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Vend Natural sells healthful snacks in machines
Vend Natural sells healthful snacks in machines

Healthful food and vending machines don't exactly mix. Vending machines are typically seen as antithetical to good health, with the industry criticized for contributing to childhood obesity and targeted by new rules requiring calorie disclosure. But don't tell that to William H. Carpenter Jr., president of Annapolis-based Vend Natural, a vending company that specializes in healthful snacks. Instead of soda, cookies and other types of junk food, customers can buy pineapple chunks, baby carrots, multigrain power bars or relatively low-fat pita chips from Vend Natural's vending machines. The company, with dual headquarters in Annapolis and Ventura, Calif., has 450 snack...