Vending machine

Date Posted: 03/08/21

NCP Blog: Vending Machines Are Everywhere

I’m sure we’ve all used vending machines at one time or another. You’ll find these machines everywhere! I mention this because today, March 4, is the third annual National Vending Day. (That is, according to the National Automatic Merchandising Association.)


Here, There, And Everywhere

These machines are indeed everywhere. According to, there were 2,175,756 vending machines in service in 2019 in a variety of locations, including:


Manufacturing areas
Retail spaces
Hospitals and nursing homes
Correctional facilities
Military bases
Restaurants, bars and clubs


Most of these machines sell food and beverage products, including sodas, coffee, snacks and candy. (56% of vending machine sales were for cold drinks, including soft drinks, juices, etc.)


But, there are also vending machines for items such as gumballs, stickers, toys, novelties, pizza, cupcakes, office supplies and a whole lot more.


At places like airports, for instance, these machines often sell tech accessories and travel essentials like neck pillows, blankets and eye masks. Laundry rooms in residential buildings often have machines with detergent and fabric softener.


And believe it or not, there are three vending machines in the greater Los Angeles area that sell caviar, including a 400g tin of Beluga caviar for $1,600, according to


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