9 Innovative Cloud Kitchen Startups to Follow in 2022

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As the competitive restaurant industry continues to evolve and consumers shift their food consumption habits, new revenue models are springing up and challenging the way the food industry traditionally operates. 

This innovation includes the arrival of delivery-only business models dubbed “cloud kitchens” or “ghost kitchens,” where a restaurant facility is shared by one or multiple brands to prepare and deliver food to customers. 

The traditional method of food delivery involved one single restaurant that fully owned its own kitchen. A customer would place an order, and that restaurant would deliver their food directly to their door. In the “cloud kitchen” model, however, a business owner decides to start a food service company that only exists on paper – they don’t actually own any commercial kitchen space or physical property. 

For example, an enterprising founder might talk to a restaurant owner who agrees to let them use their kitchen to prepare food. Once they’ve secured kitchen space, all they have to do is list their business on a popular food delivery app, and customers can order their food on demand. 

We’ll discuss some of the most prominent cloud kitchen startups, and how these virtual companies are able to successfully operate without dealing with the traditional hassles of owning a restaurant and maintaining a commercial kitchen. Let’s begin! 

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Best Cloud Kitchen Startups to Watch

Every year, new startups pull to the forefront of their industry through exciting innovation and industry-disrupting business models. We’ve rounded up the top cloud kitchen startups of 2022 that startup lovers, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs should follow. 

Disclaimer: With so many exciting ghost kitchen startups launching and growing worldwide, we aren’t able to cover them all. Furthermore, the startups that are listed below are not officially ranked and are listed in no particular order.

1. Bigspoon

  • Location: Ahmedabad, India
  • Founders: Kapil Mathrani, Poojan Thakkar
  • Founded In: 2019
  • Funding: $16.8 Million
  • Investors Include: Indian Angel Network, GO Ventures, LetsVenture

Bigspoon is a cloud kitchen startup company based in India that’s focused on minimizing the differences between food delivery and a traditional fine dining restaurant. They currently have eight food brands under its umbrella and are serving over 150,000 customers monthly. 

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2. Kitch

  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Founders: Fahad Al Hokair, Walid Hajj
  • Founded In: 2020
  • Funding: $15 Million
  • Investors Include: Undisclosed

Kitch is a cloud kitchen focused on quick and efficient food delivery to customers as well as a store-front operator. They aim to modernize the food and beverage industry and level up how cloud kitchens currently operate, giving a better and more consistent user experience to their customers. 

3. EatClub Brands

  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Founders: Amit Raj, Anshul Gupta
  • Founded In: 2012
  • Funding: $102.7 Million
  • Investors Include: Tiger Global Management, Mayfield Fund, Trifecta Capital Advisors

EatClub Brands is a cloud kitchen business that lets customers order the foods they crave from a list of handpicked food brands. Some of the food brands under EatClub Brands currently include MOJO Pizza, Globo Ice Creams, LeanCrust Pizza, BOX8, and Mealful Wraps. They currently have over 150 kitchens across major Indian cities within Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and Hyderabad. 

4. Yummy Corp

  • Location: Tangerang, Indonesia
  • Founders: Edward Kumar, Juan Chene, Marbio Suntanu, Mario Suntanu, Marius Suntanu
  • Founded In: 2016
  • Funding: $19.8 Million
  • Investors Include: Softbank Ventures Asia, Intudo Ventures, BRI Ventures

Yummy Corp has a business model that focuses on cloud kitchen management and online catering; they currently operate a network of kitchens that offer delivery-only food services. Under their cloud kitchens, Yummy Corp offers fresh, creative, and delicious food for everyday consumers and corporate clients.

5. iKcon

  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Founders: Kareem Abughazaleh, Khalid Baareh
  • Founded In: 2019
  • Funding: $25 Million
  • Investors Include: Derayah Venture Capital, AlTouq Group, B&Y Venture Partners

iKcon, acquired by REEF, is a cloud kitchen operator that leverages technology to procure, cook, and then deliver delicious food on behalf of brand owners and restaurants. They offer trained chefs and efficient customer service teams in order to help them deliver the best quality food and great experiences to their customers. 

6. Olga Ri

  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Founders: Bruno Sindicic, Cristina Sindicic
  • Founded In: 2016
  • Funding: $6.1 Million
  • Investors Include: Kaszek, Aram Capital, Scale-Up Ventures

Olga Ri is a Brazilian-based cloud kitchen startup that operates fast-casual restaurants and offers fast, convenient delivery of bowls, soups, and healthy salads to customers. Using state-of-the-art operations technology, this brand is helping shape how food service is run in Brazil and attempting to positively impact sustainability and look after urban communities. 

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7. Kitopi

  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Founders: Andres Arenas, Bader Ataya, Mohamad Ballout, Saman Darkan
  • Founded In: 2018
  • Funding: $804 Million
  • Investors Include: SoftBank Vision Fund, Next Play Capital, Nordstar

Kitopi is a cloud kitchen startup company providing restaurants with delivery-only services. They run on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model and give restaurants the ability to open various locations that are delivery-only, removing the infrastructure required to open up a physical location and all of the expenses associated with physical restaurant space. 

8. Kraver’s Canteen

  • Location: Manila, Philippines
  • Founders: Eric Thomas Dee, Victor Mapua, Victor Seunglee Lim
  • Founded In: 2020
  • Funding: $4.5 Million
  • Investors Include: Foxmont Capital Partners, Quest Ventures, Oak Drive Ventures

Kraver’s Canteen is a cloud kitchen startup based in the Philippines that allows restaurant operators to bring food delivery services to customers. Some of the brands currently in their network include Tonkatsu Maisen, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, Roast, Tiger Sugar, and Pizza Hut. 

9. The Food Lab

  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Founders: Ahmed Osman, Wesam Masoud
  • Founded In: 2020
  • Funding: $9.2 Million
  • Investors Include: 4DX Ventures, Shorooq Partners, Nuwa Capital

The Food Lab is a cloud kitchen platform that describes itself as a “restaurant infrastructure company.” They currently have over 400,000 restaurants in Egypt that use their platform and provide full end-to-end services that include procurement and “kitchen as a service” (cloud kitchen) capabilities. 

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