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Do you drink coffee? How many cups do you drink a day? I love coffee. I always drink it in the morning. It wakes me up. I can focus on my work better if I have coffee. When I worked as an English teacher, I used to drink five or six cups a day. I … Continue reading [Easy English Blog] Coffee

Just Eat Takeaway confirms it’s gobbling up Grubhub in a $7.3B deal
Ingrid Lunden

Consolidation in the world of on-demand food ordering and delivery continues apace. Today, Just Eat Takeaway — the European company that only just got its own $7.8 billion merger approved by regulators in April of this year — officially announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Grubhub in the U.S. for an enterprise value […]

Work, Customers and Pizza: Nice try, Karen - FML

Today, as a pizza delivery driver, I delivered to a customer with young kids. She gave the pizzas to one of her kids to take inside, where the kid dropped them and it went everywhere. She then rang the store and claimed that I'd dropped the pizzas, then told her to "suck it up." FML

Jow raises $20 million for its meal and grocery planning service
Romain Dillet

French startup Jow has raised a $20 million funding round led by Eurazeo. Jow wants to make it easier to cook at home by taking care of menu ideas and helping you manage your online orders of groceries. The company has partnered with national food retailers so that your oder is seamlessly processed by your […]

Mexican online grocer Jüsto raises $65M in General Atlantic-led Series A
Mary Ann Azevedo

Jüsto, an online supermarket based in Mexico City, announced Tuesday it has raised $65 million in a Series A round led by General Atlantic. The amount is sizable for a Series A in general, but supersized for a LatAm startup. In fact, according to PitchBook data cited by General Atlantic, the round represents the largest […]

Instacart gets into ready-to-eat food deliveries with build your own sub service
Natasha Lomas

Grocery picking service Instacart is dabbling with on-demand food delivery, announcing the launch in Florida of a pre-made meals delivery option that shoppers can tag onto a bigger supermarket order. It’s partnering with US supermarket chain Publix for the initial launch of Instacart Meals — offering what it dubs a “digital deli counter” where app […]

Grocery delivery startup Membo is hungry to build a Europe-wide, local food producer network
Natasha Lomas

Estonia-based Membo — which is backed by Y Combinator and will be presenting at the incubator’s Summer 2021 Demo Day next week — is aiming to take a slice of the premium end of grocery shopping in Europe and a bite out of supermarket giants’ continued dominance of the traditional weekly food shop.  On-demand food […]

Supermercato24 acquires Szopi, an on-demand grocery delivery service in Poland
Steve O'Hear

Supermercato24, the Italian same-day grocery delivery service, has acquired Szopi.pl, an on-demand grocery delivery service in Poland. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although I understand it is a mixture of cash and stock. Szopi had raised €1.7M from various investors, including Impera Alfa. The acquisition sees the two companies join forces to speed up […]

India’s Zomato valued at $5.4 billion in new $250 million investment
Manish Singh

Zomato has raised $250 million, two months after closing a $660 million Series J financing round, as the Indian food delivery startup builds a war-chest ahead of its IPO later this year. Kora (which contributed $115 million), Fidelity ($55 million), Tiger Global ($50 million), Bow Wave ($20 million), and Dragoneer ($10 million) pumped the new […]

Uber sells food delivery business in India to Zomato
Manish Singh

Uber said on Tuesday it has sold its food delivery business, UberEats, in India to local rival Zomato as the American ride-hailing giant races to shed lossmaking operations to become profitable by next year. As part of the deal, Uber would own 9.99% of Zomato and its Eats users would become part of the Indian […]

Slice, an online ordering and marketing platform for pizzerias, raises $43M
Anthony Ha

Global investment firm KKR is betting on the pizza business — it just led a $43 million Series C investment in Slice. Formerly known as MyPizza, Slice has has created a mobile app and website where diners can order a custom pizza delivery from their local, independent pizzeria. And for those pizzerias, CEO Ilir Sela […]

Alkemics picks up €21M for its supplier-retailer collaboration platform
Steve O'Hear

Alkemics, the Paris-based platform that lets brands collaborate and launch products with retailers, has picked up €21 million in a Series C funding. It follows €20 million raised in 2016. Backing the round is growth-stage fund Highland Europe. Existing investors Cathay Innovation, Index Ventures, SEB Alliance and Serena Capital also participated. The new investment comes […]

Taster grabs $37 million for its native online restaurants
Romain Dillet

French startup Taster has raised a $37 million Series B funding round from Octopus Venture, Battery Ventures, LocalGlobe, HeartCore, Rakuten, GFC and Founders Future. The company operates dozens of restaurants that only exist on food delivery platforms. You can’t book a table as there is no table. Taster has been focusing on five street food-inspired […]

Uber grocery delivery launches in Latin America and Canada, US to follow later this month
Brian Heater

A day after acquiring Postmates for $2.65 billion, Uber has officially launched grocery delivery in select Latin American and Canadian cities. The initiative is the product of the also recently announced acquisition of Cornershop (still pending regulatory approval), back in late-2019. The Santiago, Chile-based startup brought grocery delivery to the Latin American market, before moving […]

Jüsto grabs new capital as it expands grocery delivery in Brazil, Peru
Christine Hall

Justo enables customers in Latin America to buy groceries directly from its website or app and get them delivered to their location of choice.

Giving brewers a tech to make beer from any plant starch, Province Brands raises $1.6M
Jonathan Shieber

There’s a potential climate-related crisis brewing in the beer industry and Province Brands has just raised $1.6 million for its technology that purports to be a solution. The Canadian company, which has developed a way to make beer from any plant material, is pitching itself as a solution to the increasing shortages of barley and […]

Grocery delivery startup Honestbee is running out of money and trying to sell
Jon Russell

Honestbee, the online grocery delivery service in Asia, is nearly out of money and trying to offload its business. The company has held early conversations with a number of suitors in Asia, including ride-hailing giants Grab and Go-Jek, over the potential acquisition of part, or all, of its business, according to two industry sources with […]

Grubhub’s free lunch promo creates a literal ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ for NYC restaurants
Amanda Silberling

Grubhub offered free lunch to everyone in New York City yesterday. What could go wrong? Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., New Yorkers could use a Grubhub promo code to get a $15 discount on lunch. Naturally, restaurants got flooded with an unexpected deluge of orders. According to Buzzfeed, a worker at a Mexican restaurant […]

Bellwether Coffee, ‘the fastest-growing company in coffee,’ raises $40M Series B
Kate Clark

Bellwether Coffee plans to take its tech-enabled commercial roaster overseas with the fresh funds.

The ‘world’s largest internet restaurant company’ quietly raised $125 million this month
Connie Loizos

In May, venture capitalist Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital warned in a Financial Times column that Amazon’s recent $575 million investment in the London-based delivery service Deliveroo could prove ominous for local restaurants. Wrote Moritz: “Amazon is now one step away from becoming a multi-brand restaurant company — and that could mean doomsday for many […]

Lunchbox raises $20M to help restaurants build their own ordering experiences
Anthony Ha

With many restaurants forced to rely entirely on the delivery and takeout business during the pandemic, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether the industry can survive while paying hefty fees to delivery platforms like Uber Eats and Grubhub. Lunchbox, on the other hand, is a startup that allows restaurants to build ordering experiences on […]

Gorillas grabs ‘close to’ $1BN, Series C values the on-demand grocery delivery biz at $2.1BN
Natasha Lomas

Berlin-based on-demand grocery delivery and dark store operator Gorillas has grabbed “close to” $1 billion in Series C funds, in the latest sign of the searing investor interest driving activity in urban food shopping apps across the continent and beyond. The round is being led by another food-focused on-demand delivery startup — German’s Delivery Hero […]

Oda, the Norwegian grocery delivery startup, raises a fresh $151M, but at a lowered valuation of $353M
Ingrid Lunden

Online grocery delivery, a booming business at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, has definitely come down to earth with the shifts in the economy, public health and technology investing. Oda, one of the bigger players in online grocery delivery in Europe with operations in its home market of Norway as well as Finland and […] Oda, the Norwegian grocery delivery startup, raises a fresh $151M, but at a lowered valuation of $353M by Ingrid Lunden originally published on TechCrunch

Swiggy and Zomato, food delivery rivals in India, back UrbanPiper in $24 million funding
Manish Singh

UrbanPiper, a restaurant management platform that processes 18% of all online food orders in India, has raised $24 million in a new financing round from a number of investors including Swiggy and Zomato, the three firms said Monday. The six-year-old startup’s Series B funding was led by existing investors Sequoia Capital India and Tiger Global. […]

The FrankOne is a simple and portable coffee brewing gadget
Devin Coldewey

The FrankOne coffee maker, fresh off a successful crowdfunding campaign, is now available for purchase, and I got a chance to test out one of the first run of these funky little gadgets. While it won't replace my normal pourover or a larger coffee machine, it's a clever, quick, and portable way to make a cup.

Just Eat Takeaway sells stake in Brazil’s iFood for up to $1.8B
Paul Sawers

European food ordering and delivery giant Just Eat Takeaway has revealed that it’s selling its stake in Brazil’s iFood for up to €1.8 billion ($1.8 billion) to Prosus. The initial deal will amount to €1.5 billion in cash, plus another €300 million depending on the performance of iFood over the next 12 months. News of the […]

After losing Grubhub, Uber reportedly hails Postmates
Natasha Mascarenhas

Uber has reportedly made an offer to buy food delivery service Postmates, according to The New York Times. According to the Times, the talks are still ongoing and the deal could fall through. For those that have been paying attention to Uber, this appetite is not new, albeit consistent. A little over a month ago, […]

Ordermark, the online-delivery order management service for restaurants, raises $18 million
Jonathan Shieber

Los Angeles-based Ordermark, the online delivery management service for restaurants founded by the scion of the famous, family-owned Canter’s Deli, said it has raised $18 million in a new round of funding. The round was led by Boulder-based Foundry Group. All of Ordermark’s previous investors came back to provide additional capital for the company’s new […]

Albertsons sets off Firework’s livestream, shoppable video experience on website
Christine Hall

Albertsons is the first U.S. grocer to utilize Firework's platform to create, host and curate its own short-form and livestream video to improve customer engagement.