Fresh Food Vending Machines

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 13 April 2024 02:42

Description of the innovative solution

Cold chain Convenient processing Digital platform Food design Information/communication Mobile phones Online services Packaging Healthy diet Nutritious food Urban planning Consumer choice Food environment - external Food environment - personal Retail promotion Double-duty action Infrastructure Tuft's Innovation Lab

The way urban consumers buy foods is changing rapidly in this digitalizing world. The abundance of processed foods of low nutrient density leads to choices that do not support optimal health. New methods are needed to increase the access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables. This innovation proposes vending machines that would sell fresh whole produce, chopped vegetables, or salads. This would use technology to advertise the traceability of the fruits and vegetables, while placing them in urban spaces that compete for people's attention on a daily basis. However, not everyone will have the opportunity to go digital right away - the fruit and vegetable vending machine could help to improve access to people who do not have a smartphone to access digital supermarket platforms. Local entrepreneurs could franchise the vending machines and take care of them.

Supply chain segment

Wholesale, markets and retail

Maturity level

Gaining traction


Food quality Food availability Food affordability Food desirability

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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General overview of how to set up a fresh produce vending machine business, with cost and revenue estimates and advice about placement and locations for the vending machines.


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