3 automated restaurant innovations

A look at self-service machines from Sprinkles Cupcakes, Jamba Juice and Seattle’s Best Coffee

A growing number of companies in the foodservice world are growing their brand with automated or self-service outlets as they strive to meet consumer demand for convenience.

Vending machines have been around for decades, but they traditionally have offered little more than a candy bar and soda. Other countries, particularly Japan, have made advances in vending machine technology for fresh foods, but America has been slow to catch up.

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