Farmer's Fridge is adding 18 new healthy food kiosks to its existing three kiosks in the Chicago area, the company has announced. The vending kiosks are stocked daily with fresh salads and snacks made from local produce.
Farmer's Fridge kiosks, clad in recycled timber, were first launched in November 2013. The refrigerated kiosks are equipped with touchscreens and barcode scanners for coupons and email receipts. They accept all major credit cards, and transactions are completed in approximately 90 seconds, the Chicago-based company said.
Food is delivered to the kiosks by 10 a.m. each morning, and unsold salads are removed and donated to a local food pantry. At 6 p.m., salads are discounted by $1.
The idea to provide nutritious meals came from company founder Luke Saunders' realization that health-conscious people were struggling to find nutritious meals and snacks that were easily accessible. Saunders drew on his background in manufacturing to create an automated kiosk that could dispense healthy food options.
In March 2014, Farmer's Fridge opened its third kiosk in Chicago. The kiosk is located at The Shops at North Bridge, an upscale, urban retail-entertainment district on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Farmer's Fridge's first two kiosks are located at Garvey Food Court and Lake Forest Tollway Oasis, both in the Chicago area.
"Our mission is to revolutionize healthy eating for people on-the-go, and a fully automated retail storefront in a premium shopping center on Michigan Avenue fits right into our master plan," Saunders said in a statement.