Vending machine sales were $23.1 billion in 2002, according the Automatic Merchandiser’s 2003 “State of the Vending Industry Report,” down five percentage points over 2002 in a repeat performance of the year prior. As if weak fundamentals weren’t enough, vending machine operators faced a chorus of school districts determined to eliminate junk food from campus. There are 6 million vending machines in the United States, of which 8% are located in schools, colleges and universities. At
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