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get-your-fix

Get your Fix on the go

Laura Peppas

“We wanted all Canberrans to have access to an honest alternative when they are on the go.”

Vending machines are best known for their convenience factor – usually at the end of an afternoon when you’re in a rush and out of options – but rarely their health benefits.

In fact, the last words to describe a vending machine would be “fresh” or “healthy”.

But that’s exactly what Lucianne Attard and Jovan Pejic are hoping to change.

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The couple and founders of local cold pressed juice business The Fix have just launched a cold pressed juice vending machine in the Canberra Centre‘s first floor food court, which they describe as “the first of its kind in Australia.”

“The last five years has seen a shift in the consciousness of consumers in Australia – people want healthier options and they want them to be more accessible,” says Jovan.

“We wanted all Canberrans to have access to an honest alternative when they are on the go. All of our juices have 1kg of vegetables and fruit in every single bottle. Given less than seven per cent of Australians today eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, this vending machine makes getting a healthy juice fix as simple and convenient as the press of a button.”

The machine certainly isn’t your average dusty old square box – it has a touch screen and will stream health videos from the internet, giving it a “triple benefit”, says Lucianne.

“People can grab their daily health fix, be entertained by a YouTube clip, and learn something at the same time as the clips will include documentaries on nutrition and wellbeing,” she says.

“People can also find out which juice is best for them. You need a rainbow of colour in your diet, and each one of those colours does something for your body.”

The machine will include The Fix’s popular Autumn range of juices, with flavours such as Inner Health (nopal cactuspineapplepearlemonground cinnamon and ground vanillaand Regenerate (maqui berryorangebeetrootcarrotapple and pear.) Each juice is handmade by Lucianne and Jovan and lasts about four weeks if kept refrigerated, with the machine to be restocked daily.

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A fit, vibrant young couple, Lucianne and Jovan were shocked when Jovan was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Follicular Lymphoma four years ago. Determined to do everything he could to beat the cancer, Jovan embarked on an all vegan diet and twice-a-day cold-pressed, vegetable-based juices. Six weeks later, the doctor was stunned to find the tumour had shrunk by around 30 percent. Jovan subsequently completed three months of radiotherapy, continued the diet and is now in remission. Keen to share their experience, Jovan and Lucianne founded The Fix Cold Press Juice in 2014. One year on, The Fix  is stocked in more than 35 ‘dispensaries’ around the city and continues to go from strength to strength, recently opening its Fyshwick headquarters and ‘chill out space’ to the public.

The couple say their aim is to eventually expand the cold press vending machines to “on the go” locations such as bus stops, shopping centres and airports across the country.

“I’d love to have 15 or 20 of them in Canberra and then to see them expanded in busy cities such as Sydney or Melbourne, because there’s nothing else quite like it,” says Lucianne.

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Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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