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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 8, August 2012, Posted On: 8/2/2012

Smart Lunches Acquires Smart Snax's Vending Business

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending, vending machine, food service, Smart Lunches, Smart Snax, healthy vending, school food service, kids foods, organic snacks and drinks, dual-temperature vending machines, Emily Green, Gail Sears

BOSTON -- Smart Lunches, an online meal service that provides lunches to kids, away from home, has acquired Smart Snax, a vending operation. Both companies are based here.

Smart Lunches partners with schools, daycare centers and summer camps to provide wholesome lunches to kids through its online ordering and meal delivery service. It offers hot and cold entrees, sandwiches and salads made with lean proteins, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Meals are delivered hot just before lunchtime every day in recyclable or compostable containers.

Smart Snax's dual-temperature vending machines, currently in public and private schools and YMCAs in the Boston area, are merchandised exclusively with natural and organic snacks and drinks.

Smart Lunches plans to leverage the Smart Snax machines to make healthier options available to students and staff at its partner schools. It will stock the venders with fresh fruit, vegetables and yogurt in the refrigerated section, and natural and organic snacks in the ambient temperature space.

The company said it plans to add vending machines to the facilities it already serves and to use them to generate more business.

"Acquiring Smart Snax is a tremendous step forward for Smart Lunches on our path to offering children the most wholesome and high-quality foods to ensure healthy development," said Smart Lunches chief executive Emily Green.

Smart Snax founder Gail Sears said she saw an "instant synergy" between the two companies when she heard about Smart Lunches.

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