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The birth of the vending machine as we now know it can be dated back to 1898, when passengers mounting the stairs to board New York’s elevated trains first saw Tutti Frutti gum machines waiting for them on the platforms. The Pan American Exposition in 1901 introduced bulk vending machines that sold a measured amount of peanuts for a penny. In 1902, in Philadelphia, the Horn & Hardart Baking Company opened the first Automat. In 1908 a machine that dispensed water in paper cups was introduced by the Public Cup Vendor Company of New York (later Dixie Cup).

Prior to the 1920s, marketers of vending machines and the products they vended were one and the same. The industry bifurcated into manufacturers of consumables and vending machine manufacturers/operators with the introduction of machines that sold multiple kinds of products—packaged candy and lighter fluid in the same machine, or several types of candy. About the same time three types of cigarette machines were introduced.

In the decade after World War II many small companies entered the industry with many design improvements. Coin mechanisms in particular became more sophisticated. In the late 1950s and early 1960s machines with electromechanical units began to appear.

The 1960s is regarded by many as the golden age of the vending machine industry. Vending machines were a staple of the American workplace, and the vending industry benefited from a booming industrial sector. During this period prices were relatively stable, and most products could be purchased with a single coin.

The economic climate of the following decade was less hospitable. The inflation of the 1970s made vending machines inconvenient, and there was also a shrinking in the manufacturing labor force where a large proportion of vending machine consumers were found. However, the product mix did change during this period, as bagged snacks began to grow in popularity at the expense of candy. The helical-feed glass-front candy/snack machine, which subsequently became the industry standard, also was introduced in the 1970s.

The spread of microprocessors has since transformed the design and function of vending machines. Microprocessors made it much easier to design machines that offered multiple prices and an ever-widening product selection, expanding to include a wide variety of snacks, frozen foods, microwavable food, diet and low-fat foods, and healthy foods such as yogurt.

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Vending Industry Research & Market Reports

  • Vending in Peru

    ... report examines all retail channels to provide sector insight. Channels include hypermarkets, supermarkets, discounters, convenience stores, mixed retailers, health and beauty retailers, clothing and footwear retailers, furniture and furnishing stores, DIY and hardware stores, durable ... Read More

  • Vending in Switzerland

    ... restaurants/bars (tobacco vending), with little innovation evident in terms of vending formats. Public vending machines offering hot drinks were virtually non-existent in Switzerland except in captive environments. While the performance remained moderate in 2017, vending ... Read More

  • Vending in the United Arab Emirates

    ... and in-store purchases during peak seasons of price promotions. Packaged drinks and packaged food such as healthy snack bars remained popular during the year in addition to coffee at semicaptive and captive locations such as ... Read More

  • Vending in Denmark

    ... two categories expected to see positive performances in vending over 2017-2022. Growth in packaged foods and packaged drinks vending is being bolstered by the increasing number of vending machines in places with high consumer traffic. ... Read More

  • Vending in Norway

    ... the retailing market with steady demand. Location remained a key factor for the success of vending machines in 2017. People buying products from vending machines tend to do so because of the combination of convenience ... Read More

  • Vending in Japan

    ... is largely comprised of packaged drinks vending, and convenience stores offer a broader range of drinks, including can/PET/carton packaged drinks and counter drink service (drip coffee/tea); therefore, continuing to take sales from vending. Vending is ... Read More

  • The 2019-2024 World Outlook for Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing Excluding Automatic Vending Machines, Commercial Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Pressing Machines, Office Machinery, Optical Instruments and Lenses, and Photographic and Ph

    ... study covers the world outlook for commercial and service industry machinery manufacturing excluding automatic vending machines, commercial laundry, dry cleaning and pressing machines, office machinery, optical instruments and lenses, and photographic and photocopying equipment across ... Read More

  • Vending in Ukraine

    ... as well as the required consumables (eg hot coffee and tea), are imported into Ukraine, the devaluating national currency drives most vending machine operators to raise prices to maintain profit margins. This trend, driven by ... Read More

  • Vending in the Philippines

    ... Euromonitor International's Vending in Philippines report offers insight into key trends and developments driving the industry. The report examines all retail channels to provide sector insight. Channels include hypermarkets, supermarkets, discounters, convenience stores, mixed retailers, ... Read More

  • Vending in Taiwan

    ... in particular, the ubiquitous nature of convenience stores across Taiwan’s large and small cities. Along with the high penetration rate of convenience stores, these chains also offer a large range of drink and food items, ... Read More

  • Vending in Hong Kong, China

    ... driven Hong Kongers’ increasing interest in leading active, outdoor lifestyles throughout the review period, which boosted demand for soft drinks such as sports drinks and carbonates. The wellness trend in the city also boosted demand ... Read More

  • Global Vending Kiosks Market Research Report 2018

    ... focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, united Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China). The report firstly introduced the Vending Kiosks basics: definitions, classifications, applications ... Read More

  • Global and Chinese Smart Vending Machine Industry, 2018 Market Research Report

    ... the Chinese market. The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Smart Vending Machine manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.Firstly, ... Read More

  • Global and Chinese Industrial Vending Machine Industry, 2018 Market Research Report

    ... the Chinese market. The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Industrial Vending Machine manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.Firstly, ... Read More

  • Vending in Israel

    ... new machine enables consumers to purchase milk, yoghurt and other dairy essentials in convenient locations. For example, consumers can purchase milk on their way home from work at train stations. In addition, some are placed ... Read More

  • Vending in Argentina

    ... and visitors. Euromonitor International's Vending in Argentina report offers insight into key trends and developments driving the industry. The report examines all retail channels to provide sector insight. Channels include hypermarkets, supermarkets, discounters, convenience stores, ... Read More

  • Vending in India

    ... still low, which means that many consumers are still not able to operate the machine properly. Euromonitor International's Vending in India report offers insight into key trends and developments driving the industry. The report examines ... Read More

  • Vending in Romania

    ... capital and other large cities. Euromonitor International's Vending in Romania report offers insight into key trends and developments driving the industry. The report examines all retail channels to provide sector insight. Channels include hypermarkets, supermarkets, ... Read More

  • Vending in Canada

    ... key factor that influences consumers to purchase through vending machines, despite the slightly higher unit prices. Vending machines in Canada usually offer a good variety of packaged drinks, including mineral water, fruit juice, energy drinks ... Read More

  • Vending in Italy

    ... expansion during the recession as a way to cut out the middle man for purchases and save money. With the recession over, their presence remained important for quick and out-of-hours purchases. Euromonitor International's Vending in ... Read More

  • Vending in Brazil

    ... non-captive locations are generally sited in subway stations or inside stores, or are portable and kept in a store unless the outlet is open. Brazilians, however, value the experience of talking with a vendor about ... Read More

  • Vending in Colombia

    ... recent. The concept was previously almost exclusively managed in the institutional channel, and entered the consumer market only recently. In the consumer market, vending offers great expansion opportunities in both large and intermediate cities in ... Read More

  • Vending in Morocco

    ... neighbourhoods. Moreover, consumers have changed their purchasing behaviour and they are gradually adapting to healthy lifestyles in an evolving and stressful environment. They prefer to prepare fresh fruit juices and hot drinks (infused teas) at ... Read More

  • Vending in Russia

    ... In 2017, one of the major challenges for Russian vending was new legislative amendments on transition to cash register equipment which came into force in July 2016. According to the new rules, all vending machines ... Read More

  • Vending in Slovakia

    ... of the channel over the review period. Since vending is narrowly focused on hot drinks, packaged food and soft drinks, rising competition from other channels continued to negatively impact vending in 2017. Hot drinks (represented ... Read More

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