More Fast-Food Chains Invest In Automation Amid Labor Shortages, Minimum Wage Increases

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, a McDonald's Big Mac sandwich is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald's told the AP on May 17, 2017,
that a story circulating online that McDonald's hamburgers uses earthworms as filler for its burgers is untrue. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

At a glance

  • White Castle reportedly has begun testing at 100 locations a robot named Flippy, a kitchen robot built by a California-based tech company called Miso Robotics.
  • The AI-powered machine can cook 300 burgers and deep fry potatoes for about $3,000 a month.
  • On the other hand, Chipotle hired one-armed robots to make tortilla chips at 73 different sites for the same price.

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