I recall a dialog I had with a produce supervisor at a big grocery store in Spring 2020 they usually described how at this level within the pandemic buying craziness nothing was off the desk. They’d seen issues they by no means thought they’d and every day introduced one thing new. Shopper habits was erratic and the entire tendencies and planning gave the impression to be upended and placed on maintain. Right here we’re, December of 2020 and we’re all extra comfy with the numerous modifications put in place. As we glance in the direction of 2021 we will see some thrilling and modern tendencies rising.
Robotics and No-Contact Meals Prep
As firms are understanding the very best methods to comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines they’re counting on extra instruments and expertise. QSR Magazine highlights among the completely different challenges in A Restaurant’s Guide to No-Contact Delivery mentioning how eating places are utilizing kitchen instruments like tongs to deal with meals for supply. Many giant firms are trying in the direction of robotics too as an answer to offering no contact meals preparation.
Right now in a Walmart in Dixon, California a brand new Blendid kiosk is opening. Blendid is an autonomous smoothie-making robotic that creates contactless and customised smoothies. Shoppers order via the app or on the kiosk.
“Blendid is on a mission to make scrumptious and customised meals accessible to all via using robotics and AI,” defined Vipin Jain, CEO and co-founder of Sunnyvale, California-based Blendid. “Launching our first Jamba by Blendid kiosk additional expands our targets and accessibility. We’re proud to staff up with the main smoothie model on this new alternative to offer an answer for contactless meals preparation and supply, which has change into crucial through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Blendid chose to work with Jamba, already well-known for its freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies, made-to-order bowls, fresh-squeezed juices, and pictures, boosts and bites. Learn extra within the Progressive Grocer article,
Co-Branding & Strategic Partnerships
Blendid partnered with Jamba to characteristic their drink recipes. As famous in The Spoon article, linking their product to Jamba establishes client understanding. Prospects hyperlink Jamba to smoothies and instantly perceive the aim of the robotic after they see the Jamba brand.
“The benefit to a robotic kiosk, after all, is the flexibility to increase a model like Jamba’s into new areas without having to construct out a full restaurant.” Read more from The Spoon.
Different robotic firms have additionally embraced partnerships with well-known manufacturers. As mentioned in The Spoon, Sally the Fresh Food Robot, from Chowbotics has entered right into a partnership with Saladworks. This partnership is a superb win-win association as a result of it brings the Saladworks model and identified menu, with a small footprint, Sally takes up solely a 3 x 3 house, into new markets reminiscent of hospitals, universities and supermarkets. It expands the model with out having to open new retailer areas. Chowbotics creates a scrumptious product and utilizing the Saladworks menu brings the prime quality salad choices to completely different areas in a contactless means, you should buy via an app.
We stay up for following the rising robotic tendencies within the wholesome meals enviornment within the new yr. We hope to be part of serving to our prospects create new secure methods to offer wholesome recent produce choices. We’re very excited to have the ability to supply Sally, The Recent Meals Robotic to our prospects. If you need more information about Sally let us know and we will send you over the details.