Serving the Vending and Refreshment Services Industry

History of Vending

215 B.C.

egyptianDevice to dispense holy water used in the temples of Egypt, described by the mathematician Hero who lived in Alexandria.

500 A.D. Coffee is first cultivated
1076 A.D. Chinese produce coin operated pencil vendors
1660 The Dutch introduces coffee to America
1700s Coin-operated tobacco boxes appear in English taverns
1822 First espresso machine developed in France

1886

U.S. grants several patents for coin-operated dispensers

1888

tutti frutti_gumThomas Adams company installs Tutti-Frutti gum machines on New York elevated train platforms.

1901 Just-add-hot-water "instant" coffee was invented by Satori Kato of Chicago.

1902

Horn and Hardart Baking Company opens Automat restaurant in Philadelphia.

1905

U.S. Post Office begins to use stamp vendors

1926

First commercial cigarette vending machines come on the market.

1930s

machines1Invention of the first slug rejectors facilitates large-scale application of retailing through vending machines.

1930s

icecubesBottled soft drink machines cooled with ice appear on the market

1936

namalogoNational Automatic Merchandising Association is founded

1937 Coca-Cola bottle vendor built by The Vendolator Co in Fresno, CA

1946

Invention of the first coffee vendors leads to use of vending machines for coffee break.

1947

First NAMA National Expo

1950

sandwichFirst refrigerated sandwich vendors expand lunch menu

1957

U.S. Public Health Service approves Model Vending Sanitation Code, and NAMA establishes industry's first evaluation program to certify vending equipment

Ice served for the first time in cup soft drink

1958

milkshakeMilk shake vending machine introduced

1960

Dollar bill changers are added to vending banks

Single cup coffee vending machines introduced

First NAMA Western Expo

1960's Launch of NAMA affiliated State Councils

1961

sodaCanned Soft Drink vendors offer customers a new beverage option

 

1963

Vending companies begin furnishing microwave ovens to heat refrigerated foods

1968

ocsTerm "OCS" for Office Coffee Service introduced

1970's

Electric data retrieval system for machines introduced by International Totalizing System

Electronic components applied to vending machines by Wurlitzer & RMi

1972 machine2Glass front snack machine introduced by Polyvend
1978 waterWater vending machines introduced

1983

French fry machines introduced

1985

cardsCredit card/debit card devices for vending machines introduced

1986

100th Anniversary of vending in U.S.

1987

First hand-held computers electronically capture vending data

1987

Frozen food vendors introduced

1988

First bean-grinders introduced in coffee machines

1991

coffeeFlavored coffees, espresso, cappuccino introduced in machines

1992

NAMA approves industry-wide Data Transfer Standard.

1992

Bag-in-box syrup containers installed in cold beverage machines.

1993

First remote wireless transmission of data from machines to warehouses.

1995 Coffee becomes world's most popular beverage with over 400 billion cups consumed every year.
1998 The "Internet Coffee Service Industry" (ICS) is pioneered by combining technology with efficient worldwide distribution channels.

1999

dollarcoinNational Coffee Service Association merged with NAMA

New dollar coin introduced by U.S. Mint

2005

bfl logoNAMA launches its Balanced for Life Health and Wellness Initiative to educate people about the importance of a balanced diet and physical activity.

 
 
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