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Vending service offering healthier snacks

7/7/2011 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Snack Right LLC offers vending machines that include healthier food choices.
Photo courtesy of Snack Right LLC
COVENTRY — A new vending service business is offering machines that include healthier snacks.

Snack Right LLC, a home-based business in Coventry, began five months ago after Tammi and Jess Mirka found it difficult to get healthy snacks while working.

“My husband and I have worked in office buildings for years, and we were not happy with the vending machine offerings,” said Tammi Mirka. “Now I have two kids that also want snacks, so we started looking into different options. We decided on these machines [as a new business] so that we would be available for our young children.”

Tammi Mirka added they are working on trying to show people that the machines offer healthy, tasty options.

The machines have 42 different selections, with items that are organic, natural, gluten free and/or fat free.

Some of the products offered include items such as Clif Bars, trail mix, all-natural chips and popcorn, nuts, honey graham sticks, natural energy drinks, flavored green tea and more.

The snack choices also include larger-size items that contain multiple packs, as well as entrees.

“Overall, our machines offer much healthier snack choices,” said Tammi Mirka. “We can also customize options for different locations and sites. For example, we can include soups and Asian dishes for businesses that have access to hot water and microwaves, and kid-friendly snacks at recreational sites.”

The machines are used in places such as pool and fitness centers, businesses, office buildings, warehouses, factories and schools, she said.

“We deliver the machines, setup, maintain and restock, all at no cost to our customers,” said Tammi Mirka.

She said customers can opt for a three-month trial period to give the machines a try, and are not subjected to long-term contracts.

Tammi Mirka said the machines can be delivered to any site in Summit County and areas adjacent to the county borders. While most facilities get one machine, larger facilities that have multiple floors can opt to use more than one, she said.

She also said the machines have remote monitoring that sends emails to tell her what has sold and needs refilling so that she can ensure products are always readily available.

The vending machines accept coins, bills and credit and debit cards.

Anyone interested in ordering a healthy snack machine can contact Mirka at 330-607-5581.

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