Corona, Calif.-based AVT, a developer of custom vending machines, kiosks and automated retailing, said demand is growing for the self-service coffee kiosks it supplies to Marley Coffee Automated Stores.
Marley Coffee, also based in Corona, was founded by Rohan Marley, the son of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley. The company has been growing its retail presence rapidly, and its kiosks are now available in national U.S. grocery chains including Safeway, Kroger and Albertson's stores.
Marley Coffee said the growth in demand for its kiosks has been helped by the announcement by Outerwall, parent company of Redbox, that it plans to close its Rubi coffee kiosks venture.
"We will be significantly increasing the number of Marley Coffee kiosks throughout the nation," Joe Menichiello, Marley Coffee Automated Stores' vice president of sales, said in a statement. "We have already secured many of the former Rubi locations and are now expanding on this sizeable base."
The AVT-designed Marley 360 has an interactive touchscreen that allows customers to order any of 15 different gourmet blends including espressos and cappuccinos. As they watch, the beans are ground and filtered water is added to custom-brew the coffee.
"The Marley 360 is the first automated system that truly duplicates the coffee shop experience in terms of quality, variety and loyalty," Menichiello said. The freshly brewed coffee costs about half the price charged by a typical coffee shop, according to the company.
Marley Coffee said AVT is currently manufacturing hundreds of Marley Coffee automated kiosks, which are being deployed in shopping malls, universities and military bases.
Marley Coffee is offering automated coffee kiosks to individuals on a turnkey basis. Entrepreneurs can purchase a Marley Coffee automated kiosk as a passive investment, while AVT and their partners handle everything from identifying a location to restocking the machine, the companies said.