Velocity Ventures invests in automated Pizza store

Velocity Ventures, the leading Southeast Asian venture capital firm focused on helping travel and hospitality solve industry challenges, will be the lead investor in Hyper Food Robotics (Hyper), an Israel-based firm that will introduce its first fully autonomous robotic pizzerias in 2023.

With Hyper’s autonomous robotic kitchens, it takes 8 minutes to cook a pizza from start to finish and the kitchen can produce up to 120 pizzas per hour. An unstaffed kitchen can operate three times more efficiently compared to a human-staffed kitchen by reducing overhead labor and rental costs, as well as minimizing food waste. Modular units are easy to transport, ensuring ease of scalability. Using artificial intelligence technology, the robotic kitchen can ensure consistency in food quality and safety standards.

Hyper is the brainchild of Udi Shamai, Yariv Reches, and Harel Shafran. CEO Udi is a well known businessman and owner of Pizza Hut Israel with over thirty years of experience in managing fast food restaurants. Faced with rising labor costs and challenges in hiring kitchen staff, Shamai decided to explore how robotics and automation could alleviate persistent labor shortage issues. He decided to bring together a team of experts in the fields of food, robotics, and mechanics to design a fully autonomous store that can increase efficiency and reduce reliance on a human workforce in the foodservice industry.

The goal is to design a self-contained total solution robotic kitchen box for fast food restaurants that will replace an entire restaurant kitchen and automate the entire process, from food preparation to cooking and even packaging food for delivery. without the need for any kitchen equipment to do so. be involved. With modular self-contained kitchens, customers can essentially operate off-premises foodservice using a “plug and play” kitchen-in-a-box, ensuring ease of scalability while keeping manufacturing costs cheap. Shamai is also committed to ensuring that quality assurance and food quality are not compromised.

Nicholas Cocks, Managing Partner of Velocity Ventures, said: “We are excited to invest in Future Restaurant Kitchen as we know that restaurants around the world are facing a workforce crisis. Our strategic roadmap at Velocity Venture is to identify and nurture startups that will solve the problems facing businesses in the travel and hospitality industry. Hyper’s robotic kitchen will be the disruptive technology of tomorrow for the foodservice industry as labor shortage challenges increase as more people now avoid in-house operations jobs. Automation and robotics can help businesses achieve lower labor costs and improve productivity by taking over repetitive tasks in the kitchen, allowing restaurants to redeploy their employees to other parts of the business that will enhance the customer experience. client”.

Udi Shamai, CEO and co-founder of Hyper Food Robotics “The addition of Velocity Ventures as our lead investor is an important milestone for the Hyper team. We debuted our pilot store in October 2021 in Israel with Pizza Hut featuring a robotic kitchen that can prepare and cook pizzas and side dishes. We envision exciting times ahead as we grow and scale globally with the right partners. Our goal is to launch Hyper “robotic box kitchens” internationally by next year, which will be a game changer for any food service operator looking to implement a cloud kitchen where all the automated technology and production areas are packaged inside a self-cleaning shipping container. Unit.”

Velocity Ventures is the most proactive investor in the travel and hospitality tech space in Southeast Asia and, including Hyper, has seven portfolio companies. The firm also aims to make an additional ten investments in the sector by the fourth quarter of 2023.

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