Foodservice

Select Love’s to Add Robotic Smoothie Kiosks

Deal marks Jamba by Blendid’s entry into travel center market
Jamba by Blendid coming to Love's Travel Stops
Photograph courtesy of Blendid by Jamba

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Autonomous robotic juice kiosks are coming to select Love’s Travel Stops.

Robotic food service solutions provider Blendid and Jamba are expanding Jamba by Blendid autonomous robotic kiosks to the travel center chain, building on deployments in retail locations and college campuses.

The first kiosk at a Love’s Travel Stop will open this summer in Williams, Calif., just outside of Sacramento, marking a strategic expansion into rest-area locations to meet growing demand for nutritious quick-serve options for commuters, travelers and professional truck drivers, Love’s said.

Jamba serves freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies, made-to-order bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and shots, boosts and bites.

  • Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is No. 14 on CSP’s 2022 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count.

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

Jamba by Blendid kiosks use 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 any time of day, Blendid said.

“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, Sunnyvale, Calif. “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.”

Geoff Henry, president of Atlanta-based Jamba, added, “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.”

Oklahoma City-based Love’s is a major travel stop network with more than 580 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964, the company remains family-owned and operated, and it provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, food, coffee and more.

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