OnTrend Concepts

April 27, 2023

Peter Cook, Editor

Investment and innovation in the industry continues!  The international investments and partnerships are particularly interesting this week, as well as Nextbite’s deal announcements.


We’re looking forward to hearing from industry leaders at the 3rd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference in Houston in a few months!  Mark your calendars for July 7-8 for the conference and July 9 & 10 for the Texas Restaurant Show!


And now, the news…

Issue #140

Killer Brownie partners with Nextbite to bring desserts nationwide via delivery

The Killer Brownie Company is partnering with Nextbite, a leader in virtual restaurants, to bring its gourmet brownies to customers nationwide via delivery.

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You can now order from MrBeast Burger through your Xbox while gaming

Thank goodness! Now gamers don’t have to stop playing to worry about ordering food when their mom is not home.

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Investment Opportunity: Foodtech Start-Up Launches Fundraising Round

A Miami-based foodtech start-up is launching an angel round.

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Nextbite announces first international brand partnership with Shawarmama

The Dubai-based brand will be debuting soon in ghost kitchens across the US.

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Uber Eats partners with DeliverZero to bring sustainable packaging to New York delivery

Customers will now be able to choose sustainable packaging made of BPA-free polypropylene plastic at 60 restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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Earl Enterprises taps Reef vet to develop nontraditional sites

Valentina Ellison is charged with putting Earl brands in airports, sports centers and shopping malls.

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PetSmart Adds 1,600+ Locations to Uber Eats

I guess for when your goldfish as the late night munchies.

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Inflation puts pressure on ghost kitchen model

Stephan Sorokaua prvodes some interesting insights and initiatives an interesting discussion on the topic.

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UK: Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats face fines after police arrest 60 delivery drivers

Delivery drivers were arrested in London and the south of England as part of a Home Office crackdown on supposed illegal immigrants.

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EU: Just Eat to Transition their Corporate Fleet to EV’s by 2025

I hope they have enough charging stations around by then.

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UAE: Robotics Implementation in Kitopi

Kitopi provides an overview of their approach to robotics.

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India: Cloud Kitchen Startup Rebel Foods Raises $9.1M in Debt Funding from Northern Arc and Stride Ventures

Overall, Rebel has raised over Rs 4,200 crore ($513 million) in a combination of equity and debt funding to date. This funding is expected to aid the company’s expansion plans and improve its operations, ultimately increasing its market share in the competitive food delivery industry.

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India: Curefoods Raises Rs 300 crore ($36M+)

The company wants to use the funds to expand its reach and diversify its brands into offline format from the current online-only cloud kitchen presence.

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India: Coca-Cola India Buys a 15% Stake in Food Delivery Start-Up Thrive

Coca-Cola India's investment in Thrive marks the FMCG's first startup investment in India, offering Thrive a headstart to challenge Zomato and Swiggy's duopoly in the food ordering business.

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