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Fresh Healthy Vending, a franchise that serves fresh, organic and all-natural snacks and drinks from vending machines

by Franchise Chatter on August 9, 2011

in Franchise Reviews, Vending Franchise

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15 Things You Need to Know About the Fresh Healthy Vending Franchise Opportunity

Fresh Healthy Vending Franchise Concept

1.  Countless federal, state, and county health initiatives and wellness policies are driving companies to look for healthy alternatives via vending. Fresh Healthy Vending was developed to offer an extensive selection of fresh, organic, and all-natural snacks and drinks from vending machines. Fresh Healthy Vending franchisees receive brand new, health and safety regulated, state-of-the-art machines that hold over 350 items in a compact, energy efficient unit.

Fresh Healthy Vending Photo by absolut_tlFresh Healthy Vending Machines

2.  Fresh Healthy Vending has sourced the best machine manufacturer, coil configuration, cashless payment system, and remote monitoring program to create the ideal machine for any location. These state-of-the-art, dual climate, large capacity, energy efficient machines are shipped directly from the manufacturer under a full warranty and built exclusively for Fresh Healthy Vending according to health and safety regulations.

3.  The machines accept coin, cash, debit cards, and credit cards resulting in higher sales volumes than accepting cash only.  The remote monitoring software allows the franchisee to track daily sales from one’s computer and to create a variety of sales and product reports.  The machines feature high impact, professionally branded graphics created to attract customers in all markets.

4.  Fresh Healthy Vending handles the delivery and installation of each machine and provides a national technical support program for every market in the U.S.

Fresh Healthy Vending Site Selection

5.   Fresh Healthy Vending secures the best available locations for the vending machines through an in-house location development team. Members of the team negotiate contracts with schools, hospitals, and businesses, subject to approval by the franchisees.

6.  The corporate staff continues to source qualified locations in the franchisee’s area to help them grow their Fresh Healthy Vending business.

7.  Franchisees have the potential to start generating revenue the first day that the machines are placed. Fresh Health Vending normally secures locations and delivers and installs the vending machines withing 90-120 days from the date the franchise agreement is signed.

Fresh Healthy Vending Product SourcingFresh Healthy Vending Photo by oddharmonic

8.  Fresh Healthy Vending provides healthy vending menus, which are starting inventories of foods that have proven to sell well in different locations (e.g. middle school, high school, college, gym, shopping mall or business). However, the franchisee, as the owner of the machine, has the final say on the product selection and pricing.

9.  Fresh Healthy Vending offers the most extensive online selection of healthy snacks and drinks that have proven to sell in healthy vending machines.  The company works with a national network of delivery companies with warehouses all over the U.S. The orders are placed once a week and delivered within 2-5 days. There is a minimum order of $1,250, but shipping is free in the continental US.

Fresh Healthy Vending Franchise Costs

10. There are several franchise packages to choose from:

  • The Bronze package includes 10 vending machines at a total cost of $110,000, plus a franchisee fee of $11,000 (non-exclusive territory).
  • The Silver package includes 15 vending machines at a total cost of $162,500, plus a franchise fee of $15,000 (non-exclusive territory).
  • The Gold package includes 20 vending machines at a total cost of $200,000, plus a franchise fee of $20,000 (exclusive territory).
  • The Platinum package includes 30 vending machines at a total cost of $292,500, plus a franchise fee of $30,000 (exclusive territory).

11.  There are no fees or profit share that is paid to Fresh Healthy Vending beyond the initial franchise fee. The company generates revenues from the sale of the vending machines, their services, and the food for the machines.

12.  Ongoing expenses to consider are:

  • Product cost: normally the product cost is about 50% of what each product sells for.
  • Location profit share: This is normally 15% of the net proceeds, paid to the location on a monthly basis.
  • Insurance for the machines: This is normally $6-$8 a month per machine.
  • Remote monitoring/cashless payment system: The cost is $12 per month, per machine, plus a 5% transaction fee when someone uses a credit card. This is paid to a third party who handles all merchant services.

13.  Fresh Healthy Vending has a variety of financing options based on the franchisee’s credit rating:

  • SBA loans – the company has relationships with select preferred lenders
  • Utilizing IRA or 401k retirements funds
  • Conventional equipment leasing
  • Working capital loans (credit score over 500 required)

Fresh Healthy Vending Photo by mrssloanFresh Healthy Vending Training and Support

14.  Fresh Healthy Vending provides all of its franchisees with a 2-day training program at its corporate offices in San Diego, or alternatively, a franchise representative can provide the training in the franchisee’s territory. This training includes machine operation and maintenance, menu/product training, how to conduct a sampling event, nutritional guidelines, and workplace wellness training, and provides complete training manuals, videos, and continuing online support guides and updates. The company’s support team provides ongoing technical and warranty support, proven marketing strategies and tools, menu set-up, and inventory management.

15.  The corporate staff prepares press releases to announce the arrival of the healthy vending program in the franchisee’s area.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

fresh vending reviews August 16, 2011 at 6:56 am

Fresh Vending – Locations, food franchise business, you will receive the help you need with advertising and promotion, invest in Fresh Vending franchises. After all, this brand is becoming more and more popular around the world.Fresh Healthy Vending program was developed to support businesses owners, employees, colleagues, friends and consumers in your community in making improved dietary choices.


Pat October 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Jim, where are you located and what type of locations did you have the machines in, mall, school, etc.? Your help would be much appreciated.


Dave November 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Hey Jim, how why no profit?. were the machines too expdensive. Or did you have problems with them. How many vends a day do you need to make a profit?. thanks for you info


Ambrosio November 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I have deleted 2 comments, and my responses to these 2 comments, upon specific request of the person who left these comments.


Phil Templeton April 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

They over sell their support in locating machines. Their only concern is getting a machine placed, convincing you it is ok, then leaving you hanging with locations in many cases that simply provide no ability to pay back a loan or make any money. They then layer franchisee locations, and are not concerned with helping the existing people to get improved locations.
We have also found the distributor to offer poor service. Getting expired items or those close to expiration, and delivering the wrong items with no sense of urgency to correct


Susie June 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

Phil – did you invest in Fresh Healthy vending machines? If so where are you located? How long ago did you invest? Are you willing to discuss?


Phil Templeton June 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Yes we did invest and are located in St. Charles county, just west of St. Louis, MO. We have had our machines a little over a year. Feel free to call me at 314-324-8678


wendy July 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Just left you a msg on your phone # listed. Eager to hear more from you since all I’ve heard so far has been positive. I’m planning to speak to someone with the company soon to inquire further too but not in any hurry until see what next few years hold for small business owners if our government continues to fail. Concerned how profits are made off the products if you pay so much to get the products. Concerned about how much mechanical tinkering/repairing may be involved & who does the repairs & how much does this cost how often? Interested in your overall view of your business in this business & if you recommend to others? Would like to discuss further one day. Thanks, Wendy


Carl October 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hi Phil,

Would like to chat about your experience with this franchise. Tried to call your number but it doesn’t connect. Please get back. Thanks!


Gaurav August 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Can any one tell Avg. Revenue per machine ?


Michelle August 22, 2012 at 4:32 am

I too am curious about fhv roi information. Good and bad! Thanks!


Dave September 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Seems like another vending scam to me. I have been in and out of vending world for years. What kind of B.S. franchise chatter/expose was this?. Let me tell you something , the minimum investment is over 100k for 10 machines. Do the math, it would take you 20 years if your lucky to see a Return on your Investment. The machines are over priced, they are placed by basic locators ,the product is priced to high and product expires quickly. In my machines I try and sell 30% of healthy items and the rest junk food. YES junk food, thats what people want from a vending machine and it outsells healthy by 2 to 1 margin, I would LOVE to sell all healthy but I would be broke in less than a year. Good luck and do your homework, the concept is good but so is living on Mars.


Phil Templeton November 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

Sorry, I have changed numbers, please call me at 336-470-2450, or email templeton.phil@yahoo.com to get the REAL scoop on Fresh Healthy Vending. I have been happy to enlighten many folks that were almost sucked into a very poor organization. Do this on your own, and do not pay these people, or find a decent organization. The company DOES NOT work to find quality locations, which is really all you pay them for. They simply find locations and you are then stuck. They are also reselling machines to existing franchisees for only $8000 or less, making it impossible for you to sell to another franchisee should you want to get out of this unprofitable business.
Let me give you the inside information you need to know so you go in with eyes wide open before you potentially make a terrible financial decision.


VV November 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I agree with previous comments about this business. I purchased in 2009 when it was being sold under the name Yo! Naturals and experienced the same problems as the other vendors (food dates close to expiring, wholesale products overpriced leaving very small margins for profit, poor site selections, etc). They make lots of promises, their tactics are misleading, the machines are outrageously overpriced, and they don’t follow through with additional support after initial placement. I had to threaten a lawsuit to get them to complete the work. It’s a good concept but these are the wrong people to do business with.


VW November 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I’m glad to have read these comments. I started the process of finding out more about this company and their product. My first step was checking out the website, which gave minimal information and stated that I needed to contact them through e-mail or phone which I did. It took longer than I thought it should for someone to get back to me after a few phone tag sessions. To make a long story short, I had an uneasy feeling when I was only able to speak to someone’s assistant; and they will not give me any pertinent information until I am able to secure $100,000.00 in liquid funds. My impression of this company is that they are unprofessional, so I am glad to read these posts about them. Something didn’t seem right from the start.


D. Zasadny March 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Our experience with FHV admin has been abysmal. Therefore my question is; does anyone have a referral for an attorney in San Diego county who has dealt with FHV before?
Thanks and please email to zcrew6@gmail.com


Phil T April 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

I dont use Facebook, but if you do please refer others to this Franchise Chatter website to view comments about Fresh. The word needs to get out and I dont think a lot of people know about this.


Alec April 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Apart from expiring stock… All the bad feedback seems to be about them doing the work you should be doing? So you’re just going to buy the machines and get them to do all the work for you? But I do agree with the “it taking ages to repay” I can’t see how you can re-pay 100k from 10 machines


Phil December 8, 2016 at 7:24 pm

You pay them to find locations and they don’t. So no one expects them to do your work, I don’t see that in any of the comments. We did have to find our own locations on top of running the business. What is their value—NOTHING


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