Xavier University Gets North America's First Pizza Vending Machine

August 8, 2016


Pizza vending machines have existed in Europe for some time, but Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio just got North America's first pizza vending machine, no doubt upping the traditional freshman fifteen to at least twenty, possibly twenty-five. The machine cost a staggering $55,000 to purchase, and cooks previously refrigerated 12-inch pizzas in about three minutes, at a cost to students of $9. Not bad, but why not just let somebody open a 24-hour pizza shop? Hell, I'd do it and could probably make a killing selling $9 pizzas and weed. "What?" Nothing. Besides, who wants a vending machine pizza that comes with an umbilical cord? Do I have to cut that myself or does the machine do it for me? Because I didn't get high and come down here in my pajamas at 2AM to play pizza doctor.

Thanks to Dougie, who once roundhouse kicked a vending machine for not dropping his Doritos. I dragged one behind my truck for a stuck Twix before.

  • Julien Prévost

    In France, there's only one company making and vending these machines.

    The machines are mainly bought by independent pizzaiolos with a store or a mobile truck (and not by big companies like Pizza Hut or Domino's).
    You just make your pizzas like you would in your store, but only the base is pre-cooked. The toppings remain fresh. Then you put the pizzas in special boxes, specifically made for the machine. Then you fill your machine.
    In the machine, the pizzas are kept refrigerated (NOT frozen !) in their boxes.
    The pizzaiolo refills the machine and gets rid of the unsold pizzas about every 3 days (most of the time, there's NO unsold pizzas xD).

    The machine costs 40.000€ (about 45.000 USD).
    In France, we're second pizza-eaters in the world, just behind the USA.

    A little vidéo (only French ST, sorry English people !) : https://www.youtube.com/wat...

    1:15 = filling the machine, and explaining the colors that indicate the freshness of the pizzas

    2:00 = the screen shows the number of pizzas sold today (15) and during the current month (574) and from the beginning (16125). He sells more than 1000 pizzas a month, only with the machine

    3:20 = in the company, named ADIAL. We see a pizzaiolo who wishes to buy a machine. He's bringing two of his pre-cooked pizzas to make a test. He worries a bit about the machine possibly altering his pizzas. He wants to place the machine in his store, in order to make the customers flow better, during the big hours. That's because he absolutely wants to ensure that the pizzas in the machine will be exactly the same he serves at his bar

    4:30 = the company guy explains the special boxes. Then he places one of the two pizzas in the refrigerated part of the machine, and he programs the cooking time and temperature, estimating them with what he saw of the pizza

    6:20 = the first test a bit of a fail, the pizza is slightly over-cooked. More adjustments are needed in the timer and the temperature. The second test is a complete success.

  • Stephen Nesbit

    Considering Xavier University has an approximately enrollment of almost 6300 students last year, they only need 6111 students to get a pizza before the machine is paid off and making them money. As college students go, I imagine this machine will have paid for itself within 2-3 months.

  • PunkRockZombie: Fear Agent

    shouldn't they already have a professor with a pizza generating mutant ability?

  • fkdwi

    xmen college has magic pizza box?

  • Munihausen

    Because Americans are insufficiently fat as it is...

  • Ollie Williams

    We're not even in the top 10 countries anymore, and the percentage difference between say... the US and the UK is 5.2%. Considering the population fo the US vs the UK, that's not bad. US is currently sitting at 35% obesity rate.

  • Meh

    And people still have confidence in humanity. Its one big show.

  • dougfunnay

    and that show is really a viral ad for pizza
    grab a slice

  • Meh

    Like your name implies. Fun? nay.

  • Might need to fact check the "first in north america" part. I had pizza from a vending machine in the airport in utah probably 8 years ago. I thought maybe it constructed your pizza with toppings you choose or something but it's just a frozen pizza. Just heats it right? This pinterest page has at least two other pizza vending machines, tombstone and "lets pizza"... both available in the US for years: https://www.pinterest.com/f...

  • Subsonic

    Definitely not the first in NA. Rochester General Hospital has had a Pizza Hut branded vending machine for about 3 years.

  • xepil

    We've had a Pizza vending machine at our German university for years :D

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