Healthy Drinks In Place of Pop In School Vending Machines
Out with the soft drinks and in with the veggie cocktail. Beverage vending machines in Toronto schools will look a little different this fall.
School board trustees approved a deal at Wednesday night's meeting with HealthyVendCanada which will mean bottled water, 2 percent milk and strawberry-kiwi juice among other healthier options will be stocked in vending machines, instead of Pepsi or Coke products.
HealthyVendCanada is a 5 year old company out of Rexdale. It beat out Pepsi and Coke who have had the exclusive rights to most drink machines in GTA for almost 20 years.
The switch was made to obviously provide healthier choices for students, but it may not be that great for revenue. Two years ago, the board moved to stocking diet pop, and that saw drink machine revenue go from $1-million a year, to just $250-thousand.