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Vending Machine Operators in the US: Market Research Report

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Vending Machine Operators Market Research Report | NAICS 45421 | Jan 2017

Snack size: Healthier consumers take a bite out of revenue, but convenience will sustain demand

IBISWorld’s Vending Machine Operators market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • A change in product mix toward healthier snacks, along with increasing use of technology, helped spur demand
  • Convenience stores, grocery stores and micro markets pose a direct threat to operators
  • The movie and video game segment is expected to experience increasingly difficult times due to streaming services
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Vending Machine Operators industry has struggled over the past decade. Over the five years to 2016, revenue decreased due to decreasing per capita consumption of soda and a rise in the healthy eating index; however, the decline was offset slightly by rising per capita disposable income. Additionally, a change in product mix toward healthier snacks, beverages and other food items, along with increasing use of technology, helped companies spur demand. Industry revenue is estimated to decline over the five years to 2021. Rising per capita disposable income, which is expected to increase at a faster rate than in the five years to 2016, and increased use of technology are expected to boost revenue... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter


The food segment is the largest segment in the Vending Machine Operations industry. Products in this segment include candy, snacks, confections and fresh foods. Over the five-year period, revenue generated by this segment has increased mainly due to rising revenue from snacks, candy and confection items. Historically, these items have been calorie dense with little nutritional value. However, many companies have switched to offering a healthier selection of these products, such as baked chips, to reclaim demand from health conscious consumers and spur the segments' growth. Consequently, the segment grew to account for an estimated 33.1% of industry revenue in 2016.

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Additional Insights for the Vending Machine Operators Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Vending Machine Operators Industry are

  • Having an exclusive sales contract
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Per capita soft drink consumption in the Vending Machine Operators industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Vending Machine Operators Industry?

    Vending machine operators provide and service automated machines that sell merchandise, primarily snack foods and soft drinks, but also cigarettes, newspapers and other goods. This industry does not include revenue from soft drink producers that operate their own vending machines.

    Industry Products
    FoodBeveragesMovies and gamesOther products
    Industry Activities
    Retail sale of soft drinks via vending machinesRetail sale of hot drinks such as coffee via vending machinesRetail sale of snack food via vending machinesRetail sale of ice cream via vending machinesRetail sale of fresh food via vending machinesRetail sale of cigarettes via vending machinesRetail sale of newspapers via vending machinesRetail sale of other nonfood items via vending machines

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Per capita soft drink consumption
  • Healthy eating index
  • Per capita tea consumption
  • Current Performance
  • Revenue
  • Rising competition and new challenges
  • Decreasing enterprises and employees
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Increased focus on technology
  • Possible threat to movie and game retailers
  • External competitors and industry landscape
  • Table: Vending Machine Operators Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Vending Machine Operators Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Educational Services
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Bottled Water Production
  • Candy Production
  • Cigarette & Tobacco Manufacturing
  • Coffee Production
  • Food Service Contractors
  • Ice Cream Production
  • Juice Production
  • Snack Food Production
  • Soda Production
  • Products & Services
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Movies and games
  • Other products
  • Chart: Vending Machine Operators Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retail sites
  • Manufacturing sites and offices
  • Other
  • Schools and colleges
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Restaurants, bars and clubs
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Vending Machine Operators Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Marketing, depreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Vending Machine Operators
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Vending Machine Operators Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Outerwall Inc.
    Compass Group PLC
    Aramark Corporation
  • Table: Outerwall Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Compass Group PLC - financial performance
  • Table: Aramark Corporation - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Vending Machine Operators Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Vending Machine Operators Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Per capita soft drink consumption (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Convenience Store
  • A small store that sells everyday necessities and discretionary goods like groceries, toiletries and soft drinks.
  • Franchise
  • An agreement where an individual or group markets a company's goods or services within a certain territory or location.
  • Micro Market
  • A self-contained store, often found in offices, that sells food and beverages. Products are displayed in racks and payment is often based on the honor system.
  • Remote Monitoring System
  • Hardware and software that allows companies to monitor their machines sales, inventory levels and operational status.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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