Free Vending in New York City Offers Multiple Benefits

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Everyone needs to feel appreciated, including New York City employees. Providing free vending in the workplace break room is just one way to express employee appreciation. While each organization in New York City has a different culture, there are several things that create a universal feeling of appreciation and are enjoyed by almost everyone.

How to Show Appreciation

The first one applies specifically to the break room. Ask for your employees’ opinions about which snacks and beverages they would like to have available for free vending. 

Also connected to the break room, would be to survey everyone about the type of environment or vibe they want in their break room. The right combination of refreshments at no cost plus a welcoming environment is sure to encourage employees to stay on-site when they need to re-hydrate or grab a bite to eat. 

The next three ways to show appreciation don’t have to be connected to the break room, but they can be. Offer employees special treats or meals that aren’t usually available in the break room such as ‘Waffle Wednesday’ or ‘Freshly Baked Cookie Friday.’ Donuts from a favorite bakery or popular pizza are also great options.

In the non-food arena, giving employees who have gone above what was expected extra time off acknowledges their effort and time. Not acknowledging their time and effort can silently convey to everyone that they, the employees and their coworkers, receive no benefit for putting in the extra work.

Another way to express appreciation is to perform random acts of kindness. Everyone has heard the story about one person in line purchasing a coffee for the person behind them. To the person who received the coffee, the experience was a random act of kindness. The same can be done for your New York City employees. A simple thank you note or someone’s favorite snack are acts of kindness that show appreciation.

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Why Show Appreciation

At the surface, expressing appreciation for your New York City employees improves engagement, retention and motivation, especially during the holiday season. But dig a bit deeper and see a positive impact on employee work/life balance. 

In a recent article published by O.C. Tanner, “Showing gratitude can increase a person’s wellness, increase better sleep habits, increase metabolism and lessen stress. This directly impacts work results and employee interaction. With employee appreciation, you’re not only boosting performance and engagement, but the employee’s well-being and health.”

Drill down a bit further to the core and find that increased appreciation causes more positive interactions which then has even more positive ripple effects moving outward. That sounds like a good thing for everyone.

While Healthy Vending can’t perform random acts of kindness directly for your New York City employees, we can help you customize the perfect break room. Whether it’s free vending, subsidized vending or traditional vending, your employees will know that you appreciate all that they do. For more information, please call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

Celebrate Fall Activities in Your New York City Break Room

Celebrate Fall in New York City Break Room

The break room is the perfect place at work to celebrate fall. If your New York City employer hasn’t gotten into the fall spirit yet, October 26, 2019 is National Pumpkin Day. In addition to thinking about all the yummy things that can be made with pumpkins, fall is a great time to boost employee moral by encouraging New York City employees to branch out while having fun and meet colleagues in other departments. 

The following are a few ideas to help everyone welcome fall.

Host a pumpkin decorating or costume contest:  Everyone loves a bit of competition. With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to host a costume or pumpkin decorating contest for your New York City employees. Both ideas work for single-person teams and multi-person teams, but multi-person teams can increase teamwork and morale. 

Decorate the office: There are a lot of different ways to decorate the break room or office for fall. Place decorated pumpkins (see pumpkin decorating contest above) or gourd arrangements around the room. Add in potted flower arrangements such as garden mums and tall grasses to bring more of the outdoors in. 

Enjoy hot mulled apple cider: Create an aroma based on a popular fall fruit – apples. Enjoyed cold or warm, apple cider delivers a unique flavor combination that is usually only found during the fall months. For a delicious apple aroma throughout the office, heat mulled apple cider on low in a slow cooker in the break room. Provide cups that are meant for hot liquids and a variety of healthy fall snacks.

Celebrate Fall in New York City Break Room

Offer fall flavored creamers: Pumpkin season brings out a desire for flavors that aren’t usually consumed year-round. Whether it’s cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg, there are a lot of fall flavored coffee creamers, such as pumpkin spice, gingerbread, cinnamon vanilla bean, that can brighten your New York City’s employees’ day. Don’t forget to offer a selection of non-dairy fall coffee creamers for those employees who do not consume dairy.

Support your community: Whether it’s a 5k or something longer, give back to your local community by sponsoring an employee team. For those employees who can’t or don’t want to run the race, there are other ways to be involved. Gather a group of coworkers to cheer on the participants and to meet the runners at the finish line or encourage employees to sign up to help with registration or to work at a water station. 

Not sure if your New York City break room is ready for all the pumpkins that will soon be arriving? Healthy Vending can help update your entire break room or customize your refreshment menu with sought-after snacks and beverages. For more information, please call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. 

Bottled Water Causes Hydration in New York City

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Bottled water is a healthy choice. Refreshing and great tasting, it is also convenient and portable. PepsiCo is upping their game and recently announced that they are taking bottled water and hydration to a new level with their Beyond the Bottle program. “The new system makes it easier for people to stay hydrated with great-tasting beverages, digitally track their hydration, and help meet the growing consumer demand for more sustainable packaging.” 

PepsiCo’s new program is an innovative ecosystem that addresses consumer desire for low-and-no-sugar beverages, the human need for hydration and the environmental impact of plastics on the earth. Each part plays an important role in both New York City’s consumers’ daily lives as well as the overall health of the environment. For this post, let’s focus on the individual.

Most New York City employees do not consume enough water. Unfortunately, that often means that they are not as hydrated as they could be. Staying properly hydrated means that more water is going into the body than the amount of water that is leaving. Dehydration is the opposite. 

If you’re thinking that just because summer is gone, and we’re heading toward much colder weather, you don’t have to think about staying hydrated, you’d be wrong. The effects of heating systems and the cold, itself, tend to draw moisture out of the body. Drinking enough water is important for all New York City individuals year-round.

Severe dehydration is dangerous and can cause life-threatening medical conditions, but most New York City employees usually contend with a milder form that still affects their day. Employee and student dehydration negatively impact workplace and school productivity because of a decrease in cognitive abilities, a reduction in concentration and alertness, and slower mental and physical reaction times. At work, it might be easy to overcome one or two coworkers who are dehydrated, but when about 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated, it is a real problem.

An easy way to decrease dehydration during the workday is to drink more water. 

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Even though bottled water is often a favorite packaged beverage, when it comes to hydration, water is water. It doesn’t matter if it’s a glass of filtered water or bottled water from the office break room or school lunchroom vending machine.  

Not a fan of plain water? Try adding a slice of lemon or lime or enjoying your favorite brand of flavored sparkling water. 

Bottled flat or carbonated water with fruit infused flavors offer the benefits of plain bottled water without any diet sweeteners or sugars. They are zero calorie, zero preservative, vegan, gluten-free and kosher. Mineral water offers additional health benefits when compared to traditional bottled water. As mineral water’s name suggests, there are extra minerals such as calcium and magnesium in the water that New York City students and employees need. 

It’s time to take the first step. Healthy Vending is here to help your organization customize the perfect refreshment menu for your New York City employees or students. Don’t forget to offer healthy snacks with a variety of bottled water choices as well as other healthy, cold beverages. For more information, please call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

Take Care of New York City with Eco-Friendly Vending Technology

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Even small steps can have an impact. As a facility or school cafeteria manager, choosing eco-friendly vending technology for your New York City break room or school lunchroom is one of many ways to help take care of the health of your employees, students and city. Another way would be to encourage employees and students to volunteer for the next annual National CleanUp Day. This year’s event took place all around the country this past Saturday, September 21 and collected trash from cities, beaches, parks and hiking trails. 

Anyone can participate. All it takes is picking up trash off the ground. National CleanUp Day, a nonprofit organization, grew out of the question, “What would the world be like if everyone picked up at least one piece of litter?” The founders hoped that the result would be a cleaner country and stronger communities. Volunteering also offers physical and mental health benefits to those who participate. 

Supporting New York City employee and student mental and physical health can also take place in the break room or lunchroom. In addition to placing appropriate trash and recycling receptacles where they are most likely to be used, the type of vending machine technology used, and the quality of snacks and beverages offered are important.

Five innovative and efficient vending technologies can help decrease the negative impact that traditional energy-using machines. Energy Star ratings are usually the first thing thought of when thinking about eco-friendly machines, and they do cost less to operate and use less overall energy. Installing light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs and motion sensors further decreases energy consumption and energy costs. 

The machines also use a product called Vending Miser. It monitors the number of people around the vending machine as well as any ambient temperature changes to use right amount of power to maintain the correct product temperature. Less lighting and fewer compression cycles decreases energy usage and costs for New York City employers and schools.    

Vend Screen is an interactive touch screen located on each machine that enables employees and students to use mobile payments and access product information.   

Vending Technology in New York City

Mobile Vending Request App, a cloud-based mobile app service, simplifies the process for reporting service issues. The technology combines the mobile app with QR codes located on each machine. If a user has a problem, they scan the QR code, and the problem is instantaneously reported. Other customer service features include requesting new products, making customer service inquiries, reporting machine issues, leaving feedback, and connecting with us on social media.

Finally, The Mind™ is an easy-to-use tool accessed via the touch screen on each machine that provides users with nutritional and ingredient information before choosing a healthy snack or beverage. It’s as simple as touching a thumbnail of the product or entering the product ID on the screen. 

Healthy Vending can also help ensure your New York City employees and students are only offered high-quality and healthy snacks and beverages. We are 100 percent dedicated to providing health snacks and beverages and offer a large selection of all-natural and organic products. For more information or to schedule a product sampling, please contact us at 917.572.3671.

Healthy Options Help Draw New York City Consumers to the Break Room

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Healthy, convenient and consistent are three attributes that New York City consumers look for when deciding where to purchase snacks and beverages on the go. According to a recent survey by Vixxo, a leading facility management company, 33 percent of the 1,000 consumers surveyed said that they visit a convenience store daily, and two out of three visit a convenience store once or more every week. 

With so many individuals going to convenience stores for cold beverages and snacks as part of their daily routine, workplace break rooms must compete with the pull of local convenience stores. To draw employees to break room vending machines instead of watching them go off-site for a quick bite to eat or cold beverage, it’s important to understand what’s important to consumers who visit convenience stores. 

Healthy

Based on the Vixxo study, one third of participants turn to convenience stores for healthy foods. Even more consumers would visit a local convenience store if that store offered healthy options. Rather than employees going off-site to find a healthy snack or beverage, New York City employers could offer healthy options in break room vending machines.

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Convenient

Convenience is key. With 51 percent of survey participants using location as the main reason they went to one convenience store over another, employers have an opportunity to draw more employees to break room vending machines. Add highly desired and healthy products to break room vending machines, and the likelihood of New York City employees purchasing them increases. The opposite of that is also true. If employees don’t want the any of the options available in the break room, they will go elsewhere to find what they are looking for.

Consistent

In a convenience store environment, a consistent experience builds brand loyalty. “Jim Reavey, President & CEO at Vixxo explained, “Convenience stores that offer consumers more variety and quality will command the greatest loyalty and grow their businesses.” To learn more about which products employees want to purchase, try surveying them. The results might be surprising.

Consistently offering healthy, sought-after snacks and beverages in state-of-the-art break room vending machines will create a positive and convenient refreshment experience that New York City employees can rely on day after day. For more information about adding vending machines with healthy snacks and beverages to your break room, please call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

New York City, Enjoy Healthy In-Season Fruits and Vegetables

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The end of August signals to many New York City employees that summer is almost over, but there is still time to enjoy August’s best tasting and healthy fruits and vegetables. Summer, in general, is a great time to slow down, relax and enjoy the warm weather. And delicious food is usually not far behind. Whether it’s grilling out or picking fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden or local farm, healthy options are abundant.

Before the busy fall season begins, it is important to bring back or develop new, healthy habits, and that includes eating enough fruits and vegetables.  According to nutritionists at ChooseMyPlate.gov, adult women should consume between 2 and 2.5 cups of vegetables per day and between 1.5 and 2 cups of fruit per day. Men should consume between 2.5 and 3 cups of vegetables per day and about 2 cups of fruit per day. 

To meet those guidelines consider adding any of the following eight healthy, late-summer fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Tomatoes: Big, red and juicy often describes ripe tomatoes in the summer. Full of water but low in carbs, tomatoes are known for their beta-carotene or vitamin A and vitamin C. Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A and combats the effects of free radicals, improves cognitive function and may protect against common eye diseases. 

Bell Peppers: The summer harvest of bell peppers offers a variety of different tastes from the most bitter, green bell peppers to the sweetest, red bell peppers. High in water and fiber but low in calories, bell peppers offer a variety of health benefits from a boost in immunity to improved eye health and heart health to a decreased risk of anemia.

Tomatillos: Although tomatillos may appear to be small green tomatoes, they are closely related to South American Cape gooseberries and are full of healthy boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Among its many benefits, tomatillos can reduce the chance of diabetes, boost the immune system and reduce the risk of some cancers.

Summer Squash: Two of the most well-known summer squash are zucchini and yellow squash. Low in carbs but high in water, they are a great source of Vitamin A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus and potassium. These nutritional workhorses protect against heart and common eye diseases as well as boost immunity and bone strength. 

Grapes: While grapes contain important nutrients for bone health and protect against certain bacteria, viruses and yeast infections, the skin of red grapes contain high amounts of anthocyanins, an antioxidant. Anthocyanins protect heart health, improve blood flow to brain, lower blood pressure and protect against damage caused by free radicals.

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Peaches: Another delicious summer fruit, peaches provide good amounts of fiber as well as Vitamin A, C and numerous minerals. A variety of antioxidants protect against cancerous cells, help prevent chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, and boost the immune system. 

Nectarines: Like peaches – high in fiber, low in calories and without the fuzz, nectarines also help improve digestive health and resist obesity-related diabetes and heart disease. Nectarines also offer numerous B vitamins which are important for the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat and in the formation of red blood cells.

Cantaloupe: Offering more beta carotene than apricots, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, tangerines, nectarines and mangoes with same amount of vitamin C as a small orange, cantaloupes help fight free radicals in the body as well as support hydration, eye health, the production of red blood cells and the immune system.

Supporting employee consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables while at work helps support New York City employers too. Healthy employees are more creative and productive and have fewer sick days. Whether it’s hunger or thirst, employees will be able to stay on-site when they need something to eat or drink. 

Healthy Vending would like to work with your organization to customize a refreshment menu that delivers a variety of options and draws employees to the break room. Add an extra benefit by offering office refreshments at a reduced or zero cost and increase the appeal. For more information or to schedule a tasting appointment, please call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

Find Healthy Snacks in New York City School Lunchrooms

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Whether they are organic or not, healthy snacks need to be available to New York City students during the school day. Not only do healthy snacks provide much needed nutrition, but they also help students focus and be more productive. One California company is taking things into their own hands to help ensure that they have the necessary ingredients to make their healthy products.

CLIF Bar & Company, a snack bar manufacturer, has created the Clif Ag Fund. The purpose of the fund is to help organic farmers in Clif Bar’s supply chain become more resilient when faced with future economic challenges. 

For the Clif Ag Fund’s first investment, Clif Bar & Company explained that the fund “will help finance a $10 million program that could provide up to 80 organic farms with long-term energy cost savings from hosting on-farm wind turbines.” Since organic farmers already deal with thin margins, the long-term energy cost savings are very important.

Out to the Fields

Organic farming is hard. Converting land from traditional farming to organic farming is a multi-year process that requires a lot of trial and error while learning to manage soil quality without prohibited fertilizers and to prevent weeds and insects without herbicides and insecticides. While difficult, increasing the growing number of successful organic farms is crucial to the future of the organic food industry.

As of 2018, data provided by the Organic Trade Association showed that there was a 48 percent increase in total growth of organic sales since 2011. Unfortunately, during the same time period, there was only a 20 percent increase in organic farmland. If the number of successful organic farms doesn’t increase, it will be hard to sustain the growing demand for organic food.

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Back to the School Lunchroom

With Healthy Vending providing vending machines in schools, New York City parents don’t need to worry about how their students will find healthy snacks during the school day. All of Healthy Vending’s vending machines offer healthy and/or organic snacks and beverages that meet or exceed the minimum nutritional standards established by the USDA School Food Service Program. Proper nutrition is key to successful learning for both students and adults.

For more information about offering healthy vending machine options in your New York City schools or office break rooms, please call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We look forward to working with you to customize a healthy vending machine menu that all your students or employees can enjoy.

Beverage Demands in New York City Lead To New, Healthier Choices

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The beverage industry is changing and growing to meet new demand. Gone are the days of choosing a drink solely based on its taste, convenience, image and affordability. In 2019, New York City consumers not only look for those qualities but also look for naturalness, health, function, sustainability and ethics. The belief that what we consume or don’t consume can greatly impact our health has become more popular, and all types of beverages fall into the consumable category.

To meet the rapidly increasing demand for healthier drink options, companies in the beverage industry are developing new healthy options and acquiring other businesses that already have successful healthy beverage lines. Several in-demand options that are already available in New York City vending machines include ready-to-drink (RTD) tea, sparkling water, fruit drinks and various plant waters.

RTD Tea

Ready-to-drink tea is iced tea that is already prepared and sold in bottles or cans. Just as with hot teas, there are many different types of tea such as black tea and green tea sold in the RTD format. The healthy benefits from drinking tea can also here. RTD tea is hydrating, contains antioxidants and can soothe an upset stomach. Other benefits can include decreased risk for heart attack and stroke, lower levels of LDL cholesterol and a strengthened immune system.

Flat or Sparkling(Carbonated) Water

Water in any form is good for New York City employees and students. A key benefit of drinking water is increased hydration, which can increase alertness and productivity. Sparkling or carbonated water can also help calm an upset stomach and cause one to feel full faster, decreasing the amount eaten. 

Fruit Drinks

Unlike traditional sodas, fruit drinks or fruit flavored sodas are made from juice concentrates and contain additional nutrients like vitamin c and antioxidants. While there is usually no added sugar such as high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, it is still important to be aware of how much natural sugar is in a serving, and how many servings are consumed.

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Plant  Waters

The type of plant water that many New York City consumers are most familiar with is coconut water, which is made from the clear liquid or water found inside of a coconut. There are three other plant waters that are becoming more well known – birch water, watermelon water and maple water. Just as maple water is made from the sap of maple trees, birch water is made from the sap of birch trees. Watermelon water usually has four ingredients, pressed watermelon flesh, watermelon rind, filtered water and a drop of lemon juice. Each of these four waters is hydrating and offers a variety of amino acids, electrolytes and other nutrients and minerals.

Have you seen your New York City employees or students enjoying any of the above mentioned healthy beverages? It’s time to make sure they have access to their favorites in the break room and school lunchroom vending machines. And don’t forget to offer healthy snacks as well. Hydrated and satiated employees and students are more alert and productive. 
For more information or to schedule as tasting session, please call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

New York City, Enjoy a Healthy Snack Straight from Nature

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Blueberries are a delicious healthy snack that are often enjoyed by themselves or as an ingredient in something else. This time of year, blueberries can be found almost everywhere from farmer’s markets to pick-your-own farms to the grocery store. July is especially important for blueberry lovers; it’s National Blueberry Month!

Some blueberry related healthy snacks or mini meals that New York City employees might enjoy during their day include blueberry breakfast bars, blueberry muffins, blueberry yogurt or parfait, blueberry smoothies, a fruit salad with blueberries or a dark green salad with blueberries and nuts. Choosing to eat multiple mini meals or snacks during the day can help employees meet nutritional requirements, control blood sugar, and maintain metabolism. 

And that is true whether or not New York City employees choose to enjoy blueberries. It is important for everyone to consume enough fruit in their diet. According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, the recommended number of fruit servings per day depends on the individual, but the CDC “federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit.”   

Reading the ingredient list on the packaging of a healthy snack is a great way to see if that snack contains any fruit. If blueberries are a primary ingredient, they will be listed toward the front of the list as ingredients with the largest amounts are listed first followed by the others in descending order. The nutrition panel on the package is another place to find information about a snack. It lists the serving size, how many servings in the package, calories per serving and other nutrients.  

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For blueberries, 1 cup (148 grams) of fresh blueberries contains 84 calories, 0.3 g fat, 0.0 mg cholesterol, 1.0 mg sodium, 21.5 g total carbohydrates, 14.7 g sugar, 3.6 g fiber and 1.1 g protein. There is also 9 mg of calcium, 9 mg of magnesium, 0.4 mg of iron, 18 mg of phosphorus, 114 mg of potassium, 14.4 mg of vitamin c, 9 µg of folate, 80 IU of vitamin a, and 28.6 µg of vitamin k.

Learning about nutrients is important. Some – like saturated and trans fats, cholesterol and sodium – can be very unhealthy when consumed because they increase the risk of developing certain diseases. Healthy nutrients do the opposite; they can help reduce the risk of developing some diseases, and healthy employees are much better for New York City businesses.

Employers have the opportunity to contribute to the health and wellness of their employees by offering healthy snacks and beverages in their break room vending machines. Employees only need to take a quick trip to the break room instead of going off-site to find a healthy option. 

What healthy choices does your New York City break room offer? To learn more about healthy refreshment options, and how you can turn your break room into a great employee benefit, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. 

Snacks Adapt to Meet New York City’s Consumers’ Needs

Healthy Snacks in New York City

The future of healthy snacks looks bright according to Fact.MR, a market research firm. Their recent report examined current and future scenarios of the snack market for the years between 2017 and 2022 and found promising data for the healthy snack sector. 

According to the report, changes in the definition of health and wellness have led New York City consumers to seek transparency when it comes to the ingredients in their favorite snacks. Unlike previous years when a brand name, by itself, could sell a snack, today’s consumers prioritize the quality of ingredients over brand names. In addition to organic ingredients, non-genetically modified organism (GMO), clean, low-sugar, gluten-free, and healthy ingredients are at the top of the most wanted ingredients list.

Two additional characteristics continue to influence consumer demand. These new snacks must have the ability to bridge the gap between nutritious and indulgent and offer ingredient lists that take regional or local taste preferences into account. 

Now that we know healthy snacks aren’t going anywhere, what can New York City employees and students expect to find in their break room and lunchroom vending machines? Both snack bars and sippable or ready-to-eat soups will likely make an appearance, if they haven’t already. 

Healthy Snacks in New York City

While snack bars will continue to be consumed as snacks, many will be used to replace a meal. Bars used as meal replacements will need to offer nutritious ingredients including a variety of healthy proteins. Healthy sippable soups can also function as a snack or a meal thanks to healthy ingredients, convenience, and versatility. 

Which healthy snacks do your New York City employees or students look for when they need a quick bite to eat? Do they have a favorite beverage? It’s important to understand which products they reach for first in order to be able to offer the most highly desired products. 

We would like to help your organization or school customize a healthy vending machine menu to meet your specific needs. For more information or to schedule a product sampling, please call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.