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Vend Natural Wins Minneapolis Public Schools Healthy Vending Contract

May 14, 2014

Annapolis, MD – May 14, 2014 – Minneapolis Public Schools have made a full commitment to good health and awarded its first and only healthy vending contract for its school district to Annapolis, MD-based Vend Natural, announced Vend Natural’s CEO William H. Carpenter, Jr.

Vend Natural was selected for its successful track record in the healthy vending industry, its environmentally sound state-of-the-art machines and other supporting technologies and its extensive array of natural and organic snacks and drinks. Vend Natural is the oldest healthy vending company in the industry and specializes in providing schools, universities, hospitals and businesses with healthier snacks and drinks to combat skyrocketing rates of obesity for both adults and teenagers.

As part of this contract, Vend Natural will be installing its dual-zone machines – that carry both snacks and chilled drinks – to serve the nearly 35,000 students and 5,800 school distrirct employees. The high-tech and brightly colored Vend Natural dual-zone machines carry a wide selection of both refrigerated drinks and ambient temperature snacks such as all natural chips and popcorn, low fat health bars, organic fruit smoothies, natural coconut water and more. All of the products available through Vend Natural meet or exceed federal, state and school nutritional standards for calories, fat, vitamins, fiber, sodium and more. Minneapolis Public Schools will receive a full range of gluten-free, sugar free, high protein and lower fat products as well an assortment of Del Monte fresh fruits and vegetables.

Commenting on the their selection as healthy vending partner to Minneapolis Public Schools, Vend Natural CEO William Carpenter said, “We are excited about the opportunity to bring our healthy vending solution to the Minneapolis Public Schools. We commend the school district for making this positive change to ensure their learning environment is fueled by healthier snacking options for its students and teachers. We are committed to a long-lasting and successful partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools,” said Carpenter.

Vend Natural is the oldest and one of the fastest-growing healthy vending companies in the U.S. and was formed to address the declining health of our nation and skyrocketing teenage and adult obesity rates by providing healthier snacking alternatives to schools, hospitals and businesses. The company’s mission is to support improved eating practices by offering healthy products that are easily accessible and affordable to everyone.

Vend Natural is the only healthy snacking company in the country that not only partners with business owners coast to coast, but also owns and operates its own machines on the west and east coasts. This enables the company to test new equipment and products before full roll-out and provide the most relevant training and customer service operation for its distributors. “We don’t just ‘sell’ the business, we are in the business, which makes us significantly more knowledgeable about what works and what doesn’t,” said Mr. Carpenter. Vend Natural also enjoys an exclusive relationship with Del Monte Fresh Produce to provide fresh cut apples, pineapples, carrots, celery, bananas and more, to their customers.

About Vend Natural

Vend Natural is America’s oldest and fastest-growing healthy snacking company and is based in Annapolis, Maryland. The company was inspired by the vision of helping to transform eating patterns by providing healthy snacking alternatives in convenient vending locations across America. Specializing in placements in schools, hospitals and businesses, Vend Natural currently operates in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The company’s commitment to growth is based on selecting sound locations, highly motivated distributors who share the vision for a healthier America and attracting, retaining and delighting customers who discover healthier products at exceptional values.

The company is known for its innovative and environmentally-sensitive vending machine design offering state-of-the art, dual temperature-zoned, energy efficient machines that hold a large variety of both natural organic snacks and beverages. Vend Natural is also known for its fresh, bright, signature machine graphics featuring large, appealing illustrations of grapes, raspberries and its tag line, “Snack Better. Live Better.” Vend Natural was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year award in Maryland for 2010.