Aug. 11, 2014
Australia is getting a taste of its first pizza vending machine, according to cnet.com.
Pizza Gio is a self-service machine that cooks 11-inch pizzas within three minutes, the article said. Sydney-based Pompei's pizza owner George Pompei started his vending journey two years ago, and today the machine sits in a local shopping center, complete with cashless payment options via a touchscreen application.
"First of all, we have to guarantee and ensure the cold chain," Pompei said in the article. "By cold chain, I mean the actual temperatures are maintained at all times. So that really safeguards the actual product. Even in the production stage, before it gets to the machine, there's a whole sophisticated cold-chain process in place."
The machine holds 84 pizzas cooked about halfway and installed in vending refrigeration of -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Pompei's phone and computer receive system updates alerting him to any malfunctions like changes in temperature, the article said.