Company supports U.S. Department of Defense as it implements its Healthy Base Initiative, mobilizing military personnel and their families to lead healthier lifestyles
Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. (OTC: VEND), a leading healthy vending franchisor, announces its short-term contract award with Hill Air Force Base in Utah for the installation of four Healthy Vending Café machines last month. Based upon the performance, Fresh Healthy Vending opens the door to potential future long-term contracts.
As part of the company’s corporate owned operations division, announced in October, the on-base machines will be owned by Fresh Healthy Vending and maintained by collective servicers Matthew and Kimberly Solorio.
With the four machines installed at Hill Air Force Base, Fresh Healthy Vending grows its presence on military bases throughout the nation, with current placements at military bases including:
• Camp Pendleton, San Diego (23 machines)
• Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Newport News, Va. (seven machines)
• McGuire Air Force Base, Burlington County, N.J. (five machines)
• Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo. (four machines)
• MCAS Miramar, San Diego (three machines)
“We’re proud to add another military base to our locations’ portfolio and to introduce Fresh Healthy Vending to even more service men, women and their families with the installations at Hill Air Force Base,” said Nick Yates, vice president of corporate operations for Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. “With the initiatives set forth by the federal government, the base is required to provide an efficient and convenient solution for healthy snacking and we’re excited to be a resource for achieving health and wellness goals.”
Fresh Healthy Vending is also securing locations for six additional healthy vending combo machines in the surrounding area of Salt Lake City, which will also be maintained and operated by the Solorios.
As of 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) launched its Healthy Base Initiative (HBI), a demonstration project for Operation Live Well, aimed at increasing the health and wellness of the total force, including civilians and family members. While HBI is designed to identify effective ways to improve the overall health and wellness of service members, families and civilians, specific efforts will focus on making informed nutritional food choices, increased physical activity, weight management and tobacco cessation.
Fresh Healthy Vending’s corporate owned operations division plans to continue seeking out current service partners, including established franchisees looking to grow their business with additional machines and locations into 2014.