LAS VEGAS: The robot breadmaker came to Las Vegas this week, aiming to bring some freshness to a sector that may be ready for disruption, reports AFP. Wilkinson Baking Company unveiled its BreadBot at the Consumer Electronics Show, a machine that mixes and bakes up to 235 loaves a day.
Chief executive Randall Wilkinson said the device can lower costs and produce fresher breads than are available in most American supermarkets. “Consumers want the freshest thing possible, but when they go into the store they don’t know when that bread was baked,” said Wilkinson, a member of the family-owned firm in Walla Walla, Washington.Wilkinson said the machine, which takes up as much room as a mid-sized car, has more automation technology than bread factories, and can produce at a far lower cost.
He noted that using in-store robotic machines could eliminate the need for truck delivery, which accounts for as much as 45 percent of the cost of most bread.