Vending business appeared in the United States. In 1888 vending machine for chewing gum was patented in the U.S. In 2001 vending in the U.S. totaled $24.34 billion (in 1992 - $ 17.4 billion). More than 35% of vending machines in the U.S. are installed at the industrial enterprises, 27% - in offices, 9% - in schools, about 5% in hotels, restaurants and hospitals, 12% in public places.
There are a huge number of varieties of vending businesses. For example, music vending machines are installed in bars, cafes, restaurants and other entertainment establishments. Modern vending machines can play music and video clips or commercials.
Ice cream vending machines offer consumers several types of ice cream. The oldest design have chewing gum vending machines. Such vending machines are very common in all countries and are still in demand.
And this is just the tip of an iceberg, because the potential of the vending business, according to analysts, is not exhausted even half-way in any country in the world.