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JAN 2017

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and action movie trilogies. From that initial explo- sion of frozen yogurt in the late 1980s to the emergence a few years ago of create-your-own concepts in stand-alone stores and inside other retail operations, this soft-serve dessert has re- mained a consumer favorite, for its taste as well The next innovation for frozen yogurt comes from the aptly-named Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, based in San Diego California. Genera- tion NEXT, originally known as Fresh Healthy approach to healthy options in vending machines. More recently, Generation NEXT turned its focus to frozen yogurt. Not long after launching Fresh Healthy Vending, chairman and founder Nick Yates began evalu- ating the marketplace for future opportunities, keeping close tabs on what consumers wanted. He determined that frozen yogurt was in high demand among consumers, retailers, foodser- vice operators and franchisees. Recognizing the - ness strategy to create a quality frozen yogurt that allowed for selling in multiple and diverse locations. "We knew we wanted to revolutionize frozen yogurt and do it in a big way," recalls Yates. "By utilizing vending as the vehicle, we began to visu- alize the perfect strategy to develop the world's Froyo Meets Robo The result of that vision is the Reis & Irvy's Froyo Robot, unveiled in April 2016. The self-contained vending unit is capable of delivering on-demand customized frozen yogurt creations in 60 sec- onds or less to on-the-go-consumers in almost any location or environment. The system features Froyo Meets Robo Frozen Yogurt: Reinvented with Innovation and Robotics S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T two soft-serve options: traditional premium froyo and a premier non-fat, gluten free, frozen fruit froyo, made with 100 percent fruit juice. More choice of six toppings are available via the Reis & Irvy's unit, which is similar in look to a "Red Box"- sized kiosk. "Whether consumers are looking for an indulgent treat or a healthy option, the Froyo Robot caters says that the unit can be easily and effectively added to almost any environment, such as retail stores, shopping malls, supermarkets, movie it's a grocery store, mall or college campus, is that it's no cost to their own operations. The operator within the area brings in the unit, we handle installation and we do overall mainte- nance and supervision."

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