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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 (UK) - Industry Report

    ... LTD and CONSULTANT SERVICES GROUP LTD. This report covers activities such as vending machines, vending, vending machine, coffee, water coolers and includes a wealth of information on the financial trends over the past four years. ... Read More

  • Vending Machine Manufacturers (UK) - Industry Report

    ... MERCHANDISING SYSTEMS LTD and SPIRE PAYMENTS LTD. This report covers activities such as vending, vending machine, drinks, coffee, soft drinks and includes a wealth of information on the financial trends over the past four years. ... Read More

  • Vending Machine Manufacturers (GLOBAL) - Industry Report

    ... AZIONI ABBREVIABILE ANCHE NELLA SIGLA: LAVAZZA S.P.A., MARS DRINKS UK LIMITED and BRASILIA SPA. This report includes a wealth of information on the financial trends over the past four years. Plimsoll Publishing’s latest Vending Machine ... Read More

  • Intelligent Vending Machines

    ... Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2024. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information ... Read More

  • Office Coffee Service in the U.S.: Market Trends and Opportunities, 3rd Edition

    ... a notable transformation, thanks to growing demands of the coffee-drinking workplace. This report: Provides a market size and forecast for office coffee service, along with sales by product category, brewer placement share by brewer marketer, ... Read More

  • Vending in New Zealand

    ... offerings. Sales within highly concentrated soft drinks continuously declined in New Zealand, and more people started opting for bottled water instead. Changes to public healthcare guidelines also discouraged the consumption of soft drinks. For instance, ... Read More

  • Vending in South Africa

    ... machines safe. Frequent malfunctions, safety and theft continued to be key concerns for vending operators over the review period. As a result, many continued to invest in providing 24-hour technical support for faulty machines to ... Read More

  • Vending in Vietnam

    ... in Vietnam 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, health and beauty ... Read More

  • Vending Machine Operators

    ... and Coca-Cola; outside the US, major companies include Switzerland's Selecta, as well as the vending machine units of UK-based firms Compass Group and Sodexo. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE Consumer spending and employment growth drive demand, since many ... Read More

  • Opportunity in the Vending Machines Market in India - 2018

    ... by players – Top 5 Companies • Market size by product categories • Market size by regions/country Market structure details the value chain, Players’ presence across products, market trends, distribution practices and pricing. The report ... Read More

  • Vending in Thailand

    ... International's Warehouse Clubs in Thailand 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 Machine Operators in Canada - Industry Market Research Report

    ... years. During this time, the industry was challenged by price competition from big-box and grocery stores, in addition to consumers' heightened desire for healthier snack options. This trend has forced operators to alter their vending ... Read More

  • Vending in the US

    ... the opportunity to fill in the gaps at high-traffic locations with fewer resources than physical stores. Vending machines also satisfy a growing consumer need for on-the-go necessities, such as allergy and pain relief. In total, ... Read More

  • 2018 U.S. Cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, & smokers' accessories, excl sales from vending machines operated by others sold through Electronic shopping-Product & Retail Report

    ... statistics, forecasts and demographics. The report features 2018 current and 2019 forecast estimates on the sales of Cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, & smokers' accessories, excl sales from vending machines operated by others nationally and for all ... Read More

  • Global Electro-Vending Machine 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 Electro-Vending Machine basics: definitions, classifications, applications ... Read More

  • Global Interactive Vending Machine Market Research Report 2018

    ... market conditions, 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 Interactive Vending Machine basics: ... Read More

  • 2018 U.S. Cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, & smokers' accessories, excl sales from vending machines operated by others sold through Other gasoline stations-Product & Retail Report

    ... industry statistics, forecasts and demographics. The report features 2018 current and 2019 forecast estimates on the sales of Cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, & smokers' accessories, excl sales from vending machines operated by others nationally and for ... Read More

  • 2018 U.S. Cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, & smokers' accessories, excl sales from vending machines operated by others sold through Other specialty food stores-Product & Retail Report

    ... accurate industry statistics, forecasts and demographics. The report features 2018 current and 2019 forecast estimates on the sales of Cigars, cigarettes, tobacco, & smokers' accessories, excl sales from vending machines operated by others nationally and ... Read More

  • Vending in Australia

    ... the highly concentrated soft drinks market have been continuously declining in Australia, and consumers are opting to drink water instead. Changes to public healthcare guidelines are also discouraging the consumption of soft drinks. For instance, ... Read More

  • Vending in the United Kingdom

    ... healthier options, including high-quality coffee and healthy snacks. More interactive machines using smart screen and touch screen technology will also be utilised, while there is also likely to be a growing focus on convenience store ... Read More

  • Vending in Ireland

    ... challenges lie ahead for vending over the forecast period, not least the increasing levels of regulation that are being imposed on the sale of numerous products through vending machines, including cigarettes. The sale of cigarettes ... Read More

  • Vending in Turkey

    ... subway stations and shopping malls continue to benefit vending. These institutions have large numbers of employees and vending machines became increasingly available at these locations. Vending machines offering soft drinks, packaged food, hot drinks and ... Read More

  • Global and Chinese Vending Machine (VEM) Industry, 2018 Market Research Report

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

  • ForeSights: Self-Serve Alcoholic Beverage Dispensing Technology - Technology that turns the consumer into a bartender

    ... restaurant, or other hospitality venue. Self-serve systems typically use touchscreen and radio-frequency identity (RFID) technology to enable self-service of alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Self-serve alcoholic beverage technology combines the traditional tap ... 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

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