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The Peoria Journal Star reports that local inventor Robert Davis has created what may be the first soft-serve ice cream vending machine.

The Peoria Journal Star reports that local inventor Robert Davis has created what may be the first soft-serve ice cream vending machine. The customer deposits $1.50 into the machine and hits the vend button. A long, narrow cup drop down into the vending area followed by a stream of soft-serve ice cream. When the cup is full, the vending door opens so the customer can retrieve his or her purchase. A sensor shuts the door and the machine is ready for its next customer. The cups are reported to be squeezable from the bottom up so no spoon is required. Davis, a lineworker at the local Caterpillar plant, researched the vending industry and applied his skills as a mechanic to create the machine. Davis and his family have launched a company, Sunshine Ice Cream, to market his creation. The prototype was given its debut at a vending industry trade show in Las Vegas where it was well received. Marketing will begin in earnest once all national food codes have been met. Davis sees the machines as a perfect fit for in hospitals, schools and malls
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Publication:Ice Cream Reporter
Date:Jun 20, 2006
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