“We take student feedback seriously and, when the students asked us for a smoothie bar, we developed the new smoothie station to be fast and affordable,” said Larry Llewellyn, director of dining services for Sodexo at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. “Because the students asked for it, we expected the self-serve smoothie bar to be well received, but we are amazed at how popular it is.”
According to Llewellyn, “Smoothies are all the rage these days, not just because they are delicious and convenient, but because they are a nutrient-packed, low-fat option that contains a healthy dose of the daily requirement of fruits and vegetables. Having smoothies on the menu aligns with Sodexo’s commitment to using local organic produce and their focus on health and wellness for the people they serve. But space and staffing were a challenge.”
On a campus of nearly 2,000 students, more than half the population has purchased the reusable smoothie cup. The smoothie bars are located in Dana and Roberts Dining Halls, and plans are in place to introduce it in the school’s other campus dining halls.
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