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November 3, 2022

Peter Cook, Editor

Ghost hotels?  Fundraising.  Great analysis.  This is a great issue of the Ghost Kitchen Digest.  Read it.  Share it.  Enjoy!

And now, the news…

Issue #117

OnTrend Concepts to be Featured on the Next Episode of TrendTalk

OnTrend’s Pete Cook joins “Session 10: Ghost kitchens: A safe harbor in stormy waters?” on November 30. Learn more and register.

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Craft Ventures leads $11.5M into meez’s culinary recipe tool

The new investment gives meez $18 million in total funding. The company wasn’t planning to raise as soon as it did, but while working on a partnership that accelerated growth, meez began hitting milestones befitting a Series A company, and Craft Ventures preempted the round, Sharkey notes.

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Kroger to add ghost kitchens to three Ohio stores

Kroger plans to open ghost kitchens at three supermarkets in the Columbus, Ohio, area later this year in partnership with Kitchen United, the companies announced Monday.

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Southlake Mall Carson's being transformed into pop-up retail, co-working mall, sports and events space

Cubework, a company that specializes in flexible workspaces, built-to-suit office spaces and industrial warehousing, acquired the two-story, 144,122-square-foot department store that's been vacant since Carson's went out of business in 2018. It plans to transform the former department store into a pop-up retail space, cloud kitchens, a co-working mall and indoor sports and events venue.

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Wow Bao Reveals NFT and Metaverse Programs

Wow Bao, a leading fast-casual Asian concept, laid out its phased Web3 strategy, which will include an NFT-based extension of their Bao Bucks rewards program and the launch of metaverse vending machines.

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Picnic Works Partners with Modular Kitchen Manufacturer

The partnership provides customers a turnkey solution to deploy, install, and operate a professional and custom pizza kitchen.

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This is the future of ghost kitchens

Ghost kitchens and virtual brands in a post-pandemic world will favor more flexible, transparent business models from industry veterans like Reef and Nextbite, to newcomers like Oomi and Meal Outpost.

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The future of ghost kitchens looks very much alive

Well now, one Canadian company is bringing the ghost kitchen out into the open by setting up in Walmarts across North America. But will it fly? James Murray explains.

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Restaurant trends reshaping global food service industry

The best thing about culinary trends is that they offer chances to revitalise your product range and enhance your marketing, client relations, and engagement in creative ways. Some in the food service industry are here to stay, while others come and go.

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Analysis: Where is delivery heading?

Peter Backman, who will be speaking at the International Ghost Kitchen Conference, presents evidence on 4 crucial issues related to food delivery.

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“How One Bad Idea is Destroying the Company”

Brittain Ladd provides his usual insightful analysis and recommendations in this review of a leading ghost kitchen operator.

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Marc Lore’s Mobile Ghost Kitchen Concept Sizzles — But Won’t Cook

“I can see this working for corporate catering, ability to finish products on-site would improve quality,” wrote Kenneth Leung, retail and customer experience expert. “How profitable would it be for individual home delivery given cost of fuel and labor?”

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Proposed Atlanta ordinance would 'try to correct' issues with ghost kitchens

The "ghost kitchen" trend has officially hit the mainstream in Atlanta.

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UK: You’ve heard of ghost kitchens. Get ready for a “ghost hotel” courtesy of the Sidemen.

The Sidemen hotel is the result of a partnership between the group’s management team, Arcade Media, and Ghsthotels. The latter company is a startup that plans to launch hotels inspired by entrepreneurs, creators, and personalities.

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UAE: In Dubai, ‘virtual’ F&B businesses rush into launch mode as boom times beckon

More virtual F&B brands launch as Dubai’s food business gets a taste of full-on digital.

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UAE: Kitch-In announces the expansion of its F&B portfolio

In partnership with global hospitality leader Accor Group and restaurant experts, Bulldozer Group, Kitch-In, the innovative food provider headquartered in Dubai, is set to expand its portfolio with the launch of ten new brands. Delivering high-end nosh on behalf of over 20 operating brands, Kitch-In’s chefs and culinary creators operate from six state-of-the-art cloud kitchens.

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UAE: Kitopi Chooses Odense for Their R&D Hub

Kitopi currently partners with over 200 brands, operating 200+ ghost kitchens. Kitopi takes care of the end-to-end operations and delivers directly to consumers in five Arab countries. Still, the city of Odense in Denmark was the right place for their R&D office.

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Turkey: Turkish ghost kitchen startup Paket Mutfak raises $3 million

Turkey’s leading ghost kitchen startup, has secured a seed investment round totaling $3 million.

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Africa: Cloud Kitchen StartUp Bukyia Joins Microsoft for Startup Founders Hub

Bukyia is solving the high delivery costs, long delivery time and high prices of meals in Ghana? Watch the iblitz highlight to find out.

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India: ITC cooks up a storm, sets up 12 cloud kitchens and 48 brand outlets

A key lever of the ITC Next strategy is to spot new opportunities at the intersection of digital, sustainability and enterprise strengths.

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India: Cloud kitchen company Rebel Foods raises Rs 100 Cr in debt round

The board of Rebel Foods has passed a special resolution to issue 10,000 Series E Non-Convertible debentures at an issue price of Rs 1,00,000 per share to raise Rs 100 crore, or $12.5 million.

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India: UrbanPiper launches campaign to celebrate India's cloud kitchens

UrbanPiper, a full-stack restaurant management platform that assists food and beverage merchants run and scale their businesses with minimum hassle, has launched the 'Cloud Kitchens On Cloud Nine’ campaign to celebrate this festive season with India’s cloud kitchens.

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India: Cloud kitchens in Hyderabad keep the party mood going

Hosting guests can be tiring after the recent festivities, especially when you want to treat them to traditional food. In Hyderabad a few cloud kitchens ease the process.

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India: The sassy queen of flavours

Rachel Goenka is an eternal optimist. Even before Covid-19 struck the world, the Mumbai-based restaurateur, chef, author and founder of hospitality firm The Chocolate Spoon Company, had already started her independent cloud kitchens. During the pandemic, she was quick to seize the opportunity provided by these platforms—a concept that has now become a mainstay in the food and hospitality business.

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APAC: JustKitchen Opens New Ghost Kitchens and Secures More Locations in Hong Kong

The New Locations include two stalls in the 10-stall Yuen Long shared commercial kitchen facility (the "Facility") and a site within an office tower in Kwun Tong. JustKitchen has also hired Ryan Ching, the former Head of Kitchens & Concepts at Foodpanda, to be the Managing Director of its business in Hong Kong.

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APAC: Indonesia’s Wahyoo cooks a cloud kitchen recipe

Wahyoo, a small restaurant enabler in Indonesia, is now including the cloud kitchen model in its plans as it closes in on series B funding. The company believes that in the long run, its ghost kitchen model will take over the B2B online commerce enabler stream in terms of revenue.

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APAC: The future of cloud kitchens: Q&A with CloudEats’ co-founders, Iacopo Rovere and Kimberly Yao

KrASIA spoke with CloudEats’ co-founders, Kimberly Yao and Iacopo Rovere, on how they plan to take the cloud kitchen concept to new heights.

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