Robotic smoothie making partners Jamba and Blendid have opened a pilot kiosk at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA. The 8 by 8-foot kiosk allows staff, patients, and visitors to enjoy Jamba-inspired, freshly made smoothie options via a fully contactless, robotic mix master, the companies said.
Leveraging Blendid's contactless food automation platform, foodOS, a patented machine learning, robotics, and artificial intelligence-enabled system, Jamba by Blendid kiosks provide a fresh and delicious food option, which is something many hospitals and healthcare facilities lack, the companies argued.
From a Tropical Delight or Green Dream to a Choco Power, kiosk users can customize their smoothies by adjusting ingredient quantities or adding boosts and order their perfect blend directly through the Blendid App and can even schedule a pick-up time in advance, the company said.
Smoothies can be made in under three minutes as the robotic smoothie kiosk can make nine smoothies simultaneously and up to 45 custom blends in a single hour.
“We're excited to expand the reach of our Jamba by Blendid smoothie kiosks to the healthcare industry,” stated Geoff Henry, president of Jamba. “Blendid's technology has created a new venue type for our brand, enabling us to increase accessibility to current and new Jamba fans. Additionally, we're proud to have the opportunity to provide healthcare workers with a refreshing and delicious snacking option – available to them 24/7 no matter when they're on the clock.”
Company partners with Sodexo once again
The Jamba by Blendid kiosk location at Grady Memorial Hospital is operated by Sodexo, a food services provider. This opening marks the second time Jamba and Blendid have teamed up with Sodexo for a Jamba by Blendid location. The first opened earlier this year at Georgia College & State University.
The Jamba by Blendid kiosk at Grady Memorial Hospital, the tenth largest public hospital in the United States, is accessible to patients, staff and visitors 24-hours a day, seven days a week, the companies said.
“Health-conscious consumers crave quick, fresh and nutritious food options at all hours, and offering delicious, made-to-order smoothies for hospital employees, patients and visitors was a natural step in our expansion,” said Vipin Jain, CEO and co-founder of Blendid.
“As we grow our presence across the United States, we want to make Jamba by Blendid smoothie kiosks a standard option for food service operators so they can keep pace with changing consumer needs – providing a quick and easy way to make contactless, personalized, fresh smoothies available any day at any time,” Jain added.