Blendtec, a top manufacturer of high-end blending equipment and Lancer, a leading manufacturer of beverage dispensing systems, have entered into a joint development agreement and will be showing a prototype of their first joint product offering at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show this month.
The new platform is an automated blended ice beverage station for making smoothies, frozen coffee drinks and other beverages using refrigerated bag-in-box (BIB) ingredients. This gives restaurants and other foodservice operators a fast, efficient fully-contained system to expand their menus with popular smoothies and other frozen beverages. When released, the beverage station will be commercially available for a unit price of under $9,000 with qualifying volumes.
The new beverage station holds up to eight different refrigerated BIBs, which can include fruit purees, smoothie bases, coffee and dairy ingredients, etc. The unit will feature simple touchscreen controls for selecting the flavor and size, and the cabinet will have refrigerated storage space for whipped cream and other add-on ingredients. It will also have a built-in jar rinsing station, jar storage and cup and lid dispensers.
Posted by Paula Votendahl