Couch Tomato brings salads to vending machines

Justin Udo
January 13, 2019 - 3:24 pm
A popular Philadelphia restaurant takes its product to the masses, by using an innovative concept.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A popular Philadelphia restaurant takes its product to the masses by using an innovative concept.

Vending machines are known for selling foods like candy bars, potato chips, and cookies.  

But Philadelphia restaurant Couch Tomato is working to change the way people think about vending machines by stocking theirs with salads.

"This whole idea of taking fresh organic salads, selling them in jars, stocked daily with leftovers at the end of the day donated to charity, to be a great new direction for the company," said Couch Tomato owner Craig Mosmen. 

Mosmen says he got the idea while looking of ways to expand his business.

"We found that a lot of the towns in the Philadelphia and suburban area have been over saturated with restaurant concepts, so we wanted to come up with an idea that was less risky, more scaleable, and we could use the infrastructure we have in place," he said. 

Couch Tomato recently put their first vending machine in the cafeteria of an office building in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. 

Craig says their salads and soups that sell for about $8 have a little something for everybody.

"We try to keep things pretty unique, not typical run-of-the-mill type salads. Organic spinach and chicken, candied pecans, farmer's cheese, cucumbers and strawberries," he explained. 

Craig plans on expanding the locations of the vending machines that also offer fresh breakfast options, such as parfaits.

The machines also offer a recycling option where people can drop their plastic jars when they finish their meal.