Ocado buys into robotics company

Ocado has announced it has bought an £18 million stake in the robotics startup Karakuri. The startup is working on a new machine to automate the assembly of ready-to-eat meals.

According to reports the Karakuri robot uses a configurable, modular design which can easily be installed in-store or in “dark kitchens”, and can aggregate up to 48 food items to create a wide range of food-to-go options.

The online grocery chain expects to take delivery of the first robots in the second half of this year.

Chief executive Tim Steiner said: “Our investment in Karakuri, potentially a game-changer in the preparation of food-to-go, gives us the opportunity to bring the best of innovation to the benefit of our own customers as well as those of our partners”.

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