We have 34 affiliated State Councils encompassing 36 states.
The vending industry is a $40 billion a year industry, employing approximately 700,000 people who work at an estimated 13,500 companies.
According to The Vending Times Census of the Industry 2009, there are approximately 5.3 million food and beverage vending machines in the United States. Other sources estimate that there are 7.4 million food and beverage vending machines, including bulk vending.
The NAMA 2010 Operating Ratio Report, which is produced by an independent outside organization shows that the vast majority of the industry will be impacted by this calorie disclosure requirement. The smallest business size which NAMA studied for this survey is those companies with less than $2 million in sales. In this smallest of categories, the typical vending company owns and operates 259 vending machines.
So the requirement that anyone who owns or operates 20 or more vending machines will reach an estimated 90 to 95 percent of the industry.
It is important to note that NAMA did not opposed the legislation which requires calorie disclosure in vending machines.
We have long recognized the problem of obesity and have worked to provide solutions for the industry and our customers. We share the administration?s concern about obesity, and are also working to try and solve this problem.
Our members understand that childhood obesity is a serious issue that must be addressed. It is a complicated problem and the solution requires better education about nutrition and increasing physical activity.
Vending machines can provide healthy options. For example, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation reports that a school district in Florida recently purchased 60 vending machines which are providing students and faculty with “organic items, nutrition and sports bars, fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat milk and dairy selections such as yogurt and cheese sticks, fresh sandwiches, soymilk, bottled beverages and more.” Vending can provide healthy “grab-and-go” solutions to meals through refrigerated vending machines which vend breakfast products such as low fat milk and single servings breakfast bars and breakfast cereals.