By Andrew Liszewski
A UK company called WaterWerkz has developed a new type of vending machine that mixes, packages and dispenses beverages on-demand. The idea for the PouchLink System as they call it was inspired by street vendors in India who were selling water in plastic bags. The PouchLink System is a similar concept and the inventors feel it’s a more efficient, eco-friendly and cost-effective solution than traditional vending machines.
After the user selects their beverage filtered water pumped from a connected pipe is mixed with a syrup or fruit concentrate. A pouch is removed from a large flat packed spool and is then filled and capped before being delivered to the customer. Not only does the new system allow for different sizes of beverages to be ordered with different sized pouches but it also means a vending machine can operate for longer periods of time without needing to be restocked. Depending on the size options a single machine can store enough beverage mix and pouches for about 2,000 servings.
The machines should start hitting the streets in the UK sometime in the next quarter with companies like Nestle, Jusante and Bottlegreen Drinks already on board.