The National Association Of Blind Merchants Endorses NAMA’s Fit Pick

Feb. 10, 2015

CHICAGO -- February 9, 2015 – As part of a continued effort to increase the breadth and scope of Fit Pick, NAMA appreciates the endorsement of the program as the standard of choice by The National Association of Blind Merchants, a division of the National Federation of the Blind.

“We salute NABM – they are working to meet the challenge of healthy vending head on,” said Eric Dell, NAMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.  “With their endorsement of Fit Pick, NAMA’s nutrition initiative since 2005, NABM is taking the right steps to provide their customers with an informed choice for their snack purchases.  We continue to develop important partnerships of this kind in an effort to broaden Fit Pick’s role in our industry and encourage other organizations, businesses and industry leaders to adopt the Fit Pick program.”

According to NABM, they recognize that blind entrepreneurs who have the privilege of serving customers in government buildings have an obligation to offer healthier options to those customers who want and demand them.  The challenge is how to offer healthier foods while maintaining adequate profits. 

NABM President Nicky Gacos said, “We believe in a balanced approach that focuses on giving customers choices.”  He added, “We also believe that a critical piece of any strategy must include educating our blind entrepreneurs and host agencies on how to best achieve the goals of good health and profit.” 

As part of its strategy, the NABM Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse NAMA’s Fit Pick as the standard of choice for blind entrepreneurs operating in government buildings.  NABM is encouraging all blind entrepreneurs to ensure that a certain percentage of products they offer meet Fit Pick standards. 

As a further signal to its commitment, NABM has pledged to work hand in hand with NAMA to educate blind entrepreneurs about the Fit Pick standards, products that meet those standards, and how to market those products while maintaining profits. 

Gacos stated, “The challenges we face as blind entrepreneurs are no different than the rest of the vending industry and whether it is healthy vending, labeling, or the content of coins, we must work with NAMA to address critical issues because what’s good for the industry is ultimately good for blind entrepreneurs.” 

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $42 billion U.S. vending and refreshment service industry.  With more than 1800 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


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