Ocado invests in London robot chef start-up
Ocado has led a GBP7 million investment in robot chef start-up Karakuri in a bid to boost its ready-made food offerings. London-based Karakuri's first product is the Marley robot system, which can make customized ice-cream orders and cocktails. It is also developing the more sophisticated DK-One machine, designed to produce one meal every 10 seconds.
Ocado will begin testing Karakuri’s first machines later this year and says it plans to install a DK-One robotic chef in its staff canteen. The robots could also be integrated into Ocado's new Zoom one-hour grocery delivery service, which it launched in March.