[19 September/Food Dive]

New automated vending machines introduced by whole animal butcher shop, Applestone Meat Co, are attracting customers and more sites are expected to be installed. The initial sites are in Stone Ridge and Accord, New York. They are accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week to allow customers to purchase fresh cut meat whenever they want to. The machines were refrigerated and were fitted for meat vending. They could hold individually packaged fresh cuts of meat from lamb, pork and sausage. They also included frozen options and selections change constantly based on availability. It plans to expand across the state. At least seven additional machines would be placed in Hudson by the end of the year with expansion across New York City later in 2019.