Monday, August 8, 2022

ALDI Corner Stores introduces Australia’s first pizza robot

ALDI Corner Store reveals “first of its kind” pizza-baking robot vending machine, Pizzabot, at its North Sydney location. The robotic vending machine serves “restaurant-grade” pizza in just two minutes.

In collaboration with Bondi start-up Placer Robotics, Pizzabot is the first pizza vending machine to be designed and manufactured in Australia, and will debut exclusively in ALDI Corner Store in North Sydney.

A short stroll from the Special Buys middle aisle, Pizzabot delivers premium restaurant-grade woodfired pizza in Pepperoni and Italiana variants priced from $8.99.

ALDI Corner Store Director Huw Longman says: “We understand our shoppers are motivated by quality, value and supporting local, and we are extremely excited by our collaboration with Pizzabot, a true Aussie innovation, to deliver great quality pizza and a unique experience, at the lowest price point.

“Exclusive to ALDI Corner Store, this collaboration to launch Pizzabot reflects our commitment to delighting our customers with innovation. We’re pretty confident that this will be a Good Different lunch experience for North Sydney-siders.”

How it works

The robot pizza maker — which can cook 450 pizzas a day (or about 17 pizzas an hour) — has a glass front, giving customers a front row seat to the theatre of their pizza being cooked and packaged by the robotic machine.

The pizza bases are handmade and partially cooked in Bondi and topped with premium local ingredients. The pizzas are then chilled in Pizzabot’s precision temperature controller so they are ready to be cooked in a matter of minutes.

Pizzabot founder and Managing Director Matt Lipski says: “To ensure we’re bringing restaurant quality gourmet pizzas to the ALDI Corner Store customers, we use the freshest, highest quality ingredients – including buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, gourmet salami and 48-hour rise dough. Our custom oven, which reaches temperatures as high as a wood fired oven with digital precision, guarantees the perfect crispness, taste and look of each slice, every time.”

“Our vision was to give time-poor consumers restaurant grade pizza that is quick, delicious, healthy and affordable. With their contemporary format and focus on the highest quality, local ingredients at an affordable price, it was clear from the beginning that the ALDI Corner Store was our ideal collaborator to launch Pizzabot in Australia.”

Pizzabot is a trial, and exclusively available in ALDI Corner Store, North Sydney for a limited time. There are no current plans to launch Pizzabot in ALDI’s standard stores.

 

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