HUMAN Healthy Vending Announces Record National and International Expansion

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Across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, social entrepreneurs are joining forces with HUMAN Healthy Vending to combat obesity and provide their communities with HUMAN’s full-service, high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines. In what are typically the slowest sales months – June through August – HUMAN Healthy Vending has achieved record growth by adding 31 new operator partners worldwide and selling 219 machines. HUMAN now represents an expansive network of more than 750 locations across the world in schools, hospitals, corporate buildings and community centers and its mission-driven team plans to reach 1000 locations by early 2012. The switch to healthy vending in schools and governmental agencies is a positive sign of the times and HUMAN couldn’t be more proud to be a part of building a more conscious culture.

The HUMAN Healthy Vending Program, with its unique line-up of snack, beverage, full-meal, and gourmet coffee machines, enables locations like schools, hospitals, YMCAs, and gyms to offer tasty, healthy snacks that their people want.

HUMAN Healthy Vending has announced record growth and sales figures in what are typically the slowest sales months. Its co-founders, Sean Kelly and Andy Mackensen, attribute this growth not only to HUMAN’s successful business model – which has ensured that its operators and locations experience unparalleled success - but also to its conscious culture, which has inspired social entrepreneurs around the world.

“Over the last few years, the growth in demand for ultra-convenient healthy products has been staggering,” states Andy Mackensen, Co-Founder of HUMAN Healthy Vending. “The HUMAN Healthy Vending Program, with its unique line-up of snack, beverage, full-meal, and gourmet coffee machines, enables locations like schools, hospitals, YMCAs, and gyms to offer tasty, healthy snacks that their people want.”

During the summer months, HUMAN Healthy Vending added 31 new operator partners worldwide and sold 219 machines. Operator partners and HUMAN Healthy Vending machines are now located in Hempstead, NY, Durham, NC, Cincinnati, OH, Whitney Point, NY, Pasadena, CA, Bradenton, FL, San Antonio, TX, Scottsdale, AZ, Atlanta, GA, Anchorage, AK, Stamford, CT, Oklahoma City, OK, Orange County, CA, Bozeman, MT, Portsmouth, NH, Killeen, TX, Laredo, TX, Bedford, MA, Charlotte, NC, San Francisco, CA, Eatontown, NJ, Martinsburg, WV, Las Vegas, NV, Nashville, TN, Vancouver, BC, and Mount Juliet, TN.

With national efforts, like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, focusing on making healthful food accessible, it is clear that standard vending machines, which are used predominantly by children, are not working harmoniously with these efforts, but rather against them.

HUMAN is taking an industry that is notorious for being unsustainable in its environmental and health impact – the $30B vending industry – and turning it on its head! No longer does “vending” have to equate to body-harming food coming from an energy-inefficient machine. HUMAN only vends foods and drinks that have been approved by a panel of health experts, including doctors and registered dietitians. The machines’ state of the art technology is up to 50% more energy efficient than its competitors’, features credit card readers and remote sensors that automatically track inventory and product expiration dates, and has the capability to vend chilled and frozen healthful entrees, which can be microwaved internally. In addition to providing healthful food options, HUMAN machines educate the consumer at the point of sale by providing nutrition-related information, such as tips on how to read a nutrition label, via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos.

HUMAN’s network of partner operators, which includes several professional athletes and Special Forces military members, can be found carrying the torch of social entrepreneurship by hosting sampling events at their local schools and community centers to educate consumers on the variety and appeal of healthful foods.

In response to a recent sampling event held at Orchard Park Middle School by HUMAN operator partners NFL player Jon Corto and his wife, Jen, reporter and doctor Peter Ostrow said of HUMAN’s machines: “...reading that LCD screen may encourage the kids to start reading labels, then they'll realize that the snacks they enjoy don't have to be loaded with fats, processed foods, and sugar. If that makes just a slight shift in their eating habits, it might take a bite out of the obesity epidemic" (via WIVB channel 4, Buffalo, New York).

Why is “healthful-food-vending” so important?

  •     More than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods that are more than one mile from the nearest supermarket (via Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” website)
  •     Childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980 (via "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011," a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  •     More than two-thirds of adults in America — 190 million people — are currently overweight or obese (via "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011," a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  •     One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma (via Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” website)

About HUMAN Healthy Vending

HUMAN (“Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition”) Healthy Vending is a health activist company with a healthy vending solution. HUMAN manufactures vending machines with a conscience and makes healthful foods and health education accessible and convenient via its state-of-the-art and eco-friendly technology.

Co-founders Sean and Andy know that the obesity epidemic is a complicated issue, so they are proud to donate 10% of HUMAN’s proceeds to charitable causes that fight childhood obesity and malnutrition.

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