Smoothies have been available to consumers for decades, but with McDonald’s entry into the game a few years ago, smoothies have transitioned from being a niche frozen treat to a mainstream beverage. With an estimated 1.7 billion frozen beverages served annually at fast-food restaurants,* it’s no wonder everyone is now trying to get into the smoothie business. As a company providing top-quality commercial blending equipment, Blendtec has worked with restaurants, fast-food chains and other foodservice professionals across the country to offer delicious smoothies to their customers. Based on our experience, here are three keys for getting it right: 1. Use the right blending equipment. Having the right equipment makes a huge difference, saving you time and money and creating a better, more-consistent finished product for customers. For example, contrary to Blendtec blender, the texture is incredibly smooth and the flavor is superior. Key aspects of smoothie blending equipment include:
- Power and durability: You need enough blending power to demolish ice, frozen fruit and any other ingredients, as well as to create a smooth texture. And you need a blender that can handle dozens of blends per hour without overheating or breaking down. The busiest smoothie shop in the world, located at Penn Station in New York City, uses only Blendtec blenders for that reason.
- Optimized jar/blade combination: One of the most overlooked aspects of blending equipment is the jar and blade, where all the excitement occur. The geometry of the jar and blade have a big impact on the quality and duration of the blend, so make sure you select equipment that has been engineered for this specific purpose. Blendtec’s WildSide+ jar, for example, is revolutionary in the industry because the shape of the jar and blade allow the unit to blend twice as much in half the time as other jars.
- Customizable blend cycles: Because smoothie ingredients vary greatly, you need blending equipment that can be customized for your specific needs. By creating the optimal blend cycle for your smoothies, you can ensure consistency and quality, as well as minimize waste and errors.