Picnic partners with modular kitchen manufacturer to deliver pizza kitchen in a box

Picnic Works, a Seattle-based food processor maker, today announced a new partnership with ContekPro, a maker of modular kitchens. Under the recently announced partnership, the two companies will provide bespoke pre-built kitchens to quick service operators, hotel chains, or anyone else wanting a robot pizza restaurant in a box.

For those unfamiliar with Picnic’s newest partner, ContekPro builds modular kitchens for catering businesses, including quick service restaurants, ghost kitchens and resorts. The Portland-based company was founded in 2017 as a modular construction company and pivoted in 2019 to focus exclusively on modular kitchens after discovering that more than half of its orders were for modular kitchens.

The deal marks the second partnership for Picnic in recent months with another North West startup. In August, the company announced a deal with Minnow to offer its Pizza Station with the Northwest startup’s pickup pods. The company also announced a series of new trials with operators large and small for its pizza robot this year.

The combined solution from Picnic and ContekPro offers something of an answer to one of Picnic’s competitors, Hyper-Robotics, an Israel-based startup that builds shipping container food robots. Last year, Hyper announced that it had created a robotic restaurant based on shipping containers for Pizza Hut Israel (Hyper’s founder happens to be the master franchise owner for all of Pizza Hut Israel).

Whether it’s a QSR building a space-saving drive-thru or a ghost kitchen operator expanding into new markets, modular kitchens make a lot of sense in many scenarios. For example, instead of finding land, digging the ground, and going through the often arduous process of zoning a new building, dropping a shipping container kitchen in a parking lot or other easily accessible location can provide a much easier way to grow.

Typical ContekPro containers range from 3,000 to 4,000 feet and, at least judging by the artist’s rendering in the ad, it doesn’t look like the combined solution differs much. And while the ad doesn’t describe the economics of a pizza maker in a box, operators can probably expect to pay up to $400,000 to $500,000 or so for the restaurant’s container and get away with it. expect to pay Picnic its typical robot-monthly fee for a service (which can range from $3,500 to $4,500 per month).