Albertsons banner stores are installing “smart” salad bars made by Picadeli US, a division of Swedish food tech specialist Picadeli.

With its innovative technology and patented hardware, Picadeli prioritizes food safety, with the design comprised of hygiene first materials, technology-enabled shielding hoods, automatic hand sanitizer and bowl dispensers, according to the company. 

Picadeli’s mounting system for utensils ensures that the grip is never in contact with food, and that products are not mixed. The digital management system allows for full traceability of its supply chain and operation, as well as QR-code scanning to ensure products do not stay out longer than allowed, signaling the need for refilling and AI re-ordering.

The salad bars have been installed in six Safeway, ACME and Kings stores in Washington, D.C., Maryland and New Jersey.

“Picadeli has created an innovative, technology-forward solution to address the strong demand for healthy, affordable foods that can be customized quickly,” said Jewel Hunt, group vice president of deli foodservice at Albertsons. “Fresh meal solutions is a category where we are continuing to differentiate our offerings, and by introducing Picadeli, we are giving our customers a great option for healthy meals at an affordable price.”