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August 8, 2022

Speedy Eats signs contract with Picnic Works for automated pizza station

Picnic intends to begin production of the pizza stations for Speedy Eats this year.

US-based drive-through start-up Speedy Eats has finalised a contract to use Picnic Works’ automated pizza system at its locations.

The first wave of Picnic pizza systems will be installed in the inaugural Speedy Eats automated kitchens, with an estimated volume of up to 5,000 units, worth $800m, to be installed over the next five years.

A new dining and pickup concept, Speedy Eats provides completely contained drive-through operations at convenient locations, allowing customers to easily buy hot and cold food items at any time.

It is currently aiming for more than 40,000 parking lot locations across the country, and also intends to open regional kitchen production centres to supply the food for the drive-through stations.

This contract will see Speedy Eats integrate the Picnic Pizza Station technology at its locations, increasing pizza production capacity and enhancing customer experience.

Bancroft Automated Restaurant Systems (BARS) president and CEO F Speed Bancroft said: “Our goal is to bring fresh food to people whenever and wherever they want it and we’re ambitious in our plans to open 5,000 locations in the next five years.

“The Picnic Pizza Station is the must-have piece of equipment to produce the consistent quality pizza that our customers desire. We’re partnering with Picnic for their expertise in automation and proven market success.”

Picnic intends to begin production of the pizza stations for Speedy Eats this year.

Picnic CEO Clayton Wood said: “Speedy Eats is rethinking food production and delivery and we’re thrilled that they chose Picnic to provide the automated pizza equipment that will help them scale, delight customers and increase profitability.

“We will begin production of their stations in the next few months and look forward to being in all 5,000 Speedy Eats locations in the coming years.”

In February, foodservice automation platform Hyphen raised $24m in a Series A financing round to support its growth plans.

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