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Gourmet vending machine dispenses fresh caviar and escargot (for a price)

• http://www.gizmag.com, By Jonathan Fincher

This year has already seen a surprising number of innovations in vending machines, from the EatWave that cooks select items to the Let's Pizza which actually makes fresh pizza from scratch. Now one company has produced a vending machine designed for more discerning (and wealthy) palates. Gourmet food supplier, Beverly Hills Caviar, recently installed vending machines in select Los Angeles malls that serve up fresh caviar, escargot, and other exotic goods, with prices for products running as high as US$500.

 For a business that delivers luxury cuisine worldwide and just operates one by-appointment-only specialty store, adopting a vending machine to distribute expensive food inside a mall seems like a bizarre decision. The company sees the machines as a way to make its products more accessible to its usual clients as well as the general public.

The machines are stocked with over 24 varieties of caviar from around the world, which range from the $30/oz American Black Caviar to the Imperial River Beluga, which costs a whopping $500 per ounce. Customers can also choose from a range of other gourmet foods and cooking ingredients, such as escargot, black truffles, white truffle oil, blinis, bottarga, and premium salts. There's even a vegan type of caviar comprised of seaweed and a red salmon caviar made just for dogs and cats. And since eating fine caviar with a plastic fork from the nearby food court would, apparently, be in poor taste, the machine sells mother of pearl spoons and dishes as well.

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