DoorDash launches alcohol delivery service in Canada, Australia, US as HelloFresh invests in human capital acquisition

 US – US-based food delivery firm DoorDash Inc has announced plans to launch alcohol delivery across 20 U.S. states, Australia and Canada, facing up to rivals Uber Technologies Inc and GoPuff in the sector’s key growth market. After soaring in popularity during pandemic-driven lockdowns, food delivery platforms are looking to expand their businesses by offering delivery of beer, wine, and spirits.  Alcoholic beverages offer a new opportunity for growth as online sales have been skyrocketing since the onset of the pandemic.  According to IWSR, U.S. alcohol e-commerce sales approached US$5.6 billion in 2020, up from roughly US$3 billion last year. …

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Meal-kit firm HelloFresh eyes Japanese, Italian markets as Deliveroo heats up food delivery competition in Germany

GERMANY – HelloFresh, a German multinational meal kit company, is planning to enter Japan and Italy by the end of the year, as it looks to tap into robust demand across regions.  The Berlin-based company, which delivers pre-portioned meal ingredients with recipes to subscribers, said it planned to bulk up its warehouse network, while exploring the idea of bringing its brands, such as U.S. specialist diet meal kit brand Green Chef, to Germany and other international markets.  HelloFresh, which like its U.S.-based peer Blue Apron and takeaway food groups Delivery…

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HelloFresh to acquire ready meals firm Youfoodz to strengthen its Australian brand portfolio

AUSTRALIA – German-based meal kit company HelloFresh has agreed to acquire Australian ready-to-eat meal manufacturer Youfoodz to enhance its Australian brand portfolio and product offering.  FoodBev reported that the US$93.3 million deal marks an important step in HelloFresh’s growth strategy and will strengthen its direct-to-consumer (D2C) ready-to-eat capabilities.  Youfoodz provides and distributes fresh readymade meals, as well as snacks and drinks through both home delivery (D2C) and retail (B2B).   The company operates three production facilities in Brisbane, which it claims produce more than 400,000 ready-made meals, 80,000 snacks, and 25,000 drinks per week. …

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