"Push Button for Pizza: A New Era for Vending Machines"
July 7th, 2014
It happens every day: Around 3pm, I start fumbling for quarters and trying to decide which unsatisfying, wastefully packaged, nutritionally vapid nugget to get from vending machine around the corner.
But what if instead of candy, chips, and soda, a vending machine could dispense hot pizza and cupcakes? That'd make them more like an automat, and a heck of a lot more enticing.
Good news: There are a growing number of companies working to create vending machines that dispense your favorite treats. It's a new dawn for speedy snacking.
According to Pizza Marketplace, Americans consume 350 slices of pizza a second (collectively, not per person). With five billion pizzas eaten worldwide each year, it's no wonder Dutch company A1 Concepts has created a pizza vending machine.
The coolest thing about this contraption is that it actually constructs and bakes your pizza on request, rather than reheating a frozen pie. The mechanical wonder starts with all the base ingredients like flour, water, and tomato sauce. It only requires 2.5 minutes to prepare and serve a personal size pizza, and each one costs €3.
Just imagine the profits from putting one of these in a college dormitory.