresh Healthy Vending Café machine is the only combo machine to offer gourmet ground coffee its flagship healthy snack and drink options including 100-percent fruit juices, smoothies, iced tea, and baked chips.
The special blend of organic coffee, as well as the actual machine itself is exclusive to Fresh Healthy Vending Café, will be a welcome option for those seeking the benefits that organics provide, including reducing their exposure to the potentially harmful pesticides that are typically used in conventional crop processes.
“Within less than a minute, our machine serves up a great cup of gourmet coffee that tastes equivalent to a cup from any upscale coffee bar which can be coupled with a healthy snack,” adds Negroni. “It’s like going to the gourmet coffee shop we all know and love — Now that’s a winner, wouldn’t you agree?”
The company envisions the 3-foot-by-3-foot Fresh Healthy Vending Café going into schools, retailers, colleges, gas stations and office buildings, among other places. Since Fresh Healthy Vending already has machines placed in over 1,500 locations across America and Canada, the company is confident that many of these locations will be interested in the addition of the Fresh Healthy Vending Café machines.
Fresh Healthy Vending is known for revolutionizing the vending machine industry, by focusing on exclusive new high-tech machines that feature all healthy natural food options, including yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothies, and baked chips. Their machines are currently located in such places as school campuses, office buildings, workout facilities, hospitals, and military bases. To learn more Fresh Healthy Vending or Fresh Healthy Vending Café machines, visit their site at www.freshhealthyvending.com.
About Fresh Healthy Cafe
Based in San Diego, Fresh Healthy Vending Café is the latest exclusive revolutionary launch of Fresh Healthy Vending, a company that started in 2010 and is revolutionizing vending machines by filling them with healthy, natural and organic food and beverage options. Dubbed the “future of vending” Fresh is the largest Healthy Vending company in North America. Fresh Healthy Vending Café machines feature freshly-brewed organic coffee, as well as other healthy beverages and fruits. Healthy The Fresh Healthy Vending machines offer 100-percent juices, fresh vegetables, fruits, smoothies, and yogurts amongst other healthy snacks and beverages. The Fresh Healthy Vending machines are franchised and are being placed in schools, offices and other locations throughout the world.
By aimeebyrd | Posted April 24, 2012 | San Diego, California
When it comes to the vending machine industry, a lot has stayed the same for decades. Until recently, there had been very few changes in the industry, with the same boring machines offering the same unhealthy products. When Fresh Healthy Vending entered the scene in 2010, they began a revolution of the industry once known for its high-fat, high-sugar, junk food options.
“We are on a mission to change the industry, and we have been quite successful at it, so far,” explains Dan Negroni, the chief executive officer and president of Fresh Healthy Vending (freshvending.com). “We are changing what people expect out of a vending machine, and it is for the better. People are beginning to embrace the vending machine as a beneficial resource they can turn to.”
Fresh Healthy Vending has quickly gained a reputation of being unique in a variety of ways, including these 5 ways that set them apart:
The food. Traditional vending machines were stocked with inexpensive junk food that would tide consumers over for a brief time before they were looking for their next snack. Today, Fresh Healthy Vending offers a wide variety of healthy, natural, and organic options for consumers to choose from. Options include fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and baked snack items.
The drinks. Before Fresh Healthy Vending revolutionized the industry, the machines were largely filled with sugary sodas, which most health professionals warn against. Their new machines offer a variety of healthier drinks, including tea, pure fruit juices, soy milk, and smoothies.
The machines. Forget the drab, dull machines that once were. The Fresh Healthy Vending machines are enticing to consumers. The machines are nicely designed, brightly colored, and dual-temperature controlled, so that they can hold both warm and cold food and beverage options.
The philosophy. The old vending machines were merely profit based, with little care regarding what consumers were being offered. Fresh Healthy Vending is on a mission to give people access to convenient, healthy snack options. The company was started out of concern for people having access to making better food choices.
The franchises. Fresh Healthy Vending has developed a successful program for those looking to open their own small business and become a franchisee. Those who franchise the machines are given a program that includes all the tools, training, and guidance they need in order to succeed.
“Fresh Healthy Vending has become a force in self-service retailing through the swift rise of its network of Fresh Healthy Vending machines,” adds Negroni. “Our machines have transformed an entire industry. We’re pretty happy about that.”
Fresh Healthy Vending recently added Fresh Healthy Café, featuring gourmet coffee vending, to its line-up. They currently have over 1,400 machines placed across America and Canada. All machines are stocked with healthy, natural foods. Through a dedicated franchise network of over 130 franchisees, their machines are located in such places as school campuses, office buildings, workout facilities, hospitals, and military bases.
To learn more Fresh Healthy Vending machines, visit their site at www.freshhealthyvending.com.
Join the Fresh Healthy Vending Machine Franchise Today
Fresh Healthy Vending is the largest healthy vending machine company in the world. We pioneered the healthy vending concept and capitalize on a growing market of health conscious consumer. Healthy Vending is now the most exciting category in vending and Fresh Healthy Vending is looking to partner with like-minded entrepreneurs who share our vision.
If you can see yourself managing Healthy Vending Machines placed in profitable locations within your community, then this franchise opportunity is for you.
Fresh Healthy Vending machines provide a convenient and healthy snack for people on the go. Our machines provide delicious organic food choices such as dried fruit, yogurt, and smoothies. Investing in our franchise is a highly profitable opportunity. Our healthy vending machines do well in populated areas such as schools, retail stores, and gyms.
You can choose from over 500 healthy foods to stock your vending machine, and our product development specialists work with you to create a customized menu best for the location. For example, we meet school nutrition guidelines and also provide a convenient way for people to eat inexpensive, healthy foods.
Healthy Vending Machine Snack Options
Our machines feature chilled and room temperature healthy snacks alike. Top sellers are items like fresh fruit juices, protein shakes, protein bars, soy milk, organic yogurt, granola bars, cereal bars, baked chips, baked crackers and more. As the owner of a healthy vending franchise, you can decide what to place inside the vending machine.
As a partner and franchisee of Fresh Healthy Vending, we will provide you with all the tools and expertise that you need to be successful.