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About Hyphen

Hyphen is a company that focuses on automating food production in the commercial kitchen industry. The company's main product is an automated makeline that assembles meals quickly and accurately, aiming to reduce labor and food costs while increasing efficiency. The primary customers of Hyphen are businesses in the food service industry. Hyphen was formerly known as Ono Food Company. It was founded in 2018 and is based in San Jose, California.

Headquarters Location

276 Gish Road

San Jose, California, 95112,

United States



ESPs containing Hyphen

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Consumer & Retail / Food & Grocery Tech

The robotic food prep market offers robots that automate food preparation. The market includes various vendors offering different solutions, such as fully autonomous robotic fast-food stores, unmanned robot baristas, and automation solutions for all kitchen tasks. While some of these solutions fit into existing kitchens, others are self-contained food-making machines. Robotics technology can provi…

Hyphen named as Challenger among 14 other companies, including Miso Robotics, Picnic, and Connected Robotics.


Research containing Hyphen

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CB Insights Intelligence Analysts have mentioned Hyphen in 2 CB Insights research briefs, most recently on Jan 17, 2023.

Expert Collections containing Hyphen

Expert Collections are analyst-curated lists that highlight the companies you need to know in the most important technology spaces.

Hyphen is included in 7 Expert Collections, including Restaurant Tech.


Restaurant Tech

1,285 items

Hardware and software for restaurant management, bookings, staffing, mobile restaurant payments, inventory management, cloud kitchens, and more. On-demand food delivery services are excluded from this collection.



1,974 items

This collection includes startups developing autonomous ground robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotic arms, and underwater drones, among other robotic systems. This collection also includes companies developing operating systems and vision modules for robots.


Grocery Retail Tech

648 items

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

2,447 items

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.


Supply Chain & Logistics Tech

226 items


Store tech (In-store retail tech)

194 items

Hyphen Patents

Hyphen has filed 2 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • cerebellum
  • concurrency control
  • fast food
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Food ingredients, Street food, Fast food, Food science, Food preservation


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Food ingredients, Street food, Fast food, Food science, Food preservation



Latest Hyphen News

Chipotle partners with Hyphen to test automated makeline

Oct 4, 2023

Hyphen’s robot system is being tested at the Chipotle Cultivate Center in Irvine, California. October 4, 2023 Chipotle is testing Hyphen’s automated digital makeline for making bowls and salads. US-based fast casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is testing Hyphen’s automated digital makeline for making bowls and salads. Hyphen is a foodservice platform designed to help restaurant owners and operators to take their business forward by automating kitchen operations. Go deeper with GlobalData Hyphen’s collaborative robot (cobotic) system is currently being tested at the Chipotle Cultivate Center in Irvine, California. Once the customer places a digital order containing bowls or salad through the Chipotle app,, or third-party platforms, the order is routed to Hyphen’s automated system. A bowl then moves along the bottom makeline and sits under a specified ingredient container, where the intelligent dispensers release ingredients into the bowl. If the customer orders burritos, tacos, quesadillas, or a kid’s meal, the team member would use the top of the same makeline to make those entrées. How well do you really know your competitors? Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge. Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form By GlobalData Submit I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the privacy policy Submit and download Once completed, the bowl or salad would be raised from the bottom of the makeline and revealed through an opening in the countertop, which is then delivered to the customer. Chipotle Mexican Grill chief customer and technology officer Curt Garner said: “Chipotle’s new digital makeline built by Hyphen embodies our commitment to leveraging robotics to unlock the human potential of our workforce, ensuring an elevated dining experience for our guests. “Our goal is to have the automated digital makeline be the centerpiece of all our restaurants’ digital kitchens.” Additionally, the new digital makeline is said to improve digital order accuracy and customer experience. Share this article

Hyphen Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • 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, Steve Fredette, Donald Moore and 6 more.

  • Who are Hyphen's competitors?

    Competitors of Hyphen include Miso Robotics and 4 more.


Compare Hyphen to Competitors

Chef Robotics

Chef Robotics offers modular hardware and reprogrammable software for intelligent food automation. It uses robotics that enables restaurants to manage peak hours during lunch and dinner and prevent human errors during the preparation of food. The company was founded in 2019 and is based in San Francisco, California.

Miso Robotics

Miso Robotics provides an autonomous robotic kitchen assistant. It manufactures foods using intelligent automation solutions. Its flagship product Flippy 2 provides robotics and intelligent automation to the restaurant industry. Miso Robotics was formerly known as SuperVolcano. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Pasadena, California.

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Dexai Robotics

Dexai Robotics designs an autonomous robot. It prepares food using real ingredients and recipes. It can be controlled through an application and can be connected with a restaurant's point-of-sale (POS) system to automatically make recipes. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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TechMagic develops cooking robots and process automation robots for food service. It manufactures robots that automate processes in restaurant kitchens that help to reduce labor and ingredient costs. TechMagic was founded in 2018 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

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Nala Robotics

Nala Robotics is an AI technology company focused on the culinary industry. The company offers fully automated robotic kitchen solutions, including multi-cuisine chefs and dishwashing solutions, that use machine learning to automate and modernize restaurant kitchens. Nala Robotics primarily serves the restaurant industry. It is based in Arlington Heights, Illinois.


Picnic develops an automated pizza preparation station. The pizza station requires one employee and can deliver precise applications of sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and three additional granular toppings. It was formerly known as Vivid Robotics. It was founded in 2016 and is based in Seattle, Washington.


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