Korean C-store to Add 24/7 Meat Vending Machines

Ministop Korea will introduce the machines, which will serve pork cuts, inside each of its locations.

September 25, 2020

SEOUL—Soon, shoppers at Ministop Korea convenience stores will be able to buy fresh meat from a 24-hour vending machine, The Korea Bizwire reports. Operated by Freshstore, the machines will offer small packages of pork belly, pork neck and Iberian pork.

Customers can check the meat’s freshness via a screen before buying. “Consumers will be able to buy fresh meat at late hours or early in the morning when other meat shops and malls are closed,” a Ministop official said.

Ready-to-cook, ready-to-eat and frozen meat packages are ubiquitous at South Korean convenience stores, and are often sold in single-serve sizes. According to Statistics Korea, single households in South Korea comprised more than 30% of the country’s total households. Ministop’s fresh meat vending machine capitalizes on that trend, Aju Business Daily reports.

Ministop said it would put in more meat vending machines soon as part of a trial program at  Ministop Janganjangpyeong.

Other convenience store chains in Asia are trying vending machines. FamilyMart Thailand, operated by Central Food Retail, is launching a new concept that features automatic vending machines full of beverages and foods for customers on the go.