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June 14, 2012

Let's Pizza vending machines will be introduced in the U.S. later this year

Let's Pizza vending machines will be introduced in the U.S. later this year

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Remember how people reacted when McDonalds announced that it was going to start selling pizzas? Well, if buying pies from a chain best known for cheap hamburgers might have been difficult for some folks to get their heads around, they will likely find this even stranger – buying them from a vending machine. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what Dutch company A1 Concepts is hoping Americans will do, when its Let’s Pizza machines arrive in the U.S.

First of all, it should be pointed out that the machines don’t just spit out premade pizzas.

Instead, the process begins with the client paying, then selecting one of four types of pizza available at any one time. The machine then mixes flour and water, kneads that mixture into dough, rolls the dough out into a 27-centimeter (10.5-inch)-wide crust, adds toppings, cooks the pie in its infrared oven, then dispenses it in a take-away box. The whole process takes under three minutes.

Each machine can store enough ingredients to make 90, 100 or 200 pizzas, depending on which source of information you go by.

One of the finished Let's Pizza pizzas

All of the ingredients are fresh (as opposed to frozen), and are kept refrigerated in single-dose vacuum-packaged containers until needed. The company is very big on emphasizing that the pies are made “in a human-free environment” – so if you pictured an actual person making the pizzas inside each machine, well, there isn’t one.

According to the Pizza Marketplace website, the machines have been around in Europe for the past three years, but will make their North American debut in the third quarter of this year. A U.S. headquarters will be opened in Atlanta at that point, with a rollout of machines soon to follow in various markets.

The suggested price for each pizza is US$5.95. If any of our readers have had the chance to try one of the pies, we would be interested in hearing what you thought of it.

A Let’s Pizza machine can be seen in action, in the video below.

Source: Let’s Pizza (UK) via Pizza Marketplace

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
8 Comments

now RED BOX presents Dinner and a Movie!!!!! :P

Misha Ioffe
14th June, 2012 @ 02:37 pm PDT

Fresh is best.

Carlos Grados
14th June, 2012 @ 03:16 pm PDT

The best Dutch invention since wooden shoes!

Mark Moed
15th June, 2012 @ 03:17 am PDT

One MAJOR flaw..... the dough contains no yeast and has no time to rise. Therefore this could be better described as a 'pizza cream cracker' machine......

JPAR
15th June, 2012 @ 04:08 am PDT

Sorry, but I have to think we're looking at lazy journalism here. If this device has been commercial in Europe for three years, how is it no one was available to ask what they thought of the product? Well, yes, you have to do some looking and asking. And that IS a lot more work than taking a byline on a press release.

Loving It All
15th June, 2012 @ 09:49 am PDT

Many years ago an associate was involved in a fresh/hot vending venture. It was a combination of frozen food and convection heating. It didn't get much traction. This pizza cracker (thanks JPAR) doesn't look that good, the machine is awfully large, and can see this a being a sanitation nightmare.

Bruce H. Anderson
15th June, 2012 @ 09:57 am PDT

It can't do ham (Canadian bacon) and ground beef plus two to four types of cheese.

What's the pizza cutter like? Does it have a rolling blade or is it just a plastic knife?

I want to see the original video, sans dubbed English.

Gregg Eshelman
15th June, 2012 @ 11:12 am PDT

About time.

In the 1960, I seen a Pizza machine do the same thing at local Fairs.

You could see as it was made.

Ken Long
12th February, 2014 @ 01:44 am PST
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