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Flippy’s Next Cooking Challenge? Chicken Wings

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October 21, 2021

Miso Robotics, which develops intelligent automation for the food service industry, has announced its newest product line, Flippy Wings. Flippy Wings is a robotic chicken wing frying solution designed from the ground up for high-volume restaurants. The company is working with Inspire Brands and its Buffalo Wild Wings brand to begin testing Flippy Wings at the company’s Inspire Brands Innovation Center. 

“We’re incredibly proud to not only unveil Flippy Wings, but to also have an exceptional brand like Inspire share our vision of kitchen automation,” said Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics. “From day one, Flippy Wings will cook more food with less waste and save staff for higher value contributions. Flippy Wings fries fresh, frozen or hand-breaded products like a pro, avoiding cross contamination and increasing throughput while reducing costs. It is fast, safer to operate than traditional fryers and the whole system can be set up in just a few hours over existing equipment. We think team members in restaurants everywhere are going to love having Flippy Wings working for them.”

The Flippy Wings system includes a new AutoBin system, which provides kitchen workers an array of food-safe bins where products are dropped to be cooked. AI vision automatically identifies food, then Flippy Wings picks up, cooks and drops it off into a hot holding area. Team members can cook more while spending less time attending to the deep fryer, Miso said. The frying area is also made safer, as Flippy Wings eliminates several hot touch points and drastically decreases oil spillage. In tests, Miso said the system saw a 10% to 20% overall increase in food production speeds when deploying the machine.

The first Flippy Wings unit, dubbed “Wingy” by the kitchen team, is currently installed at the Inspire Brands Innovation Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where the robot is being tailored and tuned to specifications. A Flippy Wings unit will be installed at the company’s Alliance Kitchen, a pioneering ghost kitchen, to test it in a real cooking environment, before it eventually makes its way to a stand-alone Buffalo Wild Wings location next year.

“Technology is making a fundamental impact on the end-to-end restaurant operational model,” said Paul Brown, CEO of Inspire Brands. “Intelligent automation, including AI and robotics, will not only transform how we communicate with and take orders from our guests but also how we prepare and serve food to those guests. This transformation will ultimately result in improved efficiencies in our restaurants and an overall elevated experience for our guests and our team members.”

Miso said it has several other pilot agreements with leading national brands in place, with more partner and product announcements planned for 2021. The Flippy Wings system is aimed at major wing, pizza, sport and family chicken brands.

The company is primarily funded by individual investors through crowdfunding. With nearly 12,000 shareholders, the company has raised more than $30 million in crowdfunding to date, and is currently in their Series D round, which kicked off with a market valuation of $350 million.

More details on Miso Robotics are available at its website.


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