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How the food industry is improving Vending Machines

Posted on 06/07/2022 by RSL
Estimated reading time: 4 min read
Categories: Business and Industry, Vending

Vending machines have been serving food products to customers for more than a century. Today, there are half a million coffee vending machines in the UK that vend more than 7 billion items per year.

These days vending machines are synonymous with embracing modern technologies to improve the user experience. Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, Electronic Payment Interfaces, and Graphical Human-Machine Interfaces are some examples of the latest technology used in modern vending machines.

Such pieces of technology have created new possibilities in unmanned food retail. They have improved efficiencies, reduced waste, enhanced accountability and delivered novel experiences for the end-user. Let us explore how technology in vending is revolutionising the food industry.

The food industry meets vending

In 1888 inventor Thomas Adams and his gum company introduces the first industrial vending machine to the United States. These machines were located on New York’s subway platforms, and they offered Thomas’s Tutti Frutti gum to all the waiting passengers.

Since the late 19th Century, intelligent vending have played a huge role in the food and drinks industry. Everything from confectionery to hot and cold drinks.

1888 meets 2022

Commercial coffee machines are so much more than they used to be, it is not just about your classic chocolate and drinks machines anymore. No, there are many variations of smart vending machines that dispense an entire range of products.

Now that it is fresh in your mind that VendSmart is here. Let us talk about the product capabilities of these machines.

If you are looking for something really bespoke, then RSL is here to help. 

VendSmart can vend anything you want.

· Microwave meals

· Sandwiches

· Fruit

· Soup 

· Salad boxes

If you want a specific product, we can tailor our services to your needs.

Snacks and drinks are the largest contributors to the share of food products sold through vending solutions in the UK. Annual sales show that confectionery and cold drinks amount to about £17.6 billion.

Hot drinks aren’t far behind. Everyone loves a good cup of coffee when working. Coffee machines in the workplace contribute to approximately 3.8% of total sales, equalling about £1.2 billion annually.

Technology that is taking vending to the future

Advances in technology have shown that bean to cup machines can be more than a box in the corner. The benefits of this technological process have had a positive impact on the food industry.

Sustainability and Eco-friendliness: Modern cooling systems, prevention of waste using inventory management platforms and other environmentally responsible features make vending machines a compelling retail channel in the food industry. 

Let’s take away the hassle of empty machines or machines with issues. This is where telemetry comes in. This small device is leading vending machines increasingly into the future.

We know the status of your machine before you do. This means we can get to your machine, refill it or fix the problem.


The food industry has been one of the earliest beneficiaries of vending technology. A large majority of businesses benefit from having vending machines that allow employees to get their favourite drinks and snacks.

The recent developments in technology have only enhanced what office vending are truly capable of. Improving the end-user experience, increasing sales, making self serve vending machines more powerful. Allowing for a wide range of other food and drink products to be dispensed and so much more. 

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Refreshment Systems Ltd is one of the most trusted vending machine suppliers in the UK. Whichever option you require either Buy Vending Machine | Rent vending machine | Lease Vending Machine | Stand alone Vending Machine | or Multiple location Vending . RSL is always by your side providing the best vending service nationwide.

Benefits of Getting a Coffee, Snack or Drink Vending Machines from Refreshment Systems

There are many advantages of vending . It is a way to keep your colleagues, clients and visitors refreshed throughout the day. It comes with a reduced cost compared to a fully manned refreshment station at work. With RSL, all our machines are fitted with telemetry units to make coffee machine management more efficient, reducing downtime and ensuring your machines are always stocked.

Take workplace refreshments to the next level with buy new vending machines from Refreshment Systems. RSL is a leading National vending supplier. Our unbeatable range of machines can be purchased outright or leased.

 Get in touch with our team now to get started.

You will always have an option to lease vending machine, Buy vending machine or rent vending machine from RSL. Complete freedom of choice and various service packages available up to completely managed vending solution tailored just per you and your customers needs.

If you want to hear more about our product and services, get in touch with Refreshment Systems on 0800 169 3686.

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