Nowadays more and more people are concerned about what kids and others are eating out of vending machines. There are more and more of these vending machine suppliers that are trying to help kids stay healthy by filling them with healthy foods and drinks instead of candy, chips and soda.
As one of its final acts in a busy lame-duck session, Congress passed a law that requires officials to set nutritional standards for all foods sold in schools, including vending machines. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is a boon for the fast growing $26.5 billion organic food industry.
Vending machines that sell snacks like organic yogurt and granola bars, gluten-free snacks and fresh fruit are rolling into schools, fitness clubs and office buildings. They will be replacing machines that have been around since the 1970s selling sugary sodas and snacks full of trans-fats, high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.
One-third of all consumers are now buying organic products every month, according to the Organic Trade Association. These new organic and healthy vending machines are supplied by mostly small, local businesses. These sales are now expected to rise.
The vending industry also has put out its Fit Pick program which uses stickers to show snacks and drinks that are low in fat, saturated fat, and sugar. Sales are also rising for the new vending machines that keep specific temperatures for fresh fruits and snacks.
The machines may soon be coming to a school or other location near you, and are currently in Chicago and other large areas.