DoorDash Reaches for Robots

Delivery provider buys meal-making technology.

February 11, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO—DoorDash, the third-party delivery company that went public in December, has acquired Chowbotics, the fresh food robotics firm, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Chowbotics was founded in 2014 and made headlines with the rollout of Sally the Salad Robot, which now goes by the name “Fresh Food Robot.”

“With the Chowbotics team on board, we can explore new use cases and customers, providing another service to help our merchants grow,” said Stanley Tang, co-founder and chief product officer. “Bringing Chowbotics’ technology into the DoorDash platform gives us a new opportunity to help merchants expand their current menu offerings and reach new customers in new markets.”

“Chowbotics makes healthy, custom meals accessible 24/7 with its flagship robot,” said Penn Daniel, general manager, DoorDash. “This innovative and leading technology creates customizable salads, grain and poke bowls, parfaits, cereals and snacks all within a three-foot-by-three-foot space.”

According to a DoorDash blog, Chowbotics has deployed its product to hundreds of locations, including universities, hospitals and grocery stores. “We believe the versatility of the DoorDash platform enables seamless integration and scaling of the Chowbotics offering,” the blog added.

Sally the Salad Robot made an appearance in a 2018 NACS Ideas 2 Go episode on Loop Neighborhood Market.