Would you buy meat from a machine?
Would you buy meat from a machine? Residents watch the first meat vending machine installed in the French capital, in Paris, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Would you buy meat from a machine?
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Parisians can get their beloved baguette 24 hours a day. So it seems only logical that they can now get the Bayonne ham and Basque pate that goes so well with the bread. It comes from the first meat vending machine installed in the French capital.

Paris is filled with small shops where long lunches remain a crucial part of the French "art de vivre." So the gleaming red machine set up on the lively Rue de Charonne in eastern Paris seems a bit incongruous.

The area has at least two dozen butcher's shops and no shortage of meat. But that didn't deter the owners of one of those shops, Florence and Michel Pouzol of "L'ami Txulette," from investing 40,000 euros ($45,000) to set up their project. They sell vacuum-packed meat from the refrigerated machine.

"We're closed two days: Sundays and Mondays," Florence Pouzol told The Associated Press. "So this is to cater for customers over the weekend. The idea was also to serve people after the shop's closing hours. We close at 8 p.m. But some people leave work very late and find the shop closed when they walk past it."

L'ami Txulette specializes in products from the Basque Country. Their machine takes cash or credit cards. Customers can also get a large choice of traditional delicatessen. This includes duck confit and beef carpaccio. There are also faux-filet steaks on display. They are priced at 34 euros per kilogram. On average, the products are 20 euro cents more expensive than those sold inside the shop.

A majority of shops remain closed on Sundays in France. But the Pouzols are confident that France is changing fast and so are their customers' habits.

"Our customers are young. There are also quite a few bars and restaurants along the boulevard," Florence Pouzol said. "When we see them during the day. They tell us: "Last night, I bought this, or that, and it was really helpful." We also have those who work in the cafes and restaurants and who come off work at 2 a.m. They tell us they were happy to buy an entrecote or something else to eat."

But not all residents, especially the older ones, seem ready for this change. They are not likely to stop running errands at their favorite shop and switch to the meat dispenser.

"I'm so happy that I can actually go to the butcher's shop now that I'm retired and go there in person", said local resident Lydie Aparacio. "I think that it can be useful for people who are busier than a retiree. I don't use it because I have time."

Baguette dispensers have been enjoying a large success across France over the past five years. But the meat vending machines business remains in in the developing stage in France. The first machine of this type was installed three years ago. It was installed in the small western town of Garat.  A butcher set it up outside a bar.

According to the bar owner, it adds extra comfort in an area lacking services.

"We don't have a butcher's shop in town, the first one is located three kilometers (two miles) away," Jo Ferreira told the AP in a phone interview. "When you finish work at 7 p.m., it's very convenient to have this machine available. I love their minced burger steaks."

In the central medieval town of Mennetou-sur-Cher, popular with tourists, Pascal Bidron has installed a machine to sell his locally made andouillette, a sausage prepared with pig's intestines.

He bought a second-hand machine and put it next to his shop, which is closed for more than three hours during the daytime.

"I have customers coming from afar to buy my andouillettes and I wanted to serve them even when the shop is closed" Bidron told the AP. "I recently went away for two weeks and managed to sell 250 andouillettes during my vacation thanks to that machine. It's more than I expected."

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COMMENTS (88)
  • leylac-ter
    4/12/2016 - 09:14 a.m.

    I think that buying meat from a machine is not safe. You don't know how well they have cooked it, if it even is cooked at all. Also, the meat might not be fresh, which if consumed, can be harmful.

  • cadenp-ter
    4/12/2016 - 09:15 a.m.

    I would buy meat from a machine. Because it is probably packaged well and chilled in the Machine.

  • delaneyy-ter
    4/12/2016 - 09:23 a.m.

    I don't think its smart to have a meat vending machine. If the food gets old and someone buys it then they could get very sick. I wouldn't buy meat from here.

  • brip-ter
    4/12/2016 - 10:32 a.m.

    Gross!!!! I would never buy meat from a machine. I would rather have conversations with a butcher or other customers anyway. Plus you don't even know who cut the meat,or know where their hands have been. The meat could not be properly cut. I cook with meat and have to know how to cut the meat. You can't serve meat with bones in it. It might not be properly cooked and could get somebody seriously hurt. You cant ask the machine how it was cut and what kind of meat it is, right?

  • kaitlynv-ter
    4/12/2016 - 10:33 a.m.

    I would not buy meat from a machine. What if they did something to that meat. Or its rotten on the back side you can't see it? Thats just gross.

  • emmem-hei
    4/12/2016 - 10:44 a.m.

    French shops are closed on Sundays, because its a resting day for everyone."We're closed Sundays and Mondays." They say that for a break just like we get Saturday and Sunday off.Some people might go to church as well.

  • emmem-hei
    4/12/2016 - 10:46 a.m.

    French shops are closed Sundays, because they need a break."We're closed Sundays and Mondays." They say that because they need a break.Just like we get a break Saturdays and Sundays.

  • parrisw2-hei
    4/12/2016 - 10:51 a.m.

    The French shops are closed on Sundays is because their faux- filets are more expensive. I also think they should be closed on Sunday so they can get more.I think that is a good idea so they can get some rest and don't have to work all the time.

  • treyj-hei
    4/12/2016 - 10:56 a.m.

    I think they are closed so they would have time to use the vending machines.

  • brianac-ter
    4/12/2016 - 11:14 a.m.

    I think it's a great idea. If someone needs to get meat from the butcher's but they are closed that day or They have closed for the night, people can just get the meat they want from the vending machine.

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