The World’s Most Popular Vending Machine Drinks.

The vending world is changing and adapting with new and exciting trends emerging all the time. Vending machine trends tend to align pretty closely with other food and beverage trends as people seek to eat and drink well on the move. 

Over the last few years, the key shift has been from traditional confectionery like crisps and chocolate to healthier and fresher options. That’s not to say people have given up on their lunchtime Pepsi altogether, rather that modern consumers expect a much wider range of choice. 

In this piece, we’re examining some of the most popular vending machine drinks of the past as well as looking at where the industry is heading in 2022 and beyond.  

Most Popular Vending Machine Drinks

Traditionally, drinks have played a huge role in the success of vending machines. They make up some 31% of all sales annually – and it’s easy to see why. Whether it’s grabbing your morning coffee on the way to the office or a bottle of water after a gym session, being able to stay hydrated on the go is important when trying to keep healthy. 

That being said, the most popular vending machine drinks have not always been the best for us.

Fizzy Pop & Soda

For many, the idea of grabbing a quick can of pop on the go is what vending is all about. Although the industry has come a long way, having a range of fizzy options available is still important, even if their popularity is dwindling. 

Some of the most popular brands we see stocked are Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sprite and Mountain Dew. Coca-Cola, in particular, is one of the highest-grossing products regularly stocked in vending machines. That’s perhaps unsurprising given its global status, but what is interesting is that despite a wider shift to healthier lifestyles and a UK tax on sugar, Coke’s sales have continued to grow.

Bottled Water

Bottled water is another drink that has long been synonymous with vending machines. Companies like Evian, Buxton and Harrogate have used the ready availability of vending machines to boost both brand awareness and overall sales. 

Although we don’t expect to see bottled water disappearing from machines any time soon, there has been a real shift towards installing water dispensers and encouraging users to bring their own reusable bottles. 

Energy Drinks

There are definitely times when an energy boost is needed to get you through the day. For those of us who don’t like coffee, energy drinks are often the go-to. Although the caffeine content is often higher than your average cup of coffee, the sweet taste and convenience of a can makes them attractive.

Brands like Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar have been the most popular when it comes to vending with each one offering (slightly) healthier options that contain little or no sugar.

Coffee

The other popular option when it comes to getting your daily caffeine fix is, of course, coffee. Hot drinks vending machines are some of the most popular with any good office or public space having one. 

In the UK, brands like Lavazza have started supplying beans to more and more vending companies. This has meant that consumers have been able to enjoy better quality coffee than ever before. Even some of the big coffee chains like Costa have seen the impact vending can have on sales with their machines now commonplace in petrol stations and supermarkets across the country. 

Vending Drink Trends in 2022

The 2010s saw a major shift in consumer habits with more and more of us taking our health seriously. This directly impacted our food and beverage choices with the health foods industry set to top $1.1 trillion by 2027.

At the same time, consumer buying habits have changed. Now more than ever, the emphasis is on convenience and speed of service. Potential customers expect high-quality products and they expect to get them quickly. 

Here’s how we think these trends will impact the types of drinks stocked in vending machines around the world. 

Plant-Based Options

Obviously, things like fruit juices and smoothies are already very popular. But products that contain other plant-based ingredients like soy or almond milk are set to be some of the most in-demand vending machine drinks this year. 

As veganism continues to become more and more popular, we expect to see traditional dairy products increasingly replaced with alternatives. 

Organic & Sustainable Drinks

In 2022, consumers want to know where their food and drink comes from and how it was produced. Whether that means ensuring farmers receive fair pay for their work or that companies are not contributing to climate change, brands that produce organic and sustainable drinks are set to be at the forefront of the industry. 

All-In-One Solutions 

Another trend we’ve been seeing is the increased popularity of all-in-one solutions like our DELI CAFE micro-market. Particularly popular in offices, solutions like these allow drinks, snacks and more substantial meals to be integrated into one smart service. With all of your favourite brands like Coca Cola and Lavazza available, micro-markets are set to shape the future of vending over the next few years. 

If you or your business would benefit from state of the art vending solutions, reach out to our team today to discuss your options in detail.