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Public Health Commitment

NAMA, with the support of the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, announced that it has adopted a public health commitment to substantially increase the percentage of ‘better for you’ offerings to 33% in the nation's vending machines.

The commitment, implemented over the next three years, represents a nearly 40% increase over current levels of ‘better for you’ offerings — those that meet at least two recognized public health standards.

“There are nearly four million vending machines serving snacks and beverages every day, 24/7, across this country,” said NAMA CEO Carla Balakgie. “Vending is everywhere consumers work, play and live and NAMA regards this initiative as a bold, ambitious, and meaningful step to meet the growing consumer demand for healthier choices.”

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Foundational Participating Operator Companies

Accent Food Services
Pflugerville, TX

All Star Services
Port Huron, MI

American Food & Vending Corporation
Syracuse, NY

Aramark Refreshment Services
Philadelphia, PA

Charlotte, NC

Diamond Vending
Highland, IN

Evergreen Refreshments
Seattle, WA

Five Star Food Service
Chattanooga, TN

Imperial, Inc.
Tulsa, OK

Refreshment Solutions
New Orleans, LA

Trolley House Refreshments, Inc.
Richmond, VA

Roswell, GA


Below are links to foundational research and tools, including standards, from national organizations including AHA, CDC, CSPI, PHA and USDA utilized in developing NAMA’s Public Health Commitment:

AHA: Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit

CDC: Food Service Guidelines for Federal Facilities

CSPI: Model Beverage and Food Vending Machine Standards

PHA: Healthier Food and Beverage Product Calculator

USDA: A Guide to Smart Snacks in School


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“Our fundamental goal is to make healthier choices accessible to all,” said Nancy E. Roman, CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America. “We applaud NAMA and its members for their efforts with this commitment and we look forward to helping to make it a success.” Partnership for a Healthier America will collaborate with NAMA on the measurement and evaluation components of the public health commitment.
— Nancy E. Roman, CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America

“The Alliance for a Healthier Generation commends NAMA and its members for their commitment to providing more ‘better for you’ products to their customers,” said Kathy Higgins, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We believe that many actions like this taken across sectors will create the systemic changes needed to ensure that all children and families have the opportunity to lead healthy lives. We are excited to join NAMA at this critical step in this journey, leveraging our strengths in stakeholder engagement and community activation to maximize the impact of voluntary industry action.”
— Kathy Higgins, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

“In the months ahead, we will continue to work with our members to measure the results of this commitment to deliver a meaningful increase in the number of ‘better for you’ options in the marketplace. We’ll also continue to work collaboratively with public health partners, and to engage with food manufacturers to encourage them to continue to support this important initiative through new products and complementary marketing.”
— Greg Sidwell, NAMA Chair and CEO, G&J Marketing and Sales