Summary of our market study

The global market for food vending machines is witnessing modest growth, with a projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.3% from 2020 to 2027, driven by developing countries and trends such as urbanization and snacking. The market, valued at $134.4 billion in 2020, is expected to reach $146.6 billion by 2027. Despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly impacted sales with a 68.2% decline in turnover between January and April 2020, the sector is showing signs of recovery post-lockdown, albeit not returning to pre-crisis levels. The European market, particularly dynamic, experienced a 3.9% increase in sales. The French market, with a turnover of €2.8 billion and a fleet size of 640,000 machines, is dominated by hot beverages, contributing to 70% of the market. Vending machine placement in companies and public spaces shapes demand, with businesses accounting for 80% of machine installations. However, increased teleworking could potentially impact future revenue streams for corporate vending services.

The Evolving French Market for Vending Machines: A Shift Towards Convenience and Quality

The French market for vending machines is experiencing a notable transformation, with an upward trend that capitalizes on the convenience of snacking and quality product offerings. The prevalence of hot beverage machines and the penetration of vending units across companies underscore the role these machines play in everyday French life. Companies install 80% of around 640,000 vending machines in France, highlighting the critical relationship between business presence and vending machine sales. Hot beverages, especially coffee, dominate the market, securing a massive 70% of total vending sales.

Notably, the French exhibit a growing inclination towards snacking, with 7 out of 10 meals outside the home falling into this category. This evolution in dining habits nudges the demand for vending products upwards, feeding into a market worth between 15 and 20 billion euros.

The landscape of the workplace significantly influences the demand for vending machines. With three-quarters of French employees engaging in at least one coffee break per day, the presence of vending machines becomes a convenience and a necessity. However, this demand is not uniform across all company sizes; larger businesses with more than 20 employees exhibit a higher likelihood of having a vending machine installed.

This market is not without its challenges. The advent of new work arrangements, such as teleworking, could limit future growth potential. Noteworthy is that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector's revenue plunged by as much as 68.2% from January to April 2020, demonstrating the market's sensitivity to external disruptions.

From a geographical standpoint, regions with high economic activity and significant public and transport hubs, like Île-de-France, see the most substantial vending machine employee presence.

Legal regulations also shape the market, with prohibitions on items like alcohol and tobacco and restrictions imposed on educational establishments. Sanitary guidelines mandate the hygiene and maintenance of machines to ensure product quality and health standards.

Lastly, it's pertinent to touch upon the price ranges for vending offerings, which can swing widely based on product types and features. The choices available range from outright purchases to rental agreements, facilitating a diversity of options for businesses looking to install vending machines while staying within budgetary constraints. In summation, the French vending machine market, valued in the billions, is a nuanced blend of high demand for convenience and quality products, influenced by workplace culture, regulatory environment, and evolving consumption patterns.

Key Players in the Food Vending Machine Market Landscape

The food vending machine market boasts a varied array of players, each specializing in distinct segments of the industry. The landscape is populated with machine manufacturers, management companies, and product suppliers, all of which contribute to a dynamic and evolving marketplace.

Machine Manufacturers:

  • At the forefront of vending machine manufacturing is EVOCA, an Italian company that’s a household name in the industry. Under its wing are brands like Necta, Wittenborg, Saeco, Gaggia, SGL, among others. They are known for their extensive product line and technological innovation.
  • Competing in the same space are other international names such as Rheavendors and Bianchi Vending, also hailing from Italy. Companies like Sielaff and SandenVendo offer more specialized options, ensuring the market enjoys a wealth of choices when it comes to vending machine hardware.

Management Companies:

  • When it comes to the managing end, giants like Selecta and Daltys dominate the European scene. Selecta, with its recent acquisition of Pelican Rouge, has shown a significant presence in France and across Europe. Daltys stands as a formidable competitor, with its market positioning further consolidated by acquiring MaxiCoffe.
  • Beyond these big names, smaller management firms also serve niche segments, and some, like Prodia, represent conglomerates that pool resources for market strength and resilience.

Suppliers of Vending Machine Products:

  • The market pulse is partly dictated by the suppliers of the products sold in the machines.
  • In hot beverages, Nescafé is almost synonymous with coffees served through vending machines.
  • The cold drink segment sees engagement from giants such as Coca-Cola.
  • Additionally, the snacking options in vending machines often come from household brands like Ferrero, Masterfoods, Lay's, and Haribo. For those machines vending sandwiches and meal boxes, brands like Sodebo have made a noticeable impact.

Payment System Pioneers:

Furthermore, the functionality of vending machines depends heavily on the payment systems integrated within them. Crane Payment Innovation and Suzohapp from the United States are the key players in electronic payment systems, while Coges from Italy, Ingenico from France, and Aztek from the United States dominate the landscape for electronic systems. Their technologies facilitate seamless transactions, maintaining the necessary blend of security and convenience.

The market for food vending machines represents a complex web of interrelated participants, each playing a crucial role in delivering convenience and variety to consumers. These companies provide

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1.1 Definition and scope of study

The market for food vending machines refers to the business of selling beverages and snack foods through food vending machines The most common machines are hot beverage vending machines such as coffee and hot chocolate, but there are also vending machines for cold drinks, fruit and snacks.. . The food supply is becoming increasingly diversified towards sandwiches, dairy products and healthy products with higher added value

The world market is relatively mature with a projected CAGR of 1.3% between 2020 and 2027 . Growth is driven by developing countries and their urbanization

In France, the sector is expanding, thanks in particular to demand from companies that are equipping themselves with additional equipment. Around 80% of vending machines are installed in companies . The vending market (food and beverages) is dominated by the sale of hot beverages, which accounts for 70% of sales The fleet of vending machines is estimated at 640,000 machines

The market is divided between companies specialising in the management of vending machines, generally with a European dimension such as Selecta or Daltys, and machine manufacturers like Evoca Major food groups such as Nestlé or Mars are also important players because they supply the products sold. The market tends to become more concentrated with the purchase of independent companies by large groups, but small companies still account for a large majority of the sector

While hot drinks in cups, like coffee, remain the spearhead of the market, dispensers must meet customers' demands for innovation and quality. Indeed, the market for beverage vending machines is reaching a certain maturity and manufacturers and managers must therefore differentiate themselves by offering innovative products in terms of taste, services and presentation . The modernization of beverage vending machines themselves, in particular by enabling the dematerialization of payments, represents a major growth challenge

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Latest news

How Intermarché plans to transform 350 Casino stores - 09/01/2024
  • 3000 associate members
  • A total of 350 stores that have or will switch to the Intermarché and Netto banners
Intermarché Express to surpass 1 billion euros in sales with urban convenience stores in 2023 - 10/12/2023
  • Intermarché Express sales growth for 2023: +21.5%.
  • Sales: close to €1 billion by mid-November 2023, likely to exceed €1.1 billion over 12 months.
  • Number of Intermarché Express stores: 157
  • Anticipated expansion of the supermarket market in urban areas: from one-third to 50% by 2040.
  • Planned openings for 2024: 25 additional stores.
  • target for 2030: double the number of stores.
  • Market share of convenience channel over the last five years: +0.5 point.
  • Decline in hypermarket market share : -2.6 points.
  • Supermarket market share down : -0.8 points.
Intermarché opens up to franchising - 10/12/2023
  • Groupement Les Mousquetaires aims to generate 5% of its sales from franchises.
  • It already has 248 Rapid Pare-Brise and 13 Bricorama franchises.
  • Les Mousquetaires has 3,165 outlets in France.
  • They generated sales of 42.9 billion euros in 2022.
Lidl France maps out its logistics future - 28/10/2023
  • The company has opened platforms in Gondreville (54) and Saint-Augustin (62), with the next one planned for Châtelaudren-Plouagat (22)
  • Investment in the 63500 m² Gondreville platform: 100 million euros
  • This site employs 320 people
  • Other new platforms are planned for Châtelaudren-Plouagat (22) in 2024, Ablis (78) in 2025, and Pardies (64) in 2026
  • The Lidl network in France comprises 25 platforms, 23 of which have been renovated, expanded or relocated over the past decade.
Foodservices Sodexo continues to transform its business model - 26/10/2023
  • Sodexo client retention rate: 95.2
  • Fiscal 2023 revenue growth: +11.6%
  • Sodexo revenues in 2023: 22.6 billion euros
  • Sales of the Pluxee meal voucher activity: +26.9% to 1 billion euros
  • Pluxee net income: 234 million euros
  • Net income for all other Sodexo activities: 560 million euros
  • Percentage of Group capital controlled by Bellon SA family holding: over 40%
  • The United States accounts for 46% of Sodexo's on-site service revenues.
Tazita, Toujust's parent company, in receivership - 08/10/2023
  • The brand was founded by Fabrice Gerber.
  • The parent company, Tazita, went into receivership six months after the first store opened on March 1.
  • A further six outlets were due to open in the first half of 2023, five of them in Moneteau, Cambrai, Rivery and Lempdes.
  • Fabrice Gerber's stated objective was to open 310 sales outlets by 2027.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Evoca France
Rheavendors France
Selecta France
Maxicoffe (groupe Lavazza)
Prodia +
Géraud Groupe
Transgourmet France
Pomona Groupe

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