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GYMIT

Boston, MA

EDWARD JONES FAMILY YMCA

Stephanie E. Dayne, District Marketing Director
Maryland Heights, MO

How have your members responded to the healthy choices?
We have had very positive responses regarding the machine. If you didn’t bring enough cash for the item you want, you have another option if you are a card user.

How reliable is the machine?
95% reliable. Some of the larger sized items (Pirate Booties) occasionally get stuck, but we’ve been satisfied with its consistency otherwise.

Has your FHV franchisee been responsive to your needs?
They were very receptive not only to what we wanted included in our machines, but also regarding items we could not have due to contracts with our drink machine vendor. They try new items and if it doesn’t sell well, they switch it out for something similar or more of the same product that sells the most.

What motivated you to take part in the FHV healthy vending program?
As part of a health and fitness facility, we were very passionate about offering only “healthy” choices in our facilities. After several years of battling our past vendor, who consistently put regular chips and candy in our machines, we were ready for a new vendor that would appreciate and respect our guidelines. When we were approached by FHV, we immediately jumped on the opportunity. It offered so many great options: cash or credit payment, cold items, natural and healthy items, a system that tracks the frequency of items selling. We’re extremely happy we had this opportunity and would recommend it to any company looking to incorporate healthier options to their members and employees.

ATLANTA,GA

Anthony Yamini, Fresh Healthy Vending Franchisee

DAVIS ATHLETIC CLUB

Ryan Beede, Owner
Davis, CA

We introduced Healthy Vending at Davis Athletic Club and it has been enormously successful. Our club members love this machine and we want to add a second machine to be placed at our Club within the next 30 days. All health and fitness clubs in the U.S. should offer healthy vending in order to “practice what they preach!”

YMCA-CAÑADA/CRESCENTA

Rosanne Malogolwkin, Executive Director
La Cañada, CA

One of the best things that has happened to the YMCA-Cañada/Crescenta since we opened was to have a Healthy Vending machine installed into our location,” says Rosanne Malogolwkin. “We have had overwhelming response from the kids, parents, and staff alike. It has been so popular that we have had to install a second machine recently. The fresh healthy products taste great and we’ve been provided with great service by our operator who is in here practically every few days filling up the machines.

WEST COUNTY FAMILY YMCA

Cindy Wilhelm, Branch Administrator
Chesterfield, MO

How have your members responded to the healthy choices?
We have only had the machine a couple of weeks and I haven’t monitored it closely, but I was told that it was nearly empty within a few days of installation. Members and employees love the debit card feature.

How reliable is the machine?
So far it seems to be working well. I did see one bag of Bootie that didn’t drop but my lobby personnel have not indicated that this has been a huge problem.

Has your FHV franchisee been responsive to your needs?
He’s been great! Very easy to work with.

BREA COMMUNITY CENTER

Renee Talbot, Manager
Brea, California

At Brea Community Center in Brea, CA, “Families are enjoying the Healthy Vending machine so much we have to restock the machine every few days,” says Renee Talbot, Manager. “Everyone that comes into our center is attracted to the machine. I have had many parents comment on how happy they are because we have given them and their families and opportunity to eat healthy foods.”

What motivated you to take part in the FHV healthy vending program?
We are encouraging healthy choices to all of our members, guests and employees. It is also part of the new Y logo mission.

BILLINGS FAMILY YMCA

Tina Postel, CEO
Billings, MT

How have your members responded to the healthy choices?
Our members like having alternatives to unhealthy soda and chips. Kids beg parents for anything out of the machine and this gives parents better options.

How reliable is the machine?
The machines have worked well. Our members have also enjoyed using the credit card option.

Has your FHV franchisee been responsive to your needs?
At the Billings Family YMCA we have strict standards for which foods qualify as fresh and healthy. Our franchisee was receptive to working with our YMCA dietician to establish clear guidelines for which items could and could not be sold in the machines.

What motivated you to take part in the FHV healthy vending program?
One of our key areas of focus is Healthy Living. Healthy Living must include healthy eating habits in addition to exercise. Many of our families here at the YMCA have crazy, hectic schedules and often eat and snack on the go. A majority of quick snacks often include unnecessary sugars, saturated fats and artificial ingredients. We were happy to partner with Fresh Healthy Vending to provide better alternatives for those families on the go.

MIDDLESEX YMCA

Patrick Connelly, Senior Director
Middletown, CT

I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for Fresh Healthy Vending, a company that we have been working with since December 2010.

In the fall of 2010 we began to examine alternatives to the soda and snack vending machines that had been here at our YMCA for years. It was our goal to offer our members a convenient way to make healthier snack options and hopefully at the same time increase our vending revenue. Fresh Healthy Vending has succeeded on all counts.

Convenience & ease of operation: With a single phone call and a few emails we were on our way to hosting our new machines. The local franchise operator met with me in advance and since has been very responsive. The machines themselves are easy for members to operate and accept credit cards directly.

Healthier options: Our Fitness Director describes herself as a “health food nut” and she observes that the machine has the same products that are in her home. The variety of products is nice and there is something for everyone (not just the health food nut). My own 4-year-old son always wants to get something from the machine (even when I pack a snack) and there is always something that he likes and it’s not junk.

Increase our vending revenue: Not only is the percentage of revenue share better than we were receiving with our previous machines, but our sales have increased. Our YMCA members are generally health seekers that are trying to make healthier choices and Fresh Healthy Vending has really resonated with them.

The YMCA has as one of its areas of focus “For Healthy Living.” Fresh Healthy Vending is a simple way to move closer to putting that statement into practice.

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