Bread Making Robot Might Put Bakers out of Business
We’ve all heard that robots are taking over our jobs and if you are a baker - the rumors have never been more real. Meet BreadBot, the robot that can mix, form, proof and bake ten loaves of bread an hour.
Introduced to the world during CES 2019, the automatic machine starts with dry ingredients and bakes several different types of bread, including white, whole wheat, nine grain, sourdough, and honey oat.
Made by the Wilkinson Baking Company the BreadBox has a compact footprint and cad can be installed pretty much anywhere.
Fresh Bread every hour
As well as doing all the baking, it even gives alerts to staff to remind them to add more ingredients and to slice the fresh loaves. BreadBot is marketed as a smart green choice for small supermarkets who would normally be buying bread from a wholesaler.
Instead of paying for the transport of loaves, only receive the dry ingredients and do the fresh baking in store. As well as a tantalizing smell inside the bread can be cooked to demand meaning there is less waste.
Customers can leave with a still warm loaf
The bread can also contain fewer preservatives because it doesn't need to stay fresh during storage or transportation.
When BreadBoat says fresh, they mean it. A Customer can walk away with a cooled and sliced loaf an hour after it's been baked, or grab a piping hot loaf just 18 minutes after the bread has exited the oven.
While many food robots seem undercooked (pardon the pun) the BreadBot might actually be a goer. Consumer trends demand locally sourced food and if the BreadBox is as good as it sounds, it could actually save local groceries and deli time and money.
Flippy, developed by Miso Robotics was ‘hired’ by Pasadena Caliburger, with the KPI of cooking 150 burgers an hour. Unfortunately, the task proved too much for the robot who appears to have given up.
At the time of hiring, the CEO of Cali Group the company that runs the burger chain was reported as saying, "The key to success in the restaurant industry is consistency. So anytime you go to a CaliBurger anywhere you know that the patty will be cooked exactly the same.”
Unfortunately, after his first day at work, the owners of the chain decided Flippy needed some more time with his human counterparts before they could work successfully together.
Restaurant owners told the Washington Post that they decided they needed to re-train staff to work more collaboratively with Flippy to keep up with the demand.
“Mostly it’s the timing,” Anthony Lomelino, the Chief Technology Officer for Cali Group told the WP. Other food robots that have failed to really impress include the Sally the Salad robot who can mix salads to order, but can’t actually process any raw ingredients.
But bready or not, robots making food are here to stay.