Food robotics company Miso Robotics has partnered with water, hygiene and infection prevention company Ecolab to develop next-generation automation solutions for the foodservice industry.

Ecolab will invest in Miso Robotics to support its growth and innovation.

The investment will also allow the partnership to leverage automation and digital solutions to improve food safety, hygiene and efficiency in the food industry.

The collaboration will focus on next-generation automation and cleaning solutions.

Miso Robotics founder and board chairman Buck Jordan said: “We are thrilled to have Ecolab as an investor and a strategic partner.

“Ecolab’s expertise and leadership in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services are unparalleled and we look forward to working together to create new value for our customers and the foodservice industry at large.”

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Founded in 2016, Miso Robotics developed Flippy, the world’s first autonomous robotic kitchen assistant.

With the capability to grill and fry, Flippy automates the fry station for quick service restaurants.

The artificial intelligence (AI) powered solution can carry out all the food preparation tasks at the fry station with accuracy and speed, improving the throughput of the kitchen.

Ecolab Global Speciality executive vice-president and general manager John Houghtby said: “For 100 years, Ecolab has been at the forefront of innovation designed to help foodservice customers achieve their operational and sustainability goals.

“As we look to the kitchen of the future, we are excited to partner with Miso Robotics, a pioneer in AI-driven automation for the foodservice industry and to support their vision of creating a better, safer and more efficient kitchen.”

Miso Robotics uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and data analytics to develop robots to enhance the safety and simplicity of operations at restaurants.