Tuesday July 12, 2022  – Blendid®, a robotic food service solutions leader, and Jamba®, a global lifestyle brand leader serving on-the-go freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies, made-to-order bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and shots, boosts and bites, today announced plans to expand Jamba by Blendid autonomous robotic kiosk locations to Love’s Travel Stops, building on its initial deployments in retail locations and college campuses. The first Jamba by Blendid kiosk piloted at a Love’s Travel Stop will open this summer in Williams, CA, just outside of Sacramento, marking a strategic expansion into rest area locations to meet the increasing demand for nutritious quick-serve options for commuters, travelers and professional truck drivers across the United States. 

With more than 590 locations in 41 states, Love’s Travel Stops provides professional drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), travel items, electronics, snacks, restaurant offerings, and more from coast to coast. The introduction of autonomous Jamba by Blendid robotic kiosks to travel stops adds a refreshing and delicious option for motorists on the go, without increasing already challenging staffing demands for facility managers.     

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our guests a new way to enjoy delicious food on the go. Jamba by Blendid will give customers another option to get refreshing food at select locations in California,” said Joe Cotton, vice president of food services for Love’s Travel Stops.  

Jamba by Blendid kiosks leverage Blendid’s contactless food automation platform foodOS®, a patented machine learning, robotics, and artificial intelligence-enabled system, to provide motorists with easily accessible, nutritious food options made on-demand and customized to meet individual preferences at any time of day. 

“Our robotic smoothie kiosks are helping leaders across the hospitality industry meet the rising demand for fresh food options – delivering the fast, customizable and nutritious food choices that consumers crave, where and when they need it,” said Vipin Jain, CEO and co-founder of Blendid. “It is exciting to see more opportunities for Jamba by Blendid kiosks to expand across retail properties, college campuses and now along highways and major thoroughfares across the country in the years ahead.” 

“Jamba is thrilled to be expanding Jamba by Blendid kiosks into the travel stop industry with Love’s,” said Geoff Henry, President of Jamba.  “Making Jamba inspired smoothies readily available in this new vertical allows us to meet our guests seeking freshly made, wholesome smoothies even when they are on the road.” 

More details on locations and kiosk offerings will be made available as plans are finalized. 

About Love’s Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops is the nation’s leading travel stop network with more than 590 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 36,000 people. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love’s has over 420 truck service centers, which include Speedco and Love’s Truck Care locations. Love’s and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventive maintenance, and total truck care nationwide network with over 1,500 maintenance bays and 1,200 emergency roadside vehicles available for customers. Love’s is committed to providing customers with “Clean Places, Friendly Faces” at every stop. To learn more, visit loves.com or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter

About Jamba

Jamba is the global lifestyle brand leader serving on-the-go freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies, made-to-order bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and shots, boosts and bites. Jamba has more than 850 locations operating in 36 U.S. states, as well as the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Japan. For more information and to stay connected, follow @JambaJuice on Twitter and Instagram or visit jamba.com.

About Blendid

Sunnyvale-based Blendid is revolutionizing the future of food service with its proprietary food automation platform (foodOS™), which efficiently and safely prepares and serves a range of healthy, fresh, and delicious food. A pioneer of the future of food service, Blendid’s first concept in the market is an autonomous, contactless kiosk that uses robotics, machine vision, artificial intelligence, and healthy ingredients to create delicious smoothies that are customized to meet the unique health and dietary preferences of each consumer. Founded in 2015 by seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Vipin Jain, Venki Avalur, and Vijay Dodd, Blendid is improving the consumer experience by offering safe, cost-effective, and personalized food on-demand, while also reducing complexities and costs for the operators. Blendid has raised more $20M to date from a mix of venture and crowdfunding investors and is currently raising its Series B investment round.  Visit https://invest.blendid.com/ for more information and to invest in the future of food service automation.

Contacts:

Love’s Contact:

Caitlin Campbell

Caitlin.Campbell@loves.com

(405) 847-5263

Jamba Contact:

Lauren Phillips

LPhillips@focusbrands.com

Blendid contact:

Erica Camilo

Connexa Communications for Blendid

erica@connexacommunications.com 

610-639-5644