Salad Chain Sweetgreen Buys Kitchen Robotics Startup Spyce

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The pandemic has staggeringly increased interest in the automated kitchen. The food and restaurant industries were considered essential and global shutdowns, but finding kitchen staff proved a big problem for many, especially in the tough time of COVID’s transmission.

California-based salad chain Sweet-green announced plans to go all in on automation with acquisition Spyce. Spyce is a Boston –based startup started which was founded in 2015, making waves a few years back as a spinout of MIT mechanical engineering students. Spyce first started serving up food at school’s dining hall. And after that the team ultimately opened a pair of automated restaurants in the Boston area.

Spyce is a fast-causal bowls and salads are cooking using in a robotic system. A bowl moves along a conveyor belt as ingredients cooked at different temperature are dropped in through a series of different funnels. Then heated steamers cook grains that can be used as a base, proteins are seared on hot plates until they caramelized and dropped in.

Sweet-green is an American fast casual restaurant chain that serves salads. It was founded in August 2007 by Nicolas Jammet, Nathaniel Ru, and Jonathan Neman. The company plans to at last incorporate Spyce’s technology into its restaurants confidentially signed IPO in June. For a moment, it will some time to scale up to the needs of the chain, which currently operates more than 120 locations across the U.S

The company CEO Jonathan Neman said that they had built Sweet-green to connect more people to real food and create healthy fast food at scale for the next generation, and Spyce has built state-of the art technology that perfectly aligned with the vision. The company said joining forces with their best in class team, they would be able to elevate their team member experiences, provide a more consistent customer experience and brought real food to vast communities.

Like pizza, salads are a clear target for early food automation. They’re both popular and relatively straightforward to automate and essentially mixing a bunch of ingredients from different chutes into a bowl.

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