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Posted on January 16, 2019

Bread is back on the rise: The BreadBot debuts

The Wilkinson Baking Company is a family-owned business that is transforming the world of baking one loaf at a time by pioneering a first-of-its-kind, fully automated breadmaking machine. The BreadBot is a machine that goes to from flour to loaf all on its own. For more information see the IDTechEx report on New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038.
 
Compared to center aisle bread, The BreadBot produces loaves that are fresher, healthier, preservative free and eco-friendly. The BreadBot mixes, forms, proofs, bakes and cools ten loaves of bread per hour - all on its own and is capable of making most varieties of bread that require dry ingredients - including white, wheat, whole wheat, nine grain, sourdough and honey oat. The bread can even be organic if preferred.
 
By the numbers - how the BreadBot measures up
  • Produces 10 loaves per hour
  • Time to first completed loaf is 90 minutes
  • New loaves produced every 6 minutes
  • Operates up to a 24 hour duty cycle
  • Yields a maximum of 235 loaves per day
  • Requires about 30 minutes for daily cleaning
 
"Bread is a staple of American life. But in most supermarkets today, it has lost its emotional connection with the shopper," said Randall Wilkinson, CEO of The Wilkinson Baking Company. "In the age of home delivery, The BreadBot attracts consumers back to the store because it delivers fresh, delicious bread that is produced with theater and engagement."
 
Retailers using The BreadBot can benefit from a potential 20-fold lift in bottom line profit margins through the elimination of the costly current bread distribution process, as well benefiting from increased consumer interest and maximized employee productivity. Grocers can get a head start on their daily production demands by scheduling The BreadBot to start baking hours before they open. And, as nearly half of topline revenue of a commercial baker is spent on the process of transport from factory oven to store shelf and related out-of-date product waste, The BreadBot is disrupting commercial baking and helping the environment through the elimination of brick and mortar facilities and distribution overhead.
 
Most food providers - including grocery stores, convenience stores, schools, the military and more - can benefit from the compact 22-square-foot BreadBot, which is more automated than a $75 million bread factory.
 
Source and top image: The Wilkinson Baking Company
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