As with every industry, there's always something changing in vending or news stories worth sharing. New products, technology, and strategies are always being tried and tested. Here are five noteworthy stories from the vending industry.
We've discussed strange vending machines before on our blog, but this one might be our favorite. Students at Ohio State University (for a limited time) can purchase bacon through a vending machine.
A book vending machine was installed in an elementary school in Buffalo, NY. Through a rewards system, students can earn tokens that allow them to select a book from the vending machine.
Snack bar company KIND recently announced the introduction of low-calorie options. From Vending Market Watch: "The 100-calorie or less KIND Minis aim to fill a need for people seeking on-the-go snacks that not only taste good but also offer balanced nutrition."
The story behind the 'Coca-Cola Santa' is an interesting one, and now you can purchase stamps with artist Haddon Sundblom's depiction of Santa Clause. The U.S. Postal Service released a series of stamps featuring the iconic character.
With the rise of La Croix as a market leader in the sparkling water category, Pepsi launched Bubly. So far it's garnering a lot of attention, so much that the new brand is projected to reach $100 million in revenue in its inaugural year.