Picnic Works, a Seattle-based developer of pizza-making robot systems, this week launched a new network program designed to bring together technology companies to help it automate more kitchens.
“The new partner network offers leaders in food technology, services, ingredients, and more the opportunity to combine strengths and better serve kitchen operators in their efforts to automate kitchen operations to increase profitability and customer satisfaction,” Picnic Works said in a statement.
The company already has a list of partners it is working with but is inviting more to join, as long as their business falls within one of six categories: kitchen design, ingredient supply, point of sale, foodservice equipment, data and analytics, and service and logistics.
“Picnic works with customers to understand how automation can help improve efficiency and profitability,” said Scott Erickson, CMO of Picnic, in a statement. “Our new partner program creates a network of resources to assist customers with their move to automation. From technology, equipment, and ingredient testing to co-marketing and referrals, the Picnic Partner Program is a hub for like-minded companies to connect, share, and help customers.”
Picnic Works notes that its current partners “are transforming foodservice in many ways from modular and sustainable kitchen design and self-service pickup solutions to POS integration and innovative cooking equipment.” Here is a sample of its network partners with descriptions of each written by Picnic Works.
A sample of current Picnic Partner Program companies includes:
Rich Products: Rich's is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, their products are used in homes, restaurants, and bakeries around the world. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $5 billion, Rich's is a global leader in food.
Ovention: Ovention is a foodservice equipment company driven by innovation, integrity, and an intense desire to solve problems that others walk away from. A care for customers combined with the reliability of an innovative Precision Impingement technology, Ovention raises the bar in traditional cooking.
ContekPro: ContekPro manufactures factory-built kitchens that offer a modular, turnkey, fast-to-deploy, cost-efficient, and sustainable alternative to traditional brick and mortar kitchens. The kitchens are used by hotels, resorts, quick service restaurants, ghost kitchens, and military customers.
KWALI: Kwali uses artificial intelligence to help pizza franchises like Domino's and Pizza Hut improve order accuracy, speed of service, and guest satisfaction. The Kwali platform uses computer vision to monitor and improve restaurant operations.
Minnow: Minnow's Pickup Pods are modern food lockers that provide a better way to manage order pickups. With a modern design and a small footprint, Pickup Pods are perfect for restaurants, ghost kitchens, cafeterias, and other places where food pickup management is essential.
Mukunda Foods: Mukunda Foods is an international kitchen robotics manufacturer specializing in purpose-built equipment including the EcoFryer, Pro-Rico steamer, Wokie automated wok, Dosamatic dosa maker, and E-Pan grilling machine. Installed around the world, Mukunda Foods enhances traditional cooking methods through innovation.
Bear Robotics: From running orders to bussing tables, from the dirty work to dish delivery, Bear Robotics makes Servi, a foodservice robot that eases workloads in restaurants. From hotels and restaurants to senior living centers and schools, Bear Robotics solutions provide flexibility and efficiency.
Picnic Work Pizza Station reduces food waste
Picnic said the Pizza Station can assemble 100 pizzas per hour and can help customers reduce food waste. The company also provides customers with kitchen point-of-sale equipment and a mobile payment app.
“The customer roster for the Picnic Pizza Station includes managed foodservice providers Compass, Chartwells, and Sodexo Live!, Domino's Pizza Enterprises, Texas A&M University, The Ohio State University, and numerous regional pizzerias with new customers coming online weekly,” the company said. “Connecting customers to partners through the program will allow these and other foodservice operators an enhanced way to automate and innovate, saving time, money, and labor to future-proof success.