Picnic, a robotics startup that focuses on meals manufacturing, introduced right this moment that it has raised $5 million in extra seed funding. The brand new spherical was led by Inventive Ventures, with participation from Flying Fish Companions and Vulcan Capital.
The corporate additionally stated it has employed Kennard Nielsen, a product engineer who labored on the primary 4 Kindle Hearth tablets, Nike Fuelband, Microsoft Xbox and Doppler Labs’ HereOne from Doppler Labs at earlier positions, as its new vice chairman of engineering.
The brand new funding will probably be used for product improvement, hiring and advertising and marketing.
Picnic is thought for an automatic pizza meeting system that launched in October. The configurable, modular platform at present 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 present kitchen layouts, together with meals vehicles and kiosks, and integrates with Picnic’s software program to supply backend information and cloud analytics that assist with consistency, pace and decreasing meals waste.
Picnic operates on a “robotics-as-a-service” mannequin, with customers paying for the system on a subscription foundation. The pizza meeting system’s first prospects had been Centerplate, a meals and hospitality supplier for big 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 Espresso Techniques and Starbucks, as its vice chairman of product.