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Zume Pizza Named to the 2018 Fast Company List of Most Innovative Companies in Robotics

Co-founded by a veteran restaurant developer and Microsoft executive, world’s first company to reimagine the use of automation to uplevel careers and meals is recognized among annual Most Innovative Companies

Mountain View, Calif. – WEBWIRE

Fast Company today ranked Zume Pizza, the company combining people and tech to transform food delivery, to its annual list of the world’s Most Innovative Companies in Robotics for 2018. As the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s leading enterprises and rising newcomers, Zume Pizza exemplifies the best in business and innovation.

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Since its launch less than two years ago, Zume Pizza has grown from 3 to 150+ employees, expanded beyond Mountain View to eight cities via its patented Food Delivery Vehicles, and continues to lead the charge for automation done right -- where robots exist solely to improve human lives.

“Innovation is at the core of our company and we’re thrilled to be recognized for our best-in-class approach to using responsible automation to redefine the preparation and delivery of food in America,” said Alex Garden, co-founder and CEO of Zume Pizza. 

By creating a co-bot environment, Zume Pizza’s employees work alongside a fleet of intelligent, award-winning robots that automate the rote tasks associated with food preparation. The robots - Pepe, Giorgio, Marta, Bruno, and Vincenzo - are responsible for squirting pizza sauce onto the dough, spreading the sauce and lifting the pizzas into an 800-degree oven. By handling these low-skill, repetitive, and dangerous tasks, the robots give human employees more opportunities to do creative, high-skill jobs at the company. 

“This year’s MIC list is an inspiring and insightful window into how many companies have embraced innovation and are working to make meaningful change,” said Fast Company deputy editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with senior editor Amy Farley.

On a mission to ensure affordable, high-quality food is accessible to as many people as possible, long-time friends Julia Collins and Alex Garden co-founded the company in 2015. Julia, a veteran restaurateur, and Alex, an inventor, former Zynga president and general manager of XBox Live, created Zume Pizza to transform the way food is sourced, made and delivered. Today, the company is on the bleeding edge of reimagining the entire prepared food supply chain and making an impact on the $40 billion a year pizza industry. 

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue recognizes pioneering companies across 36 categories, from artificial intelligence to robotics. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies—many of which were identified by a new submission process—to create these lists.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2018) is now available online at, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning
February 27.

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About Zume Pizza 
At Zume, we love pizza. It’s just one of those simple, favorite foods that can be made to please any taste. And when it’s made with wholesome ingredients of the highest quality and freshness, it’s irresistible. Pizza delivery is a significant, $40B a year industry in America that impacts the health and well-being of people and the planet. Zume has established a formula for partnering people with technology that creates a more thoughtful and efficient way to source, make, bake and deliver pizza. In the process, we’re delivering an artisan pizza that takes care of the people who eat it and make it, and even takes better care of the planet we all love. Learn more at 

About Fast Company 
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.


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