Published
December 22, 2021

Meet the Picnic Pizza Station: Automation to Take on Food Service Challenges in 2022

Restaurants and commercial kitchens face a number of challenges that have accelerated in the Covid era:

  • Staff shortages
  • Highest food prices in 54 years
  • Third-party delivery charges
  • Food waste costs and environmental impact


This means many smaller restaurants are struggling to survive, and larger kitchens at places like schools and stadiums are under tremendous stress to deliver the quantity, quality, and consistency of food to maintain customer satisfaction. Operators know they need to find new ways to run their kitchen if they are to lower costs and remain successful.

How can food automation help kitchens?

Meet the Picnic Pizza Station. It’s the essential automated, robotic back-of-house makeline that allows one person to make up to 100 consistent pizzas an hour while reducing food waste to around 2%—a significant reduction from what most kitchens experience today.

You can use your kitchen’s own recipe and ingredients in the station to top pizzas with the same precise amount of sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and granular toppings, making a consistent pizza every time. The system is modular, so it fits into existing kitchen operations. And because employees never handle ingredients, you get significantly improved hygiene in the kitchen.

“ You can use your kitchen’s own recipe and ingredients in the station to top pizzas with the same precise amount of sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and granular toppings, making a consistent pizza every time.”

The Picnic Pizza Station can integrate with existing POS systems. Kitchen operators use an intuitive touchscreen interface, and managers can view a dashboard to track ingredients and predict inventory needs. The system is easy to learn, so minimal training is required.

Restaurant owners should consider the benefits of decreased labor cost, less food waste, increased hygiene, and increased consistency of pizzas in an easy-to-operate and maintain workstation. The food automation offered by Picnic becomes the obvious choice for any kitchen seeking to embrace the future of food preparation.

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Is this a pizza robot?

You can call it a pizza robot. But we like to talk about the Picnic Pizza Station as a “cobot” because it works in collaboration with your kitchen staff.

The team at Picnic includes roboticists, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, food engineers, software developers, and industrial designers. It takes a lot of real people and human innovation to build the technology behind our kitchen automation.

Is the Picnic Pizza Station available now?

The Picnic Pizza Station has been in operation in a variety of kitchens since 2020 and our customers are excited about the possibilities of full deployment. We are also working with several notable industry partners to further advance our solution.

At Pizza Expo in 2021, demand was so high that all available units were fully subscribed shortly after the show opened. Given this enthusiasm, Picnic is rapidly increasing staff, design, and manufacturing capabilities to meet growing demand.

You can now reserve one of two configurations for 2022 delivery.

If you are concerned about profitability, labor shortages, output, food waste, and consistency, and are looking for an easy way to bring automation to your kitchen, the Picnic Pizza Station is your perfect solution. Talk to Picnic today about a demonstration and see how the Picnic Pizza Station can help in your kitchen.

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