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Vending machines going gourmet for upscale customers
Vending machines going gourmet for upscale customers

At Hollywood & Highland Center, mere steps from Hollywood Boulevard's souvenir-hawking dives, tourists can drop up to $1,000 on fine caviar. But they aren't pampered with white-glove service. Tins of the delicacy are dispensed at the tap of a button — from a vending machine. After decades of serving up junk food, vending machines are putting on airs. High-tech versions are popping up at gas stations and shopping malls, peddling edibles more commonly found at restaurants or specialty stores. Some offer free Wi-Fi and touch screens that entertain shoppers while they wait. Many accept credit or debit cards, and a few even sell outrageously expensive items such as jewelry. "There is a...

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