Nick Yates is an accomplished entrepreneur based in San Diego, California.  Over the course of his long and varied career, Nick’s longstanding dream has been to offer simple, healthy food vending machines so that consumers on the go can get something more healthy and nutritious than a chocolate bar or potato chips.  While pursuing this dream, he has been at the forefront of various technological advances in both the US and his native Australia.  

Nick Yates serves as the Chairman of Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, a public company that is driven by three revolutionary concepts: Fresh Healthy Vending LLC,  Reis and Irvy’s LLC, and 19 Degrees, which has earned it fame and recognition.  In this capacity, Nick has been at the helm of some of the most significant innovations in food vending.

Reis and Irvy’s LLC in particular has been at the forefront of waves and innovations, not just within the food industry, but also the tech industry in general.  A large part of this innovation has to do with its groundbreaking invention, the “Froyo Kiosk.” This kiosk is the first fully automated frozen yogurt robot vending machine to ever hit the market. This unique creation was based off a simple fact that had held the industry back for years: frozen yogurt, as a food product that melts (and melts quite quickly), is by nature pretty messy. Because of this notable limitation, self-serve stations frequently resulted in spillage, waste, and overall high maintenance. The people behind Reis and Irvy’s LLC, Nick Yates included, decided that by providing a neater, more tech savvy, and entertaining alternative, they could help providers and consumers alike.

Nick, along with the Reis and Irvy’s team provided their answer to this dilemma with the “Froyo Robot”. This unique technology has a patented design, which allows for a truly unique experience.  Here’s how it works: customers are served their choice of both traditional premium dairy soft serve with 82 flavors available, and a healthy frozen fruit based consumable.  These various options are served by a robot, the “Froyo Robot”. This self-manned robot can dole out up to sixty servings in an hour. The kiosk has been highlighted in the press as groundbreaking, high tech innovation, leading the way for the future of frozen yogurt and food management.

Serving as the Chairman of Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Nick guides the parent company and its subsidiaries, Reis and Irvy’s and 19 Degrees, to conceptualize and patent some of the most exciting intellectual properties in the food industry, which are helping to shape the role of robotics in this field.  As part of these innovations, vending will serve as the core focus.

In addition to Reis and Irvy’s Froyo Kiosk, Nick Yates continues to maintain and grow the other two brands under Generation NEXT Franchise Brands. Fresh Healthy Vending LLC has garnered international praise as the largest and most successful healthy vending machine franchise. Meanwhile 19 Degrees, yet another corporate-focused frozen yogurt kiosk brand, provides this delicious and healthy treat to multi-unit locations.  These include major chains such as movie theaters, shopping malls, airports, colleges, universities, theme parks, and tourist attractions.

Generation NEXT Franchise Brands hosts over 300 active franchisees in numerous countries around the world, including the United States of America, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. The publicly traded company is located in San Diego, California.

Keep up with this blog to learn Nick’s insights on health and wellness, robotics and technology news within the vending industry.

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