ROBOTICS BUSINESS REVIEW: Zume Pizza Names New President, Adds New Robot to Pizza-Making Staff

KEITH SHAW  |  In addition to announcing Vincenzo, Zume named Rhonda Lesinski-Woolf as its new president. She previously served as the senior vice president of schools for Revolution Foods, as well as chief marketing officer at Del Monte. The company said Lesinski-Woolf will help scale the company across new markets as part of its rapid expansion plans for 2018.

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TECHCRUNCH: Zume Looks to Life Beyond Pizza

Brian Heater — Launch a fleet of robotic pizza vans and you’re going to get painted as the robotic pizza company. It’s a hard label to shake off — but as far as labels go, it’s a pretty cool one. Even so, Zume Pizza has long made it clear that it has broader plans to move beyond pizza delivery, in order to serve the broader food industry as a whole.

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SF CHRONICLE: Pizza Startup to License Baked-On-The-Way Trucks to Restaurants

Carolyn Said — What the world needs now are trucks that can cook food en route to customers’ homes so it arrives piping hot.

That’s the view of Mountain View’s Zume Pizza. Armed with dozens of patents, the startup has been honing its baked-on-the-way method since 2016 with a pizza delivery operation in Silicon Valley. It also has robots make the pies, but it says the trucks are a bigger breakthrough.

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MEDIUM: From Farm to Pizza and Beyond

Chris Farmer — When we first met with the Zume team back in 2015, we had a healthy dose of skepticism as we understood the challenges inherent with most delivery food start-ups. However, we quickly realized that this was a team that not only had a completely different vision but also the execution chops to pull it off. 

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MASHABLE: Robot-Made Pizzas Bake in Delivery Truck Ovens On the Way to Customers

Sasha Lekach — Robots are an integral part of Zume's pizza process, but Garden is very clear on his robot philosophy: "Automation exists to improve the quality of human lives." With Zume adding more than two dozen delivery locations by the end of the year, the number of pizzas made and delivered is bound to increase. But so will Zume's investment in humans, Garden assured.

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The Next Slice: The Road Ahead for Zume Pizza

Alex Garden, Zume Co-Founder & CEO — In early 2015, I was wrapping up my latest role in the video game industry and thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I had thought a lot about the future of the food industry, even going as far as patenting the concept of cooking food during delivery. At the time, my understanding of the food business was from a technical perspective, and I had a hunch it would take a lot more to make food people would love.  

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