SAN DIEGO, May 08, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- YoNaturals Inc., a Solana Beach, Ca., company that markets a healthy alternative to junk food vending machines, has launched its first Canadian branch in Edmonton.
Various workplaces in Edmonton are already using the vending machines, which stock nutritious natural or organic snacks and drinks. "We have partnered with numerous organizations within the area that hold health and wellness in high regard," says Rick Stewart, who with his wife Cindy Stewart, owns and operates the Canadian branch of YoNaturals. With their highest priority set at placing YoNaturals vending machines in schools, Stewart adds, "Having two young daughters that will soon be entering school, it is very important to us that they are provided with healthy options during their day, and it is certainly encouraging to know that the city of Edmonton, along with other areas across Canada, are making important decisions that will eventually lead to a healthier youth."
Since its start in May of 2006, YoNaturals Inc., based in Solana Beach, Ca, has been revolutionizing the vending industry. Its natural and organic product selection contrasts greatly with the typical food and drink found in most of today's vending machines. Mark Trotter, CEO of YoNaturals, says, "Vending is one of today's least healthy industries. For once, it can be associated with a leading movement in consumer health and wellness."
YoNaturals' launch into Canada comes at an ideal time, as concerns grow over childhood obesity and early-onset diabetes. Many cities and school boards are enforcing or considering health-food initiatives, including banning junk food in schools and controlling junk food advertising aimed at children.
YoNaturals vending machines offer nutritious and delicious snacks such as Terra Chips, Cheecha Chips, Clif Bars, Metromint Water, Knudsen Spritzers and fruit juices. The machines have unique characteristics to provide convenience for both the customer and operator including: 24/7 remote monitoring and temperature control allowing both food and beverage choices in one machine.
Excited about its growing presence in Edmonton and the prospects for growth throughout Canada, YoNaturals is dedicated to offering a healthy alternative to people's snacking habits. With support through its websites, www.yonaturals.com, and www.kidshealthyvending.com, YoNaturals hopes to educate children, parents and decision-makers on the value of healthy snacking. The company emphasizes the importance of taking action now, and provides steps to begin making a meaningful, and healthy, change.