American firms create industry’s ‘first modular automated pizza kitchen’

Picnic and ContekPro (PRNewsfoto/Picnic Works™)

Two US firms have combined their expertise to create what they claim is the industry’s first modular automated pizza kitchen.

Automation specialist Picnic Works and modular kitchen manufacturer ContekPro say they can make foodservice more profitable by reimagining how commercial pizza kitchens are manufactured and run with robotic automation.

ContekPro will manufacture kitchens with an integrated Picnic Pizza Station that uses robotic automation to assemble up to 100 pizzas per hour with just one member of staff.

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The factory-assembled kitchens use the latest in energy-saving modular construction techniques and allow operators to customize based on their needs.

Scott Erickson, CMO of Picnic, said the partnership allows foodservice operators a way to build kitchens quickly and save time, money and labour.

“Kitchen innovation can help increase profits, reduce waste and operating costs, and improve guest satisfaction.

“Picnic and ContekPro share a vision of innovating for the future of foodservice. Combining the quickly built modular kitchens with the Picnic Pizza Station, a new restaurant can be opened 50% faster than before. This means ghost kitchens, sports and event venues, and QSRs can be up and running in record time and saving money from day one.”

The Picnic Pizza Station assembles pizzas autonomously and is completely customisable for each order – after a cook loads the dough, the Picnic station takes care of applying the sauce, cheese, fresh-cut pepperoni, and additional toppings. The finished pizzas can then move into the kitchen’s ovens for cooking.

Each hour, the Picnic station can assemble up to 100 pizzas with 80% less food waste than traditional makelines.

The Picnic technology allows for integration with a kitchen’s point-of-sale (POS) equipment and mobile ordering platforms.

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