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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Buying Pizza Through Vending Machines

Vending machines sell all kinds of products. But pizza?

Yes, pizza. A Massachusetts-based company called WonderPizza has introduced a vending machine that dispenses cooked 9-inch pizzas. The $18,000 Italian-built machines can vend three different types of pizza, cooking them in a toaster oven (not a microwave) and selling them for approximately $5-6 apiece. Total cooking time is about 90 seconds.

WonderPizza began rolling out the machines in 2003, and has installed some units on college campuses, including Boston's Brown University. Valuing low prices, 24-hour convenience and speed, college students would seem to be the ideal customers for vending-machine pizza.

Sources: Slice, Herman Trend Alert