The Pepsi Spire is intended for placement in movie theaters, fast-food outlets and other dining facilities. It is meant to counter Coca-Cola’s own beverage dispenser — the Freestyle — which debuted four years ago. Featuring a more stylish design compared to Coca-Cola’s Freestyle, the Pepsi Spire sports touchscreens and takes up less space, the New York Times notes.
Coca-Cola has placed about 20,000 Freestyle dispensers at locations across the country and has even launched a Freestyle app to help fans find the machines.
Available in three sizes, the Pepsi Spire uses hoses that draw various syrups from plastic-bag-lined boxes. The largest Pepsi Spire dispenser can produce more than 1,000 different drink combinations.
PEP stock rose modestly in Friday trading. On Thursday, PepsiCo stock closed at $85.74 per share.
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