Creating only smoothies, the Jamba by Blendid robot allows Bruins to tailor smoothies to their liking, said Geoff Henry, president of Jamba.
“Being able to customize it and then actually watch the robot make the smoothie, pour the smoothie, deliver the smoothie through the two-way glass door – it’s just a really fun experience,” Henry said.
“The official opening of our first Jamba by Blendid robotic kiosk is an exciting day for us and, hopefully, also for our guests! We hope customers visiting the Williams, California location enjoy this fun new way to quickly access refreshing, delicious smoothies on the go,” said Joe Cotton, vice president of food services for Love’s.
When students return to UCLA this fall, they’ll have a new option for fresh, custom smoothies. A Jamba robot! Jamba by Blendid is a self-contained, fully automated kiosk. It requires just an 8 x 8-foot space to operate. It holds up to 20 ingredients and typically requires just a few hours of restocking a day.
If you have a kid heading to college in the fall, it might be time to have the talk. It’s okay to experiment, but don’t go crazy for the first robot you meet – you’ll have others.
That’s because college campuses are fast emerging as a critical early testing ground for the robotics sector. The latest example comes via juice purveyor Jamba and Blendid, a robotic food service solutions provider. The companies will roll out their autonomous robotic kiosk locations at UCLA.
Jamba by Blendid’s 24-hour service appears to be a good fit for high-traffic locations. College campuses in particular are populated with tech-savvy consumers, who are open to automation and may not have much free time during traditional restaurant hours. Research from Big Red Rooster also shows Gen Z diners are more likely to feel positive emotions in the presence of foodservice automation.
UCLA, the third college to open such a kiosk, will open Jamba by Blendid this summer in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year.
“We’re excited to finalize details for the official opening and to see how robotics and artificial intelligence technologies can help our food service operations keep pace with student and faculty needs,” said Cindy Bolton, director of ASUCLA food operations.
Blendid announced today that its co-branded Jamba smoothie robots will be rolling out to Love’s Travel Stops this year. The first Jamba by Blendid smoothie-bot will be installed at a a Love’s in Williams, CA, just outside of Sacramento. There are a couple reasons to take note of this deal — all of them pretty good news for Blendid.
Jamba is bringing smoothie-making robots to America’s highways. The machines, made by a company called Blendid, use a robotic arm and artificial intelligence to churn out freshly made smoothies—including up to nine at once. Jamba said the partnership will give travelers easy access to its beverages.