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Robotics startup Picnic, known for its automated pizza assembly system, raises $5 million – Internet

Picnic, a robotics startup that focuses on meals manufacturing, introduced in the present day that it has raised $5 million in extra seed funding. The new spherical was led by Creative Ventures, with participation from Flying Fish Partners and Vulcan Capital.

The firm additionally stated it has employed Kennard Nielsen, a product engineer who labored on the primary 4 Kindle Fire tablets, Nike Fuelband, Microsoft Xbox and Doppler Labs’ HereOne from Doppler Labs at earlier positions, as its new vp of engineering.

The new funding will probably be used for product growth, hiring and advertising.

Picnic is known for an automated pizza assembly system that launched in October. The configurable, modular platform at the moment focuses on high-volume pizza manufacturing and may attain charges of as much as 180 18-inch pizzas or 300 12-inch pizzas an hour. The system matches into current kitchen layouts, together with meals vehicles and kiosks, and integrates with Picnic’s software program to supply backend knowledge and cloud analytics that assist with consistency, velocity and lowering meals waste.

Picnic operates on a “robotics-as-a-service” mannequin, with customers paying for the system on a subscription foundation. The pizza assembly system’s first clients have been Centerplate, a meals and hospitality supplier for giant occasion venues, and Washington-based restaurant chain Zaucer Pizza.

In June, Picnic additionally employed Mike McLaughlin, a meals and beverage business veteran who beforehand held roles at BUNN, Concordia Coffee Systems and Starbucks, as its vp of product.

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