Sweetgreen CEO Jonathan Neman told investors this week at William Blair’s Growth Stock conference that the company plans to have its Infinite Kitchen robotic makeline installed at all new locations within a five-year timeframe. The proclamation marks the first time the fast-casual salad chain has indicated they plan to deploy automation across all of its new locations.
According to the analyst’s note about Neman’s disclosures at the conference, the early results from the Infinite Kitchen have been extremely positive:
Sweetgreen’s first Infinite Kitchen (robotic assembly makeline) has proven that the technology works, with zero downtime so far and significant benefits related to faster throughput and improved portioning and order accuracy (order portioning and accuracy have historically been the company’s weakest links in NPS). With less labor intensity and greater job satisfaction so far, we believe the Infinite Kitchen has the potential to structurally change sweetgreen’s labor model, as roughly half of variable labor stems from assembly.The Spoon