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The UK

1. In the UK we have one vending machine for every 55 people

2. The half a million vending machines in the UK vend more than 7 billion items a year

3. Every single day in the UK, more than eight million cups of coffee and two million cups of tea are served from UK vending machines (1-3 source

4. The total revenue generated from vending in the UK in 2018, was £1.47 billion, up 2.6% vs 2017

5. Ongoing premiumisation in Hot Beverage through growth in bean-to-cup and table top have translated into above inflation rise in price

6. Cold Beverage enjoyed growth due to the extended hot summer heat wave

7. Premium Coffee-to-Go continues to grow apace, with independent operators now gaining significant share. The acquisition of Costa Coffee by Coca Cola, and Nestlé’s acquisition of the right to market Starbucks products are likely to drive this sector faster and further

8. The industry is taking the focus on single use packaging very seriously: cup recycling is set to increase dramatically in 2019, and the use of re-usable cups is also being strongly promoted

9. Cashless continues to increase penetration into the base. Where fitted, cashless sales now account for 45% of transactions and a higher average value than cash

10. The penetration of telemetry is also growing and its uses are expanding. ‘Smart’ vending, with dynamic route planning will soon become significant

11. Ongoing industry consolidation with Selecta acquiring Express Vending and Gem Vending, and Montagu Group acquiring Cambridge Vending and the trade and assets of Uvenco UK.

4-11 The UK Vending Sector 2018 Report – courtesy of the AVA

The United States

1. The vending industry is a $30 billion-a-year industry, employing 700,000 people who work at an estimated 13,500 companies

2. 100 million Americans will use one of 7 million vending machines each day


1. The total amount of vending machines in Russia today is 178,000

2. According to forecasts this number will reach 205,000 by 2020

3. The annual revenue of the vending machine market in Russia in 2018 was 52.9 billion rubles

4. In Russia, vending machines sell 3.2 million products per day

5. Vending machine penetration in Russia is low: one machine for approximately 815 people , compared with the European average of 190 people per machine

The Russian National Vending Association (RNVA)


1. Japan is the country that has the highest ratio of vending machines to landmass in the entire world.

2. Japan is home to 5.52 million vending machines

3. Vending machines have been used to sell questionable items in Japan, such as hallucinogens and piracy devices

4. Vending machines in Japan are called “jidouhanbaiki” (自動販売機) or by the shorter “jihanki” (自販機), the machines are a feature of the landscape wherever you go in Japan.

5. There is approximately 1 vending machine per every 23 people, according to the Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association

6. There are five key reasons why there are so many vending machines in Japan:

a. There is very little vandalism in Japan so machines are safe

b. The Japanese work very long hours and convenience is key – they can grab something whilst they are out and about

c. Anyone can apply to set up a vending machine and lots of people do this as a side-line to their main job

d. Things are kept neat and tidy – Specialised maintenance companies make sure that there’s no litter, restock the machines regularly and perform all sorts of other maintenance-related tasks. It’s a system that works so flawlessly, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an overflowing trashcan or malfunctioning machine, making vending machines almost ridiculously reliable. (source Japan Live)

e. Prices are kept low, despite Japan’s reputation for things being expensive

The Quirkiest

From treat and trinkets to underpants in Boston and hugs in Singapore…. the quirkiest things vending include:

· Fresh eggs

· Pet rhinoceros beetles

· Hugs (in Singapore)

· Original artworks from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC at $5 a shot

· Ballet flats, originally found in Las Vegas and now widely available – for those whose heels prove a step too far whilst out dancing the night away…

· Underwear: visitors arriving through the South Station bus and train terminal in Boston can purchase underpants, T shirts, socks, scarves etc from Automatic Apparels automated ‘clothing store’ (

· Wedding day essentials including re-sizeable wedding rings, grab and go speech, one size fits all dress and something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. (Premier Inn, London County Hall)

· Handwritten letters sealed with wax and a sprig of lavender at 25 cents each from The Boise Public Library

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