In recent years nutrition has become a central issue for food retailers and consumers alike, from new policies to calorie labeling to Obama Care regulations, the food we eat and the way we label/market it is becoming a national concern. It’s creating such a buzz that Sylvia Rowe, a chair on NAMA’s (the National Automatic Merchandising Association) believes that in 10 years food law will become as popular as environmental law in the United States.
In response NAMA has revamped their National Fit Pick program, a healthy vending and micro market labeling program that is used to help vending operators and consumers identify products that meet recognized nutrition guidelines.
Fit Pick 2.0 not only identifies better for you snacks but is easy to use, with recognizable stickers, labels and clings that make it simple for your employees or your students to recognize and pick better for you snacking options with “just in time information” at the point of purchase.
What does this mean for your New York City break room? It means that the nation is getting behind healthy snacking solutions and regulations are coming so why not be a leader in the revolution and ask your New York City vendor (if you haven’t already) about healthy options available for your machines?
Below you’ll find the requirements for Fit Pick and Fit Pick Select (a stricter program designed to specifically meet New York City school nutritional standards.
New FitPick® Nutrition Standards Per Package (Non-Schools)
Note: the values listed are the upper limit and as calories decrease, the allowances for fat and sugar decrease accordingly.
FitPick SELECT Meets New Smart Snacks in School Standards
In addition to the above nutrient standards, any food sold in schools must meet at least one of the following four criteria:
- Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product;
- Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food;
- Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup fruit and / or vegetable;
- Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of a nutrient of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).*
Looking for a healthy alternative solution in your New York City break room? Call Champion Vending today at (800) 558-5450 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs!