Published January 24, 2022
We came, we saw, we put on masks, we made a lot of pizzas. The Picnic Works team returned to Las Vegas in January for CES 2022 for a reprise of our award-winning collaboration with our partners from Centerplate and Sodexo Live.
Robot enthusiasts and hungry CES visitors alike were delighted to see the Picnic Pizza Station on the show floor and taste the delicious pizza from Centerplate. The Picnic Pizza Station produced hundreds of pizzas over the three-day conference.
“It’s impressive to see how Sodexo Live and Centerplate are working to create innovative food experiences through technology, automation, and innovative guest services,” said Scott Erickson, SVP of Marketing at Picnic.
In addition to a partnership on the floor with Centerplate, Picnic was proud to be represented in the Washington State Department of Commerce booth alongside other Washington innovators including food delivery startup Minnow and medical device company Parrots.
This year at CES, there was growing attention on food automation, including a half-day special event focused on the future of food technology and innovation sponsored by The Spoon.
Picnic CEO Clayton Wood participated in a lively discussion about “our food robot future” and explored the many roles automation can play as restaurants continue to face labor shortages and shifts.
Although the show was smaller than initially anticipated, it was great to be back in person after the virtual CES of 2021. Navigating the new world of pandemic events was seamless. CES managed the spaces, the on-site tests, and precautions well. For those who chose to stay home for another year, CES digital apps and platforms helped blend the in-person experiences with the virtual.
Attending a conference focused on the technology of the future is an inspiring way to kick off a new year. The Picnic team came home ready to solve new problems for its customers in 2022 and start dreaming of a return trip to Las Vegas in 2023.