SYDNEY, Australia—An ALDI Corner Store in North Sydney, Australia, is launching a Pizzabot, a robotic vending machine that serves restaurant-grade pizza in two minutes, according to a news release.
In collaboration with Bondi startup 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. Pizzabot’s pepperoni and Italiana pizzas are priced from $8.99.
“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,” said Huw Longman, director of ALDI Corner Store.
The robot pizza maker—which can cook 450 pizzas a day (or about 17 pizzas an hour)—has a glass front, allowing customers to watch their pizza being cooked and packaged by the robotic machine.
To ensure quality, 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.
“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,” said Matt Lipski, Pizzabot founder and managing director.
“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,” continued Lipski.
Pizzabot is a trial only and exclusively available in ALDI Corner Store North Sydney for a limited time. ALDI does not currently plan to launch Pizzabot in its standard stores.