Marriott Hotels has unveiled its first working prototype of a healthy vending machines offering fresh healthy meals using local ingredients.
The healthy vending machine is a concept traveller-inspired innovation submitted to Marriott’s Travel Brilliantly campaign by a 21-year old student.
To create the working vending machine, Marriott used Anjana Kallarackal’s future travel idea, and teamed it up with Farmer’s Fridge, a Chicago health food start-up. The vending kiosk will be used by guests as it is trialled in the Chicago Marriott O’Hare over the next five months.
A variety of fresh meals will be available, including the Detox Salad (know as the Junk Food Eraser) made with organic Kale and Quinoa with fennel, fruits and beans served in white balsamic vinaigrette. Other dishes will include Green Yoghurt and Berries and Lemon Pepper Chicken, made from chickens that have been humanely raised without antibiotics.
“Listening and responding to customer needs is a hallmark for Marriott Hotels. We are committed to introducing the most innovative ideas our guests and influencers have been submitting to TravelBrilliantly.com as part of the brand’s journey to co-create the future of travel,” said Michael Dail, vice president, Marriott Hotels Marketing.
“Anjana’s idea inspired us, and thanks to Farmer’s Fridge, guests can now begin enjoying healthy food whenever they want it. Coming soon, Marriott Hotels will launch even more co-created travel ideas submitted to TravelBrilliantly.com by guests.”
Farmer’s Fridge founder, Luke Saunders said, “It is an honour for Farmer’s Fridge to partner with a company as innovative as Marriott Hotels that recognises the need for healthy meal options among travellers.”
“I founded Farmer’s Fridge because I used to spend 75 percent of my time on-the-road for work and was personally frustrated by the lack of convenient, healthy food available. Now it has come full circle, with this new partnership giving travellers access to fresh, nutritious food on-the-go through our revolutionary kiosks.”
Travel Brilliantly has received almost 2,500 ideas to date. Next month, Marriott will look for ideas on how it can support guests as they try to stay healthy and balanced on the road.