(PRWEB) May 17, 2013
John Roskamp believes his business is good for the people of his community. He sees a growing interest in vending machines offering healthy, nutritious choices. “I feel like I’m doing the community a service and I feel good about doing it. I sleep well at night,” he said.
Roskamp began his career as an International Manufacturer’s Representative which kept him in the field for many years, living and working in Brazil and throughout South America. Ten years ago, after moving his family back to the U.S. and while continuing his career in sales, he began to look for additional opportunities of owning a side business. “I was motivated, looking for the cash flow and was attracted by the healthy aspect of this business,” said Roskamp. The machines offered by Fresh Healthy Vending are stocked with all-natural, organic and preservative-free snacks and beverages, by offering these nutritious selections it makes healthier choices easy. “We’re located in schools, sports facilities and businesses in the area west of Chicago. We started off with five machines, then went to eight and now we’re at 13. We mainly serve the western suburbs of Chicago, with just a few machines in Cook County. We’re in Burlington, Maple Park, Aurora, Naperville, Carol Stream, Forest Park, Addison, and West Chicago."
One of the attractions to Fresh Healthy vending was “the fact that Fresh Healthy Vending provides the locations for the machines, plus we’ve found a few locations ourselves." The Location Category Specialists from the Fresh Healthy Vending team work with proprietary techniques to secure and set up the best, most profitable locations for the machines. The machines are equipped with built-in modems for remote, real time monitoring, so franchisees know when to visit the location, which products require refill, and if any service is required for the machine.
Recently in April 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel laid out new requirements for healthy vending in Chicago city offices, parks and schools. The initiative calls for healthier options, as well as encourages City employees and the general public to take individual responsibility for their health. The Park and Recrations system hired Wellness Managers and Registered Dieticians to oversee the sugar, fat and calorie restrictions on vending products available at park facilities.
Chicago's Blueprint for Healthier Vending in place. It’s available online.
Other forward-thinking cities throughout the nation have already developed guidelines for healthy vending machine foods. In the Seattle, the public health offices of King County created the Healthy Vending Tool kit, which includes guidelines to prepare and launch a healthy vending machine initiative. The Tool kit can be downloaded as a pdf.
The federal guidelines for vending nutrition are set to go into effect in 2014.
“In this area, Chicago’s guidelines have not been a factor,” Roskamp stated. “Although, a number of our schools have chosen to ‘self-regulate’ the nutritional choices available from their machines. They’ve set up their own rules and are conscientious about what they offer.” Many of the items offered include products made without nuts or gluten-free choices.
Roskamp’s sales have increased over the past year, “The customers genuinely like the snacks not only because they are healthier, but because they taste good as well,” he said. A Fresh Healthy Vending business is a cause that goes beyond financial benefit, it’s a socially-responsible vending program. The fight against obesity in this country is being won by bringing healthy food to communities and providing a beneficial impact while working for the greater good.
Fresh Healthy Vending has proven success at creating profitable vending businesses for franchisees, with multiple vending machine offerings such as the Fresh Healthy Vending Café, the only vending machine of its kind. This unique technlogy dispenses fresh-ground, gourmet, organic coffee drinks such as cappuccino, latte, espresso and chai tea together with the signature healthy snack options.
The Fresh Healthy Vending machines in West Chicago are just a few of the thousands of vending locations throughout the country offering 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. Their mission is to help Americans become healthier by providing more nutritious and wholesome snacks and drinks available for purchase through vending machines.
For more information about Fresh Healthy Vending franchises, visit http://www.freshvending.com. To inquire about receiving a free Fresh Healthy Vending machine, visit http://www.freshandhealthy.org or call toll free 888-902-7558.