updated 06:05 pm EDT, Wed April 27, 2011
Pepsi set to show Social Vending System
Pepsi has said it will unveil a 'social' vending machine later this week at a trade show in Chicago. It will allow users to buy friends near and far a drink, by entering their phone number, name and a short custom text message or video. This is a step up on the Freestyle vending machine released by competitor Coca-Cola in 2009, which had a touchscreen and contained more than 100 flavor combinations.
The message also contains a system code and instructions on how to redeem at similar machines. The system will also have so-called "random acts of refreshment" programmed in, which is the ability to buy a drink for a stranger.
Pepsi also said it will make its plastic bottles from organic waste products like orange peels and oat husks.