Automatic chip vending on the way

Potato growers can hope for better sales following the arrival of fully automatic chip vending machines.

A prototype was recently launched at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, which specialises in food and environment research, working closely together with governments and the business community.

Wageningen University Executive Board President Louise Fresco tried the first bag of chips from the machine.

After paying one euro, and a single click on the 32-inch screen, the machine immediately started to deep-fry the fresh chips. Mayonnaise, curry ketchup or ketchup, a fork and some salt are supplied separately in a box.

Developed by the Caenator start-up company, the machine fries fresh chips in 110 seconds, and is profitable if it fries 40 portions of chips a day. It is soundless, odour-free and safe.

The freezer compartment has room for 25 kg of frozen chips. The chips are weighed and are held ready for frying in a refrigerated area.

A double door separates the hot section of the machine from the freezer, the sauces and the screen.

Together with the Sodexo catering corporation and other partners, the university is now testing the machine on the public.

Interest has been shown from both home and abroad, says Bastiaan Roest from Caenator: “Caterers and bar and restaurant owners see the machine as a way to retain or increase their turnover.

“Public transport companies see the machine as a way to make waiting less annoying.

“For various budget hotels, it is a way to offer a service to their guests 24/7.”


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