Pizza Power Report 2022: Get Ready for the Robots

By Rick Hynum As we reflect on the past year in the pizza industry, the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” comes to mind. For the record, there’s no evidence that the expression originated in China, but, wherever it came from, it packs a punch. For pizza … More

this photo shows an engineer working on a pizza robot for Stellar Pizza
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SpaceX Engineers Blast Off into the Pizza Robot Business

Benson Tsai, a former engineer at Elon Musk’s SpaceX, now leads a team that has developed a mobile pizzeria powered entirely by robots. Stellar Pizza is set to launch its first food truck in Los Angeles next spring with a machine that can reportedly make a pizza every 45 seconds. … More

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Gas vs. Electric Oven? Here Are the Pros and Cons of Both

It’s a discussion that has scored space in PMQ’s Think Tank for more than a decade: Gas or electric? Tom Lehmann, consultant for Dough Doctor Consulting in Manhattan, Kansas, notes that gas ovens, being much more popular in the United States, often receive the brunt of manufacturers’—and operators’—focus. But … More

this photo shows a customer trying out one of Basil Street's automated pizza kitchens.
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Basil Street to Roll Out Automated Pizza Kitchens Nationwide

Specializing in automated pizza kitchens, Basil Street has partnered with Celestica, a leader in design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions, for a Fall 2021 roll-out. Basil Street piloted its prototype kiosks in multiple states last year, the company said. Related: Basil Street’s pizza vending machine greets customers at the door … More

this photo shows a mother and her child ordering pizza from the robotic system from Piestro
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This Small Chain Bets on Robots to ‘Future-Proof’ Its Brand

A partnership between Piestro and 800 Degrees Pizza will kick off with a projected 3,600 units over five years. Chef Anthony Carron said he “saw both the immediate and long-term impact automation could have on our business.” Related: Study finds robots will replace humans in restaurants sooner rather than later … More

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Picnic Reveals Costs for Its Pizza-Making Robotics System

Pizza-making robotics leader Picnic is offering its Picnic Pizza System for a subscription price of $3,500 to $5,000 a month. Picnic said it will fulfill existing orders through 2021 and start shipping new orders next year. Related: Pizza-making robots do it all in this Paris pizzeria Pizzeria owners and operators … More