Square Roots Indoor Farm in the Gordon Food Service Distribution Center

In this special edition of its 5 Things series, Food Management highlights five recent technology-related developments affecting the restaurant world.

Here is your list for today:

  1. Massive Indoor Farm Opens in Wisconsin Fulfillment Center

Indoor farming company Square Roots and leading foodservice distributor Gordon Food Service recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Gordon Distribution Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin to celebrate their largest indoor farm built to date. To manage the farm, Square Roots uses proprietary cloud-connected software to continuously monitor and control multiple climates, allowing its farmers to grow a wide variety of fresh greens, herbs, microgreens and salad mixes. to meet the needs of the local market.

Read more: Square Roots celebrates new indoor farm in Kenosha with Gordon Food Service

  1. Self-driving cars deliver food to Pittsburgh hunger centers

Pittsburgh-based 412 Food Rescue is working with technology company Argo AI and FM Top 50 foodservice company Parkhurst Dining to use Argo’s self-driving vehicles to pick up and transport food to nonprofits that help to feed the needy in the region. The food comes from Argo headquarters which is serviced by Parkhurst.

“412 Food Rescue has always been about modernizing food rescue to make it easier for businesses to donate excess food and deliver it immediately, making food easier to access for those in need,” says Leah Lizarondo. , co-founder and CEO of the association. “We believe in using every tool in our tech toolbox to get food to the people who need it, and we’re excited to explore how one of the most innovative technologies we’ve seen in Pittsburgh can be put to good use through our partnership with Argo.”

Read more: Argo AI’s self-driving vehicles to help 412 Food Rescue deliver meals to those in need

  1. Opening of a fully automated restaurant in San Francisco

Whether you call it the next generation of the automaton or “that robot restaurant with the hummus bowls”, Mezli claims to be the world’s first fully automated restaurant and it probably won’t be the only one. The San Francisco-based take-out kitchen module was invented by Stanford engineers and unlike many other restaurant robots, Mezli’s automation system can do it all without (much) human intervention.

Here’s how it works: A customer walks up to the order touchscreen to place their order. Behind the scenes, robotic technology can assemble the bowl a customer selects by heating chilled ingredients (which were mostly cooked by in-house chef Eric Minnich’s team); add sauces, toppings and toppings; then placing it in a smart locker for the customer to collect, along with side dishes and drinks.

Read more: Is this the first fully automated restaurant in the world?

  1. App streamlines hospital patient meal ordering system

Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia has introduced a new food ordering service that allows patients to order meals online using the CBORD Patient app. The new online service offers a variety of meal options to patients and provides them with nutrition information by connecting the user’s device to Riverside’s nutrition system. When using the food ordering app and service, only foods suitable for a patient’s current diet are displayed, and controls are in place to limit the number of choices based on the nutritional information of the patient. patient.

Read more: Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg launches online food ordering service for patients

  1. Chicken wing cooker makes its Kentucky restaurant debut

The Cincinnati-based Wings and Rings chain is working with California-based company Miso Robotics to pilot a chicken wing-making robot at its Crestview Hills, Ky. location. The robot uses nine cameras to classify items, so if the customers are traditional, boneless, or even deep-fried fish enthusiasts, Lil’ Flip’s robotic arm can drop food into the appropriate basket for a searing oil bath until golden brown, crispy, and, according to at least a guest, delicious. “We’re the first restaurant in the world to serve AI-cooked chicken wings, so we’re very excited about it here in Crestview Hills, Ky.,” says Unit Manager William Stone.

Read more: A Kentucky restaurant that is home to the world’s first chicken wing cooker

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