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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