Solana Beach, Calif.-based YoNaturals Inc. has introduced the YoZone, a vending machine that dispenses natural and organic snacks.

The machine is designed for schools, offices, retail stores, health clubs and other health/wellness locations, and it carries products from more than 50 leading manufacturers of natural and organic foods.

“The soaring growth in the natural and organic grocery sector has created an unprecedented consumer demand for healthier offerings, and we believe the vending sector should jump on board,” says company spokesman Mark Trotter. “For once, vending can be associated with a leading movement in consumer health and wellness.”

“We believe that the recent decision by major soft drink companies to voluntarily phase out many of their brands from middle and high schools created a significant opportunity for schools to take control of their vending machines and offer healthier options for students,” adds Dr. Roy Vartabedian, the New York Times best-selling author of Nutripoints, who serves as company advisor. “YoNaturals offers a singular solution to this issue.

“Considering that the vast majority of snacks and beverages in existing vending machines contribute to the obesity, diabetes and heart disease epidemics in the country today, it’s critical that people seek out companies like YoNaturals. The consumer quest for healthy lifestyle changes and nutritional influences has never been greater, and companies like Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes and YoNaturals are at the forefront of this revolution.”