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Ohio Pork Council launches bacon vending machine

The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to announce the launch of their Bacon Vending Machine, located in Ohio State University’s Animal Science Building. In honor of finals season, the machine will supply students with ready-to-eat bacon until Dec. 13.

“The Bacon Vending Machine is a unique and fun way for the Ohio Pork Council to support Ohio State students and promote the pork industry at the same time,” said Dave Shoup, Ohio Pork Council president-elect.

With proceeds from the machine benefitting the meat science program, Hormel, Sugardale and Smithfield donated shelf-stable bacon strips and bits to fill the machine. For just $1, students can “fuel up” with bacon to power through their last two weeks on campus before Christmas break. Members of the meat science program are responsible for stocking and maintaining the machine during its time on campus.

“The meat science program is excited to partner with the Ohio Pork Council through the Bacon Vending Machine project,” said Lyda G. Garcia, assistant professor of meat science in the Department of Animal Sciences.

Through the Bacon Vending Machine, the Ohio Pork Council is able to promote products of the pork industry while educating consumers about their purchase. In partnership with the We Care initiative, the Bacon Vending Machine supports farmers’ commitment to responsible and ethical animal agriculture to provide consumers with quality products.

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