Device 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
U.S. grants several patents for coin-operated dispensers
Thomas 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.
Horn and Hardart Baking Company opens Automat restaurant in Philadelphia.
U.S. Post Office begins to use stamp vendors
First commercial cigarette vending machines come on the market.
Invention of the first slug rejectors facilitates large-scale application of retailing through vending machines.
Bottled soft drink machines cooled with ice appear on the market
National Automatic Merchandising Association is founded1937 Coca-Cola bottle vendor built by The Vendolator Co in Fresno, CA
Invention of the first coffee vendors leads to use of vending machines for coffee break.
First NAMA National Expo
First refrigerated sandwich vendors expand lunch menu
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
Milk shake vending machine introduced
Dollar bill changers are added to vending banks
Single cup coffee vending machines introduced
First NAMA Western Expo1960's Launch of NAMA affiliated State Councils
Canned Soft Drink vendors offer customers a new beverage option
Vending companies begin furnishing microwave ovens to heat refrigerated foods
Term "OCS" for Office Coffee Service introduced1970's
Electric data retrieval system for machines introduced by International Totalizing System
Electronic components applied to vending machines by Wurlitzer & RMi1972 Glass front snack machine introduced by Polyvend 1978 Water vending machines introduced
French fry machines introduced
Credit card/debit card devices for vending machines introduced
100th Anniversary of vending in U.S.
First hand-held computers electronically capture vending data
Frozen food vendors introduced
First bean-grinders introduced in coffee machines
Flavored coffees, espresso, cappuccino introduced in machines
NAMA approves industry-wide Data Transfer Standard.
Bag-in-box syrup containers installed in cold beverage machines.
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.
National Coffee Service Association merged with NAMA
New dollar coin introduced by U.S. Mint
NAMA launches its Balanced for Life Health and Wellness Initiative to educate people about the importance of a balanced diet and physical activity.