Healthy Vending Initiative Grows In South Florida

July 5, 2018

The Blue Zones Project has been working in Florida to help increase the amount of healthy food options in vending machines, according to Naples Daily News. NCH Healthcare System switched its vendor in 2013 to Well Vending, a family-owned business in Naples that launched in 2012, for this very reason.  

“Our business model is healthy products,” said Eric Cioffi, owner of Well Vending. Well Vending has nine vending machines at NCH locations in hospital cafeterias, emergency rooms, and other areas that have a lot of visitors, he said. Selections include baked chips, fruit and nut bars, unsweetened green tea, energy bars, cookies with natural sweeteners, trail mix that is lower in calories and other items.