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Saturday, March 14, 2021

The advent of Let’s Pizza, a fully-automated coin-op that whips together dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings to bake a pie in three minutes, speaks to the popularity of vending machines on the Continent:

It is not surprising that the new drive to offer fresh-made food is coming from Italy. Italians may be legendary for long lunches of pasta and wine, but they also lead Europe in vending machines, with more than 614,000 installed, compared with 593,000 in France and 562,000 in Britain, according to the European Vending Association in Brussels.

Much of Italy’s strength in vending comes from coffee. An Italian coffee vending machine may offer up to 18 different varieties, including espresso, cappuccino, ristretto, lungo and macchiato.

But with coffee markets increasingly saturated, machine manufacturers are casting about for new products to push, like books, DVDs, scarves and handkerchiefs, even model cars and trains.

No matter how many euros the Euros dump into their robo-vendors, I’m betting they’ll never match what you’ll find in Japan, which boasts some 5.6 million machines that sell everything from eggs to pornography.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/14/2009 02:43:56 PM
Category: Business, Food, Tech
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As far as I can tell, there are four sites/focus areas under the “RealClear” banner:

- RealClearPolitics
- RealClearWorld
- RealClearMarkets
- RealClearSports

I believe RealClearPolitics was the original out of this group, having gotten a significant boost during the past two (2004 and 2008) Presidential election cycles. Obviously, the “RealClear” brand is resonating if they’re extending it into different news coverage areas.

So what’s next? RealClearEntertainment? Entertainment news is the only other area I can think of, if the expansion is to remain consistent.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/14/2009 01:26:08 PM
Category: Business, Internet, Media, Politics
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