MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Compass Group Canada has partnered with SJW Robotics to pilot three 24/7 autonomous kitchen robots named RoWok in select Canadian operations.
RoWok is designed to serve spaces that traditionally may not have an available footprint for an onsite kitchen or kitchen staff available 24/7. RoWok can produce 60-plus meals per hour and works with foodservice associates on site, who are required to prep, stock and monitor the quality of product and service. The technology will also help reduce costs and labour complexities.
“We looked at traditional hot food service models and saw a real need for 24/7 meal availability with wow factor,” says Michael Hachey, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Group Canada. “By partnering with RoWok, we are adapting to different needs in the market and augmenting existing hot food service models that typically require labour and a full-service kitchen. People never used to think about grabbing a hot, fresh, customized meal at 3 a.m. because it was simply not available – now it’s possible.”
“Our team has developed a fully autonomous QSR solution with one goal in mind – to cook incredibly fresh and great-tasting meals at high speed. Our partnership with Compass allows us to rapidly scale up within [its] infrastructure,” says Nipun Sharma, co-founder & CEO, SJW Robotics Inc.
“Building an eco-system of partners allows us to implement and deploy new ideas, quickly and effectively. We are thrilled to partner with the SJW Robotics team and bring RoWok into our facilities, combining their state-of-art technology with our expertise in foodservice,” says Heather Wilkie, vice-president, Innovation at Compass Group Canada.
Compass Group Canada and SJW Robotics have begun exploring pilot locations across Ontario and plan to install three machines this fall in the healthcare, business and industry and educational spaces.