France is stealing a page from Japan, where people can buy just about anything from a vending machine, and now people in Paris are salivating over a vending machine that only dispenses meat products.
They’re high quality meat products, too, not the slimy, near-expiring meat that may be found in that lonely vending machine in a local cafeteria.
Included in the mix is Basque pate and Bayonne ham, duck confit and beef carpaccio, according to the Associated Press.
It’s all the brain child of Florence and Michel Pouzol of “L’ami Txulette,” who said it cost them about $45,000 to get the project outside their shop going.
“We’re closed two days: Sundays and Mondays,” Florence Pouzol said. “So this is to cater for customers over the weekend. … The idea was also to serve people after the shop’s closing hours. We close at 8 p.m., but some people leave work very late and find the shop closed when they walk past it.”
He said on average, the items in their vending machine are approximately 23 cents more than the identical items sold inside the shop during business hours.
A demand for meat products exists on Sundays when most shops are closed, and with the late-night crowd after bars and cafes close.
“When we see them during the day, they tell us: ‘Last night, I bought this, or that, and it was really helpful,'” Florence Pouzol said. “We also have those who work in the cafes and restaurants and who come off work at 2 a.m. They tell us they were happy to buy an entrecote or something else to eat.”
The meat vending machine in France isn’t a new thing, as the first one appeared three years ago in the small town of Garat. But this is the first one to make it to a big city.