Contra Costa, Calif. Health Care Facilities Get Healthy Vending Snacks

The 30 vending machines at the Contra Costa County, Calif. hospital, clinics and health services administration buildings now offer only nutritious items as part of a campaign to encourage healthful snacking, according to The Contra Costa Times in Contra Costa, Calif. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: The vending operator serving this hospital claims that sales suffered for six months after healthy options were placed in the machines, then recovered. The operator credited this to more products that taste good but also meet the nutrition standards being introduced to market.

Vending operators must be aware of the variety of “good for you” products that manufacturers have introduced in the last two years. Operators should not assume they cannot meet demands for healthier products and still make a decent profit. 11-01-11 By Elliot Maras