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Gorillas co-founders back Growth Kitchen’s £3M round, scaling satellite kitchen model

Growth Kitchen Founders

The food-tech startup, Growth Kitchen has received £3M in seed funding from strategic investors including Gorillas co-founders Ronny Shibley, Jörg Kattner and Felix Chrobog, who was also GM for Deliveroo.

The funding round was led by PactVC, and also saw participation from investors including TwinklHive CEO, Jonathan Seaton and Robert Laurence, CEO of Resolution Property.

Growth Kitchen is announcing, besides the news, the appointment of Ronny Shibley and Jonathan Seaton to its board of directors.

“We are thrilled to receive support from pioneers in the food delivery industry such as Ronny, creators of future-proof real estate, like Robert and those leaders disrupting the way we use technology, such as Jonathan. With this backing, we have been able to build a team and establish ourselves as the preferred partner of the best delivery restaurants,” remarked Máté Kun, co-founder of Growth Kitchen.

Satellite kitchens, a delivery first model

There has been an increasing inclination toward the preference of delivery and takeout, as opposed to eating in restaurants. Customers want to enjoy excellent food with less patience for long waiting periods, in the comfort and privacy of their homes. This preference has driven restaurants to seek delivery first options without the added overhead of in-house dining.

Satellite kitchens have in response proliferated, characteristically selling meals through delivery channels. They are gathering recognition with names such as dark, cloud, ghost, smart and delivery-only kitchens, but are just the same idea.

Further, satellite kitchens solely rely on sales through online platforms. In fact, the rise of food delivery platforms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats is facilitating their growth as they enable food businesses to connect with customers, delivering meals to their residences with ease and speed.

Building out a satellite kitchen network

Growth Kitchen is partnering with high-order-volume restaurants and transforming them into delivery powerhouses, by making it easy for them to scale through its satellite kitchen network. Technology and data science have also been of key importance to Growth Kitchen’s offering. These have been key to helping restaurants expand their delivery revenue channels, growing from a few kitchens to 100s of strategic locations. 

Growth Kitchen is partnering with visionary restaurant brands who understand that delivery must be at the core of their strategy for long term success. It has already partnered with top London brands including Tortilla, Tai Kitchen and The Athenian, across two hubs supporting 20+ restaurants. The company has purposed to open 40 new hubs within the next two years across the UK and key European markets, making it the default growth partner for high-delivery-volume restaurants across Europe.

Cracking the delivery kitchen model

The food-tech startup, founded in 2021 by Máté Kun and Tom Gatz is based in London, building premium smart, satellite kitchen networks as well as offering the technology all restaurant brands need to scale.

This concluded investment round will help Growth Kitchen to further crack the delivery kitchen model, where restaurants can scale like a SaaS company while exclusively owning their businesses.

“What Growth Kitchen brings to the table is the natural evolution of food. Where Gorillas can deliver groceries to your door in 10-minutes, the logical next step would be to go into restaurant food. Within 5-minutes of visiting one of Growth Kitchen’s hubs, I knew I had finally found the team that had cracked the delivery kitchen model. They have the tech to find and operate across strategic locations, a steady flow of drivers coming in and out while attracting top food brands who don’t churn and want to keep scaling with them.” remarked Ronny Shibley, co-founder of Gorillas and Board Member of Hello Fresh and Growth Kitchen.

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