MN-Based HealthPartners To Reduce Sugary Beverages In Vending Machines

July 1, 2015

HealthPartners, a Minnesota-based nonprofit health care organization, said it would remove 80 percent of all sugary beverages from the vending machines and cafeterias in its hospitals and clinics, according to Star Tribune. Beverages with sweeteners that add calories will be removed by Jan. 1, 2016.

Steve Marx, owner of Royal Vending and president of the Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council told the news source, “It’s always concerning anytime there are restrictions on what we can sell.” He noted that overall vending sales decline when sugary beverages are restricted or eliminated.