You can buy everything from cars to marijuana via a vending machine, so why not raw meat?

The next time you want to bite into a juicy steak in the middle of the night it might be as easy as hitting up an automated vending machine. 

New York-based Applestone Meat Company has installed meat vending machines at their shop in Stone Ridge, New York, as well as 24-hour vending meat machines in Hudson, Scarsdale, and Manhattan, New York, according to a report from Bloomberg

The company decided to use vending machines as a way to deal with high customer demand for meat with limited staffing.

Applestone uses refrigerated vending machines that have clear, closed-windows in a carousel filled with up to 150 packages of meat -- mostly beef, pork, lamb, and ground meat and sausage.

Customers push buttons to move the carousel, then select meat and swipe their credit cards to pay. The vending machines are restocked several times a day. 

"We used a model that was basically a sandwich machine that would be the least intimidating to see if this concept had legs," founder Joshua Applestone told Bloomberg.

The innovative approach to selling meat worked, and the vending machines represent 70 percent of Applestone's total sales. The vending machines are so popular that they're selling 3,000 pounds of meat a week.

It's no wonder more businesses are looking into vending machine options to sell products at any time of the day. 

In fact, the global vending machine market size is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2023, according to a report published in June from Business Wire.

And this isn't the first time meat has been sold in a vending machine. Last year, France unveiled vending machines selling oysters (pearls not included). 

Applestone has grand plans to have its raw meat vending machines in every major city in the U.S., but for now only New Yorkers get to grab a pock chop anytime they want. 

Published on: Aug 31, 2018
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