Nelson, BC / July 16th 2021 – SMRT1 Technologies has secured a five-year contract to provide smart vending solutions to Vancouver-based company, UpMeals. UpMeals provides healthy, custom meals to a range of clients, including corporate customers, residential, retail, e-commerce, and post-secondary institutions.


UpMeals is revolutionizing the food technology sector with smart vending by providing the ability to offer safe access to fresh and healthy meals 24/7, while reducing their ecological footprint.

SMRT1’s proprietary smart vending technology, the SMRT1 POD, employs an interactive display screen on refrigerated vending machines that engages, informs and drives UpMeals’ sales, while offering secure transactions to the food retailer’s customers. UpMeals recently announced a new partnership with Simon Fraser University to provide students with access to healthy food options via the smart vending SMRT1 POD as an alternative to costly meal delivery services starting in Sept 2021.

“When we began UpMeals, we saw a real need for healthy, safe and accessible fresh food options,” said Drew Munro, UpMeals CEO & Co-Founder. “We’re excited to secure this partnership with SMRT1 Technologies and use their smart vending technology to deliver an innovative, tailored and cost-effective service to our clients.”

SMRT1’s smart vending technology provides feedback, inventory control and extensive analytics directly to the team at UpMeals in real-time from each SMRT1 POD across multiple locations. UpMeals’ clients can use SMRT1’s technology to remotely manage their smart vending machine and using UpMeals’ proprietary software, they can create custom-built menus, loyalty programs and discounts for meals approaching expiry.

“Our vision is to provide universal, convenient, accessible and trusted automated self-service solutions to connect businesses with their markets, and UpMeals is a fantastic collaboration to showcase our potential for the retail industry,” said Terry Van Horn, SMRT1 Technologies CEO.

SMRT1 is looking to expand their services within the retail market and is currently running their Seed Round B crowdfunding campaign on FrontFundr, where investors and entrepreneurs can connect.

SMRT1’s campaign funds are planned to go toward several initiatives to grow their business in this burgeoning sector and to improve technology for retail markets.