Sunday, August 14, 2022

Fast Food with Very Few Employees Speedy Eats


Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to define the growth within every sector of food retail today.  At the intersection of the consumer, technology, and fresh food with flavor are two companies that together have developed a business model that looks more like tomorrow than yesterday.

According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® “Speedy Eats is positioned to redefine fresh fast food while elevating a business model that will prove to be disruptive.”

In case you had not hear Picnic Works,  another new Seattle based innovator of food automation technology, announced last week that it's closed a deal with Speedy Eats for the first wave of Picnic Pizza Station orders. The initial Picnic stations will be placed in the inaugural Speedy Eats automated kitchens with a projected volume of 5,000 U.S. locations in the next five years. Think about that pace of growth for just a minute.  How many employees would you have to hire to open 5, 000 unit and just how much whould that cost you?

Clayton Wood, CEO of Picnic, stated, "Speedy Eats is rethinking food production and delivery and we're thrilled that they chose Picnic to provide the automated pizza equipment that will help them scale, delight customers, and increase profitability," ... "We will begin production of their stations in the next few months and look forward to being in all 5,000 Speedy Eats locations in the coming years."

Think about your company today, then consider this, Speedy Eats is a new dining and pickup concept that places fully contained drive-thru operations in locations where customers can purchase hot and cold food items at any time of day or night.

The company is eyeing over 40,000 potential parking lot locations in the U.S. and plans to incorporate a patent-pending design that allows takeout customers and third-party delivery platforms to roll up and access orders from the convenience of their vehicle. Speedy Eats also plans to open regional kitchen production centers that craft the food to supply the stations.

F. Speed Bancroft, CEO and President of BARS Inc, stated, "Our goal is to bring fresh food to people whenever and wherever they want it and we're ambitious in our plans to open 5,000 locations in the next five years. The Picnic Pizza Station is the must-have piece of equipment to produce the consistent quality pizza that our customers desire," ... "We're partnering with Picnic for their expertise in automation and proven market success."

So, this agreement allows Speedy Eats to integrate the award-winning Picnic Pizza Station technology into its standalone and commissary locations to enhance production, improve customer experience, and offer fresh-made custom pizzas. With projected volumes of 5,000 locations in the next five years, the value of the deal is over $800M to Picnic. Picnic will begin manufacturing for Speedy Eats in line with location openings starting in 2022, with increased roll out over the next several years.

Yes, The Picnic Pizza Station is autonomous and completely customizable for each order – after loading the dough, the Picnic station takes care of applying the sauce, cheese, fresh-cut pepperoni, and additional toppings. The finished pizzas are then loaded into the kitchen's ovens for cooking. Each hour, the Picnic station can assemble up to 100 pizzas. For information on Picnic Pizza Stations, see and for Speedy Eats automated kitchens, visit

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