We live in an exciting time of new technological advances and new food products. The vending machine business is ever-changing. The vehicle giant Ford just recently built a car vending machine in Guangzhou, China. Customers use a smartphone and an app to either try out or even purchase a new car from an enormous vending machine. There are vending machines in existence for a broad variety of different things, from fishing bait to hamburgers.
Pepsi Co. has a sparkling water product currently in the pipeline. The announcement came in early 2018. The product is called “bubly.” The beverage contains no artificial sweeteners, flavorings, or calories. In Chicago and Milwaukee, there is a salad dispensing machine from the company called Farmer’s Fridge. So far, those machines have been quite successful. They have 120 salad vending machines currently. On Yelp, the reviews have been positive. Fresh food on the go is a positive change of pace for American consumers. These salads are as fresh as can be. Right after the order is placed, the preparers start chopping the lettuce and the other ingredients on a clean preparation line. The creator of these machines is a gentleman named Luke Saunders. This may start a new trend in vending sales. Coke is also revealing several new flavors this year. There is Fanta Green Apple, Vitamin Water Active, and Barilitos’ “aguas frescas,” which are drinks that feature traditional Mexican flavors. The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has listed GIMME Vending in the top 40 innovative companies in their field. GIMME is based in Atlanta, GA. So what exactly does this company do? They develop tracking and mobility tools used to manage vending machines and other unmanned retail locations. This, in turn, helps vendors to achieve nice profits and increase productivity. In addition to the car vending machine in China, there are many other unique vending machines in China and Japan that are virtually bona fide convenience stores. With these machines, consumers may purchase items like toys, pet ID tags, books, electronics, and even cosmetics. As technology evolves, so does the vending machine business.
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