Suncoast Coffee Service and Vending in Tampa, Fla. provides fresh fruit delivery programs in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area. These clients provide the fresh fruit to their employees as an employee benefit and a health and wellness incentive.
Nichole Creadon, director of community outreach at Universal Health Services in St. Petersburg, Fla., one of Suncoast’s fresh fruit program clients, said in a prepared statement, “We offer complimentary fresh fruit and healthy snacks so that our employees have healthy choices when they are hungry. Universal understands the importance of nutrition and has taken the extra step to have healthy foods in the office at no cost to them.”
Creadon added, “We also offer a free gym benefit for our employees and their spouses/partners. We have a participating network that they can utilize at no cost to them. We have over 1,000 people utilizing the service and it is a great fringe benefit that employees appreciate.”
Suncoast Coffee Service and Vending provides the fresh fruit program to its own employees as well. The company has also taken corporate wellness to a new level and offers a free healthy lunch program to all employees. Additionally, Suncoast purchased pedometers for each staff member to encourage them to walk around during the day and make time for fitness. CEO of Suncoast Coffee Service and Vending, Robert Kantor, said in a prepared statement, “All the things we are doing at Suncoast are to make people better through positive change. If we can improve the life of even one employee by offering free healthy lunches and free fresh fruit, along with team support, we are thrilled.”
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Editor’s Insight: This is an example of a vending and refreshment services company that understands the need to go above and beyond its basic services to differentiate itself in the market it serves.
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