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Nick Yates

Food and Nutrition Blog
Nick Yates is a seasoned professional who is redefining the food industry.

Nick Yates believes that healthy vending is more than just a good business idea– it is a social responsibility that enables him to spread the message of healthy living around the world. He graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia in 1995 with a dual baccalaureate degree in both business and marketing, and quickly began to tailor his expertise to health and wellness in particular.

Over the next two decades Nick Yates would solidify his position as a bona fide pioneer of healthy food options for people around the world.

Nick Yates is an industry-leading professional who has led numerous technological advancements to turn his dreams of simple, health food vending into reality. Throughout his career, Nick Yates has been at the helm of some of the most significant innovations in food vending to hit the industry, having created the world’s first healthy vending machine business, as well as the first healthy vending machine franchise. Since that time his dream has grown exponentially and he is now Chairman of San Diego-based Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, a multi-concept franchisor and innovator in the development of robotic vending technology.

As the Chairman of Generation NEXT, Nick Yates guides the company and its subsidiaries in the conceptualization, realization and development of some of the most exciting intellectual properties within the vending industry. With a core focus on revolutionary technology, Generation NEXT is now focusing on future concepts that will redefine the role of robotics within the vending industry, a focus that has already started with the recent launch of the company’s’ flagship brand, Reis & Irvy’s. The world’s first fully-automated frozen yogurt vending machine that dispenses point-of-sale frozen yogurt to customers on demand, offering 7 different flavors, 6 toppings and with a 60 second dispensing time. Reis & Irvy’s launched in April of 2016 and has now expanded across 49 states and Canada.

Professional Affiliations
Nick Yates is the Chairman of Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, a publicly traded company and the exclusive franchisor of Fresh Healthy Vending. He also sits on the company’s board of directors. In addition to Fresh Healthy Vending, Generation NEXT is the franchisor of Reis and Irvy’s LLC, which boasts the world’s first frozen yogurt robot kiosk. Generation NEXT is also the parent company of 19 Degrees, an upcoming corporate-focused frozen yogurt kiosk brand.
Industry Passions
In Nick’s work, he is focusing on healthy options alongside traditional dairy products: he is currently working on a fruit-based soft serve that is completely fat-free and only contains cane sugar. The soft serve is approved to be sold at schools. No matter what project Nick is working on, he has an ongoing goal to provide healthy and delicious food options for people of all ages via the most technologically advanced robotic equipment.
Why Keep Up With This Blog?
This site will contain some of the most interesting, newsworthy, and simply informative updates within the healthy food industry, curated by one of the most knowledgeable professionals in the business: Nick Yates.