SAN DIEGO -- EatWave Vending, a provider of all-in-one hot and cold food vending machines, has launched EatWave, a patent-pending, fully automated and refrigerated vending machine with an internal microwave cooking unit. EatWave is capable of quickly heating (in about a minute or less) and vending pre-packaged hot food items as well as vending a variety of snack, cold food and cold drink items to serve a complete meal from the same machine.
"EatWave allows vending operators and locations to conserve space and energy by replacing multiple vending machines with our single hot and cold design," said Andrew Preston, CEO of EatWave Vending, San Diego. "EatWave is perfect for office break rooms, hotels, schools, airports and other locations wanting to offer a complete meal for people on the go looking to grab a quick bite."
EatWave's design with microwave cooking unit is built on a standard vending machine chassis that uses a gravity delivery system. It fits congruently in a "bank" of other vending machines but uses an external design to make EatWave stand out from the others. With few moving parts and commonly available components, EatWave requires minimal maintenance the company said. Fully adjustable and reconfigurable item trays allow for a customizable menu including healthy food options.
The built-in cooking unit establishes a high level of cleanliness by replacing standalone microwave ovens in the vending area and the patent-pending Precision Cooking Technology cooks hot food items more precisely than a typical microwave.
Stocking the machine is easily accomplished with standard packaged food (including microwavable items), snacks and beverage items which are readily available from major food and beverage retailers and distributors. The glass front of EatWave showcases the food and drink brands stocked in the machine to create a high consumer confidence in the quality of the food served.
EatWave is also ADA compliant and Energy Star rated.
EatWave's optional VENDCheck software allows for online remote monitoring of machine data and inventory through low-cost Ethernet communications. The software provides another level of efficiency by consolidating visits to the machine for restocking and cash management. Data is stored in a robust SQL database with real time and detailed transaction reporting. EatWave can also be managed remotely through VENDCheck to modify machine settings, change pricing and monitor temperature and fault conditions.