Aldi has launched a one-of-a-kind robotic vending machine that promises to serve restaurant-quality wood-fired pizza in just two minutes.
Shoppers looking for a quick, fresh and delicious bite can now order gourmet pizzas, available in two topping flavors – Pepperoni and Italiana – from just $8.99 each at the ALDI Corner Store in North Sydney.
The machine called “Pizzabot” can cook up to 450 pizzas per day – that’s about 17 pizzas per hour.
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Located just steps from the Special Buys center aisle, the gadget features a glass front so customers can watch their pizza being baked and packaged right in front of them.
In collaboration with Bondi start-up Placer Robotics, Pizzabot is the first pizza vending machine designed and manufactured in Australia, and will debut exclusively at the Sydney store.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with Pizzabot, a true Australian innovation, to deliver high quality pizza and a unique experience, at the lowest price,” said Huw Longman, ALDI Corner Store Manager.
“This collaboration to launch Pizzabot reflects our commitment to delighting our customers with innovation. We’re pretty confident this will be a lunchtime experience for North Sydneysiders.
How it works
Offering upscale, restaurant-quality gourmet pizzas that can be enjoyed while shopping, the bases are handmade and partially baked in Bondi and topped with premium local ingredients.
The pizzas are then cooled in Pizzabot’s precision temperature controller so they are ready to be cooked to order in minutes.
“We use the freshest, highest quality ingredients – including buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, gourmet salami and 48-hour yeast dough,” said Pizzabot Founder and CEO Matt Lipski. .
“Our custom oven, which reaches temperatures as high as a wood-fired oven with digital precision, ensures the perfect crispness, taste and appearance of every slice, every time.”
The machine was designed to offer time-pressed consumers “fast, delicious, healthy and affordable pizza” on the go.
Pizzabot is a trial, and exclusively available in ALDI Corner Store, North Sydney for a limited time.
There are currently no plans to launch Pizzabot in standard stores across Australia.