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About Hyphen

Hyphen offers an automated makeline designed to increase efficiency in the kitchen with fewer errors and lower costs. It builds perfectly portioned bowls and plates according to custom recipes. Hyphen is versatile, allowing orders to be prepared manually up top or assembling them auto­mat­i­cal­ly below with robotics. It was formerly known as Ono Food Company. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in San Jose, California.

Hyphen Headquarters Location

276 Gish Road

San Jose, California, 95112,

United States


ESPs containing Hyphen

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Consumer & Retail / Food & Grocery Tech

Companies in this market offer robots that automate food preparation. While some fit into existing kitchens, others are self-contained food-making machines, such as vending machines for pizza or salad. These tools could be useful to retailers as they attempt to add more distinctive services to draw foot traffic amid labor shortages.

Hyphen named as Leader among 7 other companies, including Miso Robotics, Picnic, and Piestro.

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CB Insights Intelligence Analysts have mentioned Hyphen in 1 CB Insights research brief, most recently on Sep 21, 2022.

Expert Collections containing Hyphen

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Hyphen is included in 6 Expert Collections, including Restaurant Tech.


Restaurant Tech

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Supply Chain & Logistics Tech

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Grocery Retail Tech

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Startups providing B2B solutions to grocery businesses to improve their store and omni-channel performance. Includes customer analytics platforms, in-store robots, predictive inventory management systems, online enablement for grocers and consumables retailers, and more.


Smart Cities

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Smart building tech covers energy management/HVAC tech, occupancy/security tech, connectivity/IoT tech, construction materials, robotics use in buildings, and the metaverse/virtual buildings.


Store management tech (In-store retail tech)

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Hyphen Patents

Hyphen has filed 2 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Cerebellum
  • Concurrency control
  • Invasive plant species
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Transaction processing, Invasive plant species, Cerebellum, Concurrency control, Protein domains


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Latest Hyphen News

Chipotle Mexican Grill Makes Strategic Investment in Hyphen, a Food Robotics Company

Jul 27, 2022

Chipotle Mexican Grill Makes Strategic Investment in Hyphen, a Food Robotics Company Chipotle Mexican Grill Makes Strategic Investment in Hyphen, a Food Robotics Company SAN JOSE, Calif.– Hyphen , a foodservice company that automates meal production and augments labor with its Makeline and KitchenOS, announced a strategic investment from Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) via its  Cultivate Next  venture fund. Tiger Global and existing strategic investors also participated in the financing. Chipotle’s investment in Hyphen will fuel R&D, accelerate hiring plans, and expand Hyphen’s field support capabilities. Chipotle’s $50 million Cultivate Next fund was designed for strategic investments in companies looking to create meaningful improvements at scale, and Cultivate A Better World. This aligns well with Hyphen’s mission and focus, which starts with its automated makeline. Hyphen’s makeline assembles meals in seconds, plates perfectly, and portions accurately so customers get their food fresh, fast, and consistent. Hyphen’s KitchenOS allows chefs to develop recipes and push new menus to a fleet of restaurants via over-the-air updates. “Hyphen is reimagining the intersection between makelines and digital kitchens, with a focus on improving speed and order accuracy,” said Curt Garner, Chief Technology Officer at Chipotle. “Their use of robotics to enhance the employee and guest experience aligns with the mission of the Cultivate Next venture fund as it leverages emerging technology to increase access to real food.” “Chipotle’s investment in Hyphen will accelerate our hiring plans; allowing us to invest more heavily in R&D, all while providing the necessary infrastructure to scale sustainably,” said Stephen Klein, Co-founder and CEO of Hyphen. “We’re thrilled to work with Chipotle to find more innovative solutions by removing repetitive tasks from the employee experience so they can focus on creating delicious dishes and providing outstanding hospitality.” About Hyphen Hyphen automates meal production and augments labor, which increases profitability and efficiency in foodservice. Hyphen’s automated makeline produces over 350 meals an hour while eliminating order defects such as missing ingredients and cross-contamination. Through its KitchenOS, Hyphen’s platform allows restaurants to create recipes in seconds, fulfill multiple orders from digital channels, and put kitchens on autopilot with streamlined workflows and closed-loop feedback from its fully instrumented systems. Customers include some of the world’s most innovative restaurant chains, virtual brands, and co-packers. For more information visit . About Chipotle Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) is cultivating a better world by serving responsibly sourced, classically cooked, real food with wholesome ingredients without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Chipotle had over 3,000 restaurants as of March 31, 2022, in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Germany and is the only restaurant company of its size that owns and operates all its restaurants. Chipotle is ranked on the Fortune 500 and is recognized on the 2022 list for Fortune’s Most Admired Companies. With over 100,000 employees passionate about providing a great guest experience, Chipotle is a longtime leader and innovator in the food industry. Chipotle is committed to making its food more accessible to everyone while continuing to be a brand with a demonstrated purpose as it leads the way in digital, technology and sustainable business practices. For more information or to place an order online, visit  WWW.CHIPOTLE.COM .

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Hyphen Rank

  • When was Hyphen founded?

    Hyphen was founded in 2018.

  • Where is Hyphen's headquarters?

    Hyphen's headquarters is located at 276 Gish Road, San Jose.

  • What is Hyphen's latest funding round?

    Hyphen's latest funding round is Unattributed VC.

  • How much did Hyphen raise?

    Hyphen raised a total of $24M.

  • Who are the investors of Hyphen?

    Investors of Hyphen include Tiger Global Management, Cultivate Next, Compound, Aaron Stone, Steve Fredette and 6 more.

  • Who are Hyphen's competitors?

    Competitors of Hyphen include Dexai Robotics, Miso Robotics, TechMagic, Picnic, Creator and 8 more.

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