LAS CRUCES, NM — New Mexico State University made healthy snacks available to students in staff through Mesilla Snacks' "2bU" vending machines at the campus. The two machines offer a range of local, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher products, officials said.
"NMSU strives to serve all Aggies. The addition of the 2bU snack machines to campus has helped those on gluten-free and vegan diets find healthy, well-labeled snacks that fit their needs," said Kyle Pierson with NMSU Auxiliary Services Marketing & Promotions.
Bill Jensen, owner of Mesilla Valley Snacks, said his company decided to participate in the program, as a franchisee of Canteen, who offers the 2bU machines and products.
"There's a constituency on campus looking for organic, sustainably sourced snacks," Jensen said. "And, many of the companies whose products we sell support sustainability, and that's desirable for many people."
2bU machines offer healthy, sustainable snack options, but the machines themselves are eco-friendly. The machines use LED lights, rather than the traditional fluorescent lights, and motion sensor dimmers, so the lights are only activated as someone approaches the machine, saving electricity. 2bU machines are Energy-Star rated.