Ocado welcomes robot meal maker at Hatfield HQ canteen
A robot is preparing hot and cold lunches for Ocado’s 4,000 corporate staff at the company’s headquarters in Hatfield.

It is the first deployment of tech company Karakuri’s Semblr robot, which is offering visitor’s to Ocado canteen ‘Tim’s Diner’ a choice of 2,700 different combinations of ingredients.
Users place their customised orders from their phones and are able specify down to the gram what hot and cold items, proteins, sauces and fresh toppings are included. The robot – formerly known as the DK-One – individually prepares each meal, selecting from 17 hot or cold ingredients that are each weighed to match the customer order. The company claims its robot can output 110 meals per hour.
“Putting our robot in action in a busy dining room for the first time marks a huge milestone for everybody at Karakuri,” said Barney Wragg, CEO and co-founder of Karakuri. “We’ve come a long way in two years and our mission remains the same – to develop robots that support the hospitality and catering industry and improve the experience for both hospitality operators and customers.”
'Karakuri is developing systems that sit at the intersection of food, people and technology.'
The Grocer