Canadian-born KarmaBox expands to Canada
Vancouver – A Nova Scotia entrepreneur will bring his healthy vending company to Canada after operating in the U.S. for several years.
A.J. MacQuarrie, founder and CEO of KarmaBox Vending, will expand the company to the greater Vancouver area this spring, he said in a news release.
A dual Canadian and U.S. citizen, MacQuarrie was featured on an episode of the TV show Dragons' Den during season 6, where he sought $120,000 for 15 per cent of Urban Vendor, the company that brought healthy vending to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and developed into KarmaBox.
Although no deal happened, MacQuarrie credits the dragons’ feedback with helping him develop KarmaBox into a business that eventually turned a $20,000 investment into a $1 million business in a year.
“I am so proud to return to Canada, which gave me so much inspiration as an entrepreneur and the opportunity to create and nurture my business, starting in my dorm room at St. Francis Xavier University,” MacQuarrie said.
KarmaBox, which is headquartered in San Diego, Calif., has operators in more than 50 U.S. cities. The company vends nutritious snacks, beverages and care products that support local guidelines for healthy school nutrition. These include sports bars, turkey jerky, nuts and berries, coconut water, low sugar/low calorie juices, teas and mineral water. Health products include sunscreen and beeswax lip balm.
ZenCards at each KarmaBox contain nutrition information for each product, the release said. Options include Wifi and an interactive screen.
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