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Brands rethink vending as demand for convenience grows, dayparts shrink

The automat is back.

No, not the turn-of-the-
century version by Horn & Hardart, a once-popular chain of self-service food vending outlets where guests would drop in a nickel, lift a little door and pull out a sandwich. But an infinitely more modern version with the same self-service orientation designed to give time-starved consumers an affordable treat wherever they are, whenever they want it.

Among the players embracing the new automated model ar

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