Fresh Blends Creates World’s First Digitally Integrated Platform with 100% Natural Ingredients

Fresh Blends Creates World’s First Digitally Integrated Platform with 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Fresh Blender is an intuitive high-performance smoothie machine that allows customers to create 600 varieties.

  • Fresh Blends’ technological advancements allows for operator and consumer convenience.

On this episode of On Foodable: Industry Pulse, we talk to Sean Larkin, executive vice president of global commercialization at Fresh Blends, North America, as he showcases the Fresh Blender powered by Fresh Blends’ innovative beverage platform.


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AR and VR Revamp Restaurant Experiences for Customers and Employees

AR and VR Revamp Restaurant Experiences for Customers and Employees

Just a few years ago, virtual and augmented reality experiences seemed incredibly futuristic, but VR headsets AR technology are now becoming more affordable and companies are beginning to make the investment into developing these experiences, clearing the path for VR and AR to work their way into daily use.

With experiences like the Museum of Ice Cream and 29 Rooms showing incredible success, industry brands are taking note and, according to “TechCrunch,” are beginning to reallocate advertising dollars to building experiences into their food and beverage offerings.

Consumer product companies like Coca-Cola and Treasury Wine Estates (makers of Beringer, Lindeman’s and 19 Crimes), have begun expanding their brand experiences by adding augmented reality videos to their logos and labels, extending the brands’ storytelling abilities further than a label could normally go. For example, using 19 Crimes’ AR app, customers can see and hear the convicts pictured on the 19 Crimes labels tell their stories.

Seeing such great value in this technology, the restaurant industry has begun testing multiple types of virtual and augmented reality experiences, not only for their customers but also for their employees. Restaurants, like Honeygrow, have created entire training videos in virtual reality. And while there are still improvements to be made in the tech, tests done by Google’s Daydream Labs have shown that VR training actually improves speed of learning and information retention.

Training can be an extremely expensive part of onboarding when given the attention it needs. In the past, businesses may have had to choose between large-scale training groups for the sake of efficiency or hands-on one-on-one training which can be time-consuming and costly. With virtual reality technology, operators can ensure thorough and consistent training for all employees while freeing up the time of trainers, saving time and money while ensuring a perfect training experience every time.

Read more about the changes VR and AR are making in the restaurant industry in this TechCrunch article.

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Restaurant App Reserve Expands to Atlanta and Denver

Restaurant App Reserve Expands to Atlanta and Denver

Move over Opentable, the reservation app Reserve is expanding. 

The app is already in Chicago, New York City, and the Tri-state area in Philly, but now foodies in Denver and Atlanta can use the app to make a reservation at some of the hottest restaurants in the city.

“Since Day 1, we've been focused on bringing you an easier way to make reservations at the best restaurants around the country. Today, we're one step closer to that goal: Reserve is excited to announce that we’re now live in Denver, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia. You can now explore many of the top spots in both dining destinations exclusively with Reserve,” wrote Reserve in the announcement. 

So which restaurants have partnered with Reserve

Several of the Foodable Top 25 restaurants in these cities are now accepting reservations on the mobile platform, including Denver’s Acorn, Atlanta’s Canoe, Denver’s Guard and Grace, and Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth.

The app, dubbed as a “digital concierge,” is known to be especially user-friendly for both restaurant operators and guests. 

The company first launch in 2014 with a mission to make it easier for guests to make reservations at restaurants. 

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Visa Takes the War on Cash to the Next Level

Visa Takes the War on Cash to the Next Level

Visa is offering a high-value incentive to get restaurants to stop accepting cash. 

The credit card company will be giving up to 50 restaurants and food vendors $10,000 apiece to upgrade their payment technology if they agree to stop accepting cash at their establishments. 

Last week, Visa announced a campaign to steer Americans from using cash altogether and on June 22 at the 2017 Investor Day, the company addressed its goal of making more establishments completely cashless.

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