Menu

Our Story

A History of Innovation

We started innovating way back in 1929. Nathaniel Leverone, our founder, had a vision focused on three timeless principles that we still follow to this day:

Integrity | Customer Focus | Innovation

These ideals completely changed the perception and future of vending machines and foodservice and established Canteen as a front-runner in the industry. From the first peanut-dispensing coin-operated machines on train platforms in Chicago to completely automated cafeterias in mid-century corporate offices, we have pioneered the expansion of vending into factories, schools, offices and healthcare facilities.

We have proudly led the industry for more than 85 years (we think we look pretty good for our age) and are the only nationwide automated merchandising company in the United States! With over 200 company and franchise locations servicing 48 states, we have continued to grow through a commitment to our clients, a focus on guest experience, and by providing you with an unforgettable service.

View Our Timeline
Latest News
National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day: The History ...

Lincoln's profile on the copper penny; Mt. Rushmore; Lady Liberty raising her torch. These emblems of American Democracy are known all over the world. But this is about National ...

Read More

Vending Snacks in Schools

Vending Snacks in Schools: When Delic...

It's a truth universally known in school cafeterias everywhere. Whether we're in preschool or pre-calculus, we all give our tablemate's lunch or school vending snacks the longing side eye. ...

Read More

Benefits of Breakroom Design

The Benefits of Breakroom Design: Why...

So, it's time to rethink your office breakroom design. Give it a little facelift with some fresh décor. Definitely not an easy task you can flip in a day, ...

Read More

Healthy Vending Snacks

Healthy Vending Snacks: Create A Cult...

Once upon a time in the workplace, things were… let's just say a little less healthy than they are today. If we look way-way back through the haze of ...

Read More

What Are You Waiting For?

Get to know us a little better.

Get Started