Sally the Salad Robot: A Fresh Salad Bar Alternative

Mason Meyers
Mason Meyers

Imagine never having to worry if the sneeze guard on the salad bar stopped the germs from reaching your ingredients. Imagine never having to wonder how long a salad has been sitting on the shelf in a convenience store. Sally the Salad-Making Robot, Miller & Associates’ newest product line from Chowbotics, takes all those worries away. She’s not just the newest development in food service technology, she’s revolutionizing the way people look at the food service industry.

Soon to start appearing in many airports, office break rooms, convenience stores and more, Sally fixes many of the problems with your average self-serve salad bar station. She dispenses over 100 of the freshest salad ingredients and over 20 of the most popular salad dressings, giving users more options and customization and variety than the alternative. Sally can even do grain-based bowls with ingredients like quinoa and wild rice, so customers looking for something outside of the regular garden-green salad have an option as well. All these options may seem overwhelming, but not to fear, operators can preset recipes so that customers can quickly find the salad they’re looking for and tell Sally to make it with the touch of a button. Sally also has refrigerated chambers for each ingredient and dispenses ingredients by weight, allowing for a more efficient storage system that guarantees fresher ingredients and to cut down on food waste and food cost. Sally doesn’t limit herself to the self-serve market, either. Jeff Griffiths, President and co-owner of Miller & Associates, explains how Sally could also help the restaurant industry by cutting down the interaction between human hands and the food before it reaches the customer.

“[If you] preprogram your menu salads…Sally will make those salads instead of a human. So you can have your server go back into the kitchen to drop an order, and when that server walks by Sally, she or he hits ‘chicken Caesar salad,’ Sally makes the salad, the server delivers it with the food and the kitchen has never touched it.”

Sally also helps businesses cut down on labor costs and helps save on food purchasing. Due to the nature of how Sally works, businesses spend a lot less time and man-hours on keeping up their salad stations. The only labor that goes into Sally is prepping the ingredients and keeping her stocked, which won’t be a problem because Sally can dispense 50 entrée sized salads before needing to be refilled. Food cost will always be the same with Sally since she allows operators to set how much of each ingredient she dispenses at one time.

“Let’s say all of a sudden there’s a huge run on carrots and carrots become three times as expensive as they are now,” Griffiths said giving an example. “You could go in and adjust that to be a third of the amount of carrots. It’s a great tool for managing your food costs with extreme accuracy.”

Sally and the technology that exists within her is all made possible thanks to Chowbotics and their founder/CEO, Deepak Sekar. Sekar, who has a doctorate in electronics and computer engineering, decided to create Chowbotics in September 2014 after realizing that food-service technology could help people save time in their weekday; during a time when things are already busy and rushed, Sekar didn’t want himself or others to have to worry about spending even more time worrying about their food. In the time since Chowbotics’ inception, Sekar and his team have worked on the tech of Sally, making sure she would be ready for market when they decided to put her on sale this year.


Chowbotics isn’t just going to stop at Sally, though. Coming sometime soon Chowbotics also plans to unveil a breakfast making robot that will be able to make custom breakfast bowls with ingredients like quinoa, fruit, yogurt and many more. This is just the beginning of the food-service technology revolution that Chowbotics has kicked into gear. In the meantime, until the unnamed breakfast-bot is revealed, Sally is here to make your salad and make your day.

Preview Sally the Salad Robot with Chef Charlie Ayers.

Mason Meyers
Miller & Associates

Jeff Griffiths
Jeff Griffiths, President

Nemco Announcement

Miller & Associates is proud to announce that we are now representing Nemco Food Equipment.

For the past 26 years, Nemco has been a proven leader and innovator of countertop foodservice equipment.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to represent Nemco. Their culture, their values, and their products match perfectly with Miller & Associates. We look forward to advancing Nemco’s presence in the Texas/Oklahoma market.”

Champion Announcement

Miller & Associates is proud to announce that we are representing Champion Industries in Texas and Oklahoma.

With 100+ years of experience, Champion has set itself apart as the leader in dishwashing machines and systems.
“Today is a very exciting day at Miller & Associates,” says Jeff Griffiths.  “While Champion is the dishwashing segment’s feature and technology leader, Champion’s best attribute is how they care for their customers.  What Champion values is a perfect fit for Miller & Associates, and we look forward to furthering their cause in the Texas/Oklahoma market.”

Where the Foodservice Industry Connects

Jeff Griffiths

Miller & Associates excels as the premier provider of sales, customer service, and support to the food-service equipment industry.  Driven by our core values, we always put people above possessions, tomorrow above today, and we focus on constantly improving vs trying to prove ourselves.  We believe that improvement is easy to see and thus makes an inward focus unnecessary.

These principles have served as a guide for the operation of our 4,000 square foot culinary center.  Though we consistently provide detailed training opportunities specific to our equipment, we also make the culinary center available to industry partners for their purposes.  Foodservice operators use our Culinary Center for charitable events, recipe development, food demonstrations, menu development focus groups, photo shoots, and operations training.

Miller & Associates, strives to be the point “Where the Foodservice Industry Connects”.  This is a pretty loft goal for a 16 employee rep firm.  Still, we believe we have the best products, the right motivation, and the perfect place to help anyone in foodservice enhance their knowledge and relationships.

Please see the list of our “Step Forward” training dates below, and let us know if your organization could utilize the Culinary Center for an upcoming function.

Step Forward Training Dates:

  • May 11, 2017
  • June 1, 2017
  • July 13, 2017
  • August 16, 2017
  • September 7, 2017
  • October 5, 2017

Bally – Proven Dependable

Lisa Bradley

Walk-in coolers and freezers are the bank vaults of most major restaurants. They keep your investments fresh and safe, until they turn into profits. Obviously, customers want superior quality when it comes to protecting their assets. This is where Bally Refrigerated Boxes leads the way.

Bally has been the front runner in innovation and design for over 85 years. In the mid 1930s, Bally manufactured wood-clad, cork-insulated Walk-ins, then creating a fiberglass insulated walk-in several years later. They then revolutionized the walk-in industry in 1962 by building the first urethane insulated modular building panel. This combined with their invention of the Speed-Lok diaphragmatic joining system, made assembling walk-ins fast and easy resulting in a much more dependable product for the customer. Speed-Lok also adds the advantage of being able to add panels, remove panels, or even relocate the entire box.

In addition to providing innovative products, Bally offers top-notch quality. Bally was the first company to receive the FM Class 1 and UL listing on panels which are now the national standards. Our insulation is one of the best available. It’s non ozone-depleting and uses low-pressure expanding agent, both of which aid in creating a long lasting and dependable product.
Miller and Associates is proud to represent one of the top walk-in manufactures in the nation. Whether you’re interested in opening a school or a restaurant, be sure to let us here at Miller & Associates make your business a success with Bally walk-in cooler and freezers.

Alto-Shaam

Miller & Associates
Now Proudly Representing
ALTO-SHAAM

Miller & Associates is proud to announce that we are the new Texas and Oklahoma representatives for Alto-Shaam!

We are excited to be a partner with Alto-Shaam and look forward to supporting the Texas and Oklahoma foodservice industry with one of the most highly regarded brands in the industry.