Robotic Smoothie Shop Opens in Grady Memorial Hospital

Jamba by Blendid allows staff, patients and visitors to enjoy Jamba-inspired, freshly made smoothie options via a fully contactless, robotic mix master.
Photo: Official | New Jamba by Blendid at Grady Hospital
Photo: Official | New Jamba by Blendid at Grady Hospital

Smoothie chain Jamba, and Blendid, a robotic food service solutions company, expand their Jamba by Blendid autonomous robotic kiosk portfolio to the healthcare industry with the pilot kiosk opening at Grady Memorial Hospital this month.

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The eight-by-eight-foot kiosk allows staff, patients and visitors to enjoy Jamba-inspired, freshly made smoothie options via a fully contactless, robotic mix master, according to a press release Wednesday.

“We’re excited to expand the reach of our Jamba by Blendid smoothie kiosks to the healthcare industry,” Geoff Henry, president of Jamba, said in the release. “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.”

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.

“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,” according to the release.

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. 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.

“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,” Vipin Jain, CEO and co-founder of Blendid, said. “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.”

The Jamba by Blendid kiosk location at Grady Memorial Hospital is operated by Sodexo and the opening marks the second time Jamba and Blendid have teamed up with the company for a Jamba by Blendid location. The first opened earlier this year at Georgia College & State University.

“We’ve seen rising demand for fresh, customized, contactless food options and are committed to providing innovative dining solutions. Offering a new way to enjoy made-to-order, freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies through contactless and customized ordering, Jamba by Blendid kiosks elevate the food service experience,” Dyiesha Kerr, general manager at Sodexo, said. “Based on our experience launching our first kiosk at a college campus, we are confident that the Jamba by Blendid robotic kiosk will become a welcomed addition to Grady Memorial Hospital and a coveted on-the-go, 24/7 food option.”

Grady Memorial Hospital’s Jamba by Blendid smoothie kiosk is located inside the hospital’s cafeteria.

Jamba by Blendid currently has a total of eight operating kiosk locations across the country with presence in a variety of non-traditional venue types including shopping centers, colleges and university campuses, travel centers and now hospitals.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak