Vending machines outside Jean-Louis Hecht's bakeries in northeastern France offer customers fresh baguettes at all hours.

Jean-Louis Hecht, a baker from Northeastern France, has adopted the vending machine as an alternative way to sell the baguettes made in his bakeries. The coin-operated machines are located just outside his shops and offer customers fresh hot baguettes at all hours of the day. The loaves, which are pre-cooked, are loaded into the machine and warmed by the internal oven when purchased. The baguette vending machine in Homburg-Haut sold 4,500 loaves last month. Hecht says of the new technology:

This is the bakery of tomorrow. If other bakers don’t want to enter the niche, they’re going to get decimated.

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