Guests at three area Reasor’s stores are able to enjoy custom salads and bowls from Sally, the Fresh Food Robot. This automated salad station is a new alternative to the traditional salad bar and is available at the 41st and Peoria and 15th and Lewis Reasor’s stores in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma location.
“We are thrilled to be the first to introduce Sally, the create-your-own salad robot to our community,” said Jeff Reasor, CEO. “Sally complements Reasor’s culinary teams by expanding our fresh meal solutions through technology that assembles made-to-order fresh salads and bowls on the spot. In the era of COVID-19, Sally’s proprietary technology has become even more important as it allows for a little if any touching of the ingredients. With Sally, we are offering a better solution that is fresh, safe – and fun.”
Sally, created by food robotics company Chowbotics, contains up to 22 different ingredients freshly prepared daily by Reasor’s deli team that enables hundreds of different combinations for salads and bowls. Guests interact with the integrated touchscreen to select pre-programmed, chef-crafted salads and bowls – or they can create their own customized selection by combining their desired choice of available ingredients.
Nutritional details are displayed so guests can fine-tune their bowl to meet their individual dietary needs by adding or removing ingredients.
“Shoppers love that they can personalize Sally’s made-to-order meals to their exact liking through its easy-to-use interface,” said Rick Wilmer from Chowbotics. “Reasor’s is paving the way for the most innovative and safe self-serve experience.”
Sally’s proprietary technology reduces the risk of foodborne illness, as ingredients are protected in sealed and separate containers kept under constant, monitored 38° refrigeration. Ingredients are replenished regularly by Reasor’s deli team members and automatic expiration notifications are sent to the team, ensuring optimal freshness.
Sally’s unique environment also helps eliminate waste, as the food is not exposed to open air contamination and is kept consistently cool, so it lasts longer.
Reasor’s was founded 57 years ago at a single location in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, by namesake Larry Reasor. Today, the company has 17 locations and one convenience store throughout northeastern Oklahoma. In 2007, Reasor’s became employee-owned and now provides jobs for nearly 2,500 community members.