Healthy vending options

  • 1.  Healthy vending options

    Posted 10-07-2019 17:39

    Hello! Do any of you have snack vending machines that are solely dedicated to healthy, fresh, or specialized options such as gluten-free, keto, etc? If so, please provide me with the following info?


    1.       Brief description of what type of machines you have

    2.        How students/employees have responded?

    3.       Are the machines are financially sustainable?


    Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.


    Jodi Tindell

    Director, Purchasing/Auxiliary Services

    McLennan Community College





  • 2.  RE: Healthy vending options

    Posted 10-08-2019 09:46
    Hi Jodi,
    We have 2 Wegmans (best grocery store in the world) vending machines that serve fresh and healthy options.  They have been great.  Our community loves them and they are financially the best seller.

    Brian McGahan
    Director of Campus Operations I Smyth Hall 60 I O:(585) 389-2324 C:(585) 802-7489 I Website

  • 3.  RE: Healthy vending options

    Posted 10-08-2019 11:08
    We worked with Grow Vending for a while. We would still have them, but the couple that ran the franchise in our area retired. We did find that there needed to be a balance of truly healthy and natural/organic but still not that great for you options to make it fiscally feasible.
    Grow Vending has a mixed drink/snack machine and then an "entree" machine that had healthier soup cups, gluten-free items and vegan options.
    We will be moving soon to Avanti Markets which will be a mixture of fresh and shelf-stable items. While their product mix will include candy bars and sodas, it will also include sustainable, natural, organic and regional options as well.

    Nina Tall
    University of Western States
    Director of Auxiliary Services
    Portland OR
    United States