From-frozen to fully cooked in unmanned operation
From the DenverPost July 2021
New automated pizza kitchen (APK) comes to Denver.
- Completely vended from machine
- Certifications in place (NSF and UL)
- 50 rolling out this years
- 10″ Pizza and no microwave
- Pizza prices range from $12 to $15, purchased with a debit or credit card, Apple Pay, Android and Samsung Pay
In 2016, Deglin Kenealy, CEO of Basil Street Pizza, began the process of creating an automated pizza kitchen (APK) in California, with consistency and high-quality pies in mind. It wasn’t until his daughter went off to college that the business became personal.
“I saw this as a huge market. Where you can get a higher quality product, a better price in a much faster time frame, right?,” Kenealy said.
Basil Street Pizza’s automated kitchen in Denver is one of 50 cook-to-order pizza vending machines to roll out in the United States this year. (The company tested the machines in California and Texas in 2020.) The APK’s serve 10-inch, thin-crust pizzas, completely microwave-free.
“We’re not trying to stop you from going to your favorite pizza place,” Kenealy said, “but if you want, really, a delicious pizza in a short amount of time, we feel like we’ve really hit the nail on the head with that.”
Full article From the DenverPost July 2021