Quorn Robotics Partnership to Automate QSR Diners

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A partnership between Quorn and automation specialist Karakuri will optimise production of vegetarian and vegan protein alternatives by quick service (QSR) Fast Casual kitchens.

Restaurants are increasingly embracing intelligent kitchen automation to help them maximise kitchen efficiencies and lower operational costs, while also delivering perfectly cooked food to their customers. However, this automation needs to work ‘out of the box’, regardless of preferred food vendors, equipment, or software systems. The partnership between Quorn and Karakuri reinforces the importance of interoperability within an automated kitchen ecosystem.

According to both companies, the collaborate will ensure that Quorn’s alternative meat products cooked in Karakuri’s /FRYR automated fry lines, including nuggets, buttermilk fillets and wings, are “cooked to perfection, every time”.

Karakuri’s robotic technology provides the ideal cooking and storage parameters, ensuring perfectly fried Quorn products, every time.

Through our partnership, Quorn will benefit from the development of cutting-edge technology in optimising the quality offered to our customers.


Phil Thornborrow, Foodservice Director at Quorn Professionals, says; “Karakuri represents an exciting transformation of QSR and  Fast Casual kitchens and Quorn is excited to be the first meat free company to be partnering with them.

“Through our partnership, Quorn will benefit from the development of cutting-edge technology in optimising the quality offered to our customers. Maintaining quality and consistency are the biggest challenges facing the fast-paced QSR and Fast Casual industry. It’s great to see products, like our nuggets and buttermilk fillets, work perfectly with the /FRYR fry line, and to see it cook each of them exactly how we intended.” 

Barney Wragg, founder and CEO of Karakuri, adds; “Global demand for meat-free alternatives continues to grow and QSR and fast casual restaurants are increasingly adding vegetarian and vegan offerings to their menus. Ensuring the correct storage and preparation of these products is key to providing the best possible customer experience.

“Our partnership with Quorn will allow us to understand the optimal conditions needed for Quorn products, and to ensure our game-changing /FRYR fry lines cook and serve Quorn meat-free products exactly as intended. The result is tasty and delicious products cooked perfectly every time.”

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