A food technology innovator has unveiled a groundbreaking automated assembly platform for the foodservice and hospitality industries.
Seattle-based Picnic says that the system, which will initially focus on the production of high-volume, customisable pizzas, is the first of its kind.
The compact, freestanding system integrates Picnic’s issued US patent and other US and international patent-pending modular, configurable equipment, with its software, cloud and deep learning technology, and is available to customers with no upfront costs.
The company also revealed that two of its first customers are Centerplate, the hospitality caterer with operations in the US and UK, and Washington-based restaurant Zaucer Pizza.
They have praised it for its flexibility, ease of use and efficiency.
Picnic’s CEO, Clayton Wood, said: “We are defining the new standard for food preparation and offer the only pizza automation platform supporting mass customisation. Picnic enables food service operators to eliminate many current pain points and address evolving consumer tastes.”
Adrian Dishington, senior vice president at Centerplate said: “We always seek to be on the cutting edge, when it comes to AI, robotics and identifying new technological solutions that enable us to provide a better experience for our fans.
“We are happy to roll out a pilot of the Picnic pizza-making technology in our kitchens, as we look to enhance our quality and speed of service. Technology that enables employees to be more successful will influence the guest experience at ball games, concerts and all types of events moving forward.”
Picnic will deliver, install and maintain the system, and provide platform and software updates for a monthly fee with no money upfront.
The company can also provide custom design software solutions for operators to integrate with existing point-of-sale and ordering systems.