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Jamba gives its smoothie robot some personality

The robotic arm now sports a set of googly eyes and a dance routine, part of an effort to make the technology more engaging for guests.

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Jamba to put smoothie-making robots in Love’s rest stops

Jamba by Blendid machines will whip up drinks for travelers starting at a single Love’s near Sacramento.

Parent company Focus Brands is using cobranding as it looks for different types of locations for its mall-focused concepts.

Jamba wants to be thought of as more than a smoothie purveyor. The fast-casual chain is amping up its food offerings and seeing double-digit same-store sales growth.

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The former Hilton executive, who took the job two weeks before the pandemic hit, leans on his hotel experience, and sees parallels between the two industries.

Focus Brands, which also owns Jamba, McAlister’s Deli and several other brands, is offering relief pay and deferring or waiving franchisees’ fees.

The operator of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon and other concepts named the former Hilton executive to replace the retiring Steve DeSutter.

The 29-year-old brand is changing its name, menu and design.

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