Have you heard about Seattle’s latest supergroup?
No, I’m not talking Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, but a food automation startup collab of Picnic and Minnow.
Picnic, a company that makes automated pizza-making robots, and Minnow, a Seattle-based maker of food-pickup delivery pods, have announced a new partnership to offer customized solutions using the two companies’ technology, according to an announcement sent to The Spoon. The new collab will focus on creating customized solutions for a variety of different food concession scenarios and formats, including at theme parks, stadiums, or schools. The solutions will be tailored towards concepts utilizing mobile ordering and self-service pickup.
From the announcement:
A customer can place a mobile or kiosk order that is made automatically by the Picnic station and then put in a heated or insulated Pickup Pod for the customer to retrieve at their convenience. At universities, students can place mobile pizza orders which are assembled by the Picnic Pizza Station and then picked up from a Pickup Pod.
For Picnic, the deal is the latest in a string of different partnerships and collaborations that will potentially put its pizza assembly machine in new and interesting food service concepts. This year the company also partnered up with PizzaHQ, a New Jersey startup looking to create a chain of automation-powered pizza restaurants. They also are working with Speedy Eats, another startup creating standalone automation powered kitchens in the middle of empty parking lots.
Minnow has also been busy of late. The week the company announced a deal with real estate developer Westdale to put Minnow’s Pickup Pods in multifamily properties in Texas, Florida and Georgia. The winner of the Smart Kitchen Summit 2020 Startup Showcase has also been picking up small wins in places like NYC to San Diego.
A new location powered by a Picnic and Minnow solution could automate a large part of the food-making and the consumer-facing aspects of a pizza restaurant, something that could enable pizza restaurant operators to put lower-cost and small footprint concepts.