Source: National Automatic Merchandising Association | Released June 30, 2014
CHICAGO -- June 30, 2014 -- Following comprehensive preparation by the vending industry, operators are prepared to meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Smart Snack in School regulations, with new nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day, according to an announcement by the National Automatic Merchandising Association.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Announced a year ago, the USDA's Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards were designed to ensure that health choices are part of school vending machine and snack bar menus. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. The new national nutritional guidelines kick in July 1.
"We want to acknowledge our operators who have worked to understand these new regulations and we appreciate their role in leading the effort in schools," said Eric Dell, NAMA's senior vice-president of government affairs.
"Adapting to changing regulations and consumer trends is nothing new to our operators, and it is impressive that our operators, suppliers and brokers have been working together to meet the challenge head on," he continued.
According to NAMA, the industry has been positioning itself for success for many years in this regard.
"Our industry has been a leader in providing nutrition information to customers since 2005 with the progressive FitPick nutrition program," said Roni Moore, NAMA's vice-president of marketing and communications.
"Through our operators, the program and its significance continues to grow. New FitPick Select standards align with USDA Smart Snacks and we're seeing an increase in orders for program materials. The more FitPick Select labels and materials are featured, the more our industry's commitment to nutrition is reinforced," she continued.
For information regarding available resources or product compliance, please visit www.fitpick.org.
ABOUT: Founded in 1936, NAMA is the national association representing the $42 billion U.S. vending and refreshment services industry. With more than 1,800 member companies -- including many of the world's most recognized brands -- NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership.
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