Menu card OCR & data capturing

Enhance the effectiveness of your organization with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and data extraction. Process menu cards safely and quickly with Klippa. 
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What we can do with menu cards

Our machine learning technology can automate many business processes requiring menu cards via our APIs and SDKs.
Menu card scanning and parsing
Format conversion and scan quality improvement
Menu card extraction to text, CSV, XSLX or JSON with OCR
Data extraction on all menu sizes
Classifying menu cards on types of dish, course, price, and other specifics
(Cross) validating menu card data

Menu card extraction

An image speaks more than a thousand words. Below is an example of the three steps our OCR engine takes to automatically extract items from menu cards.

Uploading documents to the API

The first step is providing a picture or a PDF file of a menu card to our API. Usually this is done from a mobile app, email, FTP or web application.

Image to text using OCR

As soon as a picture or PDF of a menu card has been received, each page is converted to a TXT file. In this step all the text from the document is extracted, but it is not yet structured.

Getting JSON output from the API

The Klippa Parser takes the TXT gained from the OCR in step 2 and converts it into structured JSON using machine learning. The JSON is then returned as output from the API. The menu card data is now extracted. 

From here the separate fields of the menu can easily be processed into your database. Specifications for differentiating data on a menu can be set beforehand. 

The image on the left is a simplified example of the JSON response.
Reduce cost
Spend less on extracting data from menu cards by using Klippa.
Improve speed
Process menu cards automatically within seconds.
Reduce errors
Prevent manual data entry errors with high quality data extraction of menu cards.
Prevent fraud
Automatically recognize errors, duplicates and fraud.
Which fields can you identify on menu cards?
Below is a list of fields for which you can identify certain items on menu cards. This is not an exhaustive list, but depends on what the client requires.
Dish type
Nutritional values
Allergy or vegetarian/vegan check
And many more fields
Identify incorrect documents via crosschecks
Let's talk over the phone!
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We are available for calls in English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch during office hours (CEST timezone). You can reach us at +31 50 2111631.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does menu card OCR cost?
The pricing structure for Klippa menu card capturing depends on the amount of documents. Both pay per use and monthly licenses are available. Get in contact with our product specialists to get an exact quote.
What menu card formats are supported?
There are different formats between countries with regard to composition and contents of menu cards. In general, we support all formats, layouts and contents. These can be classified, organized and made searchable. In case you wonder if we support a certain menu card or have any other question, feel free to contact us.

Did you know that apart from menu cards, Klippa OCR can scan other types of data fields, such as work orders, CoC numbers and utility meters?
What kind of clients are using Klippa?
Klippa’s engine extracts as much data as possible from documents via OCR and machine learning. We support many different types of clients, because our engine is so versatile. 

Menu card extraction is most commonly used by clients who aim to offer food delivery services, informative services for local restaurants, quick allergy information, or any other service related to menu cards.
What languages does Klippa support?
All European languages are supported. Our engine performs best on menu cards in English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, English Spanish, German, Hebrew and French. Other languages can be supported on request, we’d just need to train our machine learning models.
Can Klippa convert menu cards to CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON?
Yes we can. Klippa takes pictures of documents, or their PDF equivalents, and converts them to readable text using OCR. From there we use machine learning to turn the text into structured data. Most of the time we use JSON for this, but depending on your preferences we can also convert documents to CSV, XLSX or XML.

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