A manufactuing plant wanted to offer healthier snacks at reasonable cost with conveneince of the typical vending machine. In 2001 they formed a Health and Wellness Committee and worked with their current vendor to obtain a cold vending machine. When the machine was first placed it contained both healthy and not so healthy options. As time went on, the percentage of healthy choices increased. There was no additional cost to the company to introduce a cold vending machine and the price of the products ranged for $0.85 to $2.50. The results were what the company had hoped for. More employees chose better foods, with the sandwiches and salads priced in the $1.50 range the most popular. One year after the cold vending machine was intorduced, there was a 14.6 percent increase in employees who consumed five or more fruits and vegetables.
Healthy Maine Partnerships. (n.d.) Retrieived January 19, 2010 from, http://www.healthymainepartnerships.org/pdfs/Good_Work/Cold_Vending_
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