In December 2021, Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Cos. partnered with a Swedish food tech company to ensure safe fresh meal solutions. Albertsons debuted Picadeli’s high-tech salad bars in six Safeway, Acme and Kings locations across Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and New Jersey.
Picadeli’s modular store-within-a-store salad bar concept prioritizes food safety, with the design comprising hygiene-first materials, technology-enabled shielding hoods, and automatic hand sanitizer and bowl dispensers. The mounting system for utensils ensures that the grip is never in contact with food and that products aren’t mixed to avoid cross contamination. Its digital management system allows for full traceability of its supply chain and operation, as well as QR code scanning to ensure that products don’t stay out longer than safely allowed, signaling the need for refilling and artificial-intelligence reordering.