Healthy snacks to be offered in Brussels Metro vending machines

An initiative is underway to introduce vending machines offering nutritious snacks in three key Brussels metro stations, VRT NWS reported on Monday. In the near future, the new vending machines will appear at the Kunst-Wet, Montgomery and Schuman stations, while other stations may be added later.

The initiative was announced by Brussels tegional Transport minister Elke Van den Brandt in response to concerns raised by the Francophone green regional MP Thomas Naessens, who pointed out that the current vending machines only contain processed foods with added sugar or salt. The Brussels regional government issued a call for tender last year to find a supplier capable of supplying vending machines with healthier alternatives.

A candidate emerged in June and later agreed with Brussels' public transport operator, MIVB, to carry out a trial at three strategic locations: Kunst-Wet, Montgomery and Schuman. According to Van den Brandt, the machines will be installed either this month or next month at the latest.

The exact duration of the trial period is still unclear, but it is likely that the initiative will be extended to other metro stations later this year - possibly in cooperation with a second supplier.

 

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