Now Cuisine

Serving quality food anywhere with robotic kiosks

About Now Cuisine

Now Cuisine is a robotics startup building a highly-scalable network of autonomous “restaurant-in-a-box” kiosks that serve hot, fully-customizable, affordable meals on demand. Our vision is to massively improve access to nutritious, high-quality food, and dominate the emerging global market for consumer-facing food robotics. Our full, did-it-before team of food automation and 3D printing industry experts includes a CEO who brought the 1st 3D printer to market and founded two exited startups, and a CTO who pioneered robotic foodservice kiosks and exited to Coke.

Our unique RoPaaS (Robotic Platform as-a-Service) business model leverages the foodservice operations of our customers and the branding and recipes of popular restaurants to yield SaaS-like unit economics. Our proprietary zero-food-contact technology ensures food safety, bypasses the need for machine cleaning, and enables highly efficient operations.

Our kiosks can go nearly anywhere since deployment barriers such as special utilities and facilities have been eliminated: They give people in convenience stores, hotels, office and multifamily buildings, colleges, and other locations immediate access to restaurant-quality meals. Locations benefit from a competitive amenity, employee productivity boost, and new revenue source. Restaurants get a new way to scale quickly without labor, real estate, CapEx, or risk, greatly expanding their reach while promoting their brands.

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Problem statement

In too many locations, good food is hard to find. People typically must drive to a restaurant, or pay up to double and wait up to an hour for delivery of meals which have often degraded in transit. Alternatively, people eat whatever is at hand, whether healthy or not. The status quo is not merely eco-unfriendly and unprofitable to delivery companies: Poor nutrition leads to a wide variety of health problems.

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Milestones

March 2023

The first patent from our comprehensive patent portfolio was issued

Our first U.S. patent was issued. Within our extensive portfolio we have additional pending U.S. nonprovisional patents and foreign filings.

December 2022

We received $5.4M in commitments from a $750M customer

We received a $2.6M purchase order covering our revenues for the first 2 years of operation, a term sheet for a $2.8M convertible note, and we signed with a strategic foodservice partner that will handle all food-related operations (e.g., production, restocking logistics)

July 2022

We signed an LOI with a 9000-property hotel chain for a 22-kiosk pilot

A major hotel chain with some 9000 properties signed an LOI to pilot 20 of our kiosks in hotels and two in corporate locations including headquarters.

September 2021

We announced a strategic partnership with Freebirds World Burrito

Freebirds World Burrito (the #2 Texas burrito chain after Chipotle) and Now Cuisine announced a strategic partnership (including Freebirds’ CEO joining the company Advisory Board), which led to a number of articles in top restaurant industry publications:

https://www.nrn.com/delivery-takeout-solutions/freebirds-partners-now-cuisine-robot-burrito-kiosks

https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/technology/freebirds-turns-burrito-bowl-robots-expansion

https://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/freebirds-world-burrito-testing-robotic-takeout-stations

https://www.fastcasual.com/news/freebirds-adds-techs-to-enhance-employee-engagement-deploys-robotics-in-kitchens/

https://www.food-management.com/technology/5-tech-things-burrito-chain-plans-ai-based-kiosk-units-commercial-sites

There was also an NBC TV segment and several Texas-focused technology articles:

https://www.nbcdfw.com/entertainment/the-scene/robots-to-deliver-freebirds-burritos/2743310/

https://dallasinnovates.com/freebirds-partners-with-dallas-based-now-cuisine-for-burrito-bowl-robot-kiosks/

https://dallasinnovates.com/dallas-startup-now-cuisine-launches-beta-of-its-fully-automated-robotic-takeout-stations/

https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/inno/stories/news/2021/09/24/now-cuisine-adam-cohen.html

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/inno/stories/news/2021/09/24/now-cuisine-adam-cohen.html

https://www.austinchronicle.com/food/2022-01-14/automation-is-the-future-of-food-and-the-future-is-now/

We also received additional coverage:

https://www.ottomate.news/p/here-are-three-startups-chipotles

https://www.ottomate.news/p/a-q-and-a-with-chas-studor-founder?utm_source=url&s=r (full article for subscribers only )

https://thespoon.tech/after-almost-40-years-adam-lloyd-cohen-is-bringing-his-vision-for-food-robots-to-life/

https://thespoon.tech/podcast-building-food-robots-with-now-cuisines-adam-lloyd-cohen/

https://restauranttechnologyguys.com/147-restaurant-technology-guys-podcast-ep-147-now-cuisine-adam-cohen/

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