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Restaurant Industry Robotics

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Overview

Robotics picks up pace in the restaurant industry

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.

What's driving this industry?
Market Sizing

The US restaurant robotics market could reach USD 514.0 - 888.7 million by 2025

Conservative case

USD 514 Mn

Base case

USD 701.3 Mn

Expansion case

USD 888.7 Mn

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COVID-19 IMPACT

Restaurant robotics adoption increased during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • CaliBurger expanded use of Miso Robotic’s Flippy to minimize or remove human staff from its restaurants

  • Goldilocks turned to DrinkBot to meet public health capacity restrictions

  • Bear Robotics established a South Korea manufacturing facility for its robot waiter

  • Chowbotics deployed 50 new Sally robots across hospitals in the US and Europe for healthcare workers who needed access to fresh food

Other companies used the pandemic to pivot into new or expanded business lines:

  • Dishcraft Robotics shifted its focus to containers and utensil cleaning as takeaway gained traction 

  • Creator closed down its restaurant's dine-in facilities temporarily and focused on takeaway

  • Spyce laid off four staff in April 2020 but reopened as a more automated Spyce V2 in November 2020

Market Mapping

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
Growth
Early
Seed
Pre-Seed
Primary and secondary food processing
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Pizza and burger preparation
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Salad and other food preparation
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Beverage preparation
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Service
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Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica
Omron Adept Technologies
Epson America
FANUC America
Wilkinson Baking Company
Little Caesars Enterprises
Miso Robotics
Creator
Pazzi
Nala Robotics
Hyper Food Robotics
Picnic
Stellar Pizza
Piestro
MiFood
XRobotics
DoorDash
Audio-Technica Corporation
Suzumo Machinery
Kellogg's
Sweetgreen
Hyphen
Cala
Dexai Robotics
Yo-Kai Express
Kitchen Robotics
Nala Robotics
Mimcook
Hyper Food Robotics
Picnic
Karakuri
Aitme
YPC Technologies
Moley Robotics
DaVinci Kitchen
Bowlton Kitchens
Now Cuisine
Chef Robotics
RoboEatz
Nommi
Austin Automation Design
Costa Coffee
F&P Robotics
GKI Group
Miso Robotics
Blendid
Botrista Technology
Café X Technologies
Hyphen
Swiss Smyze
Makr Shakr
Robo Esso
TendedBar
Yanu
Crown Digital
Rotender
Bobacino
Keenon Robotics
Dishcraft Robotics
Bear Robotics
Endurance
Cedar Robotics
American Robotech

The Disruptors

Kitchen automation leads as the most popular segment

A majority of the startups covered in the restaurant robotics industry emerged over the past five to seven years and are in the early stage of operations with none having reached the growth stage (as of August 2021). In terms of funding, Discraft Robotics leads with USD 45.2 million, while Miso Robotics follows closely with USD 43.8 million, as of August 2021. Other prominent players who have raised more than USD 25 million include Picnic, Bear Robotics, and Spyce.

Most of these disruptors operate in the kitchen automation space developing robots that prepare salads, burgers, pizzas, beverages etc. Moreover, companies including Picnic, Miso Robotics, and Nala Robotics develop robots that could prepare either multiple types of food or both food and beverages, featuring in multiple food preparation robot segments within the industry hub. Only a handful of startups—such as Bear Robotics and Dishcraft Robotics—focus on service automation such as dishwashing and waiting tables while Wilkinson Baking Company is the only startup catering to the food processing segment.

Primary and secondary food processing

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Watchlist
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Wilkinson Baking Company

Pizza and burger preparation

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Disruptors

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Funding in USD Millions
Miso Robotics
79
Picnic
38
Creator
19
Pazzi
14
Watchlist
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Stellar Pizza
Piestro
MiFood
XRobotics
Nala Robotics
Hyper Food Robotics

Salad and other food preparation

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Disruptors

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Funding in USD Millions
Picnic
38
Karakuri
18
Aitme
12
Hyphen
10
Watchlist
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Chef Robotics
Cala
Dexai Robotics
YPC Technologies
Moley Robotics
RoboEatz
Yo-Kai Express
DaVinci Kitchen
Bowlton Kitchens
Nala Robotics
Hyper Food Robotics
Kitchen Robotics
Nommi
Austin Automation Design
Mimcook
Now Cuisine

Beverage preparation

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Disruptors

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Funding in USD Millions
Miso Robotics
79
Blendid
20
Botrista Technology
16
Café X Technologies
15
Hyphen
10
Watchlist
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TendedBar
Yanu
Bobacino
Crown Digital
Swiss Smyze
Rotender
Makr Shakr
Robo Esso

Service

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Disruptors

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Funding in USD Millions
Dishcraft Robotics
45
Bear Robotics
35
Watchlist
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Endurance
Cedar Robotics
American Robotech

Wilkinson Baking Company

Wilkinson Baking Company designs and manufactures a fully-automated 120” x 53” robotic bakery called “Breadbot”. The robot was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, after over 20 years of research and development. Breadbot is capable of mixing, proofing, forming, baking, and cooling bread, and can produce 10 loaves an hour. The robot takes 90 minutes to produce the first loaf of bread, and thereafter produces one in every six minutes. Breadbot can operate 24/7, but requires around 30 minutes daily cleaning.

Segment:
Primary and secondary food processing
Disruptor Funding History

Pizza and burger preparation:

Miso Robotics
Picnic
Creator
Pazzi
Stellar Pizza
Piestro
MiFood

Salad and other food preparation:

Picnic
Karakuri
Aitme
Hyphen
Chef Robotics
Cala
Dexai Robotics
YPC Technologies
Moley Robotics
RoboEatz
Yo-Kai Express
DaVinci Kitchen
Bowlton Kitchens

Beverage preparation:

The Incumbents

Well-established tech players offer robotics for primary and secondary food processing

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.

Acquisition

Product development

Partnership

Investment

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company-logo-1Epson America
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company-logo-4Costa Coffee
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company-logo-5DoorDash
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company-logo-6Audio-Technica Corporation
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company-logo-7Suzumo Machinery
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company-logo-10GKI Group
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company-logo-11Kellogg's
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Omron Adept Technologies

Omron Adept Technologies’ robotics solutions are widely used in the global food industry in primary and secondary food processing for fresh produce, processed foods, meat, fish and poultry. Its “Omron Adept Quattro s650HS”, with a patented four-arm rotational platform, is the only high-speed parallel robot (delta robot) to receive US Department of Agriculture (USDA) acceptance for meat and poultry processing. The robot ensures food safety, high speeds, and assures precise pick-and-place action.

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