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Vending in the United Kingdom

UK vending market: £360 million industry in 2012

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Autobar continued to be the leading operator in the UK vending market in 2012 with a value share of 26%. In 2010, Autobar acquired Green Food Vending which significantly boosted sales and raised Autobars value share from 6% in 2010 to 20% in 2011. Green Food Vending concentrates on the sale of organic and fair trade products, which are very popular among UK consumers.

Vending value sales declined by a significant 20% in 2012 as a result of the ban on tobacco vending. Vending sales were already showing a decline in 2011, however, at a much slower rate of just over 1%. Tobacco vending sales made up quite a significant proportion of vending sales hence the steep decline in 2012.

Throughout the



forecast period, it is expected that the UK vending category will become even more consolidated. Smaller vending operators in particular are struggling as margins are mainly met through high numbers of vending machines available. Further merger and acquisition activity is to be expected throughout the forecast years.

Key Headlines

- Vending sales declines by 20% to account for £362 million in 2012
- Sales of tobacco products through vending machines in the UK are officially been banned in October 2011
- Packaged foods vending is the largest category within vending with sales of £179 million in 2012
- Autobar is the leading vending operator in the UK with a value share of 26% in 2012
- Vending is expected to register a declining CAGR of 1% in constant value terms over the forecast period.

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