From one year to the next, the vending industry is developing at an accelerated pace. The number of those who build a business in this field increases considerably and, with the development of the market, the utility of these devices also diversifies in an innovative way.
The vending machine unit, for which 3 Italians have a patent, is like a 6.5×6.5 feet cupboard and can make the dough on the spot from water and flour, add the topping, bake pizza and deliver it, on the spot, in a cardboard box.
Three Italians, Marco Pilati, Pierluigi Malfatti, and Claudio Torghele, applied in 2001 to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for an innovation patent for the “Pizza Product Device”. Two years later they received the patent and after another six years, the pizza vending machine was already the subject of an article in the New York Times.
How much does a pizza vending machine cost?
Pizza vending machines can cost anywhere from $33,000 to $56,000. The higher price point is usually for more expensive brands.
A PALINE-branded pizza ATM vending machine is sold for the price of $56,000, but it offers an extraordinary one-year ROI. You can earn more than $92,000 a year with the average leading machines selling more than 40 pizzas each day.
On the other hand, you can purchase a Let’s Pizza vending machine for the price of only $33,000.
The average cost of a pizza inside the vending machine will be $6 to $11, depending on which brand you choose.
Pizza vending machine details
As a mode of operation, the dough is prepared by a special mixing system in 40 seconds, then transferred to a hydraulic press that gives the shape and size of the countertop. Another device concentrically distributes the tomato sauce, then adds the cheese and ingredients chosen by the customer. The pizza is baked in an infrared oven, from the center to the outside, so that the baking process is fast. The freshly prepared and hot pizza is placed in a cardboard box and transferred to the delivery area of the product. The whole process takes two and a half minutes. It is interesting that two of the stages of preparation are visible to consumers, namely mixing the dough and baking.
Customers can choose some varieties of pizza: Margherita, pepperoni, ham, smoked bacon, and vegetarian. The size of the final product is 10 inches with an average weight of 0.57 pounds.
Good to know
The number of pizzas that an average pizza vending machine can hold at one time is somewhere between 70 and 90.
The main advantage of vending machines, such as the pizza vending machine, is that they can sell the products 24/24.
The most important technical condition is to be connected to a power source, but quite strong because, according to the technical sheet, the consumption – maximum 7KW – is high for a regular power outlet.
Once the connectivity is ensured, the pizza machine needs access at any time in order to be refueled with consumables (water, flour, ingredients, packaging).
The pizza vending machine can be placed in locations with heavy traffic, where consumers are in a hurry, in transit, in search of a hot snack, prepared quickly: stations, bus stations, airports, parking lots, gas stations, student dormitories, schools, high schools, stadiums, performance venues, concerts.
Pizza from vending machines will probably not convince the more demanding restaurant customers, for whom the quick preparation of the dough and the infrared baking would mean compromises to the final taste of the product.
However, for hurried consumers in transit areas or for those who cannot find a quick snack at night, for example, the automatic preparation solution may be acceptable.