Vending - US - October 2009
Vending machines are so much a part of everyday life, they may be overlooked or forgotten by many consumers. However, they offer convenient 24-7 access to beverages, food and a growing number of non-food products, and form a significant $14.4 billion industry – which is currently adjusting to a brutal economy and significant changes in its customer base. In this report, Mintel provides an overview of market trends and recommended strategies for future success in the full-line vending sector, including:
- Sales trends among key product categories including hot and cold beverages, snacks, food and more
- Competing retailers and products, such as fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and individual-sized snack packages sold at retail, along with opportunities for differentiation
- Current leading players in the vending sector, along with emerging players and trends that have introduced new innovations into the market
- Key factors impacting the full-line vending, including the role that spiking unemployment rates and a severe recession are having on vending purchases as well as health and environmental concerns
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