Healthy Vending Machines in Maryland
There has certainly been a “buzz” in the media lately around the issue of healthy eating in general and healthy vending machines in Maryland in particular. Some companies have recently begun to try and offer healthy vending alternatives. However, Monumental Vending has been championing healthy vending machines and offering healthy vending choices for years now, well before it became a national trend.
There has been a growing discussion in this country recently about utilizing healthy vending machines in the fight to eat healthier. From efforts to fight childhood obesity to trends in organic products to efforts by company wellness programs to improve employee health, this trend is certainly growing and here to stay. Even Michele Obama has made healthier eating her top priority in Maryland and across the country. New laws have recently passed focusing on enhanced labeling of calories and other measurements of food health.
Craig Kushner, one of the owners of Monumental Vending, published an editorial in Automatic Merchandising Magazine back in March of 2005 advocating for the vending industry to embrace healthy vending machines as both an opportunity to do good and an opportunity for business growth.
Unlike some other companies, we didn’t just recently begin to think about healthy vending machines. We’ve been providing healthy drink and snack solutions to Maryland for several years now. We understand the demands of consumers and how to provide what local healthy consumers want.
What is Healthy Vending?
Years ago, Monumental Vending partnered with VMI (Vending Management Institute) to develop an innovative nutrition guideline program emphasizing sensible nutrition choices, nutrition education, and a healthy active lifestyle.
The program set up guidelines for defining “healthy snacks” based on a variety of parameters including fat, saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and calories. The program was designed under the guidance of Carmen Gorniak, RD, CD, an expert in the field of nutrition.
Maryland customers have many different requirements when it comes to healthy vending machines and the food they dispense. The food must be:
- Low calories
- Low sodium
- Gluten free
- Low saturated fat
- Low sugar
Monumental Vending offers a variety of healthy vending machine options for consumers.