Restaurant industry robotics is the integration of robots for full or partial automation of the restaurant industry value chain, from primary and secondary food processing to food preparation, as well as food service.
There are four general categories of companies in the field of restaurant industry robotics, based on where the company operates in the industry value chain: primary food processing, secondary food processing, food preparation, and service.
Incumbents in this space are well-established technology companies that offer diversified robotics solutions with proprietary technologies for multiple industries such as automotive, food and oil and gas, and the semiconductor industry. Most are subsidiaries of Japan-based robotics giants and have strong distribution networks and offices in major locations around the world. Most of these companies focus on robotics solutions for primary and secondary food processing for restaurants, with some attention paid to the food preparation, and none offered to the service segment. Additionally, Little Caesars, a well-established pizza chain, entered the space with a patent for a pizza-assembly robotic system, while DoorDash and Costa Coffee entered the food preparation space via acquisitions. Kellogg’s is the only company to enter the industry via a partnership with a robotic company.