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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 897.0 million–1.3 billion by 2026

Conservative case

USD 897.0 Mn

Base case

USD 1,094.1 Mn

Expansion case

USD 1,291.2 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

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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
Ally Robotics
Wilkinson Baking Company
Little Caesars Enterprises
Miso Robotics
Creator
Nala Robotics
Hyper Food Robotics
Picnic
Stellar Pizza
Piestro
RoboBurger
Speedy Eats
MiFood
XRobotics
Suzumo Machinery
Audio-Technica Corporation
DoorDash
Sweetgreen
Kellogg's
Karakuri
Dexai Robotics
Cala
Nala Robotics
Yo-Kai Express
Kitchen Robotics
Hyper Food Robotics
Mimcook
Hyphen
Picnic
Aitme
YPC Technologies
Moley Robotics
DaVinci Kitchen
Bowlton Kitchens
SJW Robotics
Caldo Restaurant Technologies
Now Cuisine
Chef Robotics
RoboEatz
Austin Automation Design
Nommi
GKI Group
F&P Robotics
Coca-Cola
Miso Robotics
Botrista Technology
Blendid
Café X Technologies
Artly
Makr Shakr
Robo Esso
Swiss Smyze
Hyphen
TendedBar
Crown Digital
Yanu
Rotender
Bobacino
Keenon Robotics
LG Electronics
Bear Robotics
Dishcraft 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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Ally Robotics
Wilkinson Baking Company

Pizza and burger preparation

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Disruptors

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Funding in USD Millions
Miso Robotics
96
Picnic
52
Creator
19
Piestro
17
Watchlist
?
Stellar Pizza
RoboBurger
Nala Robotics
Speedy Eats
MiFood
XRobotics
Hyper Food Robotics

Salad and other food preparation

?

Disruptors

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Funding in USD Millions
Hyphen
58
Picnic
52
Karakuri
18
Aitme
12
Dexai Robotics
12
Chef Robotics
8
Watchlist
?
Cala
Nala Robotics
YPC Technologies
Moley Robotics
RoboEatz
Yo-Kai Express
DaVinci Kitchen
Bowlton Kitchens
Hyper Food Robotics
Kitchen Robotics
SJW Robotics
Caldo Restaurant Technologies
Austin Automation Design
Nommi
Mimcook
Now Cuisine

Beverage preparation

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Disruptors

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Funding in USD Millions
Miso Robotics
96
Hyphen
58
Botrista Technology
53
Blendid
20
Café X Technologies
15
Watchlist
?
Artly
TendedBar
Crown Digital
Bobacino
Yanu
Rotender
Makr Shakr
Robo Esso
Swiss Smyze

Service

?

Disruptors

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Funding in USD Millions
Bear Robotics
116
Dishcraft Robotics
45
Watchlist
?
Endurance
Cedar Robotics
American Robotech

Ally Robotics

Ally Robotics—founded in 2022 and backed by kitchen automation company Miso Robotics—makes smart robotics arms pitched toward the restaurant and hospitality industries. The company claims its robotics arm is cost-effective, easy to use, and equipped with unique hardware, no-code software features, artificial intelligence (AI), deep reinforcement learning, and sensing control that enables it to understand the surrounding environment. Ally Robotics plans to extend the product offering to multiple industries such as agriculture, construction, and manufacturing.

Ally Robotics also has a partnership with Miso Robotics to supply its robotic arms for the latter’s burger-making robot product line “Flippy 2,” which could translate into USD 30 million in revenue for the company (as of May 2022).

In October 2022, Ally Robotics closed a crowdfunding campaign raising USD 4.7 million in seed funding. The company intended to use the funds for product development and to support personnel and general expenses.

Key competitors: None comparable (Ally Robotics is the only startup that offers robotic arms for restaurants)

Segment:
Primary and secondary food processing
Total funding:
USD 4.7 million
Disruptor Funding History

Primary and secondary food processing:

Ally Robotics
Wilkinson Baking Company

Pizza and burger preparation:

Miso Robotics
Picnic
Creator
Piestro
Stellar Pizza
RoboBurger
Nala Robotics
Speedy Eats
MiFood

Salad and other food preparation:

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

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.

Primary and secondary food processing
Pizza and burger preparation
Salad and other food preparation
Beverage preparation
Service
In House Development
M&A
Partnership
Investment
Omron Adept Technologies
Epson America
FANUC America
Keenon Robotics
Suzumo Machinery
Audio-Technica Corporation
GKI Group
F&P Robotics
Little Caesars Enterprises
LG Electronics
DoorDash
Sweetgreen
Coca-Cola
Kellogg's

Notable Investors


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