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Vend Natural meets demand for quick, healthy snacks
Vend Natural meets demand for quick, healthy snacks

Consumers are snacking a lot more frequently than they did decades ago, but they've also become more health-conscious. Both trends are fueling sustained growth for an Annapolis-based operator of natural and organic snack vending machines, says the company's CEO. "Vending has been around a long time … but this isn't like traditional vending," said William Carpenter, CEO of Vend Natural, which bills itself as the oldest "healthy" vending company in the United States. "You are giving an option to people that necessarily weren't buying out of vending machines." Since buying the company in 2009 and signing the U.S. Naval Academy as one of...

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