(PRWEB) April 17, 2013 - Started in Australia in 2002, it was the simple idea of offering healthy foods through vending machines in convenient locations. Now it’s spread worldwide. The U.S. Government has gotten on board, and the United States Department of Agriculture is implementing new rules for student vending machines. Throughout the country, city mayors and state governors make news about America’s war on obesity by mandating healthy vending machine choices for employees.
Fresh Healthy Vending, located in San Diego, California is the nation’s largest healthy vending company at twice the size of their nearest competitor. The company envisions continued growth in an expanding market. Alex Kennedy, Fresh Healthy Vending CEO, states “Healthy Vending as a category has gone from something conceptual with almost no government support, to an industry dominated by government support and politics.”
The company fields over 100 weekly requests from around the country for new machine locations. Healthy vending is now a massive classification and Fresh Healthy Vending is the fastest growing in both vending and franchising opportunities. The company has 197 franchisees in 45 states with over 2,200 machines currently in use. Company growth expectations include 300 franchisees and over 3000 machines by year’s end.
The assortment of locations continues to build. When the company started, the machines were located primarily in schools. “We pioneered this business by launching the nation’s first healthy vending company back in 2006. At first it was all about schools and we offered about 100 healthy items for sale. Now we offer over 2300 healthy items and we are placing machines in churches, libraries, corporations and even retailers. We have come a long way as both a nation and an industry,” said Kennedy. The machines can be found in transport depots, libraries, trade schools, museums, hospitals, call centers, and government buildings, among others.
The company is unique in providing a range of products that meet and exceed the USDA standards. The machines are stocked with all-natural, organic and preservative-free snacks and beverages, making healthy choices easy and ensuring that nutrient-rich selections are available. The latest vending technologies are employed and the company leads with first-to-market in both products and equipment. The company boasts the most comprehensive support structure for franchisees with a steadily growing list of locations. They are the first company in vending to charge a royalty for performing machines. The strongest and most-recognized brand in the industry, the company has a dedicated staff and a solid foundation with profitable programs.
“Our office consists of 34 full-time employees whose goal is to share our company’s core values with potential franchisees and locations around the country,” Kennedy noted. “Our office is buzzing daily with new opportunity. I’ve never seen anything like it, after having done this for nearly 7 years — healthy vending is booming!”
Built with the franchisee as the backbone of the business, Fresh Healthy Vending provides business opportunities that can be described as “a cause beyond financial benefit.” Becoming a franchisee is part of a socially responsible lifestyle choice that, in-turn, benefits others by offering readily available healthy foods that serve the well being of each body and the overall health of a nation. Fresh Healthy Vending franchisees tend to come from a background in corporate America; a sophisticated group with an eye on their own health, they understand that the opportunity is “now.” The committed franchisees grow their businesses by showing increasingly better weekly results, work hard promoting the brand, concept and overall business and the network grows monthly.
The company has introduced a completely new concept to the industry too. The first of it’s kind, the Freshandhealthy.org initiative provides financial motivation for new locations to bring in the machines. It offers $1 million in incentives to sites around the country that want to provide healthy vending as a substitute for junk food vending. So far, more than $300,000 has been given away and over 1200 new locations have been established. More information is available at: http://www.freshandhealthy.org
The company’s model for the future includes continuing to franchise and introduce new technologies and programs along with expanded food and beverage choices. The accepted challenge will be to operate on a larger scale and broaden the company’s reach around the world. Profitable programs in categories that are on the rise, such as health and wellness, are good for everyone.
Fresh Healthy Vending offers an alternative to average vending machine fare and is a simple way to encourage a healthier lifestyle and introduce substitutes for junk food. Fresh Healthy Vending machines are in thousands of locations throughout the country to provide healthy snack food and beverage choices. Keeping minds and bodies in better shape are part of the directives for Fresh Healthy Vending, the first and largest franchisor of healthy vending machines. Fresh Healthy Vending’s quest is to help Americans become healthier by providing more nutritious and wholesome snacks and drinks purchased through vending machines. Expert at creating profitable vending businesses for franchisees, they also offer the Fresh Healthy Café machine, this unique vending machine dispenses fresh-ground, gourmet, organic coffee, hot chocolate, and chai tea drinks together with signature healthy snack options.
For more information about Fresh Healthy Vending franchises, visit http://www.freshvending.com. To inquire about receiving a free Fresh Healthy Vending machine where you work, live or play, visit http://www.freshandhealthy.org or call toll free 888-902-7558
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