Today, bottled water is sold in nearly every vending area. Many soda companies even have their own brand of bottled water to compete in this expanding market. Aquafina and Dasani are almost always found in Pepsi and Coca-Cola vending machines, respectively. Water bottles and soda bottles in vending machines are usually 567gr. in size.
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Water Bottle Industry
Since the 2000s, the water bottle industry has been generally successful. The companies with the largest market share are able to use product label recognition to sell water they extract directly from the ground, which becomes incredibly profitable. A 2001 study suggests that the world uses 89 billion litres of bottle water every year. Sales from this water creates approximately 22 million dollars in revenue. The United States consumes 13 billion litres alone.
History of Vending
Vending machines can be traced back to 215 B.C. In ancient Egypt, certain temples had devices that dispensed holy water to worshippers. Large-scale use of vending machines did not occur until the 1930s, however. At this time, inventors also began using ice in vending machines, an incredible breakthrough at the time. Water vending machines were not introduced until 1978, more than 90 years after vending was first used in the United States.
Vending machines can be found hand-in-hand with large concentrations of people. Since vending machines are designed to provide quick snacks, they are not usually in areas that serve food, such as restaurants. Vending is common in employee break rooms, hospitals and schools. In some schools, however, vending machines are outlawed. Many school officials believe that sugar-filled sodas and fatty foods distributed by vending machines are top contributors to childhood obesity. Luckily, water vending machines are not a concern in this area due to water's healthy nature.
Typical Vending Sizes
Soda is usually sold in two different sizes and types. One common size is the can. Cans are usually 354ml. in size. The second most common size soda size sold by vending machines is the 591ml. bottle. Since the bottles are 236ml. larger than cans, they are usually pricier. Water is almost always sold in the same 567gr. bottle. The small size of bottles allows approximately 322 of them to be held in a vending machine at the same time. If regularly checked, this large capacity almost ensures that supply never runs out.
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