While Bloomberg may have won the battle of the Big Gulp, 7-11 is preparing their counter-attack with a vending machine that offers mashed potatoes and gravy. Determined to cram as many calories in a cup as possible, the machine, which is increasingly popular in China and Japan, is rumored to make its way to U.S. stores before the end of the year.
Studies have shown that service stations like 7-11 are varying their meal offerings as a result of increased traffic during the lunch hours. At a time when the economy is struggling and spending money on lunch has become somewhat of a luxury, people are searching for something fast, filling and cheap. Hot dogs, sandwiches, fruit cups, pastries, nachos and now mashed potatoes and gravy are all available as a way to grab lunch on the go.
What do you think? Are you in favor of bringing the mashed potato machine to our U.S. 7-11 stores? Let us know!