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No Twinkies? Vending machines go organic

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MSNBC.com

There's never been a better time to be a vending machine, as long as you're dispensing organic foods and snacks, that is.

As one of its final acts in a busy lame-duck session, Congress last month passed a law that requires officials to set nutritional standards for all foods sold in schools, including vending machines.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 could be a boon for the rapidly growing $26.5 billion organic food industry.

"We're at the beginning of a major movement in vending," says Jolly Backer, founder of Fresh Healthy Vending, a San Diego startup that sells organic vending franchises. "It's out with the junk food and in with the healthy food."

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