Since the onset of the pandemic last year, London has seen a plethora of dark kitchen, virtual kitchen or ghost kitchen startups. As it turns out, these kitchens have no tables or wait staff as they only prepare food for delivery services. These operate in spaces such as shipping containers, retail spaces or other empty rooms. Whatever be the location, the principle is the same everywhere. These operators equip the spaces with modern kitchen equipment so that they can prepare and sell their dishes via delivery operators.
Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic has also increased demand for home delivery due to the restrictions imposed on dining out. Industry experts believe that dark kitchens are changing the restaurant industry with traditional restaurant dining, and the concept of eating out are left in the shadows amidst the pandemic crisis. As per reports, restaurants in London are said to sell an additional 900,000 meals a week via popular services such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats.
While the industry in the UK is dominated by prominent players, including Cloud Kitchens that acquired FoodStars, Jacuna Kitchens and Karma Kitchen, there are others that are pretty interesting. Let’s take a look at the dark kitchen startups in the UK that are revolutionising the food industry right now.
Founder/s: Eccie Newton, Gini Newton
Founded year: 2018
Total funding: £272M
Karma Kitchen, a London-based startup, is a provider of shared and private kitchen spaces used for…