Food companies have employed industrial robots to great success for the production of meat and dairy products, baked goods, frozen foods, snacks, beverages and more. Robotics systems in food production are typically used for end-of-line picking, packaging or palletizing operations, applications that collaborative robotics excel at. Collaborative robotics are also appropriate for ‘upstream’ food production tasks. In this Collaborative Robotics Week session, the appropriateness and use of collaborative systems for food manufacturing will be analyzed, and recommendations made. Real world case studies will also be studied and best practices elucidated.