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MSNBC reports that as the nation’s nutrition consciousness grows, “vending machines that dispense snacks such as organic yogurt and granola bars, gluten-free snacks and fresh fruit will be rolling into schools, fitness clubs and office buildings. Often they will be replacing machines that have been around since the 1970s dispensing sugary sodas and snacks stuffed with trans-fats, high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.”

The story goes on: “One-third of consumers now buy organic products monthly, according to the Organic Trade Association. This new organic and healthy vending sector is made up primarily of small, locally-owned businesses, and fresh out of the gate, their sales aren't yet tracked in the $30 billion vending industry. “

However, there are some signs of this turning into a serious niche business: “Fresh Healthy Vending, based in San Diego, has generated $3.8 million just four months after its start by selling franchises. The company has sold 36 vending franchises to entrepreneurs who have put machines in 331 locations nationwide, including 32 schools. The company also purchased YoNaturals in 2010, another San Diego-based healthy vending company with 1,700 locations.”
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