OnTrend Concepts

January 26, 2023

Peter Cook, Editor

We are only a little over a month away from the International Ghost Kitchen Conference!  It is time to register and book your flight!  Check out the speaker lineup.  It is awesome.


The industry news this week is dominated by people who will be at the International Ghost Kitchen Conference.  I guess that’s no coincidence, since industry leaders make the news and industry leaders will be attending the conference!


Plenty of news regarding Just Eat Takeaway, Deliveroo, Kitchen United, Nextbite, Wow Bao, Meal Outpost, Pokemoto, Saladcraft, Peckwater Brands, Nala Robotics, deliverthat, Burger King, and more!


And now, the news…

Issue #127

A Breakdown of Just Eat Takeaway’s Earnings Call

Saul Cooperstein from Virtual Dining Concepts (who will be speaking at the International Ghost Kitchen Conference!) gives a breakdown of JET’s earnings call (and JET executives will be speaking at the International Ghost Kitchen Conference!).

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7 Most Popular Cloud Kitchen Concepts Around The World

Posist has listed down 7 of the most popular cloud kitchen concepts worldwide that can inspire your next business initiative.

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Nextbite Sees Family Feasts as Next Big Delivery Opportunity

The virtual brand provider will look to offer more options that satisfy whole households, which tend to be heavy delivery users. And their Founder & CEO, Alex Canter, will be speaking at the International Ghost Kitchen Conference!

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Meal Outpost Partners with Wow Bao

Congrats to our friends at both companies for this great partnership! And Meal Outpost’s co-founder, Dustin Mares, will be speaking at the International Ghost Kitchen Conference!

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Muscle Maker Reaches Licensing Agreement with Saladcraft

The agreement allows Muscle Maker’s Pokemoto franchisees the ability to launch Saladcraft inside an existing Pokemoto location as a ghost kitchen concept through third party delivery platforms such as Ubereats, DoorDash or Grubhub.

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Hatco, Ovention Partner with Nala Robotics on Automated Pizza System

The system will be able to prepare, cook and store pizzas. It’s being pitched to QSRs, ghost kitchens and convenience stores.

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Holy Cow Foods to Change Name to NextGen Food Robotics

The company is an automated food co-packer and manufacturer and ghost kitchen operator.

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West Michigan startup selected for Gordon Food Service-backed accelerator program

Founded in West Michigan in mid 2022, FreshPost aims to work with retailers of all sizes to create a network of temperature-controlled and secure pickup stations for out-of-home delivery of food and beverages. The partners could range from grocers and meal kit providers to ghost kitchens, food banks and other types of companies.

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Ghost kitchen: Local food service businesses partner to stay open, save money

Nice article about how some local operators partnered up to stay in business.

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In-store branded restaurants gain momentum

Hy-Vee, Kroger, H-E-B among grocers adding restaurant brands to their offerings.

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Customers are hungry for omnichannel—can your restaurants deliver?

Hospitality is going through a digital transformation of historic proportions. Anyone who’s eaten at a quick-service restaurant in the last few years will have seen it for themselves.

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Ghost Kitchen Zoning

Some cities are creating industrial zoning districts for businesses like ghost kitchens and delivery-only retail stores. With no patrons to browse the aisles, traditional standards may not apply.

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UK: London-based Peckwater Brands swallows competitor to become largest virtual food brand in Europe

Congrats to Sam Martin (who will be speaking at the International Ghost Kitchen Conference!) and the Peckwater team for this deal. Peckwater Brands has acquired its chief competitor eatclever, making it the largest provider of virtual food outlets in Europe.

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UK: Ivan Orkin Partners with Sessions

The renowned American ramen chef will host residencies at Sessions’ two venues, before rolling out across the UK to more than 100 delivery-only locations.

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UK: Deliveroo breaks even despite dip in orders

The British meal delivery firm says better cost control and higher customer fees helped drive revenue, despite order numbers falling from health-crisis highs.

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UK: Deliveroo UK orders pass £1bn mark as takeaway giant remains upbeat about 2023

Quarterly orders on Deliveroo in the UK and Ireland passed the £1bn mark for the first time at the end of last year, the takeaway giant reported today, adding that it was confident about the year ahead despite much economic uncertainty.

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UK: Deliveroo E-bike rider believes they set the record for the most amount earned in one shift

During their last shift before Christmas, the rider delivered a whopping 56 orders according to the screenshot from the app posted to Reddit. As a result of the 56 orders, they earned an impressive total of £294.66 ($360) which works out at an average of £5.26 ($6.50) per order.

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EU: How France delivered for the gig economy

State-owned platform Stuart was cleared in court of ‘unreported employment’ accusations, in a blow to proponents of platform worker reclassification.

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MENA: Saudi food-tech platform Matbakhi secures $2.3mln in pre-seed round

The Riyadh-based firm plans to use the proceeds of the fundraising to introduce its Hotel Cloud Kitchen model in Saudi Arabia.

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APAC: Burger King to Open 200 New Outlets in China This Year

The company will also aggressively develop its digital business, such as exploring a ‘cloud kitchen’ model, where stores do not provide dine-in service but only delivery and pick-up services.

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APAC: Deliveroo Australia Burnt Through $120M Before Collapse

The Australian operations of the UK-based food delivery company went into administration last month, owing creditors $129.4 million. The administrators report also shows that a pool of $18.8 million has been set aside for employees, riders, restaurant partners, suppliers and other creditors.

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APAC: Consolidations and exits on the horizon for food delivery platforms

Interesting take on different trends on the food delivery industry.

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Podcast: DeliveringMore Episode Hosts Atul Sood with Kitchen United

Our friends at deliverthat have a great interview with Atul with Kitchen United (oh, by the way, Kitchen United is a Platinum Sponsor at the International Ghost Kitchen Conference!).

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Podcast: Troy Hooper Interviews Dan Unter from Kitch

Talking about the background of shared kitchen concepts and what Kitch offers.

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Podcast: Table for Two Podcast Hosts Chef Joe Tripp

Iowa Restaurant Association interviews Five-time James Beard nominee and 2022 Iowa Chef of the year Joe Tripp about ghost kitchens, hyper local ingredients and fare, and the surprising synergy of fusing fresh Iowa ingredients and comfort food concepts with Asian culinary techniques and flavors.

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