Food / Beverage

LG CLOi 400x275LG Business Solutions USA has announced that its LG CLOi ServeBot, a mobile commercial service robot, will come to the U.S. market in early 2022. The ServeBot (model LDLIM21) has earned UL 3300 certification for safe operation in complex commercial environments, including restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

 

BurgerFi 400x275BurgerFi, a premium fast-casual restaurant chain, has announced it is testing and expanding five new technologies and creative strategies to stay ahead of evolving consumer preferences and to combat restaurant labor shortages. One of these tests is Patty the Robot, a food delivery robot that brings food to customers at the company’s Jupiter, Fla. location.

 

PrestoOttonomyCurbside400x275Presto, which develops productivity technologies for restaurants, has announced a partnership with Ottonomy that would allow Presto customers to use autonomous delivery vehicles for contactless curbside and parking lot deliveries. Guests will be able to order and pay using Presto’s touch or voice products, and receive food delivered by an Ottonomy vehicle. The partnership reflects a commitment to finding innovative solutions to address restaurant labor shortages, Presto said.

 

MacysBreadRobot400x275Le Bread Xpress, which has created a robotic vending machine for baking a variety of meals and pastries on demand, has announced that Macy’s Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, Calif., has installed a custom-branded Bake Xpress. The machine provides a full menu of fresh-baked meals and pastries that complements the beverage and snack options provided by Macy’s. The new machine features a Macy’s-branded machine wrap and custom menu chosen by the retailer.

 

NalaRobotics400x275Nala Robotics has announced the launch of its fully automatic robotic kitchen, which can cook millions of recipes from around the world without any human intervention. Through robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Nala can “master any dish in a matter of minutes.”

 

Nommi 400x275Nommi, a robotics startup developing customizable bowl-based meals, has announced it is seeking to raise up to $20 million in seed capital, and is now open for reservations. As part of the investment, Sam Nazarian has led funding as part of a 50/50 deal to establish robotic Nommi kitchens in partnership with his global food tech platform, C3 (Creating Culinary Communities).

 

IFR MIR 400x275The International Federation of Robotics has reported that the market of professional service robots worldwide has reached $6.7 billion, up 12% compared with 2020. At the same time, sales of new consumer service robots grew 16% to $4.4 billion. The figures are part of the IFR’s World Robotics 2021 report.

 

ServeRoboticsUberEats400x275Serve Robotics, which develops autonomous sidewalk delivery robots, has announced a partnership with Uber Technologies that expands its on-demand robotic delivery service to Uber Eats customers starting in Los Angeles early next year.

 

OttonomyDelivery Mall 400x275Ottonomy has announced it is now enabling contactless food delivery with Los Angeles-based mobile ordering app, Crave, focusing on the restaurant and hospitality sectors. Ottonomy said it has been piloting both indoor and outdoor delivery in markets across the country in multiple industries and sectors, including airport and retail environments.

 

Miso Flippy2 400x275Miso Robotics, which develops intelligent automation for the food service industry, has unveiled the newest model of Flippy, its flagship product. Flippy 2 is based on key learnings and feedback from its partner, White Castle, which deployed the original Flippy system in the Chicagoland area in September 2020, and plans to expand to additional locations once the pilot is over.

 

Kiwi LoyolaMarymount400x275Loyola Marymount University and its LMU Dining unit have announced partnering with Kiwibot to provide robot deliveries of hot, fresh meals on the campus. Since launching a trial run in September, the university said more than 500 deliveries have been completed across the Los Angeles campus.

 

MesaFlirtey400x275Flirtey, which develops commercial delivery drones, has announced signing an agreement with Mesa Air Group to establish drone delivery operations in the U.S. Flirtey said Mesa ordered four delivery drones, with an option to order an additional 500 aircraft.

 

MisoWings400x275Miso Robotics, which develops intelligent automation for the food service industry, has announced its newest product line, Flippy Wings. Flippy Wings is a robotic chicken wing frying solution designed from the ground up for high-volume restaurants. The company is working with Inspire Brands and its Buffalo Wild Wings brand to begin testing Flippy Wings at the company’s Inspire Brands Innovation Center. 

 

FlippyFryer400x275CaliBurger has announced it will open a restaurant in the greater Seattle area that features the latest technology from Miso Robotics and PopID. The company said it is the first restaurant it is opening prior to the onset of the pandemic in early 2020.

 

SoftAI 400x275Soft Robotics has announced the launch of its SoftAI Solutions, which incorporates proprietary 3D vision, artificial intelligence software, and its soft grasping tools to address problems in the food industry – mainly the inability to meaningfully automate operations.

 

Keenon400x275China’s Keenon Robotics Co., which develops service robots for both delivery and disinfection purposes, has announced raising $200 million in Series D funding. The company said this round is the largest round of funding in the service robot field. The funding round was led by Softbank Vision Fund 2, followed by CICC Alpha and Prosperity7 Ventures (the diversified growth fund of Aramco Ventures).