Chartwells Higher Education is the first to bring the Picnic automated pizza station to a college campus
CHARLOTTE, NC + SEATTLE, WA. – Chartwells Higher Education, a recognized leader in contract foodservice management, today announced a partnership with Picnic, a food automation company. Chartwells and Picnic are the first to bring the world’s first pizza assembly station to a college campus dining hall, helping Texas A&M Dining reduce food waste while using cost-effective technology to create pizzas on the go. campus.
Thanks to Picnic, Chartwells is able not only to provide more efficient and faster service to customers, but also to reduce potential food and product waste by 80%. Additionally, Chartwells offers Texas A&M students a truly unique dining experience never before seen on a college campus.
“Picnic is incredibly excited to partner with Texas A&M as the first university to deploy the Picnic Pizza Station. As an alumnus, it’s even nicer to see our station at home in Aggieland,” said Clayton Wood ’80, CEO of Picnic. “Bringing the Picnic Pizza Station to Texas A&M is the first step in many innovations to come.”
The Picnic Pizza Station is self-contained and fully customizable for each order – after loading the dough, the Picnic Station takes care of applying sauce, cheese, freshly cut pepperoni and additional toppings. The finished pizzas are then loaded into the kitchen’s ovens for baking. Each hour, the Picnic station can assemble up to 100 pizzas that serve 400 people. The Picnic Pizza Station is a labor-saving kitchen essential that increases productivity, reduces food waste, and improves food handling and safety.
“We have seen a significant increase in efficiency with the Picnic Pizza Station. What previously required three people now requires only one, allowing us to free up people to perform other critical tasks in the kitchen,” says Marc Cruz, District Executive Chef of Chartwells Higher Education.
To learn more about the Picnic Pizza Station, visit hellopicnic.com. To see how Chartwells provides innovative dining options to millions of students nationwide, visit http://chartwellshighered.com/.
About Chartwells Higher Education
Chartwells is the recognized leader in contract food service management, hospitality and award-winning customer service in more than 300 college and university dining environments at academic institutions across the United States. Chartwells nutritious cuisine not only satisfies the unique appetites, lifestyles and dietary needs of every guest dining on campus, but it also brings people together to promote the high-intensity relationships that will prepare students for the future. For more information, visit www.ChartwellsHigherEd.com, www.ChartwellsMonthly.com, www.DineonCampus.com.
Founded in 2016, Picnic (hellopicnic.com) has brought together an experienced team of food and technology industry veterans to develop and deliver specialist technology and smart solutions for the restaurant and hospitality industries. Restaurants, convenience and grocery stores, college and corporate campuses, casinos, hotels, cruise lines, sports venues, catering groups, healthcare cafeterias, small kiosks, kitchen operators ghost, mobile food operations, food trucks, delivery and military sites are among the many segments set to benefit from the company’s automated food assembly platform integrating robotics, software , cloud and deep learning technology.
Picnic continues to receive high profile recognition including the National Restaurant Association’s “Kitchen Innovations 2021 Award”, 2021 GeekWire Finalist for “Hardware/Gadget/Robotics of the Year”, inclusion in “The FoodTech 500 2020 by Forward Fooding and shortlisted for the “Foodservice Robotics Pioneer Award” at Expo HIP 2020 in Spain and “Best of CES 2020”.