Westomatic believes it has cracked the problem of producing a vending machine that offers hot food of sufficient quality to satisfy today’s demanding consumers.
The new hot food vending system stocks the Pot Stuff and Westlers product line from The Big Kitchen, which offers a wide range of meals such as Irish Stew, Bolognese, Chilli and an All Day Breakfast, all of which have a one-year shelf life. These products also require no refrigeration saving on expensive transportation and wastage.
The self-service vending solution allows customers to pay at the machine using coin, cashless systems or Apple pay, avoiding the need to queue up with people paying for petrol, and meals only take an average two minutes to cook
Charlotte Summersby, marketing executive at Westomatic comments: “We have all been on a long commute where a quick stop-off for a bar of chocolate or a bag of crisps won’t suffice but now we have a hot food offering that is not only welcomed by the end user but is also sustainable for services stations big and small”
Richard Brinsley, managing director at Westomatic says: “Hot food vending has always had expensive restrictions for vending operators, caused by factors such as short shelf-life, stock fatigue and costly refrigerated transport. But now we have found the perfect product to partner with our vending equipment.”
Mitch Higginson, managing director for The Big Kitchen comments: “Our products are free from preservatives and maintain their shelf life due to the ‘pressure cooker’ style of manufacture. They also have very reasonable calorie content and have no added salt.”
Brinsley adds: “The partnership of the Easy 6000 drum vendor, Easy Kitchen Microwave unit and this new long-life product line will open up new sites and opportunities for operators all over the country. We finally have the full hot food package that these sites have been looking for.”
He says the new concept would work well alongside Westomatic’s Coffee to Go self-serve retail for sites that could benefit from a café or restaurant area but don’t have the space or sufficient staff to run it.
This self-serve vending unit, with multiple coin and cashless payment options, uses dehydrated milk so there is no need for refilling of fresh milk or hygiene issues.
The unit includes a 19-inch touch screen which can be used to promote special offers and products within the forecourt.