Vending retail constant value sales (2021 prices) continued to decline during 2021, albeit at a much slower pace than in 2020. Impulse purchases of non-essential items like drinks and snacks drive much of the vending industry’s revenue.
2020 also the arrival of new types of vending machines that sell health products, such as hand sanitisers, gloves and face masks. These vending products proved to be immensely popular and were placed outside buildings and places like banks and supermarkets, where people could no longer enter without wearing a face mask.
Vending is concentrated, with three players accounting for more than two thirds of value sales in 2021. These three players are also leaders in categories that are traditionally sold through several grocery channels: Grupo Bimbo SAB de CV, which produces packaged cakes, sweet biscuits, salty snacks, seeds, nuts and confectionery; and Pepsi-Cola Mexicana SA de CV and Coca-Cola Mexico, both of which are leaders in packaged beverages, including carbonates, juice, water and RTD tea.
Vending retail constant value sales will gradually recover over the course of the forecast period, but they will remain below their pre-pandemic (2019) level even at the end of the forecast period. Snacks will remain the largest category in vending, followed by staple foods and packaging drinks.
In response to the pandemic, some vending companies have launched touchless options in their vending machines, spurred by customer concerns regarding the risk of contagion. A growing number of machines accept QR code payments.
Some vending companies also began to sell smaller vending machines selling electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. As these products are currently a legal grey area in Mexico, selling them in vending as an alternative to physical stores is an attractive option for manufacturers.
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Vending means automatic retailing. It covers the sale of products and services at an unattended point of sale through a machine operated by introducing coins, bank notes, payment cards, tokens or other means of cashless payment. Sales figures cover vended products only, ie food, drink and other consumable goods such as vended tobacco, sanitary products and condoms. Services such as the public telephone, laundrette facilities, travel tickets, stamps, passport photographs, domestic energy supplies and business card creation are excluded. Coverage includes vending systems installed in public and semi-captive environments only. Hotels, transport networks, recreational centres, shopping centres/malls are included. Factories, offices, hospitals, prisons, schools and other captive environments are excluded.See All of Our Definitions
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