San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 08, 2013
The USDA recently launched the Smart Snacks in Schools regulations, part of the 2010 Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act. The new rules will regulate what is sold in vending machines and school cafeterias. Vending machines cannot offer candy, greasy chips, cakes, sports drinks or any beverage with caffeine.
Fresh Healthy Vending, the Nation’s largest Healthy Vending Machine operator and Franchisor is not new to offering products that meet the new Federal guidelines put in place by the USDA.
“In addition to complying with the guidelines set forth by the USDA for implementing healthier nutritional requirements, Fresh Healthy Vending also abides by more robust guidelines from local government, public and private schools and can also create menus that accommodate locations that require Kosher, Nut-free, Gluten-Free and many other types of specialized requests as we have done for several of the 2,000 + locations we are in,” says Megan Willshon, Product Development Manager at Fresh Healthy Vending. Willshon works in making sure that all healthy snacks and drinks are approved with guidelines set by bodies such as Senior Community Centers or Local Recreation Parks. Fresh Healthy Vending is the only healthy vending company that offers such a service in house and has been doing it for years having pioneered the healthy vending concept.
The new USDA Smart Snacks in Schools regulation mandates all snacks to be less than 200 calories per serving. They must have no more then 200 milligrams of sodium, only 35 percent of calories from sugar, and be caffeine free. Snack foods must have fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and nuts as part of the selection.
Fresh Healthy Vending sells a huge range of products that meet and exceed the USDA standards such as organic fruit juices that are low in sugar and sodium, natural sodas that are low in sugar and salt content with no caffeine, organic fruit snacks made from real fruit, low-fat yogurt and soy pudding, granola bars, super food nut bars and organic cookies and crackers that have less salt, sugar, and fat than regular cookies. Fresh Healthy Vending and its Franchisees across the nation are already very familiar with how these types of snack offerings put the school administration mind at ease.
Fresh Healthy Vending continues to place the majority of its machines each month in to middle and high schools across the country. Besides franchising its machines to what it calls “Social Entrepreneurs” the company also operates its own machines in San Diego with plans to grow the operation to over 250 locations before the end of 2013.
If you are interested in a Fresh Healthy Vending Machine please visit http://www.freshandhealthy.org. To find out more about Fresh Healthy Vending please visit http://www.freshvending.com or call toll free 888-902-7558.