Dole Food partners in pilot program for healthy vending

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF. — Dole Food Co., Inc. has partnered with the National Dairy Board, Wurlitzer, in-Team consulting services and School Link Technologies to launch a healthy vending pilot program in select schools.

The new vending machines will supply students with Dole brand foods such as fresh fruits and Fruit Bowls, in conjunction with cafeteria-prepared salads, sandwich wraps and milk. In the first phase of the program, vending machines will be placed in 15 schools across four states in February. The schools are located in Mesa, Ariz.; Denver; Shawnee Mission, Kas.; Corpus Christie and Conroe, Texas.

Studies show that while many Americans want healthier snacks, they often find such options are less available. All of the snacks and meals chosen for the vending machines are U.S.D.A. approved and reimbursable by U.S.D.A. National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs.

Dole Food sees healthy vending as a way to meet its goals of marketing meal and snack solutions that meet Child Nutrition Authorization Act requirements and the Competitive Food Guidelines of the Alliance for a Healthier generation, as well as assisting in the development of solutions to school health and wellness programs.

"Dole’s duty as a responsible corporate citizen is to help educate children about the importance of a balanced diet, and make sure they have access to the healthy foods that are good for them," said Richard Dahl, president and chief operating officer of Dole Food Co., Inc.

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