The sight of a frozen drink machine pumping out Milo’s Sweet Tea inspired one reaction on social media:
“This is what dreams are made of.”
Those dreams will likely be multiplied soon as stores are starting to show interest in the Milo’s Sweet Tea Freezey, which the company is marketing through Taylor Sales and Service, recently rebranded as TSSI.
Machines are also available with Milo’s Lemonade, as well as machines that pump out both.
Irondale-based TSSI markets food service equipment, and a recent Facebook post showing the machine on its page prompted more than 1,500 shares in a week’s time.
James Palmer, a business development manager for TSSI, said the machine is similar to ones that make margaritas at restaurants and Bushwackers at Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que’s.
“We were looking for a new opportunity for a high-quality frozen beverage, and we couldn’t think of anybody else better than Milo’s,” Palmer said.
Mitch Wolfe, chief customer officer, Milo’s Tea Co., said the company thought it was a good idea, based on customer appeal and an adherence to the company’s core value of quality.
“It’s a great opportunity to share Milo’s products with more people and in more forms,” he said. “That way we have a Milo’s experience for everybody and every occasion. It’s about having fun. And we see customers who mix the sweet tea and lemonade to make their own creation.”
The companies spent the last six months developing the machine. There’s only one currently out there pumping out Freezeys – at Tuscaloosa’s Fast & Easy at 3800 Joe Mallisham Parkway.
But there are more coming. Palmer said several businesses have bought machines in the past week and more are showing interest. Wolfe said there are currently no plans to have Freezey machines in Milo’s Restaurants, but the opportunity is there.
“There’s more coming,” Palmer said. “We’ll sell them to anybody. We’ve got grocery stores, barbecue restaurants interested.”