BURNABY – Travellers from across the globe visiting Vancouver International Airport (YVR) now have another delicious, nutritious beverage option at their fingertips, 24/7, with The Smoothie Machine. A first for North American airports, five machines were recently installed in various locations throughout YVR. The robotics vending unit by Burnaby-based TrendiTech Inc. (Trendi) was created to help make healthy options more accessible. It automatically doles out blended smoothies made with rescued fruits and vegetables.
The five Smoothie Machines are located post-security at YVR – currently three in domestic departures, one in U.S. departures, and one in international departures. Each machine blends healthy smoothies in about a minute with no added sugars or preservatives.
“We are excited to work with YVR and have travellers and airport staff alike be able to access The Smoothie Machine and enjoy delicious smoothies at any time of the day,” said Carissa Campeotto, co-founder and CMO, TrendiTech Inc. “Each smoothie exclusively uses misfit fruit and veggies, picked directly from a farm and rescued before they would be wasted. YVR is one of the biggest and renowned airports, visited by many people across the world. It’s incredible to have the opportunity to showcase The Smoothie Machine and our mission to fight food waste on a global scale, especially since 3.5 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally each year. We are so proud of our team for making this passionate project come to fruition.”
The smoothies are dispensed into recyclable cups, along with a lid and single paper straw. Payment is easy and cashless, made through a simple tap using most major credit cards and e-wallets, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay.
The Smoothie Machines continue YVR’s dedication to transforming its food and beverage program by offering more sustainable and innovative culinary options, working towards its goal of being the most sustainable airport by 2030.
These vending machines are just the latest way YVR is improving travellers’ experiences through innovative digital solutions.
“YVR aims to become a destination for a variety of dining experiences for travellers, no matter the time of day,” said Eric Pateman, Director, Culinary Experiences at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We anticipate the demand for healthy meals and snacks to be high from travellers leaving and arriving to a health-conscious city like Vancouver. We know the partnership with Trendi will allow more customers to stick to their dietary preferences and requirements as they travel, and feel great about their selection.”
TrendiTech Inc. is a Canadian-based start-up dedicated to creating robotic product solutions for the food and beverage industry through its agri-food technology. Its mission is to rescue misfit and excess foods at the source and upcycle them into nutritious shelf-stable products for human consumption – creating a circular economy and helping to feed more people.