Farm-to-Vending Machines? HUMAN Healthy Vending Embraces Local & Farm-Fresh Products
07/27/2012

HUMAN Healthy Vending -- the leading socially-responsible franchisor of healthy vending machine businesses -- is filling the gap between the local food movement

Online PR News – 27-July-2012 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Rarely are the words “farm-fresh” and “local” associated with vending machine fare. That’s about to change. HUMAN Healthy Vending is filling the gap between the local food movement and vending industry by creating partnerships with local food vendors and encouraging its franchisees to source local products when available.

In York, Pa., HUMAN Healthy Vending partner, Travis Miller, is sourcing products from Nuts About Granola, a local mother-and-daughter-owned granola company and from Lifestyle Elevate, a local company that sources fruits and vegetables from nearby farms.

“Nuts About Granola is thrilled to partner with local HUMAN Healthy Vending operators because it means that we can be a part of something we strongly believe in: the health and wellness of our customers,” said Sarah Lanphier, Nuts About Granola’s co-founder. “We were founded on the principles of wholesome, healthy food sourced from local ingredients whenever possible. For example, we use a local honey in most of our flavors and locally dried apples for our fall flavor, Johnny Appleseed. It was a natural fit for our business model.”

Nuts About Granola and Lifestyle Elevate products may be found in a number of Miller’s machines, including Coppermine Fieldhouse and Baltimore County Public School’s Administrative office building.

HUMAN Healthy Vending is doing something that is not typically done by standard, and even “healthier” vending companies. “Other healthy vending companies monopolize the products that their franchisees may sell at the national level, which does not support local relationships. We do things differently by allowing and encouraging our franchisees to seek local foods and drinks for their machines,” said Sean Kelly, co-founder and CEO of HUMAN Healthy Vending. “Sourcing local products helps us lower our carbon emissions, lower shipping costs, support local businesses and build a sense of community wherever we place our machines.”

In Nashville, Tenn., Suzanne and John McMillan – a husband and wife duo – run the business “5 Little Monkeys, LLC” (named after their five little children), which operates HUMAN Healthy Vending machines in their community. The McMillans source Monkey Bars and Monkey Brains from nearby Franklin-based SHRKY LLC.

“We find joy in working with local business owners. There’s a sense of camaraderie and it’s helpful to network with one another. Also, because we can pick up Monkey Bars directly from the source - there is no shipping cost so we’re able to pass this savings on to the consumer,” said Suzanne McMillan. A few of the locations serving Monkey Bars and Monkey Brains from HUMAN Healthy Vending machines include the Bellevue YMCA, Robertson County YMCA in Springfield, The Rutherford County YMCA and The Sumner County YMCA.

Even outside of the United States, HUMAN Healthy Vending partners are adopting farm-to-vending practices. Carolyn Horwitz, a partner-operator in Calgary, Canada, now vends farm-fresh carrots from Lund's Organic Farm in her machines.

About HUMAN Healthy Vending

HUMAN (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition) Healthy Vending’s mission is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food. HUMAN accomplishes this by placing high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that only vend better-for-you foods and drinks, including fresh produce and locally-sourced foods, in schools, hospitals, gyms and corporate locations across the world. In addition to providing healthful food options, HUMAN machines provide nutrition education via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos and other digital content. HUMAN currently has over 1200 machines placed across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

HUMAN Healthy Vending has been ranked by Entrepreneur as one of its “Top 100 Brilliant Companies” and by Forbes as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies.”

HUMAN is proud to use 10% of its proceeds to fund its non-profit charity arm, HUMAN Everywhere. HUMAN Everywhere’s mission is to leverage the power of social entrepreneurship to improve the nation’s collective health by increasing access to nutrition education and healthful foods while advocating for public policy that contributes to these goals.

To learn more, go to our website.