Coral Gables, FL (PressExposure) August 26, 2009 -- /1888PressRelease/ Ever wonder why vending machines are the last frontier of junk food and unhealthy snacking in a time when all the experts are promoting natural foods for better health and even fast food chains are offering up salads and whole grains at the drive-thru? Well, two local Miami sisters are seeking to be the answer to that question with their new company, Natural Choice Vending.
Launched in February after Jennie and Rebecca Albano moved back to Miami from Los Angeles where Jennie was a television producer and her sister a corporate recruiter, Natural Choice Vending is the only vending company in South Florida that currently provides machines that are stocked exclusively with all-natural and organic snacks and drinks. The sisters were raised as natural-food vegetarians and they have a life-long commitment to spreading the word on the benefits of healthy eating. Their collective business background and passion for the natural-food lifestyle, coupled with the total lack of healthy vending options anywhere in South Florida led them to start Natural Choice Vending in 2009 with the goal of bringing healthy snacking to their hometown.
From Jennie Albano, "The widespread increase in health issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease in our community, especially with teenagers and young children has, in recent years, given rise to awareness about nutrition and a push toward healthier food choices at restaurants and supermarkets. People get the idea that all-natural and organic eating leads to a healthier lifestyle and a healthier planet. So, why has the food in vending machines stayed so dramatically stuck in the past? Why can't people have the choice to eat healthy, even out of a vending machine? Those are exactly the questions that Natural Choice Vending seeks to be the answer to! We aim to bring vending into the 21st Century and provide South Florida with the healthiest, all-natural and organic vended snack choices on the market today."
Natural Choice Vending has a few rules for the snacks and drinks that they sell in their machines and any products that don't measure up, simply don't get to be part of the product line. Part of the company's mission is making sure they only provide organic and natural products that meet the following criteria: No artificial flavor, No artificial color, No preservatives, No hydrogenated Oils, No trans fats and No high fructose corn syrup. This includes tasty snacks like: Pirate's Booty, Stacy's Pita Chips, Back to Nature Snacks, Late July Cookies and Crackers, Nature's Path Toaster Pastry, Stretch Island Fruit Leather, Barbara's Bakery, Clif Bars, Kashi bars, Lara Bars, Smart Puffs, Glenny's Soy Crisps, Deep River Snacks, Sensible Portions Snacks, Boston Lite Popcorn, Newman's Own Organics, Terra Chips and many more.
Currently, Natural Choice Vending is helping people snack smart and snack better with 6 machines in three locations such as Ransom Everglades High School, The Miami Herald and World Fuel Services. They just recently helped launch a pilot program for healthy vending at Florida International University and are expanding their reach in the Miami area with plans to put machines in locations including: middle schools, high schools, gyms, offices, shopping centers, universities...anywhere people want to snack smart and have the choices to eat better, even on the go.
So, if you're tired of looking into traditional vending machines and seeing only unhealthy junk food options and wishing there were some all-natural, organic selections instead, then give Natural Choice Vending a chance to show you that eating from a vending machine no longer means you have to be limited to eating junk!