The future of restaurants has arrived at Ocado’s headquarters. Karakuri’s Semblr, the world’s leading food service robot, is preparing fresh, personalized lunches for the 4,000 employees returning to the office
This is the world’s first installation of foodservice robotics in a large, high-volume catering environment and is a coordinated effort between Karakuri, Atalian Servest, a leading facilities management services company, and Ocado. Semblr has been designed to address the biggest challenges facing the foodservice industry – increasingly complex consumer diets, labor shortages and food waste.
This first deployment of Karakuri’s Semblr (formerly the DK-One) showcases the world’s most advanced food preparation robotics technology. Semblr pushes the boundaries of automation in commercial catering to give Ocado’s employees unparalleled choice in what goes into their meals. With 2,700 different combinations of the dishes on offer, customers can specify down to the gram what hot and cold items, proteins, sauces and fresh toppings are included. This is something that is simply not possible in traditional restaurants and commercial catering.
The implementation of Karakuri robotics, in partnership with Angel Hill Food Co, the specialist corporate catering division of Atalian Servest, showcases how the company’s technologies can be used to support restaurants and retail environments in a post-Covid world. The clean, contactless nature of robotics makes it ideal for supporting the hospitality industry as they adapt to new ways of working due to labor shortages and a more socially distanced way of working. Semblr’s installation will provide Karakuri with critical data and learnings that will support future site installations and product developments.